Sydney Film Festival 2014 announces first films

By April 2, 2014 Industry News
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SFF 2014: Coming Attractions:

Sydney Film Festival today unveiled a sneak peek of this year’s event in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday 7 May.

This first announcement includes one World Premiere, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features and 11 documentaries, produced from 15 countries, as well as a special eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman, with his son and filmmaker Michael Altman attending the Festival as one of our many special guests.

The Festival also goes west to Blacktown for the first time this year with a special 40th anniversary restoration of the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on Friday the 13th of June at the Skyline Drive-In.

Of course, SFF returns to the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Art Gallery of NSW, the popular Festival Hub at Town Hall and, for the second year, to the much-loved Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne.

Today’s announcement includes documentaries including Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, with director Michel Gondry interviewing Noam Chomsky; The Unknown Known, in which director Errol Morris interviews Donald Rumsfeld; and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, about Mandela’s contested legacy.

You’ll be taken on some out-there adventures: a darkly comedic road trip with Frank starring Michael Fassbender as a masked musical genius, also starring Maggie Gyllenhall and Domhnall Gleeson; to the Ukraine with topless feminist sensation FEMEN in Ukraine Is Not Brothel; and on a concert tour of Sheffield with Jarvis Cocker and his Brit-rock band in Pulp.

See below for some of the selections, or visit here to see the complete preview.

An expanded Sydney Film Festival Hub at Town Hall will feature a photographic exhibition by photographer Hugh Hamilton. Rosebud presents a series of intimate portraits of film stars and filmmakers taken with their ‘Rosebud’ – a personal object of particular significance to their life and work, a concept inspired by the classic film Citizen Kane.

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