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About the festival

Who? Sydney Film Festivel

When? 6-17 June 2018

Where? Sydney, Australia

Website: https://www.sff.org.au

Denmark

Holiday

Directed by Isabella Eklöf (also attending the festival)

Starring Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer

The trophy girlfriend of a drug lord gets caught up in a web of luxury and violence when she joins him on the Turkish Riviera. This striking Scandinavian debut caused a stir at Sundance.

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The Guilty (Den Skyldige)

Directed by Gustav Möller

Starring Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen

Gustav Möller’s nail-biting Danish thriller about an emergency services phone operator won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance.

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The Distant Barking of Dogs

Directed by  Simon Lereng Wilmont

Simon Lereng Wilmot won the First Appearance Award at IDFA for this poignant story of life for a boy and his grandmother on the frontline of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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The Charmer

Directed by Milad Alami

Starring Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann

An impressive multiple award-winning debut, this intense psychological drama is about a young Iranian man desperately looking to seduce women who can secure his stay in Denmark.

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Finland

Over the Limit

Directed by Marta Prus

An intense portrait, five years in the making, of a Russian gymnast as she faces the most difficult phase in her career – the lead-up to the Olympics.

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Entrepreneur

Directed by Virpi Suutari

An enchanting and frequently funny portrait of two very different food start-ups: one futuristic and taking on the world; the other, traditional and touring Finland’s back roads.

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Aki Kaurismäki retrospective

Curated by David Stratton

Shadows in Paradise

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Kaurismäki’s third feature is a terse, tightly structured romantic drama involving two lonely people – a garbage collector and a supermarket cashier.

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The Match Factory Girl (Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

A factory worker is exploited not only by her employers but also by her family and friends – until she stands up for herself.

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The Man Without a Past (Mies Vailla Menneisyytta)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

All Kaurismäki’s themes combine in this delightfully optimistic, serenely graceful, film about a man with amnesia who has to start again.

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Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin Valot)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

A man, two women, a robbery and a dog provide the elements of this typically terse and appealing romance; a story of crime, punishment and devotion.

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La Vie de Bohème

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

The adventures of three down and outs in Paris, this French-language delight is an adaptation of the book on which the opera, La Bohème, is based.

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Drifting Clouds (Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

In the quintessential Kaurismäki film, He (Kari Väänänen) drives a tram while She (Kati Outinen) manages a restaurant. Both of them lose their jobs and have to start again.

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Crime and Punishment (Rikos Ja Rangaistus)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Kaurismäki’s first film is an intensely gripping updating of Dostoevsky’s novel, relocated in contemporary Helsinki.

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Ariel

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

The misadventures of a mineworker from Finland’s frozen north who heads south when the mine closes; Kaurismäki’s first film released in Australia (in 1991) is the epitome of ‘supercool’.

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Sweden

The Wife

Directed by Björn Runge

Glenn Close delivers a career-best performance in this thrilling drama, as a wife who has sacrificed her own talent to support her husband’s brilliant literary career.

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That Summer

Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson

Big Edie and Little Edie, of the 1975 classic Grey Gardens, return to the big screen, in long-lost footage from the summer of 1972.

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The Heart (Hjärtat)

Directed by Fanni Metelius

An intimate debut feature about love, sex, new romance and modern relationships, directed by and starring Swedish actor Fanni Metelius (Force Majeure, 2014).

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The Deminer

Directed by Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal

The Deminer is an edge-of-your-seat portrait of a bomb disposal expert in Iraq. Winner of a Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

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