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

Intimate Strangers (Korean)

8 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
Lifelong friends and married couple Seok-ho and Ye-jin, invite their close friends over for a housewarming dinner. They end up playing a game where they must share all messages and calls to their cell phones. Thought it starts off lightly, more and more uncomfortable hidden truths start to surface, make them start to feel more like strangers.

A Cool Fish (Mandarin)

15 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
A low-end robber, a roguish security guard, a potty-mouthed but disable hellcat, and a group of nobodies, their life paths start intersecting one day because of a lost gun and a heist, which leads to a series of comical accidents.

Shoplifters (Japanese)

15 November 2018 10:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends' habit and their motivations come under the microscope.

Nodmandy Nude (French)

29 November 2018 9:00am20 December 2018 9:00am
The charming town of Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis. Dairy and livestock prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports, and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (the irrepressible François Cluzet, beloved from The Intouchables and The Country Doctor) does his best to fight and raise awareness of their plight, but the situation isn’t deemed newsworthy for national media.

2.0 (Hindi)

29 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
Dr.Vaseegaran is forced to reassemble Chitti in order to stop a deadly winged monster.

Offenders (Izgrednici) (Serbian with English subtitles)

29 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:30am
Guided by their maverick sociology professor Slavko Zurovac, three students – Aleksandar, Danijel and Teodora - set up separate experiments around the city; their aim is to prove the professor’s "Tetris" theory of chaos, that human nature, once prompted by an act (seed) of disturbance, inevitably deteriorates from order to anarchy. This black & white arthouse film was recently announced as Serbia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Academy Awards.

2.0 (Telugu)

29 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
Dr.Vaseegaran is forced to reassemble Chitti in order to stop a deadly winged monster.

Unstoppable (Korean)

29 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
A once legendary gangster Dong-chul cleans up his past and tries to settle down to enjoy an ordinary life with his angelic wife Ji-soo. However, due to his naive and reckless nature, he continuously gets tricked into making bad business decisions. Then one day, he returns home to find the place cluttered with signs of struggle and his wife nowhere to be found. Soon after, he realizes that his wife is kidnapped, he receives a call from a stranger offering to pay him to give up his wife.

2.0 (Tamil)

29 November 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
Dr.Vaseegaran is forced to reassemble Chitti in order to stop a deadly winged monster.

The Crimes that Bind (Japanese with English subtitles)

2 December 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
A woman from Shiga prefecture, near Kyoto, was found strangled to death in a Tokyo apartment belonging to a labourer named Mutsuo Koshikawa. However, police hit a brick wall when they fail to find any links between the two. Enter Kyoichiro Kaga, a peculiar detective called on to solve mysterious cases. His investigation leads him to Hiromi Asai, a celebrity theatre director whose glamourous world seems far removed from the case. Just how strongly can a slim thread bind people’s fates together?

Nowhere (Nigde) (Serbian with English subtitles)

2 December 2018 9:00am13 December 2018 9:00am
One of the more painful and almost traumatic themes in Serbia over the past two decades is the departure of young people from the country in search of a better and happier life. Natasha, Bure and Antoine, the protagonists of Nowhere, are three inseparable friends from the same Belgrade high school who like many other young people leave their country. They find themselves in Sweden, a place where they are trying to settle and belong “somewhere”; however, feel they are “nowhere”.

Roma (Spanish)

7 December 2018 9:00am20 December 2018 9:00am
In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended period of time.

Kedarnath (Hindi)

7 December 2018 9:00am20 December 2018 9:00am
A Hindu-Muslim love story, Kedarnath portrays how a Muslim pithoo saves a Hindu tourist from the Uttrakhand floods at the pilgrimage, and the love that eventually develops between them.

Three Words to Forever (Tagalog)

13 December 2018 9:00am27 December 2018 9:00am
After 30 years of marriage, middle-aged couple SANDY and ROB have decided to announce their separation after Sandy’s parents’ 55th wedding anniversary. But things don’t go as planned when they learn that their two children, ANJ and SAM, and Sandy’s parents are going through marriage/relationship problems of their own and the only thing their family are looking to for support and inspiration are Sandy and Rob’s seemingly solid marriage. So now, Sandy and Rob decide to work together to help fix their family’s problems in order for them to go their separate ways with as minimal pain for their family as possible. So will Rob and Sandy be able to go through with the separation, and all their plans thereafter, or will they rediscover their love for each other?

