Greg McLean’s JUNGLE Announced as MIFF Opening Night Film!
The 66th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) kicks off with the World Premiere of Greg McLean’s spectacular survival thriller JUNGLE, starring Daniel Radcliffe on Thursday August 3rd.
Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle tells the extraordinary true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who spent three weeks lost in the Amazon in his early 20s.
“From the moment I first read the story I realised what a remarkable and powerful tale this was … Jungle is at once entertaining, absolutely compelling, completely terrifying and deeply moving.” – Greg McLean
About the film:
A gloriously tense survival thriller set in the Bolivian rainforest, Jungle is based on the bestselling real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was an Austrian expat named Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.
Adapting Ghinsberg’s acclaimed memoir, Greg McLean moves beyond his previous horror fare to take on an altogether different kind of fear in Jungle, all the more potent for being true. Daniel Radcliffe continues pushing his post-Potter career to the extreme, ably supported by Alex Russell (fellow MIFF Premiere Fund title CUT SNAKE, MIFF 2014), Joel Jackson (PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dracula). Scripted by Justin Monjo (INXS: NEVER TEAR US APART) and supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle is a stunningly shot, edge-of-your seat story of survival and self-discovery.
Film & Gala Afterparty
MIFF Members: $130
Film & Pre-Show Drinks
MIFF Members: $39