The must-see movies at this year’s Sydney Film Festival
THE full Sydney Film Festival program spans 120 feature films and almost 60 documentaries. Here are five films you shouldn’t miss.
A kidnap victim’s life is literally on the line is this high-concept Danish thriller, which plays out in real time. An emergency police dispatcher (Jakob Cedergren) races against the clock to unravel what appears to be a domestic abduction. Gustav Moller’s nerve-jangling, 85minute feature debut never leaves the claustrophobic confines of the call centre.
This is the fourth film Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Tehran Taxi) has made since he was banned from doing exactly that. In Three Faces, screening In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, a young woman sends wellknown Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari a desperate selfie-video in which she appears to hang herself after her parents stop her from attending acting school. Panahi and Jafari set out to find out what happened
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
Cameron Post (Chloe Grace Moretz) is sent to a Christian camp specialising in “gay conversion therapy”, circa 1990, after she is caught making out with the prom queen in the back seat of her boyfriend’s car. Director Desiree Akhavan’s adaptation of Emily M Danforth’s young adult novel won the top prize at Sundance this year.
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) averages one full-length feature every four or five years. They’re worth the wait. This brutal, Noirish thriller stars Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatised veteran hired to rescue a senator’s daughter from a sex trafficking ring.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS
After discovering that they have been two-timed by the same man, two romantic cynics form a business in which they break up couples for cash. After its sellout premiere at Austin’s SXSW festival in March, the enthusiastically reviewed Kiwi comedy (“whiplash funny” said Variety), written, directed by, and starring Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, has been chosen to open this year’s event.
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Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here