May 9, 2013
Sydney Film Festival time. The only fortnight each year when one can brush up against the kind of solitary folks who like to spend each day at the State Theatre with a thermos full of soup, a bumbag full of muesli bars, and a terribly smug question ready to go should a Q&A opportunity arise.
Screw Christmas; for Sydney-siders, this is the most wonderful time of the year.
Wednesday June 5, 7.30pm @ State Theatre – tickets here
Directed, written, shot, edited and scored by chronic overachiever Ivan Sen (Toomelah, Beneath Clouds), this year’s Opening Night film looks to be an epic western stunner. It stars Aaron Pederson as a city detective who returns to his Outback hometown where the locals – including Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson and Ryan Kwanten – aren’t particularly friendly.
Saturday June 15, 9.30pm & Sunday June 16, 9.15pm @ Event Cinemas, George Street – tickets here
Dir. Noah Baumbach
Friday June 14, 9pm @ State Theatre; Saturday June 15, 7.15pm @ Event Cinemas, George Street – tickets here
Friday June 14, 7.30pm @ Event Cinemas, George Street – tickets here
Friday June 14, 6.30pm & Saturday June 15, 12.05pm; Sunday June 16, 2pm @ Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne – tickets here
Saturday June 15, 9pm @ State Theatre; Sunday June 16, 12pm @ Event Cinemas – tickets here
No one quite does family conflict, drama and community tension like Iranian director Asghar Farhardi, whose last exquisitely heartbreaking film, A Separation, won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film in 2011. This is the story of a complicated set of relationships that stem from Tehran to Paris, with secrets and suspense aplenty.
Saturday June 8, 6.45pm & Sunday June 9, 12pm @ State Theatre – tickets here
Having just won the Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca and the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale last month, Australian director Kim Mordaunt turns his eye once more to Laos, this time telling the story of Ahlo, a little boy thought to be bad luck. Battling the village’s superstitions alongside a girl named Kia and her uncle (who dresses in the best suit I’ve seen since Solange), Ahlo attempts to win a rocket-making competition. Heart strings, consider yourself plucked.
Sunday June 9, 1.45pm & Saturday June 15, 1.45pm @ Dendy Opera Quays – tickets here
Wednesday June 5, 7.45pm & Sunday June 9, 1.35pm @ Event Cinemas, George Street –tickets here
Andrew Bujalski’s ( Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) new black and white film about super nerds running amok on a weekend tournament for chess software programmers in the 80s. It’s a comedy. What’s not to love?
Saturday June 8, 9.30pm @ The State Theatre – tickets here
The final slot also belongs to the insane looking Linda Boreham biopic Lovelace, and to the romantic-looking Blancanieves. Also to Wadja, Paradise Trilogy and, finally, The Look of Love. Oh alright Ryan Gosling — and to Only God Forgives. And maybe to one of the other 190 films screening this year. I’m exhausted already.
Sydney Film Festival runs from Wednesday June 5 to Sunday June 16. Tickets are on sale now.
Kate Jinx is an artist and writer who talks about cinema as host of FBi Radio’s film programPicture Show and on ABC 702. She writes for various publications and occasionally appears in public to talk about teen witches, evil cats and other movie obsessions at places like the MCA and Performance Space.