The 63rd Sydney Film Festival has announced eight new films from Cannes and one restoration will screen as part of the 2016 Festival 8-19 June.
Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “The Festival is very pleased to announce another six feature films, two documentaries, and one short film, have been added to the program, which now stands at 254 films presented over the 12-day Festival.”
“All nine films come direct from Cannes to Sydney Film Festival including Korean director Park Chan-wook’s sensual, twist-filled tale The Handmaiden; FIPRESCI Prize winner Maren Ade’s clever and original comedy about the complexities of familial relationships, Toni Erdmann; Jim Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit Paterson, a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet and his artistic wife, and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, a spooky ghost story starring Kristen Stewart.”
“Two true stories will also screen: a critically acclaimed heart-warming tale about India’s travelling picture shows, The Cinema Travellers, by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya; and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’ Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy, a film to honour the victims of Hissein Habré’s brutal dictatorship, tracing their long fight for justice,” he said.
Marlon Brando’s revenge western One Eyed-Jacks, in which he also starred, will bring the dusty Mexican countryside and wild Californian coastline to Sydney Film Festival. The only film directed by Brando, restored by Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation, and which premiered at Cannes 2016, was overseen by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, who has named the film his ‘favourite western’.
The new additions to the festival line-up also include The Red Turtle, a dialogue-free, animated fable by Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli and London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit.
The final film added to the festival is The Beast, a funny and powerful South African short film which played at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
Sydney Film Festival runs 8–19 June 2016. Visit sff.org.au for more information.