In their annual attempt to throw our carefully laid plans into chaos, the 2017 Sydney Film Festival has announced an additional 7 films coming at our screens directly from Cannes. Leading the pack is Palme d’Or winner THE SQUARE from Ruben Östlund, starring Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). There’s also 2017 Cannes Prix Un Certain Regard winner, A MAN OF INTEGRITY from Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof.
“Sydney Film Festival audiences will be the first in the country to see…Cannes-selected gritty heist drama GOOD TIME, starring Robert Pattinson, who gives a career defining performance,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Also from Cannes, JUPITER’S MOON, a film that tackles some of today’s biggest issues though sci-fi and a Syrian refugee with superpowers, and prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike’s 100th film, the samurai bloodbath BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL.
“There are also two Cannes-selected debut films: Ali Soozandeh’s animation TEHRAN TABOO, looking at the secret life of young people in Iran and their struggle for personal and sexual freedom, and I AM NOT A WITCH, a straight-faced satire involving “witches”, from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni,” he said.
So rip your current plans and make room for some of these films over at sff.org.au.