IML's Guide to Foreign Films and Festivals

The IML offers you a Guide to Foreign Films and Festivals in South East Queensland. Our Guide is updated weekly and gives you access to international films and festivals showing now or coming soon. Click on Events below or sign up for our Newsletter for your chance to win free movie tickets!

Greek Film Society, Brisbane

1 January 2018 9:00am31 December 2021 9:00am
" We are an independent incorporated film society that aims to provide members with a stimulating program of films from old and new Greek Cinema including documentaries in a variety of genres, as well as films that relate to Greek Diasporic life and contact with other cinemas." - Greek Film Society Brisbane

Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese with English subtitles)

27 June 2019 9:00am21 September 2019 11:45pm
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Bulbul Can Sing (Hindi | Assamese)

9 August 2019 9:00am15 August 2019 9:00am
Bulbul, Bonny and Suman live an idyllic life, playing in the rain, climbing trees and swimming in the river. On the cusp of puberty, the inseparable trio goes through their schooling days as a unit, discovering love, sexual awakenings and rebellion together. When a group of villagers discovers the teens engaged in acts that outrage their moral modesty, the trio’s friendship is put to the test through violent punishment and tragedy.

Mia and the White Lion (French | English)

8 August 2019 9:00am15 August 2019 9:00am
A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Bring The Soul: The Movie (Korean)

7 August 2019 9:00am15 August 2019 9:00am
Following their landmark “Love Yourself” tour, BTS triumphantly returns to cinema screens in BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE.
Shining brighter than any light on the stage, now the group invites us behind the spotlight.

The Secret World of Arrietty (Japanese)

2 August 2019 9:00am4 August 2019 11:15pm
In this whimsical adventure, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden with her father and mother. Arrietty and her family live by borrowing. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed from the old lady who lives in the mansion.
Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever-curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a lonely 12-year-old human boy. The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom...

Khandaani Shafakhana (Hindi)

2 August 2019 9:00am8 August 2019 9:00am
Baby Bedi is a quick-witted small-town medical representative from an orthodox Punjabi family; despite her earnest efforts, her modest income never matches up to the mounting bills, resulting in multiple loans & creditors knocking at the family door constantly.
One day, she is presented with a unique opportunity. She has to choose between her utterly ordinary life, or bail her family out of their perennial money crunch by selling off an infamous clinic which she inherits from her estranged uncle.
The catch though is the rather unusual conditions he has laid out in his will.
What follows is the no-holds-barred journey of a girl in a hush-hush world. Along this hilarious journey, this small-town girl will break taboos, open hearts and ultimately, minds.

Dancing Elephant (Chinese)

26 July 2019 9:00am8 August 2019 9:00am
Li Chunxia, the leader of the "four little swans" dance class of the Children's Palace, is unconscious for 15 years in a car accident. After waking up miraculously, she finds that she changes from "Little Swan" to an "Elephant" weighing two hundred pounds and loses her life for the past fifteen years. Chunxia decides to pick up her life and attend a dancing contest which is organised by her dancing teacher. She finds back her childhood partners and a weird dancing teacher. Five of them, who are considered as losers by others, restore the courage and passion to life together.

Arjun Patiala (Hindi | Punjabi)

26 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
Arjun Patiala is a Hindi movie starring Diljith Dosanth and Kriti Sanon in prominent roles. It is a comedy-drama produced by Dinesh Vijan.

Judgementall Hai Kya (Hindi)

26 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
Judgementall hai kya starring Kangana Ranaut & Rajkumar Rao is an intriguing thriller filled with ounces of humour.

Chal Mera Putt (Punjabi)

26 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
A lighthearted comedy about a group of illegal immigrants living in the City of Birmingham trying to better their lives. Chal Mera Putt explores the struggles they face, the lasting friendships they make and the challenges they overcome all whilst trying to get their PR.

Dear Comrade (Telugu | Tamil | Malayalam)

26 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
Dear Comrade is an upcoming Indian multi-lingual romantic political action drama film written and directed by Bharat Kamma which is produced by Yash Rangineni under the production banner Mythri Movie Makers. The film stars Vijay Devarakonda, Rashmika Mandanna and Shruti Ramachandran in the lead roles.

Who You Think I Am (French)

25 July 2019 1:30pm28 July 2019 4:00pm
IML has 10 double passes to giveaway to advance screenings of the delicious new French thriller WHO YOU THINK I AM (Celle que vous croyez), valid July 26-28 at Palace Barracks & James St cinemas.

Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche is phenomenal in the lead role, playing a divorced mother whose life is upended after she becomes entangled in a dangerous online relationship.