Bhajjo Veero Ve (Punjabi)

14 December 2018 9:00am27 December 2018 9:00am
Bhajjo Veero Ve is an upcoming 2018 Indian-Punjabi romantic-comedy drama film written and directed by Amberdeep Singh. The film is produced by Karaj Gill and stars Amberdeep Singh, Simi Chahal, Nirmal Rishi, Guggu Gill and Hobby Dhaliwal in prominent roles.

Zero (Hindi with English subtitles)

21 December 2018 9:00am3 January 2019 9:00am
The story revolves around Bauua Singh, a vertically challenged man, who is full of charm and wit, with a pinch of arrogance. Born to a wealthy family and raised in an environment of affluence and indulgence, Bauua was never failed by Meerut or its people. But when he meets two women, his experiences with these women take him on a journey to complete his 'incompleteness' and broaden his horizons to find a purpose he never knew he had.

The Wild Pear Tree (Turkish)

22 December 2018 9:00am23 December 2018 11:00pm
Sinan is passionate about literature and desperate to become a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, until his father’s debts catch up with him.

Kusama - Infinity (Japanese)

26 December 2018 9:00am3 January 2019 9:00am
Kusama - Infinity explores Yayoi Kusama’s fierce determination to become a world-renowned artist.

Cold War (Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian)

26 December 2018 9:00am3 January 2019 9:00am
A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Climax (French)

6 December 2018 9:30am11:30pm
CLIMAX depicts the unhinged madness that takes over a dance troupe’s party after a punchbowl of sangria is spiked with LSD. Beneath strobing lights and pounding music each dancer's psyche begins to crumble, and creeping paranoia gives rise to a hallucinatory nightmare.

Rainbow Days (Japanese with English subtitles)

1 December 2018 9:00am3 December 2018 9:00am
Discover the charms of Japanese high school life in this perfect mix of daydreams, reality and coming of age drama. Rainbow Days follows the lives of four high school friends—Natchan, the hopeless romantic; Mattsun, the narcissistic playboy; Tsuyopon, the studious otaku; and Kei-chan, the cheerful one with questionable hobbies. Homeworks and exams aside, they’re determined to live the best years of their lives.

Serbian Film Festival

29 November 2018 7:00pm9 December 2018 4:30pm
The Serbian Film Festival returns for the 18th time to HOYTS Cinemas Australia-wide from 26 November to 9 December. Belgrade-based critic, director and producer Nenad Dukic has selected five engaging contemporary films including Offenders (Izgrednici), directed by Dejan Zecevic, which was recently announced as Serbia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Academy Awards. Alongside this are three other feature dramas: Predrag Velinovic’s Nowhere (Nigde), Goran Markovic’s A stowaway on the ship of lunatics (Slepi putnik na brodu ludaka), and Milorad Milinkovic’s Front Page Midgets (Patuljci sa Naslovnih Strana), the documentary WONGAR, directed by Andrijana Stojkovic, will also have its Australian premiere after recently being awarded first prize at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival.

More than Blue (Mandarin)

29 November 2018 9:00am3 December 2018 9:00am
Zhang Zhekai, also known as K, is a hardworking employee at a records company. All that comes to a standstill when he is diagnosed with terminal leukaemia. But he’s more concerned about Song Yuanyuan, a lyricist also known as Cream. They met in high school at age 16, seeking solace in each other and growing closer, Cream eventually moving into K’s home. With his illness, K dares not confess his love for Cream. Before his time runs out, he wants to make sure she has settled down and is happy.

A Stowaway on the Ship of Lunatics (Slepi Putnik Na Brodu Ludaka) (Serbian with English subtitles)

26 November 2018 9:00am6 December 2018 9:00am
Petar Kočić, a famous Serb playwright, poet and politician, spends his last days during 1916 in a lunatics’ asylum, “Guberevac”, in a city under siege. The film portrays a gloomy image of WW1 Belgrade under Austrian occupation. The plot thickens as an old adversary from Bosnia and Herzegovina, now the deputy military Governor of occupied Belgrade, appears at the hospital.

Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter (Japanese with English subtitles)

25 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 10:00am
An explosion brings down the broadcasting station, Nichiuri TV, during the filming of the Satsuki Cup, a tournament featuring the competitive traditional card game called karuta. Caught in the bombing, young detective Conan helps childhood sweethearts Heiji and Kazuha make a narrow escape from the collapsing building. Meanwhile, the reigning Satsuki Cup champion has been found murdered in his Kyoto residence. As if there wasn’t enough happening, karuta player Momiji appears unannounced and announces that she is Heiji’s fiancé?!

