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The Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF) showcases award-winning films and guests from around the world. MIFF is the premier fundraiser for the Meaford Culture Foundation, which supports arts and culture initiatives in the community.

Friday Matinee: The Zone of Interest

Showing – Friday, September 20th at 1:30 pm
Director(s): Jonathan Glazer
Language: German, Polish, Yiddish
Country: USA, UK, Poland
Awards: 57 wins & 155 nominations, including 2 Oscar wins
Rating: PG 13
Runs: 1 hr 45 mins

Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden beside the camp. Stars Christian Friedel, Sandra  Hüller, and Johann Karthaus. This film won the 2024 Oscar for Best International Feature Film.

Friday Evening: Io Capitano

Showing – Friday, September 20th at 7:00 pm
Director(s): Matteo Garrone
Language: Wolof, French, Arabic, English
Country: Italy, Belgium, France
Awards: 19 wins & 37 nominations, nominated for one Oscar
Rating: Not rated
Runs: 2 hrs 1 min

Seydou, a teenage boy who, together with his cousin Moussa, decides to leave Dakar in Senegal and make his way to Europe. A contemporary Odyssey through the dangers of the desert, the horrors of the detention centers in Libya and the perils of the sea. Stars Seydou Sarr, Moustapha Fall, and Issaka Sawadogo. Academy Award, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominee.

Saturday Matinee: Seven Winters in Tehran

Showing – Saturday, September 21st at 1:30 pm
Director(s): Steffi Niederzoll
Language: Persian
Country: France, Germany
Awards: 8 wins & 11 nominations, including Best Documentary at the Bavarian Film Awards
Rating: Not rated
Runs: 1 hr 37 mins

This feature film a female student in Tehran who was hanged for murder. She had acted in self-defense against a rapist. For a pardon and after seven years in prison, she would have had to retract her testimony. Stars Reyhaneh Jabbari, Shole Pakravan, and Fereydoon Jabbari. Winner of the 2024 Best Documentary awards at both the Berlin International Film Festival and the German Film Awards.

Saturday Evening: The Peasants

Showing – Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 pm
Director(s): DK Welchman & Hugh Welchman
Language: Polish, Latin
Country: Poland, Serbia, Lithuania
Awards: 4 wins & 20 nominations, including Audience Favourite at the 2023 Polish Film Festival
Rating: R
Runs: 1 hr 54 mins

Jagna is a young woman determined to forge her own path in a late 19th century Polish village – a hotbed of gossip and on-going feuds, held together, rich and poor, by adherence to colorful traditions and deep-rooted patriarchy. Based on the Nobel prize winning novel. Stars Kamila Urzedowska, Robert Gulaczyk, and Miroslaw Baka.

Sunday Matinee: The Persian Version

Showing – Sunday, September 22nd at 1:30 pm
Director(s): Maryam Keshavarz
Language: English, Persian
Country: USA
Awards: 4 wins & 5 nominations
Rating: R
Runs: 1 hr 47 mins

When a large Iranian-American family gathers, a family secret is uncovered that catapults the estranged mother and daughter into an exploration of the past, and to discover they are more alike than they know. Stars Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, and Kamand Shafieisabet. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award.

Sunday Evening: The Monk and The Gun

Showing – Sunday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM
Director(s): Pawo Choyning Dorji
Language: Dzongkha, English
Country: Bhutan, Taiwan, France, USA, Hong Kong
Awards: 6 wins & 8 nominations
Rating: PG 13
Runs: 1 hr 47 mins

An American travels into Bhutan in search of a valuable antique rifle and crosses paths with a young monk who wanders through the serene mountains, instructed by his teacher to make things right again. Stars Tandin Wangchuk, Tandin phubz, and Kelsang Choejay. Winner of the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival’s Audience Choice award.

Watch: 2023 MIFF Highlights

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