Cinephiles – rejoice! The much-loved Sydney Film Festival is back again this June, boasting its most impressive program yet. The film festival, now in its 62nd year, will consist of 251 titles from 68 countries worldwide. With this much international film on offer, we’re manically filling our diaries with back-to-back marathons of moving dramas, enlightening documentaries and laugh-out-loud comedies.
If you’re a bit overwhelmed with the sheer volume of the program, we’ve narrowed down the list to highlight a few of our must-sees:
Sebastian Schipper’s heart-in-mouth heist thriller is genuinely shot across 22 locations in a single 134 minute take. This exhilarating tale of a Spanish nightclubber who finds herself caught up in a bank robbery in Berlin makes for a sense-swamping rollercoaster ride. Schipper on the film, “Victoria is no Candy Crush. It’s poetry, danger, freedom and sin.”
Billed as a ‚Äúcontemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial,‚Äù The Daughter is inspired by Simon Stone‘s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Set a logging town, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding, where he unearths a long-buried secret. If you love Aussie drama as much as we do, then be sure to add this one to your festival list.
“If I didn’t have movies, my life would be pretty boring,” says one of seven siblings who’ve spent practically all of their lives locked up in their Manhattan apartment by their father. Director Crystal Moselle, with privileged access, filmed the siblings as they recreated scenes from their favourite movies. The unsettling story of this strange yet compelling family won the Grand Jury Prize for US Documentary at Sundance this year.
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, this documentary-like drama is the third film made secretly by Jafar Panahi since a ban on filmmaking was imposed on him in Iran. A taxi drives through the city streets and various passengers enter, each expressing their views on a range of matters relating to Iran today. Playful, funny and optimistic, Tehran Taxi is a truly creative and entertaining flick.
A Second Chance
Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier’s powerful thriller explores the moral conundrum – how far should you go when tragedy blurs the line of what is right and wrong? Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a promising young detective, who when faced with a personal tragedy, makes a decision that has severe moral and ethical repercussions. Tension-filled and heartbreaking, A Second Chance will have you confronting your own prejudices and assumptions.
Holding the Man
This film adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s acclaimed book is closing the festival in its world premiere. Ryan Corr and Craig Stott star as two men who fall in love as teenagers. The drama follows their enduring romance over 15 years, and the discrimination they face. If the film version is as half as tender, frank and witty as the book – then we’re in for a treat.
This darkly funny drama is the directorial debut of award-winning playwright, Brendan Cowell. Shot on location all over Sydney, the film follows Ruben Guthrie (Patrick Brammall) who leads a party boy lifestyle, until a drunken practical joke lands him at the bottom of his pool, lucky to be alive. His fiancée Zoya (Abbey Lee) gives him an ultimatum: if he can abstain from alcohol for an entire year, she’ll stay with him. Don’t miss this bittersweet tale about a glamorous city with a dark side.
We have 5 double passes to the Sydney Film Festival to giveaway, valued at $39 each.
For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about in this year’s program and why?
Competition closes 12pm Wednesday 13 May.