The Traveling Cat Chronicles (Japanese with English subtitles)

25 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
Aloof and often cynical, Nana used to live the rough life of a stray cat. After an almost fatal accident, he is rescued by a kind-hearted young man, Satoru. Nana starts living with his new cat servant, but the good times don’t last and they must find a new home for him. They travel around Japan to find a new home for Nana, reconnecting with Satoru’s old friends and learning about his past along the way. Adapted from Hiro Arikawa’s international best-selling novel.

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us (Japanese)

25 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 11:00am
Every year the citizens of Fura City celebrate a Wind Festival. Where people live together with the wind. Long Ago, on the final day of the festival the Legendary Pokemon Lugia and bestow the blessings of the wind upon the people. This Film Focuses on Everyone's Story. from Lisa, a high school girl who is just starting out as a Pokemon trainer, to Karachi, a guy who can't stop lying to Torito, a researcher who lacks confidence in himself, to Hisui, an old lady who hates touching Pokemon, and Rarugo, a mysterious young girl who watches over the forest by herself.

Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura Destiny (Japanese with English subtitles)

24 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 10:00am
Set in an alternate universe, the ancient capital of Kamakura is a vibrant town where fantastical creatures live alongside humans. Akiko is a cheerful publishing assistant who moves to Kamakura after marrying mystery writer Masakazu. She’s surprised by the unusual town but enjoys the new curiosities surrounding her. However, just as she was beginning to settle in, a trifling incident sweeps her spirit into the underworld!

The 8-Year Engagement (Japanese with English subtitles)

24 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 10:00am
This beautiful love story starts when Mai and Hisashi (Takeru Sato) meet at a gokon (group blind date). Polar opposites, Mai is bubbly and headstrong, while Hisashi is quiet and considerate. But opposites do attract—they naturally fall in love and eventually get engaged. However, Mai is suddenly struck down with a rare disease that sends her into a coma. Despite her slim chances of survival, Hisashi refuses to leave her side.

Chihayafuru Musubi Part 3 (Japanese with English subtitles)

24 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 10:00am
Chihaya and her friends are in their final year of high school, which means they have one last chance to win the national karuta championships, a fast-paced and physically demanding card game based on classic poetry. Just because they’re busy training for the games, they’re not excused from real life. Like other teens, they have to deal with homework, exams, friendships and the occasional heartbreak.

Marriage Palace (Punjabi)

23 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
This is a comedy movie which takes us back to the 1990s in punjab how a village boy comes to the city to persue his love along with his friend. The film brings back the age of cassettes when the definition of love was without the usage of new media then how will nimma(sharry Mann) and Maani (Payal Rajput) make their love story work despite many problems in their path.

Color Me True (Japanese with English subtitles)

23 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
Aspiring director Kenji is smitten with the star of his favourite retro film, a beautiful but stubborn heroine called Princess Miyuki (Haruka Ayase). He yearns for the princess from the bygone era of black and white classic cinema, and spends his evenings replaying her film just to see her face. Through a strange twist of fate, Miyuki burst forth from the silver screen and joins bewildered Kenji in his world filled with colour—and she’s feistier off screen!

Mixed Doubles (Japanese with English subtitles)

23 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 10:00am
After a childhood spent rigorously training for table tennis, Tamako is set free to live a normal life. She graduates from school, joins the workforce and finds “marriage-material boyfriend”, Ejima, the hottest table tennis player in Japan. Ejima doesn’t know her past as a star athlete and only sees her as a dutiful girlfriend. But romance is a game that Tamako hasn’t mastered and Ejima ends up cheating on her. What’s an ex-table tennis prodigy to do? Easy! Assemble her own team of ace players and destroy Ejima at the national championships.

Rang Panjab (Punjabi)

22 November 2018 9:30am29 November 2018 10:30am
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Cine Latino Film Festival

21 November 2018 9:00am2 December 2018 11:00pm
This year’s Festival features films from across the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Paraguay.

The Father (Arabic)

19 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
A Syrian town besieged by terrorist troops. Ibrahim, the main character, is trying to rescue his family through the siege with other people of the town. Soon after, they are captured by the terrorists. The film follows the tragic destiny of this family in the camp, with many other innocent civilian people, in their sufferings against the savage and inhuman actions of the terrorists. (The Father) is a Syrian survival story.

Taxiwaala (Telugu)

17 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
Taxiwaala is a supernatural comedy thriller featuring Vijay Devarakonda, Priyanka jawalkar and Malavika Nair in lead roles. Shiva, a job monger ends up as a taxiwaala only to realise his ride is a beyond what anyone can expect.

Last Letter (Mandarin)

15 November 2018 9:00am29 November 2018 9:00am
After the passing of her sister, Yuan Zhilan attends a class reunion in place of her, and reunites with her high school sweetheart, whom she starts communicating through letters.