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

Maria by Callas (French |Italian)

7 February 2019 9:00am25 March 2019 9:00am
An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

Badla (Hindi)

8 March 2019 9:00am25 March 2019 9:00am
A lawyer investigates further into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a young man.

Guddiyan Patole (Punjabi)

8 March 2019 9:00am25 March 2019 9:00am
Guddiyan Patole revolves around two sisters who come back to their village from Canada to see their maternal family. They take their grandmother for a short leisure trip, however the sisters meet a boy from Punjab along the way.

Hotel Mumbai (Hindi)

14 March 2019 9:00am28 March 2019 9:00am
HOTEL MUMBAI is based on the true story of the devastating terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra, Russian businessman Vasili and newly promoted waiter Arjun in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive.

More Than Blue (Mandarin)

14 March 2019 9:00am28 March 2019 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.

French Film Festival

14 March 2019 9:30am14 April 2019 11:30pm
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, the most remarkable French-Australian cultural event!

Band Vaaje (Punjabi)

15 March 2019 9:00am25 March 2019 9:00am
Inder meets Bilkis and develops an instant liking for her and sets out to woo her, not realizing that Bilkis is from Pakistan. His grandmother's hatred of Pakistanis forces him to lie to his family that she is not from Pakistan.

My Dear Prime Minister (Hindi)

15 March 2019 9:00am28 March 2019 9:00am
The film revolves around four kids living in a Mumbai slum. One of them wants to build a toilet for his single mother and makes an appeal to the Prime Minister.

Chaal Jeevi Laiye (Gujarati)

15 March 2019 9:00am25 March 2019 9:00am
Aditya Parikh and his father Bipin Chandra Parikh begin to explore the meaning of life as they meet a stranger traveller named Ketki, who takes them on a journey of surprises and realisations that strengthens their bond with every situation that tests their drifting relationship.

The Crossing (Cantonese)

15 March 2019 9:00am28 March 2019 9:00am
Studying in Hong Kong but living in Shenzhen (the port city of Mainland China), Peipei has spent 16 years in her life travelling between these two cities. To realize the dream of seeing snow in Japan with her bestie, Peipei joins a smuggling gang and uses her student identity to smuggle iPhones from Hong Kong to Mainland. Her family life and friendships begin to fall apart. The daily life of Peipei starts to get out of control. Sixteen-year-old Peipei crosses the border nearly every day, travelling from her mainland China home to her Hong Kong high school and back again. Customs officials glimpse her school uniform and innocent face and wave her through without a second thought. But Peipei is about to become involved in some illicit activities that will render her routine into something highly dangerous…

Made in Abyss - Journey's Dawn (Japanese)

20 March 2019 9:00am1 April 2019 9:00am
The enigmatic Abyss is an unforgiving and deadly place. Despite the dangers, it still captures the imagination of explorers such as Riko who wishes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and trains hard to become a Cave Raider.

My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese)

21 March 2019 9:00am24 March 2019 11:45pm
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

The Man Who Feels No Pain (Hindi)

21 March 2019 9:00am1 April 2019 9:00am
It is a story of a young boy Surya who has a rare condition of Congenital Insensitivity to pain meaning he can not feel pain, and he sets out to learn martial arts and hunt down muggers.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (Persian | French | Mandarin)

16 March 2019 9:00am20 March 2019 11:45pm
Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years. Poh Lin Lee is a "trauma therapist" who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre hidden in the island's core, attempting to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. As Poh Lin and her family explore the island's beautiful yet threatening landscape, the local islanders carry out their "hungry ghost" rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without a burial. They make offerings to appease the lost souls who are said to be wandering the jungles at night looking for home. In the intimacy of her therapy sessions, as Poh Lin listens to the growing sense of despair of the people she counsels, she begins to feel the creeping dystopia reverberate through her own life.

Princess Mononoke (Japanese)

14 March 2019 9:00am16 March 2019 11:45pm
While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit’s realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves. It’s not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying
each other.

Thadam (Tamil)

8 March 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 9:00am
One murder; two suspects! A whodunit where each clue leads to more questions than answers. A riveting edge of the seat thriller based on true stories.

The Guilty (Danish)

7 March 2019 9:00am21 March 2019 9:00am
When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly.

Luka Chuppi (Hindi)

1 March 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 9:00am
It tells the story of a television reporter in Mathura who falls in love with a headstrong woman.

