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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.


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.




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

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


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



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.



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


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



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


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



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


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



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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