Sydney Film Festival 2019

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Sydney Film Festival 2019

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1. Bellbird (2019)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

In the wake of the loss of his beloved wife, a rural community rallies around a farmer to help him deal with his grief.

Director: Hamish Bennett | Stars: Marshall Napier, Annie Whittle, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House

Votes: 258

2. Dirty God (2019)

104 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A young British mother struggles to reclaim her life after a brutal acid attack leaves her severely scarred.

Director: Sacha Polak | Stars: Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly, Eliza Brady-Girard, Rebecca Stone

Votes: 1,317

3. God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019)

100 min | Drama

49 Metascore

A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.

Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska | Stars: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisic, Suad Begovski

Votes: 1,838

4. Hearts and Bones (2019)

111 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Daniel is preparing an exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. When Sebastian learns that this exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in his village, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs.

Director: Ben Lawrence | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson

Votes: 472

5. Judy & Punch (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.

Director: Mirrah Foulkes | Stars: Daisy Axon, Don Bridges, Michael Papas, Joshua Gerosa

Votes: 2,215

6. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 14,858

7. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 17,306 | Gross: $1.30M

8. Pain and Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 50,719

9. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Cho, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 592,893 | Gross: $53.37M

10. The Souvenir (2019)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

91 Metascore

A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Frankie Wilson

Votes: 8,997 | Gross: $1.04M

11. Synonyms (2019)

Unrated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 5,046

12. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Lydia Marie Hicks, Matthew Pilachowski

Votes: 5,856 | Gross: $4.37M

13. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 20,672 | Gross: $11.90M

14. Children of the Sea (2019)

Not Rated | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

74 Metascore

A young girl is drawn into a mystery involving sealife around the world, in which two mysterious boys are somehow involved.

Director: Ayumu Watanabe | Stars: Mana Ashida, Hiiro Ishibashi, Seishû Uragami, Win Morisaki

Votes: 1,905

15. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

53 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 57,138 | Gross: $6.56M

16. The Final Quarter (2019)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Australian documentary filmmaker Ian Darling re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of footballer Adam Goodes' playing career.

Director: Ian Darling | Star: Adam Goodes

Votes: 373

17. High Life (2018)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

77 Metascore

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André 3000, Mia Goth

Votes: 30,105 | Gross: $1.23M

18. Marighella (2019)

155 min | Action, Drama, History

Facing a violent military dictatorship and an intimidated opposition, writer-turned-politician Carlos Marighella articulates a resistance all the while ousting heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the regime.

Director: Wagner Moura | Stars: Ana Paula Bouzas, Bella Camero, Herson Capri, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 42,944

19. Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

A documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen, Bob Geldof, Michael Hutchence

Votes: 2,000

20. Photograph (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Sachin Khedekar, Denzil Smith

Votes: 4,337 | Gross: $0.34M

21. Rolling Thunder Revue (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, History

86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 5,650

22. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 12,174

23. Slam (2018)

115 min | Drama

Ricky Nasser is a young Australian whose peaceful suburban life turns into hell when sister Ameena, a Slam poet; disappears without a trace.

Director: Partho Sen-Gupta | Stars: Adam Bakri, Rachael Blake, Rebecca Breeds, Darina Al Joundi

Votes: 93

24. So Long, My Son (2019)

185 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Two married couples adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place in China from the 1980s to the present.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Jingchun Wang, Mei Yong, Xi Qi, Roy Wang

Votes: 3,291

25. Standing Up for Sunny (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An isolated guy with cerebral palsy is railroaded into helping an unassertive comedienne, and finds love and acceptance through stand up comedy.

Director: Steven Vidler | Stars: RJ Mitte, Radha Mitchell, Matt Nable, Barry Humphries

Votes: 411

26. Varda by Agnès (2019)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 1,843

27. Alpha: The Right to Kill (2018)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government's crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manila. ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Angela Cortez, Baron Geisler

Votes: 243

28. American Woman (2018)

R | 111 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

Director: Jake Scott | Stars: Sienna Miller, Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul

Votes: 5,467 | Gross: $0.24M

29. Angelo (2018)

111 min | Drama, History, Romance

In early 18th century an African slave boy is chosen by a European Comtesse to be baptized and educated. Reaching adulthood, Angelo achieves prominence and becomes the Viennese court mascot until he decides to secretly marry a white woman.

