68th Sydney Film Festival arrives at a celebratory time

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The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite, a time-travelling odyssey following two 12-year-old girls transported to different eras via a mysterious chest hidden in an attic. Pic supplied.

The 68th Sydney Film Festival program has been officially launched by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, becoming the first major festival to be held in Sydney’s CBD as restrictions are lifted for the city.

From Wednesday 3 November to Sunday 14 November 2021, the Festival will offer Sydneysiders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, in-depth discussions with film guests, and now a virtual offering with SFF On Demand streaming nationally from 12-21 November.

Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley yesterday said, “This year’s 68th Sydney Film Festival arrives at a historic and celebratory time for the city, as we come together again with people we have desperately missed, and in the places we yearn to return to – cinemas!”

“With major disruptions in cinema releases, the Festival selection brings together some of the best films of the last two years; extraordinary works from major award-winners to some of the most anticipated films of the year.”

“The Festival opens with Here Out West, stories from eight talented Western Sydney writers, directed by five powerhouse women directors, and closes with Wes Anderson’s comedy-drama The French Dispatch.”

Come Here, A film by Anocha Suwichakornpong. Pic supplied

From Venice Best Director prize-winner Jane Campion with The Power of the Dog, to Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded reimagining of Dune, to the incendiary shock of 2021 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Titane, this year’s program has one of the most diverse and exciting line-ups in SFF history, Moodley said.

“Following close to two years of extremely challenging times for the film industry, SFF is proud to be able to bring these superb films to cinemas. To make the program as accessible as possible, the Festival will also present a bespoke program online through SFF On Demand from 12-21 November,” he said.

Head of Screen NSW, Grainne Brunsdon said, “Screen NSW is proud to support the 68th Sydney Film Festival. This year marks the physical return of the Festival, which we’ve been looking forward to more than ever, as we reunite with some of our favourite cinema spaces, to enjoy cutting-edge productions from NSW and around the world. I hope you enjoy the Festival.”

In 2021, the Festival will present 233 films from 69 countries, bringing together hundreds of international and local stories. There are 111 feature films, including prize-winners from prestigious festivals around the world; 50 documentaries tackling crucial contemporary issues from established and upcoming documentarians; and 72 shorts.  Of these films almost half are directed or co-directed by woman filmmakers.

The Festival will also present SFF On Demand, a virtual offering of 56 feature-length films and 13 shorts from the wider program available to stream nationally from 12-21 November.

For more information and full program, click here

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