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What We Do in Sydney

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows will close the Sydney Film Festival, making its Australasian bow across the ditch four days before it opens here.

Waititi’s Boy won Sydney’s Audience Award in 2010. This year What We Do is the only NZ title selected. From elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner Black Coal, Thin Ice plays in competition, as does Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer.

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There’ll be out of competition screenings for Ritesh Batra’s nuch-awarded The Lunchbox, most recently a winner at the inaugural Indian Film Festival Melbourne; and Anthony Chen’s equally well-awarded Ilo Ilo. The festival also has a small Focus on China programme.

Sydney announced its full programme today, offering up a strong crop of local titles including David Michod’s fresh-from-Cannes The Rover.

Michod’s latest will screen in competition in Sydney in a 12-strong line-up that also includes two other Aussie titles: Kasimir Burgess’ Fell, and Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody’s Ruin.

The Rover is one of 10 titles heading down under within a month of their outings in Cannes. The other nine are The Captive, Cold in July, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Life Itself, National Gallery, Two Days One Night, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and You’re Sleeping Nicole.

By the numbers the festival will screen 183 titles from 47 countries. There’ll be nine features and six shorts having their world premieres in Sydney. 122 films will have their Australian premieres and six more their international premieres.

The previously-announced 20,000 Days on Earth, featuring Nick Cave, will be the festival’s opening night title.

The 61st Sydney Film Festival runs 4 – 15 June.

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