The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is just a day shy away, and the excitement is at its peak with the anticipation of the opening night to kick start the most celebrated film festival in Australia. It has a well-established tradition of gradually revealing its program, building anticipation among movie enthusiasts.

After a few title announcements in April, SFF followed it with the unveiling of the festival’s retrospective focus. It includes filmmaker Jane Campion and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s retrospective.  Finally, in May, SFF released the spectacular complete lineup for 2023. However, SFF continues to surprise even after that as the closing night film was announced following the conclusion of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. SFF also took the opportunity to include additional selections from Cannes, enriching its already impressive lineup.

SFF 2023 Late Announce Includes Nine Films

SFF is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, June 8, to Sunday, June 19. Just a day before the festival’s commencement, SFF (2023) delighted cinephiles by adding nine more features to its roster under ‘Late Announce.’ The highlight among them is “Anatomy of a Fall,” a gripping drama directed by French filmmaker Justine Triet, who recently received the Palme d’Or at Cannes. This prestigious award is a testament to Triet’s exceptional talent. It makes her only the third female director to ever receive this coveted recognition, following in the footsteps of Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau.

Still from INSHALLAH A BOYDirector: Amjad Al-Rasheed
Director: Amjad Al-Rasheed

Two other films that competed for the top prize at Cannes have also found a place in the SFF lineup. “Club Zero,” directed by Jessica Hausner, known for her work in “Little Joe,” features the talented Mia Wasikowska as a boarding-school teacher leading a conscious-eating movement. May December,” directed by Todd Haynes of “Carol” fame, explores a scandalous affair and stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore.

SFF has further expanded its selection with other notable films, including the body-horror flick “Tiger Stripes,” which won the Grand Prize at the 2023 Cannes Critics’ Week. Inshallah a Boy, tells the story of a Jordanian woman who resorts to faking a pregnancy to secure her inheritance. “Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry” is a Georgian feature that depicts an autumn romance. SFF has also included “Anselm,” Wim Wenders’ portrait of artist Anselm Kiefer, which premiered at Cannes, and “Four Daughters,” a powerful documentary that won the top prize in its category, shedding light on the story of a Tunisian mother and her missing children.

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

To complete the lineup, SFF presents “The Persian Version,” an Audience Award-winning film at the Sundance Film Festival. This film explores the romantic life of Iranian American filmmaker Leila, as well as her mother, Shireen’s story.

As a result of these exciting additions, attendees of SFF will need to adjust their schedules accordingly, as this dynamic film festival continues to surprise and captivate audiences year after year.

Sydney Film Festival (SFF) 2023 – Official Competition

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