The Sydney Film Festival appears to be back on a strong footing after a difficult few years.
This year’s festival, which was launched last week at Customs House, will feature 157 films from more than 47 countries and the premiere of new Australian Film South Solitary which stars Miranda Otto and father Barry.
South Solitary is the first film in a decade for director Shirley Barrett who last made Walk the Talk in 2000.
Jury president is Australian producer Jan Chapman whose extraordinary list of credits includes The Piano, Lantana and most recently, Bright Star. Chapman will be joined by Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper. The three remaining jurors will be announced in the lead up to the festival.
The Sydney Film Festival’s official competition, now in its third year will feature 12 films from across the world.
The 12 highly lauded films include three direct from the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and will include the world premiere and Australian debut of Wasted on the Young by West Australian director Ben C. Lucas. Two winning films from the Berlin Film Festival are also included: How I Ended this Summer (Russia) and If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania).
Films by internationally renowned directors will have their Australian premieres. These will include Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me, Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime, Brillante Mendoza’s Lola, celebrated Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men, Chris Morris’ outrageous comedy Four Lions, and Raoul Peck’s searing Haitian satire Moloch Tropical.
Festival director Clare Stewart said this year was shaping up to be one of the best festivals in years.
“The 2010 official competition line-up is set to take Sydney by storm - daring, commanding films that have already made a splash on the world’s best screens alongside a significant Australian discovery and films that will be unleashed at 63rd Cannes Film Festival.’’
The festival appears back on track after financial woes: 12 months ago a $300,000 rescue was needed, however since those dark days the State Government has committed $3 million over three years.
The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 2 to 14.
Article from Sydney Central/Where I live magazine
List of films made in France or with French collaboration or in French language:
Lourdes (General Admission)
Daughters of Darkness
Chicks (La vie au ranch)
Hadewijch (GA Stalls*)
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (General Admission)
Mammuth (GA Stalls*)
Story of My Life
The Game of Death
The Refuge (GA Stalls*)
Two in the Wave
Two in the Wave (GA Stalls*)
The Tree (GA Stalls*)
The Ghost Writer
Moloch Tropical (GA Stalls*)
Lola (GA Stalls*)
Saint Louis Blues
The Illusionist (GA Stalls*)
Women Without Men
Women Without Men (GA Stalls*)
Lebanon (General Admission)
Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds (GA Stalls*)
Son of Babylon
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (General Admission)
There are so many good films. How will I be able to choose which ones I want to see?
It will be interesting to see how well The Tree does. Directed by Julie Bertuccelli, and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, it's filmed and set in Australia. I read the synopsis on various sites and it seems a little too 'out there' for me. It is also the closing film for this year's Cannes Film Festival so I guess it could be good?
I met a German girl at the recent German film festival here and she was saying that film festivals seem to be big things in Sydney. I never thought about it before but after she mentioned it it got me thinking. We DO have a LOT of film festivals. After trawling the 'net for a long time, I realised there was very little information about the upcoming festivals for this year, in 2010, so I decided to compile my own list (for my own reference, but I'm sure it's also useful for other film buffs).
There are probably more but these are the main ones I found. Also some of them don't release the exact dates until closer to the event, and the dates I've listed here are only for Sydney even though many of these festivals happen in other Australian cities too.
Flickerfest - International short film festival at Bondi Beach
8-17 January 2010
Tropfest - World's largest short film festival
21 February 2010
Sydney China Film Festival
19-28 February 2010
Australian Film Festival, Randwick
24 February-7 March 2010
Alliance Française French Film Festival
2-23 March 2010
Bollywood and Beyond: Indian Film Festival
12-21 March 2010
A night of horror: International Film Festival
10-23 April 2010
Audi Festival of German films
21April-2 May 2010
Spanish Film Festival
5-16 May 2010
Sydney Buddhist Film Festival
15 May 2010 (today!)
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
27-29 May 2010
Newtown Flicks short film festival
4-6 June 2010
International Sydney Film Festival
2-14 June 2010
Arab Film Festival
1-31 July 2010
Possible Worlds: Canadian film Festival
2-8 August 2010
Indonesian Film Festival
26-29 August 2010
Russian Resurrection: Russian Film Festival
19 August - 1 September 2010
1-19 September 2010
Sydney Underground Film Festical
9-12 September 2010
Sydney Fringe Festival
10-26 September 2010
Italian Film Festival
23 September - 10 October 2010
Greek Film Festival
9-20 October 2010
Korean Film Festival
Fantastic Planet: Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival
October 26 - November 5, 2010
Hola Mexico Film Festival
Japanese Film Festival
Harmony International Short Film Festival
Queerscreen: Sydney Gay/Lesbian Mardi Gras film festival
Let's just say I'm going to be saving my pennies for these! :D I am a massive fan of foreign films.