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‘Memoir of a Snail’ - Melbourn Film Festival


Palo Alto, CA, 07.06.24: The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), a major player in the Australian and international film scene, is set to kick off its 2024 edition with a heartwarming tale – albeit one delivered at a leisurely pace. The film festival will run from August 8 to August 25. Acclaimed film director Adam Elliot’s "Memoir of a Snail" will unspool its stop-motion magic as the opening night gala film on August 8th, promising a quirky and poignant adventure.


Elliot, no stranger to the world of animation – his short film "Harvie Krumpet" nabbed the Oscar in 2004 – brings his signature style to "Memoir." Crafted with meticulous care by a team of Melbourne-based artisans, the film is a love letter to the city itself. Expect a visual feast of handcrafted sets and meticulously animated characters, all imbued with the unique charm of stop-motion animation.


But "Memoir of a Snail" is more than just a visual spectacle. The film delves into the story of Grace, a lonely soul with a penchant for collecting… well, snails. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she forms an unlikely friendship with Pinky, an eccentric elderly woman. This heartwarming bond promises to explore themes of isolation, connection, and the beauty of finding solace in the most unexpected places.


Adding to the film's appeal is a stellar voice cast. Sarah Snook, known for her captivating performance in the hit series "Succession," lends her voice to Grace. Joining her are a host of other Australian talents, including Kodi Smit-McPhee, Eric Bana, and the legendary Jacki Weaver. Even iconic musician Nick Cave gets in on the act, adding another layer of intrigue to this unique project.


The selection of "Memoir of a Snail" as the opening night film speaks volumes about MIFF's commitment to showcasing diverse and compelling stories.  This indie film fest, a major player in the international film festival circuit,  consistently champions bold and original voices, making it a must-attend event for cinephiles worldwide.


With its heartwarming story, stunning visuals, and local charm, "Memoir of a Snail" is poised to be a crowd-pleaser.  Whether you're a die-hard animation buff or simply looking for a heartwarming tale, this Melbourne-made gem is sure to leave a lasting impression  as it kicks off the 2024 MIFF. With over 250 films slated for the festival, spanning international and local titles, "Memoir" sets the stage for a truly immersive cinematic experience. So, mark your calendars, Melbourne and the world!, because come August 8th, we're all in for a slow and steady journey with a touch of whimsy.

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