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Sydney will be taken over for 12 days with premier films
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This June, Sydney will be home to a massive 12 day festival of non-stop films with the best new films, inspiring and entertaining premiers, talks, and parties.

In its 66th year running, the Sydney Film Festival will also feature the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer with a wide range of genres as well as a family-friendly film program.

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The below list will feature a sneak peek of this year's entertaining program. From hearing the wonderful kaleidoscope voices, like the inspiring sensational powerhouse talent of gospel queen Aretha Franklin, or Adam Goodes, who courageously stood up against racism and is facing severe repercussions as a consequence.

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The program will also feature incredible films from devastating human impact on the world around us to captivating stories from unique communities, and spotlights on the most accomplished artists of our generation.

Ian Darling (Suzy and the Simple Man) is a renowned Australian documentary and chronicles the final years of the Sydney Swans player's career, as the cheers turned to boos.

40 years in the making, Amazing Grace captures something never-before-seen, Sydney Pollack's spine-tingling 1972 performance by iconic diva Aretha Franklin. The legendary live show was recorded for her Grammy Award-winning album Amazing Grace-to this day, the highest selling live gospel album of all time!

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Robert Pattinson (Good Time, The Rover), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and hip-hop icon Andre 3000 star in a sexually charged sci-fi thriller High Life.

Dev Patel (Lion) is a compelling presence in Michael Winterbottom's thrilling, modern film noir The Wedding Guest.

Papi Chulo features Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer (In Time) as a gay TV weatherman who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a straight Latino migrant worker.

The British visionary Fabric brings more star power with Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace).

Piranhas is about a group of 15-year-olds in Naples. who go from petty thieves to gun-toting gangsters virtually overnight.

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There will also be new works from Australian storytellers including closer to home, She Who Must Be Obeyed Loved which celebrates the life of the trailblazing Indigenous filmmaker Alfreda Glynn, by her own daughter Erica Glynn and granddaughter Tanith Glynn-Maloney; and Adelaide filmmaker Sophie Hyde's hilarious Animals which features Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) as best friends who live in a haze of drink, drugs and one-night stands, cutting a swathe through Dublin until their friendship is tested when one of them falls in love.

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International festival winners and nominees choice cuts from the international festival circuit include: the double Oscar-nominated epic Never Look Away, a beautiful and tragic love story inspired, controversially, by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter.

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Winner of the Horizon Prize at Venice, as well as Best Director prizes at the Cairo and Thessaloniki Film Festivals, Manta Ray, a visually unforgettable story about the unusual friendship between a Thai fisherman and a Rohingya refugee. Toronto International Film Festival winner of NETPAC, Ash Mayfair's exquisite debut The Third Wife is a story that focuses on a teenager in an arranged marriage in 19th century Vietnam who learns quickly about her world's suffocating patriarchy.

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Winner of Youth Jury Award at San Sebastian International Film Festival, Journey to a Mother's Room, is an intimate and funny portrait of a tight mother-daughter bond that is tested by separation.

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There will also be outstanding documentaries showcasing at the Sydney Film Festival with documentaries including fascinating stories about people, places, enterprises and phenomena from around the world.

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The festival will also shine a light on renowned contemporary artists; British rock star PJ Harvey's restless, probing genius shines in A Dog Called Money, which documents the performance-art process behind the recording of her 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project.

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Yuli is a moving biography of Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta, the first black principal dancer of the prestigious Royal Ballet.

Midnight Family, Up the Mountain, School of Seduction- Three Stories from Russia are stories from communities around the world.

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Quirky hits will also feature at this year's festival with a lineup including the delightful deadpan Cuban sci-fi, the Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia, alongside Hiroshi Okuyama's striking original debut Jesus, and Minuscule 2: Mandibles from Far Away.

Screen Day Out will be returning back this year and will feature a program for high school students with films including Eternity and The Miracle of the Little Prince.

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Sydney Film Festival will also showcase ten essential films directed by pioneering Australian women filmmakers with each film marking a milestone in Australian film history. There will be films from influential artists including the silent masterpiece The Cheaters, and the feature film by Indigenous artist Tracey Moffatt, Bedevil.

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There will also be an amazing lineup of seven family-friendly films that will screen at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter as part of the Family Program. Films will include:

1. The Secret Life of Pets 2, voiced by an all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, and Patton Oswalt.

2. The Elephant Queen is a stunning documentary narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, about an elephant mother leading her family on an epic journey across the African plains.

3. Emu Runner follows a young Indigenous girl who forms a very special bond with a wild emu, made in collaboration with the Indigenous community.

4. Stupid Young Heart is a fresh, edgy drama tackling first love and politics in Northern Europe.

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5. Animated hit Tito and the Birds, is about 10-year-old Tito and his feathered friends as they save the world from an epidemic of fear.

6. Minuscule: Mandibles From Far Away, is an animation about diving into the delightful world of insects.

7. From Chicago's impoverished South Side; Ringside shines a light on travails and triumphs of two young aspiring professional boxers.

Save the dates and enjoy a film marathon at this year's Sydney Film Festival!

Venues will include The State Theatre, Event Cinemas- George Street, Dendy Opera Quays & Newtown, Randwick Ritz, Hayden Orpheum Picture Place Cremorne, Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Art Gallery of NSW, and Casula Powerhouse.

For all ticket pricing, including ticket bundle passes, see website.
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Why? Films for all interests & ages
When: 5-16 June 2019
Where: Sydney & Surrounds- see website
Cost: For all ticket pricing see website
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