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21 Films You Should See at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival

Opening in Sydney today! There will be over 300 screenings of 244 titles from 60 countries across the twelve days of the festival in ten venues to choose from. Here are some recommendations to help you decide what to see this year.


Paterson
 (SELLING FAST)

Jim Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit, is a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet (played by Adam Driver) and his artistic wife.

Paterson

 

 

Swiss Army Man (SELLING FAST)
Daniel Radcliffe’s boner compass helps Paul Dano find his way home.

Swiss Army Man

 

Toni Erdmann
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is a clever and original comedy about family bonds, modern business tactics and the value of just letting go.

Toni Erdmann

 

Shepards and Butchers
Steve Coogan excels in a rare dramatic role as a determined lawyer, in this engrossing courtroom drama inspired by true events, from South African director Oliver Schmitz.

Shepherds and Butchers


Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo
 (SOLD OUT)

In January 2015, Noma, recognized as the World’s Best Restaurant and led by its charismatic chef René Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Japan.

Ants on a Shrimp

 

Mustang (SELLING FAST)
In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

Mustang

 

Sunset Song
With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way.

Sunset Song

 

Francofina (SELLING FAST)
In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis.

Francofina

 

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (SELLING FAST) 
Werner Herzog explores – in a playful yet chilling examination – our rapidly interconnecting online lives.

Lo Behold

 

A War
A Danish commander faces a courtroom trial after a judgment call leads to the deaths of 11 civilians during the war in Afghanistan.

A War

 

Beast
Deep in the slums of Manila, a young boxer’s life is changed forever when his father pressures him to cheat in a fight.

Beast

 

Free to Run
The amazing story of the running movement over the past five decades.

Free to Run

 

Life, Animated
Animated Disney movies help Owen Suskind, a young autistic man, communicate with his family.

Life, Animated

 

National Bird (SELLING FAST)
Three courageous whistleblowers break the silence around the U.S. drone war – a decision that will change their lives forever.

National Bird

 

Saint Amour (SELLING FAST)
Chaos ensues when a father and son travel to a farm festival via the Wine Trail in a Parisian taxi.

Saint Amour

 

Suburra
Criminal rivalries and endemic corruption are exposed when plans are made to turn a seaside town into a gambling paradise.

Suburra

 

The Land of the Enlightened
As Americans occupy their country, young Afghans dig up old Soviet mines to sell the explosives to other children.

Land of the Enlightened

 

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) profiles celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together master musicians from around the world to teach, collaborate, and perform.

Music of Strangers

 

Tokyo Story (SOLD OUT)
This beautiful restoration will draw you deeper than ever into Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s graceful masterpiece, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

Tokyo Story

 

Weiner (SELLING FAST)
An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign and the landscape of today’s political landscape.

Weiner

 

Zero Days (SELLING FAST)
The malware worm Stuxnet, famously used against Iranian centrifuges, has been claimed by many to have originated as a joint effort between America and Israel.

Zero Days

 

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss your chance to see these remarkable films in Sydney, June 8-19.

 

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