Sydney Film Festival Reveals Highlights of 2013 Program

Sydney Film Festival Reveals Highlights of 2013 Program
An image from Park Chan-wook’s film “Stoker”
(Courtesy Sydney Film Festival)

The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) has revealed a selection of 27 films to be screened at the 2013 edition of the Festival in June. If the first 27 films are anything to go by, the 2013 SFF is going to be one of the best ever. From the first feature film shot entirely in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Haifaa Al Mansour’s “Wadjda,” to a timelapse video installation by Jeff Desom celebrating Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “Read Window,” the SFF is a celebration of film in all its guises.

The highlights of the preview program include “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” the first North Korean movie ever to screen at SFF (and the first co-production with capitalist countries in 30 years);  American underground artist Beth B.’s film “Exposed,” an exploration of the New York’s radical burlesque performers; and master Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s haunting neo-Gothic thriller “Stoker,” his first English-language film.

The SFF have also revealed that they will present the world premiere of Australian performance artist William Yang’s documentary “William Yang: My Generation,” screening in partnership with ABC TV Arts and the Vivid Ideas festival. Also showing for the first time in Australia will be Park Chan-wook’s “Stoker” which features three Australian actresses: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Jacki Weaver.

“We’re excited to give you a sneak peek of 27 of the 160 films in this year’s program, revealing a real cross-section of the range and quality of features and documentaries you can expect from our 60th Sydney Film Festival,” said SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

“These are some of the best productions from all over the world that we have in store for you; the films Australia will be hearing about, talking about and arguing about over the next year. You’ll see them here first. Between them, they capture the mood of the times that make us who and what we are today,” Moodley explains.

Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals. The 12-day festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, and the Art Gallery of NSW. The full program will be launched on the 8th of May.