View the trailer:

To enter, simply email and state in 25 words or less why you want to see the film. Winners will be notified directly on Monday 22nd July. Good luck / Bonne chance!

Looking Up (Chinese)

25 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
In the vast space, the astronauts lost connection with the ground. He recalled his greatest father in the most desperate situation. Father and son run across time, guarding love and family. The story is full of joy, warmth, tears and wonders.

When Marnie Was There (Japanese with English subtitles)

25 July 2019 9:00am28 July 2019 11:00pm
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.

Trautmann | The Keeper (German)

25 July 2019 9:00am31 July 2019 9:00am
Based on an incredible true story, Bert Trautmann joined the Wehrmacht as a paratrooper at the age of 17. After receiving five medals for the bravery he was captured by the British towards the end of the War, arriving in north-west England as a prisoner. During this time, a local football manager noticed Bert’s exceptional talent as a soccer goalkeeper. His subsequent signing by Man City brought passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War. However, against all odds, he won over even his harshest critics during the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956. After an on-field accident, Bert broke his neck… and continued playing to secure victory.

Tokyo Ghoul S (Japanese)

25 July 2019 9:00am2 August 2019 9:00am
Now a member of Antiku, Ken Kaneki grows closer to the ghouls around him. Determined to protect his new home against anti-ghoul forces, he trains his powers in secret. But when the infamous gourmet, Shu Tsukiyama, wishes to savor some half-ghoul flavor, Kaneki’s training is put to the test.

Ardaas Karaan (Punjabi)

19 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
ARDAAS KARAAN explores the Generation gap faced by many families. Three elderly men live in Canada with their families and realize that each generation has a different conflicting opinion about life. The elderly men believe spending time with each other and communicating may help bridge their gap. Each time the family plans to spend time with each other, they end up arguing. One day the elderly gentlemen come across Sehaj and Magic who are full of positivity and agree to help them understand their families but are given just one week to accomplish this. Will Sehaj and Magic manage to find a common thread for the three different generations to live together in harmony? How will they use Ardaas (Prayer) to convey their message about life?

Kadaram Kondan (Tamil | Telugu)

19 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
Vasu, a young medical practitioner has just moved to Malaysia with his pregnant wife. An unidentified man gets admitted in his hospital after an accident who later identified as KK, one of the most wanted by the Malaysian police on a murder case. Vasu’s wife is kidnapped by a gang with a demand to get KK out of the hospital. Whether Vasu and KK were able to evade the cops and the gang or not is the rest of the movie.

Scandinavian Film Festival

18 July 2019 9:30am7 August 2019 11:30pm
The 2019 Scandinavian Film Festival will celebrate new films from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. Now in its sixth year, the festival will showcase a strong line-up including contemporary dramas, comedies, and crime thrillers. Exploring the culture, history, and life in the Nordic region, a host of Australian premieres will bring high caliber and award-winning Scandinavian cinema to Palace Cinemas in July.

Thanks to our friends at Palace Cinemas we have 20 x Double Passes and 20 x 2-FOR-1 Passes to the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival (18th July - 7th August) to give away!

Simply email us at by Wednesday 18th July and say in 25 words or less which film you wish to see and why!

More information regarding sessions times here:

Whisper of the Heart (Japanese)

18 July 2019 9:00am21 July 2019 11:15pm
Shizuku Tsukishima is a bit of a book-worm, spending her last summer vacation in junior high school reading and translating popular foreign music into Japanese. With aspirations to one day become a writer, Shizuku can’t help but notice that the name Seiji Amasawa appears on every one of the books she borrows from the library.
Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet Seiji and discovers he has dreams of becoming a famous violin maker in Italy. While their life-long goals pull them in two different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their strong feelings for one another.

Sink or Swim (French)

18 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool's first every synchronized swimming team - for men. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.

Super 30 (Hindi)

12 July 2019 9:30am25 July 2019 9:00am
Based on the life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna.

The White Storm 2 扫毒2 (Cantonese)

12 July 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
There is an iron rule in the Ching Hing Gang: No drug dealing. The gang leader, Yu Nam, has two right-hand men: one is Tin, a bright and sober adherent of principles and loyalty; the other is Dizang, a cold-blooded smart man who secretly runs a drug business without Nam’s knowledge.
Ordered by the top leader, Tin taught Dizang a lesson by cutting off one of his fingers and expelled him from the gang. On the same night, policeman Fung (by Michael Miu)’s wife was killed in Dizang’s nightclub during an operation. Meanwhile, Tin swore to change sides after his beloved girlfriend walked out of his life.
15 years later, Dizang becomes the biggest drug dealer in Hong Kong; while Tin has now established himself as a financial tycoon and a philanthropist, and is offering a $100 million bounty to eliminate the No.1 drug dealer in Hong Kong. It causes a stir in both the society and the underworld. Inevitably, a battle between the two tycoons is underway!

