The must-see movies at this year’s Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

THE full Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val pro­gram spans 120 fea­ture films and al­most 60 doc­u­men­taries. Here are five films you shouldn’t miss.

THE GUILTY

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.

THREE FACES

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.

THE SFF SCREENS FROM JUNE 6- 17 ACROSS 11 VENUES. TICK­ETS ARE ON SALE NOW. SFF. ORG. AU.

Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Re­ally Here

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