Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sydney Film Festival 2011 Sneak Peek

Temperatures are dropping and Sydneysiders are putting away their board shorts and flip-flops and taking out the coats and scarves. I'm seeing more Starbucks cups than Boost cups and...

Okay. You get the picture. It's winter in Sydney, which means there's plenty of art-related events happening in the coming months. Namely, Sydney Writers' Festival, Vivid and Australian Fashion Week. But most importantly, the annual Sydney Film Festival is coming back in June.

They have just released the first 23 titles included in the line-up and here is a small list of the ones I'm most excited for:

The Troll Hunter

Directed by André Øvredal

Captured in Blair Witch style shaky cam but instead of witches in the woods it's trolls in Norway. Which is way more awesome.

Mutant Girls Squad
Directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi

Comic book meets Tarantino meets Freddy Krueger meets coming-of-age story? I don't know how to describe this film but it sure looks fun.

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

This looks like Dogtooth all over again. Yorgos Lanthimos, director of last year's most disturbing film (Haneke didn't release a film last year) is starring and producing yet another disturbing look into the human psyche. 

Even The Rain
Directed by Iciar Bollain

Gael Garcia Bernal. That's all I need to know. I'm there. Described as a film within a film, Bernal plays a director shooting a film in Bolivia, where conflicts arise over the water supply.

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