With only three days before it opens, the 66th Sydney Film Festival has announced some hot additions to its 2019 lineup.
“Festival audiences will be the first in the country to see Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, an uproarious high school movie for Generation Z and a hilarious shot of pure cinematic girl power, as well as Ken Loach’s devastating drama Sorry We Missed You, straight from the Cannes Competition, about a working class British family struggling in the gig economy,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley, who only last week extended his contract with the film festival for a further 4 years.
“Also from Cannes are the Un Certain Regard winner The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, about two sisters forcibly separated by conservatism and fate; Jury Prize winner Les Misérables, Ladj Ly’s explosive feature debut about a routine police patrol gone horribly wrong; Best Screenplay and Queer Palm winner Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma’s first foray into period drama and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s documentary Diego Maradona, tackling the controversial soccer megastar,” he said.
“We also present the first Cannes selection from a Peruvian woman, Song Without a Name, the true story of a newborn child stolen at a fake clinic; and Critics’ Week selection The Unknown Saint, a charming Moroccan comedy about a criminal whose buried stash has a mausoleum built over it; and thrilling noir film The Whistlers, about a cop who becomes entangled in the crimes he’s investigating,” he said.
“And from Sundance we present political thriller Official Secrets, with Keira Knightley playing the British whistle-blower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion,” he said.
The full Sydney Film Festival 2019 program can be found online at sff.org.au.
Sydney Film Festival runs 5 – 16 June 2019. Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2019 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.