Sydney Film Festival 2020 presents some of the best films from Europe

Sydney Film Festival 2020 presents some of the best films from Europe

Huge News! The Sydney Film Festival 2020 program has officially been released, and with the uncertainty of current times, the entire program is online, meaning that audiences around the world can grab some popcorn, get comfy and tune into some of the best movies produced over the last year.

From June 10-21, the festival will offer 12 days access to see the full SFF program of full premiers. There will be 33 films which will include:

  • 10 Finalists: Documentary Australia Award for Best Australian Documentary
  • 10 Europe! Voices of Women in Film – Features and Documentaries
  • 10 Finalists: Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
  • 3 Screenability Short Films

Many of these films tackle crucial contemporary issues, coming from established and upcoming documentarians and directors. Here are our must-see European films showing during the Sydney Film Festival 2020.

I Want to Make a Film About Women (Russia)

A queer love letter to Russian  revolutionary women artists of the 1920s,  speculating on what they said, did and might have created had it not been for Stalin’s suppression. Directors Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen have developed, produced, directed or edited numerous acclaimed short films, online productions and the feature films Thursday’s Fictions and Text Messages from the Universe.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

Kids Run (Germany)

In this gritty German love story, a former boxer is tested as he tries to keep custody of his children and win over his ex-girlfriend. Director Barbara Ott was born in 1983 and has a degree in fiction directing from the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. Her short film Sunny screened at several festivals and received many awards.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

Lessons of Love (Poland)

Charismatic and optimistic Jola is on the lookout for romance in her native Poland, but just how hard will it be to surrender to love for the first time at age 69?

Director Małgorzata Goliszewska graduated from Wajda School in 2012 and POLSKA.DOC, before working in experimental film at the Academy of Fine Arts, Szczecin. She has directed several short films, two of which screened at festivals around the world.  Also, Kasia Mateja graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She has made short documentaries and experimental films, and her documentary, Silence on the way to the Reindeer People, won several festival awards

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

My Little Sister (Switzerland)

Two of Germany’s finest actors, Nina Hoss (Barbara, SFF 2012; Phoenix, SFF 2015) and Lars Eidinger (Babylon Berlin) star as inseparable twins in this intricate family drama set in Berlin’s elite theatrical circles.

Directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have known each other since childhood and are both accomplished actresses. Their short film Berlin Backstage won a Berlin Today Award (Berlinale 2004). Their prize-winning first feature film, The Little Bedroom, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2010. Their documentaries include Evening Class for Adults (2005), Buffo, Buten & Howard (2009) and Ladies (2018). My Little Sister premiered In Competition in Berlin earlier this year.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

Sea Fever (Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, UK)

The crew of an Irish fishing trawler fall prey to a deadly sea creature in this gripping sci-fi thriller. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival. Director Neasa Hardiman’s credits include award-winning shorts, documentaries and drama. She won BAFTAs for directing episodes of TV series’ Happy Valley and Tracy Beaker Returns. Sea Fever is her first feature.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

A Year Full of Drama (Estonia)

A job advert with a difference: seeking someone who’s never been to the theatre to watch every production in one small country for a whole year. 224 Estonian productions later…  Director Marta Pulk (born 1988) earned her Master’s degree in filmmaking from the Baltic Film and Media School. Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE

 

Zana (Kosovo, Albania)

Mysticism and modernity clash in this tense family drama about a Kosovar Albanian woman’s struggles to overcome wartime trauma and conceive a child. Director Antoneta Kastrati was born in Zahaq, Kosovo. Her credits include Seeking Magic and She Comes in Spring. Zana, her feature debut, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

When to catch it?
HD Rental available between June 10-21

More information HERE


Alistair Grech

Alistair is studying a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Digital and Social Media studies at the University of Technology Sydney. He is passionate about travelling the world and has a rich curiosity when it comes to experiencing new and different cultures. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]