SFF @ Dendy Opera Quays

Located on the promenade leading towards the Sydney Opera House, Dendy Opera Quays overlooks the spectacular Sydney Harbour. Throughout the year, the cinema shows art-house films, plus theatre and opera screenings.

76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami

A touching portrait of the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died in July 2016, crafted by his friend and collaborator, photographer Seifollah Samadian.

78/52

A documentary tribute to a movie sequence: the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho gets the full-on geek cinephile treatment.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Award-winning US documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams, SFF 1994; Life Itself, SFF 2014) is in top form in this captivating story of the only bank indicted following America's 2008 financial meltdown.

Afterimage

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).

Angry Inuk

The anti-sealing movement’s adverse impact on Inuit communities is exposed in this Hot Docs Audience Award winner from First Nations director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Austerlitz

A fixed camera films visitors to the sites of Nazi death camps, watching as they observe, and thereby questioning the nature of history and remembrance.

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.

Belle de Jour

In 1967 Catherine Deneuve entranced audiences in Belle de Jour, Luis Buñuel’s satire of sexual manners. 50 years on it stands as a masterpiece of erotic cinema.

Beuys: Art as a Weapon

The life and work of iconoclast Joseph Beuys, a revolutionary German artist of the 1970s and ‘80s, celebrated for his artworks, performances and politics.

Big Time

Much sought-after Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People) embarks on his most ambitious project yet, NYC’s new World Trade Center, in this energetic documentary.

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.

Chasing Coral

The Great Barrier Reef takes centre stage in this Sundance winner that raises awareness of the dire fate of coral reefs by filming the phenomenon “coral bleaching”.

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.

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.

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).

The Divine Order

Women of a small Swiss village band together to campaign for the women's right to vote, ahead of the crucial 1971 ballot, in this rousing, inspirational film.

Elián

When a Cuban boy was rescued off the US coast in 1999, no one could have predicted the wide-reaching ramifications.

Ember

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

The Farthest

A passionate documentary on the science project of the 20th century, NASA's Voyager space program, and the far-reaching probes launched 40 years ago.

The Giant is Falling

Director Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down, SFF 2014) looks back at South Africa's recent past, questioning why the optimism following Mandela's 1994 election win has floundered.

The Grown-Ups

Adults, but seldom treated as such: that's the dilemma facing this group of friends with Down syndrome, in this warm and compassionate documentary.

House of Others

Winner of the East of the West Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, this is a visually stunning drama about two families struggling to adjust in a post-war world.

An Insignificant Man

A captivating portrait of political leader Arvind Kejriwal, aka “The Bernie Sanders of India”, filmed over one extremely eventful year as he seeks to disrupt Indian politics.

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).

Kagemusha

At the time, the most expensive Japanese film ever made, this epic unfolds during a period of clan warfare and questions the very nature of power.

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.

The Levelling

Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones' Meera Reed) stars in this emotional drama set on a Somerset dairy farm beset with troubles.

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.

Maliglutit

A thrilling Arctic version of John Ford's classic western The Searchers (1956), made by Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Cannes winner Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner).

Mifune: The Last Samurai

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

Mister Universo

Humorous Italian docu-fiction set in the world of the circus, in which a young lion tamer sets out to retrieve a lucky charm from a former Mister Universe.

A Modern Man

Young, handsome, immensely rich, a virtuoso violinist and a Hugo Boss model: meet the man who appears to have everything, in this surprisingly charming documentary.

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

Napalm

Renowned French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann (Shoah), now 91, revisits a haunting North Korean encounter in his latest documentary direct from Cannes.

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.

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.

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).

Ran

Kurosawa’s last great epic is a re-working of ‘King Lear’ with sons replacing the original’s daughters. The battle scenes are magnificently staged with impressive use of colour.

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?

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.

School Life

A spirited documentary featuring two soon-to-retire teachers at an Irish boarding school who view their charges with equal parts eccentricity and care.

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.

Taste of Cherry

SFF honours the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) with a 20th anniversary screening of his minimalist masterpiece about a rational man on the brink of suicide.

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.

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves

Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Festival: an extraordinary, audacious film about four Quebec students who take protest to the verge of terrorism.

To Stay Alive - A Method

France's bestselling novelist, Michel Houellebecq, and music icon Iggy Pop join forces to discuss art and survival in this unique documentary based on the author's 1991 essay.

Untitled

In 2014, award-winning director Michael Glawogger died tragically whilst filming. His long-time editor, Monika Willi, has crafted his final footage into a striking documentary.

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 War Show

A multi-award-winning documentary that chronicles Syrian radio DJ Zytoon's experiences following the 2011 Arab Spring, as hope gives way to grim reality.

The Well

Repressed desires surface in this haunting psychological drama with Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto. This Australian classic deserves rediscovery 20 years after its Cannes premiere.

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.

When The Day Had No Name

A night out for a group of teenaged boys is the starting point for this devastating look at ethnic tensions and the effect of the cycle of violence on young Balkan men.

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.

Window Horses - The Poetic Persian Epiphany Of Rosie Ming

A charming feature from one of Canada's best loved, award winning animators, Ann Marie Fleming, voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.

Winnie

Winner of Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a fascinating portrait of South Africa's 'mother of the nation' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

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 Workers Cup

As they labour to build the facilities for Qatar's FIFA World Cup, migrant workers living in 21st century slave conditions participate in a soccer tournament of their own.

You Have No Idea How Much I Love You

A three-way conversation between an anxious mother, her twenty-something daughter, and a psychotherapist: a documentary that will resonate long after the credits have rolled.