The five European movies not to miss at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

The five European movies not to miss 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 exciting program.

This year’s program features so many movies out of Europe. Here are our top five must-sees at the Sydney Film Festival 2019.

Dolce Fine Giornata (Poland)

In this intelligent and timely film, a Nobel Prize-winning poet unleashes unexpected consequences when she makes a controversial speech after a terrorist attack. Dolce Fine Giornata is a smart and complex contemplation of free speech and independent thought in an era of hasty public condemnation.

Where and when to catch it?
Tuesday June 11, 2019 7pm – Event Cinemas George Street 4
Thursday June 13, 2019 2pm – State Theatre

More information HERE


Never Look Away (Germany)

Inspired – controversially – by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this Oscar-nominated epic, from the director of The Lives of Others, recounts a remarkable love story. With two of Germany’s finest young actors, and an incredibly dramatic story, Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck carefully intertwines the romance with three key eras of German history in a fascinating way. At the same time, we witness how this love, and this history, affect Kurt as an artist who finally finds his own true path.

Where and when to catch it?
Sunday June 9, 2019 8:35pm – State Theatre
Tuesday June 11, 2019 10am – State Theatre
Wednesday June 12, 2019 6:30pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

More information HERE


Pain and Glory (Spain)

Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas (Best Actor, Cannes) and Penelope Cruz in his most personal film yet: a reflection on cinema, art, family, love and sexual awakening. Amidst the pain, there are thoughts of past glories, and those hopefully to come, in a film that arrives at a resolute position of hope. As always, there is a meticulous attention to detail, and images and moments that make you swoon in the distinctive way that only a Pedro Almodóvar film can.

Where and when to catch it?
Friday June 7, 2019 6pm – State Theatre
Saturday June 8, 2019 11:45am – State Theatre
Saturday June 15, 2019 8:30pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

More information HERE


Retrospekt (The Netherlands, Belgium)

Dutch director Esther Rots’ riveting drama about domestic violence, trauma and memory is part psychological thriller, part experiment. Stars Circé Lethem and Lien Wildemeersch are electrifying as a caregiver and her charge, an unstable survivor of abuse, who develop an unhealthy co-dependency. This tragic but enigmatic story, told over multiple fragmentary timelines, is as riveting as it is unsettling.

Where and when to catch it?
Thursday June 6, 2019 8:35pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Saturday June 8, 2019 6:35pm – Event Cinemas George St 9

More information HERE


When Tomatoes Met Wagner (Greece)

A touching documentary about a community trying to survive austerity and revive commerce in their tiny Greek village, by marketing their organic tomato goods as trendy delicacies. Packing their lovingly grown produce as expensive specialty meals for overseas consumers, they struggle to compete in a trendy market. Marianna Economou’s documentary is an engaging, funny and melancholy study of hope amidst financial crisis.

Where and when to catch it?
Friday June 7, 2019 10am – State Theatre
Saturday June 8, 2019 2:05pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Sunday June 9, 2019 10:15am – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2

More information HERE

Anisha Mistry

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