‘The Substance’ set to shine at Sydney Film Festival’s closing night

By Our Reporter

The Sydney Film Festival is gearing up to host the Australian Premiere of “The Substance,” fresh from its acclaim at Cannes, as the festival’s Closing Night Film. This eagerly awaited screening is scheduled to take place at the State Theatre on Sunday, 16 June.

Directed by Coralie Fargeat, “The Substance” has been generating significant buzz, especially after securing the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes. The film stars Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley, and Dennis Quaid in a unique blend of satirical body horror and dark comedy. Moore portrays Elisabeth Sparkle, a former Hollywood star turned workout show host, who resorts to a black market drug that creates a younger, idealised version of herself, portrayed by Qualley. Quaid plays a sleazy TV executive, adding another layer of intrigue and humour to the narrative.

Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to close this year’s Sydney Film Festival with the Australian Premiere of ‘The Substance.’ Coralie Fargeat’s film, featuring an outstanding performance by Demi Moore, promises to leave a lasting impression.”

The Closing Night Gala will also feature an award ceremony, where a record prize pool of $200,000 will be distributed to filmmakers, celebrating the best in cinematic achievements. The full program for the 2024 Sydney Film Festival is available online, offering a comprehensive lineup of films, events, and discussions from 5 to 16 June.

“The Substance” stands out for its compelling performances and daring exploration of vanity and excess. Fargeat, known for her 2017 thriller “Revenge,” expertly balances tension and dark humour, making this film a fitting choice for the festival’s grand finale.

The Sydney Film Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals globally, continues to be a significant cultural event in New South Wales. Supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW and Destination NSW, along with the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney, the festival promises another season of exciting cinema, premieres, and vibrant discussions.

For more information and to stay updated, visit the Sydney Film Festival’s official website

The festival runs from Wednesday, 5 June to Sunday, 16 June 2024. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this cinematic celebration.

Tickets and Flexipasses for the Sydney Film Festival 2024 are on sale now, with bookings available through the festival’s website or by calling 1300 733 733.

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