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Sci-Fi Retrospective

Science fiction’s long cinematic history – a history as long as that of cinema itself – is rich with works of high art as well as low, with films both profound and populist, and with filmmakers and storytellers at the cutting edge of both the reel and the real.

In 2017, MIFF boldly goes where no MIFF has gone before, presenting a massive Sci-Fi Retrospective featuring many of the genre’s most groundbreaking, influential and important films alongside some of its most inventive and entertaining. Significantly, many of these films are also hard-to-find, visually breathtaking spectacles that are best seen in the cinema.

Two major highlights of the program are the festival's first-ever all-night cult Sci-Fi Marathon at The Astor; and a special screening of René Laloux’s mesmerising ‘70s landmark Fantastic Planet, with an original score courtesy of Melbourne space rockers Krakatau under the aegis of the Hear My Eyes collective.