Sydney Film Festival Announces New Films

Sydney has managed to bag eight new films and one restoration piece from Cannes, for this year’s 63rd annual film festival; to be screened alongside the already extensive line-up.

Included in the special screenings are six feature films, two documentaries, and one short film – bringing the total to 254 films to be shown in total across the 12 days of film frivolity.

The latter week of the festival’s titles included in the addition were recapped by festival director Nashen Moodley, who was ecstatic at being able to get the films. Moodley commented that ‘All nine films come direct from Cannes to Sydney Film Festival including Korean director Park Chan-wook’s sensual, twist-filled tale The Handmaiden; FIPRESCI Prize winner Maren Ade’s clever and original comedy about the complexities of familial relationships, Toni Erdmann; Jim Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit Paterson, a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet and his artistic wife and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, a spooky ghost story starring Kristen Stewart.’

Moodley also confirmed ‘Two true stories will also screen: a critically acclaimed heart-warming tale about India’s travelling picture shows, The Cinema Travellers, by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya; and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’ Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy, a film to honour the victims of Hissein Habré’s brutal dictatorship, tracing their long fight for justice.’

Also screening will be Marlon Brando’s revenge western One Eyed-Jacksthe restoration piece that has been selected. Brando starred in this film as well as directing it, and has the honour of being Martin Scorsese’s ‘favourite western.’ Scorsese oversaw the restoration alongside Steven Speilberg, premiering their work at Cannes 2016.

The Red Turtle, a dialogue-free, animated fable by Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli and London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit, and The Beast, a funny and powerful South African short film, complete the new screenings announced.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 6 June. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.

Sydney Film Festival runs 8 – 19 June 2016. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 6 June. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.  To get a flavour of the films on offer, you can see a trailer for The Red Turtle below:

This article was originally posted to The Edge.

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