Our pick of Asian films you have to watch at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

Our pick of Asian films you have to watch at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

The full program for the Sydney Film Festival 2019 has officially been released and the line-up is more exciting than ever.

The festival will present 307 films from over 55 countries including 33 World Premieres, bringing together hundreds of international and local stories. There are 112 feature films, including prize-winners from prestigious festivals around the world; and 79 documentaries tackling crucial contemporary issues, from established and upcoming documentarians.

From June 5-16, cinemas across Sydney will showcase the best films the world has to offer, with the Harbour City playing host to an array of special guests as part of the program.

In anticipation of the upcoming festival, we’ve shortlisted five of the films out of Asia that we absolutely can’t wait to watch on the big screen!

Alpha, the Right to Kill (Philippines)

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs is the backdrop of this pulsating thriller by Brillante Mendoza. Winner, Special Jury Prize San Sebastian 2018. Mendoza’s stylishly executed thriller provides a memorable picture of a city in the grip of overwhelming fear.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 4:30pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinema 5
Monday June 11, 2019 4:45pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1

More information HERE


Manta Ray (Thailand)

Winner of the Horizon Prize at Venice, Manta Ray is a visually unforgettable and mystical story about the unusual friendship between a Thai fisherman and a Rohingya refugee. Manta Ray won Best Director and Artistic Achievement awards at Cairo and Thessaloniki film festivals.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 8:45pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Sunday June 9, 2019 12pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinemas 5

More information HERE


One Child Nation (China)

The underreported consequences of China’s One-Child Policy are exposed in this utterly compelling documentary. Grand Jury Prize winner, Sundance 2019. In shocking interviews with journalists, officials and family members, Co-Director Nanfu Wang documents a horrendous trail of social destruction, from forced sterilisation to child abandonment (nearly all girls) and state-sponsored kidnappings.

Where and when to catch it?
Friday June 7, 2019 1:45pm – State Theatre
Sunday June 9, 2019 4:30pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinema 3

More information HERE


The Wandering Chef (South Korea)

The belly-warming story of a celebrated Korean chef and forager, who crafts meals that unite people, providing sustenance, comfort and joy to those he meets on his travels. Hye-Ryoung Park’s poignant documentary illustrates the deep connection between food, ritual and memory.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 15, 2019 4:30pm – Event Cinemas George Street 9
Sunday June 16, 2019 6:30pm – Event Cinemas George Street 9

More information HERE


Photograph (India)

Ritesh Bhatra (The Lunchbox, SFF 2014) returns with a whimsical love story about a Mumbai street photographer who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manto, SFF 2018; The Gangs of Wasseypur, SFF 2012) plays a street photographer who plies his trade at the Gateway of India. An impending visit from his demanding grandmother means that Rafi must make good on his promise to settle down.

Where and when to catch it?
Sunday June 9, 2019 6:30pm – State Theatre
Monday June 10, 2019 4:30pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Friday June 14, 2019 4:25pm – State Theatre
Sunday June 16, 2019 7pm – Casula Powerhouse

More information HERE

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au