WE LIKE TO WATCH: 20 FILMS TO WATCH AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017


It's that time of year. Where Sydney cinephiles maddeningly scratch their heads trying to fit as many movies into a day as possible, and go slightly mad trying.

That's right, it's Sydney Film Festival time!



The Festival runs from the 7th till the 18th of June and the full list of movies can be found here: http://www.sff.org.au/

To help you out Billy and Stu have put a list together of the 20 films they are keen to see over the festival.



1. The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola
Set during the American Civil War, the film follows a young girl who decides to take an injured soldier into her house after finding him. Once in the house, the dynamic of the house and it's all female residents changes as sexual rivalry and jealousy interjects.The film stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell.


2. 78/52 by Alexandre O. Philippe
An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.




3. Whitney 'Can I Be Me' by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal
A gripping documentary on the all-too-short life of powerhouse performer Whitney Houston from UK documentarian Nick Broomfield and music video director Rudi Dolezal. Showing never-before-seen backstage footage, and intimate interviews with the star, friends and colleagues this documentary is an impressive recounting of a life so promising, and ultimately so tragic.


4. Happy End by Michael Haneke
A drama about a wealthy family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop. The film focuses on three generations of this clan and explores their generational difference in attitudes towards life and the world around them




5. Call Me By your Name by Luca Guadagnino
Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.



6. Ingrid Goes West by Matt Spicer
Ingrid Thorburn is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF.


7. Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt
The film integrates various types of artist manifestos from different time periods with contemporary scenarios. Manifestos are depicted by 13 different characters, among them a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, and a homeless man.



8. The Wall by Doug Liman
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Kick-Ass) and John Cena (Trainwreck) star as American soldiers, a sniper-spotter team, in a game of cat-and-mouse with a methodical Iraqi sharpshooter, with only an unsteady crumbling wall between them.




9. God's Own Country by Francis Lee
Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.




10. I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck
Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin as he tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.





11. A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio
Marina is a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer who is mourning the sudden loss of her older lover, Oralndo. After his death Marina sees herself forced to comfront Orlando´s family and fight again to show everyone what she is: a complex, strong, honest and fantastic woman.


12. Okja by Bong Joon-ho
Mija is a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive ‘Super Pig' named Okja.






13. A Ghost Story by David Lowery
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.




14. The Little Hours by Jeff Baena
A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages.






15. Patti Cake$ by Geremy Jasper
Patti Cake$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.





16. Ellipsis by David Wenham
Ellipsis is a slice-of-life film that follows Viv and Jasper as they accidentally meet and then as they roam through the city of Sydney, from bars, a park and a sex shop in Kings Cross, to Bondi.






17. Mountain by Jennifer Peedom
Jennifer Peedom's followup to Sherpa is an epic cinematic and musical collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and traces the modern day fascination with the dizzying heights while narrated beautifully by Willem Dafoe.




18. Graduation by Cristian Mungiu
A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role in their desperate actions to protect their children.







19. The Forest of Lost Souls by José Pedro Lopes
The Forest of Lost Souls is a dense and remote forest, Portugal's most popular place for suicide. In a summer morning, two strangers meet within the woods - but one of them has no intention of dying.



20. The Square by Ruben Östlund
Christian is the curator of a contemporary art museum, which was once the Stockholm Palace before it was converted in the aftermath of the abolition of the Monarchy of Sweden. As he prepares for his next show "The Square", Christian finds his progressive world view shaken after his mobile phone and wallet are stolen. He decides on a course of revenge, leading him into a downward spiral of personal and professional mayhem.



As mentioned the Festival runs from the 7th till the 18th of June and the full list of movies can be found here: http://www.sff.org.au/

Tickets can be purchase from http://www.sff.org.au/, 1300 733 733, or the SFF 2017 iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps.

We will be covering the films we watch in the festival on our next few episodes of We Like To Watch.

Enjoy!





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