The Sydney Film Festival has added three new films to its already bulging line-up. THE ASSASSIN, direct from earning Hou Hsiao-Hsien the Best Director award at Cannes, will join documentaries STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE (Dir: Alex Gibney) and AMONG THE BELIEVERS (Dir: Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqv).
The martial arts epic THE ASSASSIN, is based on the tale of Nie Yinniang from the era of the Tang dynasty in 9th century China. It screens Saturday 13 June, 8pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 14 June, 7pm, Event Cinemas George Street.
STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, from award-winning documentarian and Festival guest Alex Gibney, is a candid and revealing portrait about the father of Apple. It follows last year’s Jobs, and the upcoming Steve Jobs film from Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin. The film will accompany Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, premiering at the Festival; together with a co-presented Vivid Ideas and Sydney Film Festival talk, Alex Gibney: In Conversation. It screens Friday 5 June, 9.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Friday 12 June, 6pm, Event Cinemas George Street.
AMONG THE BELIEVERS is another new documentary by Indian filmmaker Hemal Trivedi and Pakistani filmmaker Mohammed Ali Naqv will also screen. Filmed over several years with unprecedented access, the film looks at the power struggle between Muslim extremists and secular leaders, presenting with brutal clarity the ideological battles shaping up in Pakistan and the Muslim world today. It also screens Saturday 13 June, 5.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 14 June, 4.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street.