Munda Hi Chahida (Punjabi)

12 July 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
Munda Hi Chahida revolves around a man called Dharminder who lives together with his father and grandmother, his three sisters and two daughters. He is desperately hoping for his next child to be a son. He feels suffocated surrounded by the women in his house and everywhere around him. In a desperate attempt to make his wish come true, he becomes superstitious and consults a local Sadhu who tells him to act as a pregnant father. This film is about Dharminder's journey of growing out of his selfishness and rigidity.

Howl's Moving Castle (Japanese)

11 July 2019 9:00am14 July 2019 11:00pm
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain, conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle.

Raatchasi (Tamil)

5 July 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
Geetha Rani is newly appointed headmistress of a Government school. This story tells us how she reforms the school, students and teachers, also how she safeguards the school and the students from external issues.

Oh! Baby (Telugu)

5 July 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
After finding herself transported to the body of a 20-year-old girl, a seventy-year-old woman embarks on a quest for happiness, while relishing in the rediscovered exuberance of youth.

DSP Dev (Punjabi)

5 July 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
The son of an honest police officer, Dev Shergill has always coveted the job for the power it commanded. His father`s death while on duty eventually earns Dev the uniform he sought, and his utter disregard for ethics makes him a favorite with corrupt politicians.
However, a series of incidents and a startling revelation regarding his father`s death will force Dev to reconsider his principles and embark on a path of redemption.

Sunshine Family (Tagalog | Korean)

4 July 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
“Sunshine Family” is a comedy-drama that tells the story of Don and Sonya Mapalad, and their children Shine and Max. A partly-dysfunctional family living in Korea for the past five years, the family’s plans of going back home to the Philippines get challenged after Don is involved in a hit-and-run accident. It’s long been said that in times of trouble, it is to your family that you run back to. In this country of strangers, can the Mapalads learn to rely on each other and overcome this one final hurdle as a family?

An Unexpected Love (Spanish)

4 July 2019 9:00am25 July 2019 9:00am
When Ana and Marco arrive at the airport to farewell their son Luciano, who is leaving his Argentine homeland to study abroad, they are filled with certainty that they’ve done well as parents. However his departure leaves a significant role in their everyday lives, and after more than twenty years of marriage, both reluctantly come to admit that their feelings for each other have shifted. So as if it were one last project together, Ana and Marco decide to ‘consciously uncouple’, and begin to explore the surprising and sometimes wonderful world of the newly-single, to hilarious and unexpected results…

Parasite (Korean)

27 June 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
Parasite is an upcoming South Korean thriller/drama/black comedy film directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja). The film stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam.

The film revolves around Ki-taek and his unemployed family as they take a peculiar interest in the wealthy Park family, which leads them to get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Kabir Singh (Hindi)

21 June 2019 9:00am25 July 2019 9:00am
A brilliant yet impulsive young surgeon falls into a path of self-destruction after the love of his life is forced to marry another man.

Never Look Away (German | Russian)

20 June 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist - loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists. The film goes from a childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman whose father is an ex-Nazi murderer in hiding, to escape to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art.

Claire Darling (French)

20 June 2019 9:00am25 July 2019 9:00am
In Verderonne, a small village in the Oise, it's the first day of summer and Claire Darling wakes up convinced to live her last day - She then decides to empty her house and brade everything without distinction, Tiffany lamps to the collection clock. The objects so loved to echo her tragic and flamboyant life. This last madness brings back Mary, her daughter, whom she has not seen for 20 years.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Italian)

6 June 2019 9:00am18 July 2019 9:00am
When baby-faced Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) pops the question to his burly boyfriend Paolo (Salvatore Esposito) in their Berlin apartment just before Easter, things take an awkward turn… it becomes apparent that Antonio hasn’t come out to his parents. While they aren’t sure about their families’ reactions, the pair decides to head home to Italy to break the news and plan their big day.

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (French)

30 May 2019 9:00am1 August 2019 9:00am
On the 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Cesar and his invading army. However, once Asterix and Obelix begin their quest, all hell breaks loose at home as the Romans start attacking the village, and an evil wizard named Sulfurix does everything he can to steal the potion's secret recipe