A total of 25 films which screened this May in Cannes will make their way down under for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival, including some of its most prominent successes. "Drive," a high-octane speed triller with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan which won the Director's prize for Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, will screen along with Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty", Maiwenn le Besco's "Polisse," which won the Jury Prize, and "The Kid with the Bike," the latest from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
The festival has also acquired films from outside of Cannes' main competition. From Un Certain Regard, MIFF will screen the Jury Prize-winning Russian film "Elena," Bruno Dumont's "Outside Satan" and Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," which found acclaim at Sundance earlier this year.
From Director's Fortnight, MIFF will screen the much-praised Belgian coming of age film "The Giants," Natalia Almada's "El Velador" and "The Silence of Joan," the latest filmed adaptation of the Joan of Arc story, helmed by "Capitaine Achab" director Philippe Ramos.
The full program will be announced July 5, and the 2011 festival will run July 21 - August 7.