The Brisbane International Film Festival has announced its lineup for 2017. After a three-year hiatus, the festival has returned with a 16 day extravaganza of films, galas, and showcases featuring a wide range of genres from around the world.

The festival kicks off on 17 August with The Square, a wildly entertaining Swedish satire about the self-obsessed indulgence of the art world. One of the darker comedic films on the festival circuit, The Square is written by the contemporary film-master Ruben Östlund.

The Go-Betweens: Right Now will close the festival on Sunday, 3 September. A feature documentary directed by Kriv Stenders, it explores the melodramatic saga behind the rise and fall of one of Australia’s most successful bands of the last 40 years.

Russian film Loveless will feature as the Centrepiece Gala. 

Centred around an estranged couple’s search for their missing son, the film focuses on an examination of Russia’s politics, oppression and the dwindling empathy strangling a happy marriage. Directed by acclaimed Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award® nominated Andrey Zvyagintsev, this acclaimed work will be showing on Saturday, 26 August at Palace Barracks Cinema.

The first of the Festival’s four showcases is On Body and Soul, directed by Hungary’s Ildiko Enyedi, which won the Golden Bear award for best film at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival 2017 and the Sydney Prize at the Sydney Film festival. This film will be showing on Friday, 18 August at Palace Centro Cinema.

From legendary director Agnès Varda comes Faces Places (Visages Villages), winner of the Golden Eye Documentary Prize. Eighty-nine year old Varda, central to the French New Wave film movement, joins renowned street artist JR to explore the nooks and crannies of rural France in JR’s van.

This will be showcased on Sunday, 20 August at Palace Centro Cinema.

On Wednesday, 23 August comes 24 Frames, the final film from the celebrated Iranian master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, which had its world premiere at this year’s 70th Cannes Film Festival. 24 Frames is just one of the many invaluable legacies of one of the greatest artists of the modern world.

The final showcase is the Australian premiere of The Way Station by Vietnamese director Pham Thi Hong Anh. This haunting, seductive and intense drama won Best Film, Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the 2017: Asean International Film Festival and Awards. Hong Anh’s sumptuous debut centres around a crumbling, isolated restaurant and the different lives of those who live and work there, all from disparate origins and gathered in this little village by the sea, showing on Wednesday, 30 August.

For more information and further program line up, click here.

Read about the Italian Film Festival here.