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Choose from a few hundred movies, both short and long
Now that winter is approaching, the movies is a great place to curl up in the arm chair, snack on a chocolate bomb, or popcorn, and watch that wonderful big screen. The Sydney Film Festival can give you hours of enjoyment doing just that. It will be held from 6th to 17th June, 2018.

The world's best new films will be screened in Sydney and there will be some inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Some of these films are the strangest and most exciting that the film industry has to offer, so it is an event you do not want to miss.

Sydney Film Festival takes place at the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Randwick, Western Sydney and more. There will be more than 200 films, some of which you won't find in mainstream cinemas.

The hub of the Sydney Film Festival is at the Town Hall. You can drop by the bar between films and have a drink from there - read more about the hours and programmes here.

There are so many to choose from - this list is my own top picks for the festival.

1. JIRGA
This film was made under extraordinary and extremely dangerous, conditions. It is the emotional story of a former Australian soldier who travels to Afghanistan to seek forgiveness - Jirga being a village's justice system. This is a passionate story which is sensitive and about the impact of war and the cost of redemption.



You can find out more and book for this show at this link.

2. YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
This film was made in the US, UK, and France, and it won Best Screenplay and Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor at Cannes for this fiery portrait of a traumatised hit-man. The main character specialises in rescuing missing girls from sex traffickers. It is a thrilling, very intense story about a devastating subject matter.



You can find out more and book for this movie at this link.

3. WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE
This is about a couple who are celebrating their anniversary in a lakeside cabin, however, there is something that is very wrong.



You can find out more about this one and book here.

4. BROKEN
This superb film is about a gay man who is not sure if it's his partner or his disability that is causing their relationship to fail. This is a short film and will be screened with other short films.

You can read more about it and book at this site.

5. BUTTERFLIES
This is a comedy/drama and is Turkish with subtitles. It looks hilarious and is Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. It is about three estranged siblings who go on a trip to visit their ailing father after thirty years.

Be quick, however, as the first session of this one is already booked out. Check out this link for more information and bookings.

6. THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS
This one looks like a delightful film. It is a moving story about the life of a boy and his grandmother on the front-line of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The boy is just 10 years old and they live in a partly abandoned village.



This one has already won several awards overseas and tells of the consequences of growing up in a conflict zone.

Make your bookings at this link.

7. DYING TO LIVE
Australia is well behind the Western world in organ and tissue donor rates. This causes incredible suffering for those awaiting organs, while donors inspire us with their gift of life. This is a very complex subject and one that I personally can relate to.



The Guardian has recommended Dying To Live as one of the "top ten must see documentaries of 2018".

Find out more, and book for this film at this link.

8. THE HEIRESS
This was the winner of two awards in Berlin. It is an entangled relationship drama that looks at "class and privilege" through the relationship of a lesbian couple in Paraguay. The women have been together for over 30 years, living a life of privilege. However times are changing.

You can read more and book at this link.

9. FRIENDS BY CHANCE
This is an Italian movie with English subtitles. It is a charming and unuaul "friend" movie about a 22 year old who forms a friendship with an 85 year old poet. It is a delightful story of an "inter-generational friendship".

Read more about this movie and book your tickets here.

10. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
This is almost unbelievable, however it is true! It tells of three strangers who discover they're identical triplets separated at birth. It has the most surprising twist you'll ever encounter! The story behind this has a sinister implications for the three men.



Check out this link to find out more, and make a booking.

It was very difficult to pick out just 10 films from this vast array - so many of them look so good! Make sure you check out the whole programme and decide/book the ones you want.

You can see the full programme at this website.
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Why? For hundreds of films to see
When: From 6th to 17th June, 2018
Where: Various venues - see article
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