The Sydney Film Festival have released the programme for the 62nd edition of the festival, with 251 films screening from 68 different countries.
The 2015 Festival reflects a strong year for Australian cinema, leading with the World Premieres of Ruben Guthrie, Brendan Cowell’s adaptation of his hit; and Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man, staring Ryan Corr, Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce, and Sarah Snook.
Of the 12 titles in the internationally recognised SFF Official Competition – this year worth $62,000, three are Australian, while three are directed by women. Sherpa – the only documentary in the Official Competition is directed by Australian director Jennifer Peedom. It chronicles the uneasy relationship between Sherpa labourers and foreign mountain climbers on Mount Everest.
Other official competition titles include: Sundance hit, Me Earl and the Dying girl; Tehran Taxi (Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale), the third film made in secret from the great Iranian filmmaker and dissident Jafar Panahi since he was banned from filmmaking; and Victoria, a spectacular one-shot film detailing a Berlin bank robbery and the aftermath created by German director Sebastian Schipper.
Direct from Cannes @ SFF – Japanese director Hirozaku Kore-ada’s Our Little Sister screens in Cannes’ Official Selection. Both Arabian Nights, director Miguel Gomes’ epic follow-up to Tabu, and American indie comedy Dope screen in Directors’ Fortnight. Amy, Asif Kapadia’s (Senna) documentary about Amy Winehouse, will have a midnight screening at Cannes; and Sembene!, a documentary about the great African filmmaker, screens in Cannes Classics.
The festival sections include:
Freak Me Out! – the Festival’s horror, cult, macabre and extreme arthouse film programme.
Sounds on Screen – illuminating stories from around the world about the creators and creation of music.
Focus on South Africa – illuminating stories from around the world about the creators present a snapshot of South Africa’s most vibrant film offerings.
International Documentaries – today’s documentary makers tackle the controversial and traditional with verve, respect and expertise.
Not sure where to start? We offer 10 suggestions after the jump.