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Sydney Film Festival reveals first 27 titles

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Sydney Film Festival reveals first 27 titles

Sydney Film Festival have revealed 27 of the 160 films in this year’s program.

Now in its 60th year, SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley says the internationally spanning picks are some of the best productions Australia will be treated to this year.

“You’ll see them here first,” says Moodley. “Between them, they capture the mood of the times that make us who and what we are today.”

The Sydney Festival returns to the Lower Town Hall, the State Theatre, Event Cinema George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Art Gallery of NSW and will this year spread its precinct to sessions at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne.

Highlights of the 27-strong sneak peek include the World Premiere of Australian performance artist William Yang’s documentary William Yang: My Generation; winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Berlinale, The Act of Killing; a digital restoration of the groundbreaking 1981 film Wrong Side of the Road and the retrospective screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which was released in 1954, the same year Sydney Film Festival began.

The Full program will be revealed on Wednesday May 8.

See below for the first list of films for 2013

The Act Of Killing (Denmark, Norway. Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and Anonymous)

Blackfish (USA. Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

Blancanieves (Spain, France. Dir: Pablo Berger)

Comrade Kim Goes Flying (UK, North Korea. Dir: Kim Gwang-hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans)

Exposed (USA. Dir: Beth B.)

Fallen City (China. Dir: Zhao Qi)

A Few Hours Of Spring (France. Dir: Stephane Brize)

Frances Ha (USA. Dir: Noah Baumbach)

Frankenstein’s Army (Netherlands, USA. Dir: Richard Raaphorst)

The Human Scale (Denmark. Dir: Andreas Møl Dalsgaard)

The Look Of Love (UK, USA. Dir: Michael Winterbottom)

La Maison de la Radio (France, Japan. Dir: Nicolas Philibert)

Mignight’s Children (Canada. Director: Deepa Mehta)

Miss Nikki & The Tiget Girls (Australia. Director: Juliet Lamont)

Oh Boy (Germany. Dir: Jan Ole Gerster)

Outrage Beyond (Japan. Dir: Takeshi Kitano)

Prince Avalanche (USA. Dir: David Gordon Green)

Rear Window (USA. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

Red Obsession (Australia. Dir: David Roach, Warwick Ross)

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s (USA. Dir: Matthew Miele)

Stoker (UK, USA. Dir: Park Chan-wook)

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman and Jacki Weaver.

Stories We Tell (Canada. Dir: Sarah Polley)

Actor turned director Sarah Polley’s first film since Take This Waltz.

Wadjda (Saudi Arabia. Dir: Haifaa Al Mansour)

What Maisie Knew (USA. Dir: Scott McGehee, David Siegel)

Rock star story with Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan.

What Richard Did (Ireland. Dir: Lenny Abrahamson)

William Yang: My Generation (Australia. Dir: Martin Fox)

Wrong Side Of The Road (Australia. Dir: Ned Lander)

For information and trailers on each film head to


- Poppy Reid