Sydney Film Festival returns to its traditional winter format with 200 films in its 2022 program (so far)

Nashin Modly, Director of the Sydney Film Festival broadsheet The recently announced program – which already scores 200 films – is likely to grow even more in the coming weeks. “It will go into over 200 films. We have not yet announced the full scope of our short films and are very hopeful that there will be a number of late announcements,” he says.

SFF’s 69th returns June 8-19 at the state’s theater, eight movie theaters, and other venues this winter. We’ve already seen at least 22 movies on the schedule, including the new Australian horror movie Sisi Starring Aisha D.the bold type), doco keep steppingphotographed over seven years in Sydney, the joy girls calendar by Swedish filmmakers Maria Lohhovod and Loew Martinsen.

opening night movie We are still here An epic time and space travel film by 10 First Nations filmmakers from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and the South Pacific has been announced – also before the full program is launched. The film follows eight heroes over 1,000 years with interwoven stories of kinship, resilience, loss, activism, and love. “It’s actually very rare to see films of this size, by 10 different directors from two countries during a pandemic, and the result is fantastic,” Modly says.

Eagle-eyed festival-goers will note that there is no closing night movie on the program yet. The director tells us he has yet to confirm the festival’s final film, and is keeping a close eye on the Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28) in case there are any last-minute gems. “We did the same thing in 2019 and in the end we shut down the Danny Boyles match yesterdaywhich I thought was a great closing movie, so I hope for a similar course of events this time around.”

It’s the 11th time Moodley has scheduled a film festival, and the 12-day event is packed with international feature films; A review of the past (one by American documentary director Frederick Wiseman, the other by Indian director Satyajit Ray); Discoveries of the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival, including the Golden Bear winner the carras; 27 World Debuts Like Weird NZ Game Comedy tuesday naked starring Jimin Kleiman; As well as Screenability, First Nations, and Freak Me Out programs (among others).

“If you’re into it, very open to everything, I’d say start with competition,” Modly says. The twelve official competition films are the ones vying for the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize announced on the last day of the festival. “Try to watch as many of these films as you can because that is where you get an idea of ​​what is happening in contemporary cinema. It takes you outside the mainstream.”

in running fireDirected by Archibald Dale Award-winning artist Catherine Barton. It is her first feature film and Modly calls it “a film that represents much of her imagination”. “Even though she works in a different medium than the one we’re used to, it’s still very much her voice and her film. It’s a very moving film and I think audiences will be amazed by it, as I was.”

After the competition films, there is the special presentations category, including the Sundance rom-com Cha Cha Real Smooth Starring Dakota Johnson. This is where you’ll find more international stars, like Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain in the black comedy. the forgiven Directed by John Michael McDonagh and Lea Seydoux in a new sensitive drama, beautiful morning. In addition to Australian films such as Gracie Otto’s seriously red Starring Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale in a misleading story about a Dolly Parton impersonator.

“Although people sometimes think that everything eventually appears in a cinematic version or on streaming sites, often this is not true,” Modly says. “With many of these films, the festival will be the only chance to see them in Sydney.”

There are at least 100 international and Australian guests presenting films this year, including Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vegas (boxin the official competition), Indonesian director Camila Andini (uni And Before, now and thenand Colm Berriadquiet girlalso in the official competition).

“I am very excited about Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu, who directed his film good pledge They were playing. He was the Golden Bear winner in Berlin in 2010. It’s more complicated now with flights canceled and other things, but it’s great that there are so many filmmakers here this year.”

For those who like to revisit the classics, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly ballroomJulie Dash Dust Girls And Park Chan Wook big boy Digitally restored by National Film and Sound Archive and has specials.

In addition, two new TV series will premiere in their entirety: Mysterious Path: Origindirected by Dylan River, about a young police officer in a small town in 1999, and true colors Starring Rarriwuy Hick, filmed in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Yeperenye (East Macdonnell Ranges), written, written and directed by Erica Glenn and Stephen McGregor.

Erica won the Australian Documentary Award with She is the one he should love [2018] We watched the series and it is beautiful. We have a long relationship with mysterious path [2013]. Dylan River is a young director that we admire a lot – the series is great. He deserves our support.”

The Sydney Film Festival returns from June 8-19. Tickets and flexi are on sale now.
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