Three contenders for the Sydney Film Prize have been revealed.
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4 Apr 2011 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:09 PM

In an early announcement of its program, the Sydney Film Festival has confirmed that new films from directors Miranda July, Athina Rachel Tsangariand Tran Ahn Hung will screen in Official Competition at the 2011 event.

The trio will compete for the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize against nine other filmmakers, who will be revealed in the May 11 announcement of the entire program.

The Future (pictured) is July's follow-up to Me and You and Everyone We Know, and arrives on the back of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. In The Future, July returns to hipster heaven, this time with a tale about a dance teacher and her boyfriend thrown askew after adopting an ill cat.

Hung's Norwegian Wood finds inspiration in the classic Beatles song. The adaptation of Haruki Murakami's 1987 novel examines suicide and the permeating influence of death on a young university student. The melancholy romance screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and the film's composer, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, won the Best Composer prize at Dubai International Film Festival.

Attenberg, the second feature from Tsangari, takes place in a seaside factory town in Greece where a young, alienated girl mimics the animals she's seen in David Attenborough documentaries. Ariane Labed won Best Actress at last year's Venice Film Festival for the challenging role.

The 58th Sydney Film Festival takes place from 8-19 June. For more information visit

See below for the full list of films announced:


All About Love
(dir. Ann Hui)

(dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari)

Black Venus
(dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
(dir. José Padilha)

Even the Rain
(dir. Icíar Bollaín)

Happy, Happy
(dir. Anne Sewitsky)

The Future
(dir. Miranda July)

The Guard
(dir. John Michael McDonagh)

Meek's Cutoff
(dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Mutant Girls Squad
(dirs. Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi)

Norwegian Wood
(dir. Tran Ahn Hung)

(dir. Tom Twyker)

The Troll Hunter
(dir. André Øvredal)

Tucker & Dale vs Evil
(dirs. Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson)


(dir. Paddy Considine)

Win Win
(dir. Tom McCarthy)


(dir. Janus Metz)

Cool It
(dir. Timoner)

How to Start Your Own Country
(dir. Jody Shapiro)

Life in a Day

(dir. Kevin Macdonald, YouTube contributors)

Map My Summer
(dir. Amy Gebhart, YouTube contributors)

Project Nim
(dir. James Marsh)

(dir. Asif Kapadia)

(dir. Laura Israel)