Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog Titles to Premiere at Sydney Film Festival
A 10-film Martin Scorsese retrospective is also in the program for the festival which runs June 8 to 19.
Australian premieres of Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s follow up to Boyhood and Werner Herzog’s take on the evolution of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World are among the highlights of the 63rd Sydney Film Festival lineup organizers revealed Wednesday.
Other big early announcements include an Australian premiere for Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke and a 10-film retrospective of the works of Martin Scorsese curated by critic David Stratton.
Festival director Nashen Moodley promised “something for all kinds of films lovers” with the early announcement of 26 films including Mustang, Turkey’s Un Certain Regard winner from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; India’s answer to Bridesmaids the female buddy movie Angry Indian Goddesses from director Pan Nalin; Australian writer-director Sean Byrne’s U.S. horror film The Devil’s Candy; Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts starrer Demolition; and Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue.
Titles from Denmark, Indonesia, Peru, Belgium, Ireland and Afghanistan, as well as Sundance and Venice Film Festival award winners are also part of the lineup.
“These are films that can change your mind, change your mood and change the way you look at the world. From big stars and big ideas to small but perfectly formed stories of truth and imagination, there’s something for all kinds of film lovers here,” Moodley said unveiling his first crop of selections for the 12-day annual fest.
No official competition titles were announced. The festival’s full lineup will be released May 11.