82 weird and wonderful films make up this year’s Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) program, which has been unveiled today.

Highlights of this year’s festival include Raise Your Arms and Twist, a documentary about Japan’s bizarre pop music industry; Personal Shopper, a ghost story starring Kristen Stewart; and Cannes sensation Toni Erdmann.

Foodies will be in heaven with Ants on a Shrimp, a doco about the world’s best restaurant; audiences will have their endurance tested by eight-hour-long Filipino epic A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery; and Hounds of Love, an Aussie serial killer thriller being billed as the next Wolf Creek, will premiere.

Indian drama Parched, an inspiring tale of female empowerment that has won 18 international awards, will open the festival.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the festival will offer something for everyone.

“The festival’s third year will be its best yet, featuring 31 Australian premieres and 33 Queensland premieres in just 12 days,” he says.

“These films represent the exceptional talent from a region that encompasses 70 countries and areas and includes award-winning films, independents, restored classics and genre favourites.

“Brisbane, this is your film festival — I encourage you to go along and be part of it.”

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and BAPFF chairman Michael Hawkins says audiences will be wowed by the sheer diversity of films.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Brisbane to see the breadth of cinema on offer in our region, and enjoy 31 of the 39 films nominated for this year’s 10th Asia Pacific Screen Award,” he says.

“Many of the incredible filmmakers who are here for the awards will host Q&As at their BAPFF screenings, giving cinema lovers a chance to meet brilliant directors, actors and cinematographers.”

BAPFF head programmer Kiki Fung says audiences will lose themselves in this year’s films.

“There’s so much to immerse yourself in,” she says.

“I am thrilled to present our retrospective on Japanese Screen Legends as it’s a rare opportunity to see these iconic actresses’ works with masters on the big screen.

“For the first time, we have included a selection of films from Europe and The Americas, consisting of this year’s most acclaimed, forward-thinking, provocative and intimate works that will surely be conversation starters.”

The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will be held at Palace Barracks, Palace Centro, King George Square and Griffith Film School from 23 November to 4 December.

For the full program and tickets, visit bapff.com.au.