BIFF 2020 – Top 5 films if you’re in the mood for love


“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs… A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”… so says Romeo. If you’re in the mood for love, here are our Brisbane International Film Festival’s (BIFF 2020) Top 5.

A tender tale of love discovered late in life Suk Suk is from Hong Kong, the star cross’d lovers (played by Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) are given a firecracker adaptation in Romeo + Juliet 1996, Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) 2020 has all the complexity and sweetness of liking someone in your high school class…with an unexpected guest, Jumbo 2020 proves that we can’t always choose who we fall for and P.S. Burn This Letter Please 2020 is a love letter to the 1950s drag scene and the power of being yourself.

With over 70 films from 28 countries, we can’t wait to welcome audiences back for BIFF 2020 – 11 exhilarating days of unmissable cinema from 1 to 11 October! 

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1. Suk Suk

Suk Suk 2019 / Dir: Ray Yeung

2. Romeo + Juliet

Production still from Romeo + Juliet 1996 / Dir: Baz Luhrmann / Image courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox

3. Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) 2020 / Dir: Monica Zanetti

4. Jumbo

Jumbo 2020 / Director: Zoé Wittock

5. P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Production still from P.S. Burn This Letter Please 2020 / Dirs: Michael Seligman, Jennifer Tiexiera / Image courtesy: The Film Collaborative

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Returning to Cinemas
BIFF 2020 is one of the first major film festivals in Australia to welcome audiences back to cinemas, and we’ll be taking extra steps to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. In addition, when booking, individuals/groups will be distanced in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

BIFF 2020 will screen at QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, and at valued partner venues Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, New Farm Six Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Newmarket and the State Library of Queensland – all part of a city-wide celebration of film.

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) provides an ongoing program of film and video art that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, offering a rich and diverse experience of the moving image, showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations and silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Gallery’s Wurlitzer organ originally installed in Brisbane’s Regent Theatre in November 1929.

BIFF 2020 is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.

Artistic Director for BIFF 2020 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

Featured image: Production still from Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) 2020 / Dir: Monica Zanetti / Image courtesy: Arcadia Film

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