Director: Markus Schleinzer | Stars: Makita Samba, Alba Rohrwacher, Larisa Faber, Kenny Nzogang

Votes: 337

30. Animals (I) (2019)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Best friends Laura and Tyler fellow deviants, enablers and co-dependents. Laura is getting married and their booze and drug-fuelled Thelma and Louise life is in jeopardy and finds herself suspended between the two unable to give either up.

Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy

Votes: 1,629

31. aKasha (2018)

78 min | Comedy, Romance

A Kasha is a universal offbeat love story set in a time of civil war - but the war is in Sudan and it is happening right now. We follow Adnan, an AK47-loving rebel, his long-suffering love ... See full summary »

Director: Hajooj Kuka | Stars: Abdallah Alnur, Ganja Chakado, Ekram Marcus, Kamal Ramadan

Votes: 55

32. Bait (I) (2019)

89 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Martin is a fisherman without a boat, his brother Steven having re-purposed it as a tourist tripper. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the harbour.

Director: Mark Jenkin | Stars: Edward Rowe, Giles King, Chloe Endean, Janet Thirlaway

Votes: 3,923

33. Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo | Stars: Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Alice Lee

Votes: 16,870 | Gross: $0.22M

34. Clean Up (2018)

101 min | Drama

After losing her son, Jungjoo loses all hope in life, drinking and smoking her life away. She tries to overcome the pain by attending church and praying diligently to no avail. Then one day... See full summary »

Director: Manki Kwon | Stars: Ji-hye Yun, Dae-gun Kim, Su-hyeon Kim, Ga-young Kim

Votes: 70

35. Permission (2018)

88 min | Drama, Sport

Afrooz is the captain of the women's futsal team in Iran. After 11 years of hard work, Iran is in the final of the Asian Nations Cup. But when she embarks for Malaysia, she learns that her husband forbids her to leave the territory.

Director: Soheil Beiraghi | Stars: Baran Kosari, Amir Jadidi, Leili Rashidi, Hoda Zeinolabedin

Votes: 813

36. The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Celeste is a widow living a tranquil, unadventurous existence in Havana, fulfilling her daily shifts as a tour guide at the local planetarium. One day when several "Cubans" mysteriously ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Infante | Stars: María Isabel Díaz Lago, Faustino Pérez, Daisy Quintana, Omar Franco

Votes: 145

37. Dolce fine giornata (2019)

92 min | Drama

The stable family life of a poetess begins to fall apart as she makes a controversial speech to appreciation.

Director: Jacek Borcuch | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutniak, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor

Votes: 557

38. Divine Love (2019)

101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

A woman uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together is utterly committed to getting pregnant by her husband in a future of dance parties, ritualistic orgies and fundamentalist Christianity.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Antonio Pastich, Rubens Santos

Votes: 1,753

39. Danger Close (2019)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Toby Blome, Alexander England, Aaron Glenane

Votes: 10,029

40. Flatland (2019)

117 min | Adventure, Western

A contemporary Western, a journey of self-discovery for three different but equally trapped women. A portrait of femininity against a hostile land, questioning what it means to be a woman today in South Africa and the world at large.

Director: Jenna Cato Bass | Stars: Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin, Izel Bezuidenhout, De Klerk Oelofse

Votes: 179

41. Ghost Town Anthology (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

In a small and isolated town, Simon Dubé dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end.

Director: Denis Côté | Stars: Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil, Larissa Corriveau

Votes: 1,286

42. Her Smell (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn

Votes: 5,408 | Gross: $0.26M

43. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018)

95 min | Drama

Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Neil Maskell, Sura Dohnke, Marvin Maskell, Nicole Nettleingham

Votes: 1,476

44. Journey to a Mother's Room (2018)

90 min | Drama

A daughter leaves home for the first time. Her mother, left behind, doesn't know how to fill the empty nest.

Director: Celia Rico Clavellino | Stars: Lola Dueñas, Anna Castillo, Noemí Hopper, Ana Mena

Votes: 771

45. Jesus (2018)

76 min | Drama

When Yura's family moves from Tokyo to the countryside, he enters a Christian school, a religion he knows nothing about. Yura struggles to understand the school structure and student behavior when a miniature Jesus enters his life.

Director: Hiroshi Okuyama | Stars: Yura Satô, Riki Ôkuma, Hinako Saeki, Chad Mullane

Votes: 185

46. In Fabric (2018)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.2