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Sessions are selling fast, so don't miss your chance to secure tickets. Don't be the only cinephile in Sydney without a ticket to these hot films!

Ali's Wedding

Ali’s arranged marriage is looming, but he loves someone else. What’s a Muslim cleric’s son to do? This Australian comedy won an AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay.

Barbecue

An epic, mouth-watering celebration of the tradition of barbecuing across the world: from South African braais and Texan pitmasters to a New Zealand hangi.

The Beguiled

Fresh from its Cannes Competition berth, Sofia Coppola's new film is a seductive thriller set in the Civil War era starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Blue

The world premiere of an invigorating Australian documentary: a beautifully crafted wake up call to the state of the earth’s oceans, dedicated to creating awareness and change.

Call Me By Your Name

The sumptuous new romance by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, SFF 2010) is a sensual story of first love set in the Italian countryside.

Chauka Please Tell Us The Time

Manus Island is the setting for this unique collaboration between an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, made with footage from a mobile phone.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

The Jane in question is author and activist Jane Jacobs and her fight was to preserve New York’s historic neighbourhoods in the 1960s – a battle no less pertinent today.

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.

A Ghost Story

Made in secret and on a micro-budget, A Ghost Story is a haunting and sparse love story starring Rooney Mara (Lion) and Oscar-winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea).

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.

The Go-Betweens: Right Here

The intensely passionate, creative and fraught set of relationships that formed one of the most loved bands in Australian rock history is explored in this classy documentary.

Gourmet Cinema

On sale now: Follow Aussie filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker as they travel the globe to document barbecues in a diverse range of communities. Finish off the night with a delicious gourmet meal.

Happy End

Master Austrian director Michael Haneke has won the Cannes Palme d'Or with his last two films, The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (SFF 2012).

Hotel Salvation

An old man drags his busy son to Varanasi so that he may die and attain salvation there in a comedy about death that, at heart, is a delightful, poignant celebration of life.

I Am Not Your Negro

Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America.

In My Own Words

The raw, heartfelt and often funny journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time.

In the Fade

Straight from Competition in Cannes, a new thriller from acclaimed German director Fatih Akin (Head-On, SFF 2004; The Edge of Heaven).

The Last Goldfish

A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration.

Short Film

Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Gala Screening

Sydney Film Festival and Lexus are proud to present the 2016 Fellowship winning short films at Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Gala Screening in June.

Madame

World Premiere: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma and Michael Smiley star in this romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.

Mifune: The Last Samurai

A documentary portrait of Kurosawa's muse, Toshiro Mifune, who reinvented the modern movie samurai hero. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

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.

My Life as a Zucchini

An Oscar-nominated Swiss-French stop-motion family animation that's realistic and life affirming, dealing with real issues in a way that doesn't patronise or traumatise its audience.

My Name Is Emily

On Ireland's misty coast, Emily (Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter series) is flung into foster care after her father is institutionalised. She prepares a daring escape.

My Year With Helen

The story of an exceptional woman: New Zealand's first elected female Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and her campaign to become United Nations' first ever-female Secretary-General

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.

Nowhere to Hide

The top prize-winner at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: four turbulent years in the life of resilient male nurse living in Iraq's 'triangle of death'.

Opening Night Gala 2017 - We Don't Need a Map

Experience the 2017 Sydney Film Festival Opening Night Gala, presented by Lexus Australia. Walk the red carpet, rub shoulders with the stars, and attend the exclusive party.

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.

The Other Side of Hope

Aki Kaurismäki's new film is a funny and melancholic tale of the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a Helsinki restaurant-owner. Berlinale Silver Bear winner for Best Director.

The Party

Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a tasty British black comedy about a fancy dinner party that doesn't go according to plan.

Patti Cake$

Aussie actress Danielle Macdonald is sensational as Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper from New Jersey who's determined to make her mark on the music scene.

Pulse

Pulse is the ambitious debut of the talented Daniel Monks, who writes and stars in this body swap drama blending sci-fi with sexual teen angst and identity crisis.

Rage

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

Rashomon

An innovative murder mystery that explores the subjective nature of truth. Toshiro Mifune plays a bandit accused of murdering a samurai and raping his wife – but what actually happened?

Rip Tide

Disney star Debby Ryan makes her Australian film debut in this perfectly-pitched tween feature about surfing, romance and deciding what to do with your life.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

A stomping tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, celebrating their weighty yet unheralded contribution to music, from Hendrix to Metallica.

Seven Samurai

Farmers from a remote village, who are regularly attacked and robbed by bandits, seek help from seven warriors in this celebrated action epic.

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.

Una

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in this emotionally powerful debut by Australian and international theatre director Benedict Andrews.

VR Experience 1: Life of Us

SFF's VR Experience 1: Life of Us is a shared and interactive VR journey that tells the complete story of the evolution of life on earth.

VR Experience 2: Miyubi

In SFF's VR Experience 2: Miyubi, Dad buys his kids a Japanese toy robot, Miyubi, to make up for many absences.

VR Experiences 3 & 4

Choose to explore either VR Experience 3 or VR Experience 4 in the SFF Hub.

We Don't Need a Map

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

Whitney ‘Can I Be Me'

A gripping documentary on the all-too-short life of powerhouse performer Whitney Houston from UK documentarian Nick Broomfield and music video director Rudi Dolezal.

Wind River

Straight from Cannes, this intelligent crime drama with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen is the directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario).

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.

Australia Day

On Australia Day three young people from diverse cultural backgrounds are running scared. Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) takes a hard look at the frayed edges of Australian society.