Quentin TarantinoUber celebrity auteur Quentin Tarantino will be flying his fast-talkin’, wise-crackin’, breeze-shootin’ self to Melbourne early next month to stroll the red carpet at the Australian Premiere of Inglourious Basterds, which will screen on August 2 as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival. Last night MIFF revealed its full program and celebrity-studded guest line-up, which also includes East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta, who will join Aussie actors Anthony LaPaglia, Gyton Grantley and Nathan Phillips at the world premiere of Balibo on July 24. Another notable event on the calendar will be the world premiere of Ana Kokkinos’s Blessed, during which Kokkinos will be joined by Deborra-Lee Furness, Frances O’Connor and Miranda Otto. Here’s a snippet from the press release:

“This year but we are going out, all guns blazing, with a program full of depth, variety and originality, not to mention our notable line-up of guests!” said Executive Director Richard Moore.

Amongst an abundance of visitors, MIFF’s other key guests include; French filmmaker Claire Denis with her new film 35 Shots of Rum; fresh-faced star Carey Mulligan from the coming-of-age drama An Education; Michael Nyman, the minimalist composer known for his many collaborations with Peter Greenaway, Nicolas Winding Refn, director of the extraordinary Bronson, and Alexis Dos Santos, director of the UK indie film Unmade Beds.

This year’s crop of titles include the latest hot titles from the Cannes croisette – including Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner, The White Ribbon, the award winning Greek film Dogtooth, Lars Von Trier’s controversial Antichrist, and the film with the best title in the festival No One Knows about Persian Cats by Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi.

The full MIFF program will be released on Friday 10th July online and as a free insert in The Age.

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