The vibrant line-up for the 60th Sydney Film Festival was revealed this morning at Customs House, with nearly 200 films from more than 55 countries around the world.
Opening the festival is the world premiere of Ivan Sen’s new film Mystery Road, transposing the conventions of the Western to the Australian outback and featuring an all-star cast of Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.
The Official Competition, now in its 6th year, includes the highly anticipated new film from Nicholas Winding-Refn Only God Forgives, the German slacker comedy Oh Boy and Romanian family drama Child’s Pose. The critically-hyped Laotian story The Rocket – winner of the top prizes at Tribeca 2013 and the Berlin Film Festival – will also have its Australian premiere in competition, along with two documentaries about Sumatran massacre victims (The Act of Killing) and a study of family by Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell).
We’re very excited about the international selections in the Special Presentations category, with the breathtaking silent Spanish film Blancanieves, the acting tour-de-force of Chilean dramedy Gloria, the new-wave inspired black-and-white fable Frances Ha, and our personal favourite Mood Indigo – the new film by sensitive and surreal maestro Michel Gondry. Other premieres include Park Chan-wook’s family horror Stoker, Drake Doremus’ lustful Breathe In, environmental drama The East, the Salman Rushdie adaptation Midnight’s Children and the bizarrely beautiful Upstream Color by Shane Carruth.
The FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize features stranger than fiction stories from around the country, including the tale of a rediscovered Aboriginal culture (Buckskin) and the unlikely Yellow House artists collective in the middle of Afghanistan in Love City Jalalabad. International documentaries exhilarating tear-jerker The Crash Reel, an exploration of Napster in Downloaded, and a study of the larger-than-life drag star I Am Divine.
And that’s only the beginning. There’s many talks and the must-see daily events of the Sydney Film Festival Hub. Explore the full program online now and stay tuned for our Top 10 picks of the Festival coming soon.