Alone / Together (Tagalog)

28 February 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 9:00am
College sweethearts Christine and Raf meet again for the first time, eight years after their breakup. Christine, who once was an over-achieving art student, has become a failure while Raf, a guy nobody thought would be a great man, is now an esteemed doctor to the barrios. As both now live a life different from each other, their reunion takes them back to their youth and the dreams they shared back in the day.

Total Dhamaal (Hindi)

22 February 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 10:00am
The third installment of the Dhamaal film series.

Hezarpa (Persian)

17 February 2019 10:00am11:00pm
Reza and his friend Mansoor are pickpockets. When Reza by his mother becomes aware that a rich girl has taken an oath to marry a war-injured person he decides to get close to her and find a way to marry her.

Kala Shah Kala (Punjabi)

14 February 2019 9:00am21 March 2019 9:00am
Indian-Punjabi comedy film which celebrates the much maligned and universal butt of jokes - the colour black. Lovely a happy go lucky and charming guy struggles to find the love of his life because of his dark complexion. Pammi is everything he dreamed of, and for a while it sure seems like a match made in heaven, but alas Lovely will have to prove yet again that it's not the colour of the skin that matters but your heart and soul that matter and always wins.

Arctic (Icelandic)

14 February 2019 9:00am10:00am
A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost. He must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Fall in Love at First Kiss (Mandarin)

14 February 2019 9:00am19 February 2019 10:00am
Directed by Chen Kushan who directed the original ‘Our Times’) in 2015 which took 395 million RMB (took $850K in North America) Stars Lin Yun (The Mermaid and upcoming in Mermaid 2) and wang Dalu (Our Times and Railroad Tigers)

Gully Boy (Hindi)

14 February 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 9:00am
“Gully Boy” is about a 22-year-old Muslim boy named Murad (Ranveer Singh) from a ghetto in Bombay. The son of a driver, his parents have worked hard to get him educated just so that he can have an office job, meanwhile, Murad realises his calling is to rap. Art is a distant dream for the colonised poor of India and this story is about Murad chasing his dream and inadvertently transcending his class.

Integrity (Cantonese| Mandarin)

8 February 2019 9:00am19 February 2019 10:00am
Part 1 or a planned trilogy. From acclaimed HK director Alan Mak (Infernal Affairs 1 & 2 , Overheard). Stars Sean Lau (Overheard 1 , 2 & 3), Nick Cheung (Vegas To Macau 2 & 3), and Karena Lam.

The Wandering Earth (Mandarin)

8 February 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 10:00am
The Sun is aging rapidly. It will keep expanding and eventually, devour the Earth. The dramatic change of weather, will force the human society to leave the surface of the planet, and move into the underground city permanently. To survive, all countries and regions around the world will mobilize all recourses to construct ten thousands Earth Engines, to push the planet out of the Solar system… The question is, do we have the courage, to leave the solar system?

Extreme Job (Korean | Mandarin)

7 February 2019 9:00am14 March 2019 9:00am
A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives' chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.

Capernaum (Arabic)

7 February 2019 9:00am12 February 2019 9:00am
After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive.

Missbehavior (Cantonese |Mandarin)

5 February 2019 9:00am19 February 2019 9:00am
The mobile chat group "Pat Poh [Nosy Bitches]"comprises six girls and two boys. They were once very close, but then Inspector May therein found that her bosom friend Isabel had an affair with her boyfriend. Moreover, the internet celebrity, Rosalin, has written everyone else's love secrets into a book and published it. For all such reasons, members of this group are getting more and more alienated from one another.

Pegasus (Mandarin)

5 February 2019 9:00am12 February 2019 9:00am
Zhang Chi, a hubris and dominating six-time racing champion, falls from grace following a crisis. After a five-year suspension from the motorsport, the now single-father to a six-year-old boy throws down the gauntlet once again to a younger generation of racing geniuses, and vows to regain his past glory. With few years left in a professional career at almost forty, the father-and-son duo braves a brand-new world of auto-racing which puts them into some rather ironic situations. To guard the honor and a father’s promise to his son, Zhang Chi regroups with his former teammates on the journey back to the race course. Together they roll with the punches and launches a serious attack for the championship.