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The final film by Polish master Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) is an illuminating biopic of charismatic dissident artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski.

Ana, Mon Amour

A sexually explicit, unflinching look at a turbulent romantic relationship over the course of a decade, from the director of Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose (SFF 2013).

Back to Burgundy

The vineyards of Burgundy are the stunning backdrop of this warm family drama about estranged siblings putting resentments aside to save their family estate.

Brigsby Bear

Cannes Critics’ Week’s Closing film is a strange, wonderful comedy starring Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney as a man obsessed with a TV show about a bear saving the world.

By the Time it Gets Dark

The exciting rise of Thai experimental cinema continues with Anocha Suwichakornpong’s surreal meditation on the passage of time and the quest for truth.

Ciao Ciao

A sophisticated city woman visits her rural parents in Song Chuan’s incisive snapshot of the tension between tradition and modernity in contemporary China.

Diamond Island

An emotionally rewarding and symbolic tale of Bora, a country boy who leaves home to work on a glitzy Phnom Penh housing development, by Davy Chou (Golden Slumbers, SFF 2014).

Ellipsis

David Wenham’s feature film directorial debut is a touching love letter to Sydney. This World Premiere is an improvised experiment about the random meeting of two strangers.

Ember

Maternal instinct and masculine rivalries collide in this meticulous psychological melodrama about a single mother struggling to survive in contemporary Istanbul.

A Fantastic Woman

The exquisite tale of a transgender woman mourning her lost lover from red-hot Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, SFF 2013). Winner of the Screenwriting Award at Berlin.

Final Portrait

Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the artist Alberto Giacometti in this amusing comedy about his efforts to paint a portrait of an old friend, played by Armie Hammer.

Fun Mom Dinner

Toni Collette and Molly Shannon share an intoxicated wild night out full of wine and sex-talk in this hilarious, bawdy feature debut by Tropfest winner Alethea Jones.

God's Own Country

A sexually explicit romance about two sheep farmers in remote England that's earned favourable comparisons to Brokeback Mountain. Winner of the Directing Award at Sundance.

Graduation

Winner of the Best Director prize in Cannes 2016, this gripping film by Cristian Mungiu is about a father's desperate actions to protect his daughter.

Holy Air

In this clever comedy, a Nazareth businessman must negotiate with the holy city's rulers, gangsters and his own family when he tries one last idea to get rich, selling 'holy air'.

Ice Mother

A widowed grandmother rediscovers her lust for life through the most unexpected means, in this charming yet poignant later-in-life romance.

Insyriated

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

King of the Belgians

A charming mockumentary and political satire about a staid Belgian monarch who loosens up on an unplanned royal road trip through the Balkans.

Lady Macbeth

The arranged marriage between beautiful Katherine and wealthy landowner Alexander is the beginning of a gripping and violent psychodrama that's far from a traditional bodice-ripper.

The Little Hours

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci play hot-and-bothered 14th century nuns in Jeff Baena's (Life after Beth) hilarious modern riff on The Decameron.

Manifesto

The magnificent Cate Blanchett plays 13 different roles in this homage to the great artistic manifestos of our time, directed by influential artist Julian Rosefeldt.

Most Beautiful Island

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, with a complex heroine at its centre, about an undocumented New York immigrant. SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner.

Mrs K

A wildly enjoyable Tarantino-esque martial arts thriller. Veteran Hong Kong action star Kara Wai returns in kick-ass form as a housewife taking on the underworld.

Newton

In this absurdist comedy about the perils of democracy, a dutiful voting official tries against all odds to conduct a free and fair election deep in the Indian jungle.

The Nile Hilton Incident

A riveting Egyptian film noir about a corrupt cop investigating the murder of a pop singer, set amidst the Arab Spring protests. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Ordinary People

Winner of the People's Choice award at Venice, this humanist drama follows two destitute teenage parents whose baby is kidnapped on the chaotic streets of Manila.

The Ornithologist

This cheerfully blasphemous and homoerotic modern take on the life of St. Anthony won Portuguese visionary João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) Best Director at Locarno.

OtherLife

An inventive sci-fi thriller with a complex woman protagonist, OtherLife is the exciting new film from talented Australian director Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young, SFF 2010).

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola (Heart of Darkness, SFF 1991) makes her feature film debut at the age of 80 with this delightful France-set rom-com starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

Porto

An artful, beautiful and haunting examination of a one night stand starring the late Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) in one of his last roles.

A Quiet Dream

The grungy side of Seoul is the playground for the unconventional characters in this whimsical slice of life by respected Korean-Chinese writer-director Zhang Lu (Love And...,, SFF 2016).

Rage

An intriguing murder mystery, Rage cleverly delves into the lives of three suspects living amongst strangers in various parts of Japan.

Saint George

Nuno Lopes won a Best Actor prize at Venice for his powerhouse portrayal of an unemployed ex-boxer who becomes a debt collector during Portugal's economic crisis.

Sexy Durga

With an improvised narrative and dialogue Sexy Durga, winner of the Rotterdam Tiger Award, cleverly contrasts the worship of goddesses with the treatment of women in Indian culture.

Song to Song

Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett star in Terrence Malick's dreamy love story set in the Texas music capital of Austin.

Spoor

In a remote mountain town the hunters become the hunted in this Berlinale Silver Bear-winner by the great Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, SFF 1991; The Wire; House of Cards).

The Teacher

Zuzana Maurery gives an award-winning performance as an unscrupulous school teacher in this crowd-pleasing dark comedy set in Communist era Czechoslovakia.

That's Not Me

An aspiring actor takes advantage of her identical twin sister's success and fame in this hilarious Australian indie influenced by Girls and Bridesmaids.

Vaya

Stranger than fiction, the true stories at the heart of Akin Omotosoi's Vaya came out of a writing workshop for homeless people in Johannesburg.

The Wall

Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) brings his brilliant action-directing skills to this tense skirmish between two American soldiers and the Iraqi sniper who has them in his sights.

Wet Woman in the Wind

A non-stop energetic sex comedy, this is part of Nikkatsu's Roman Porno Reboot project, paying homage to the softcore porn films of the 1970s and '80s.

White Sun

Two brothers separated by political beliefs must come together to bury their father in this finely-crafted look at Nepali's difficult rebirth after decades of war and unrest.

Wild Mouse

When he's fired, a classical music critic embarks on a campaign of revenge against his editor, in this hilarious Austrian comedy in the vein of Woody Allen and Larry David.

The Woman Who Left

The Venice Golden Lion-winning epic from Filipino master Lav Diaz (From What is Before, SFF 2015) explores a woman's quest for revenge following her unjust 30-year incarceration.

The Wound

In this captivating look at African masculinity and sexuality, a young man is threatened when his deepest secret is discovered during a traditional male initiation ceremony.

The Young Karl Marx

Alongside his film I Am Not Your Negro, playing at SFF this year, director Raoul Peck created this rigorous and fascinating biopic of Karl Marx and the beginnings of communism.