Straight from Cannes

With only two days until the 2016 Sydney Film Festival opens, we bring you the announcement every cinephile in Sydney has been waiting for: NINE new titles fresh from Cannes, bringing the total number of Cannes titles in the program to 18 - surely that's some kind of record!

These latest additions promise to both delight you and to screw up all the careful scheduling you've been doing for the last month. Without further ado, we present four feature films, two documentaries, a restored title, an animation and a short film:

The Cinema Travellers (dir. Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya)

The Handmaiden (dir. Park Chan-wook)

Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)

One-Eyed Jacks (dir. Marlon Brando)

Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

Personal Shopper (dir. Olivier Assayas)

The Red Turtle (dir. Michael Dudok de Wit)

Toni Erdmann (dir. Maren Ade)

And short film The Beast (dir. Samantha Nell, Michael Wahrmann)


Selected for Cannes Un Certain Regard, Apprentice is an emotionally and psychologically astute film about a Singaporean prison guard's apprenticeship to the chief executioner.


Straight from Competition at Cannes, Kleber Mendonça Filho's follow-up to Neighbouring Sounds (SFF 2012) pits a single woman (Sonia Braga) against an aggressive property developer.

Short Film

The Beast

In this hilarious and powerful short film, Shaka, the star performer at a Zulu cultural village, dreams of finding a more fitting outlet for his acting talents.


Directed by Spielberg, Disney's The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

Blood Father

Father and daughter are on the run from a violent drug cartel in this gritty and darkly comic thriller, fresh from Cannes, providing a made-to-measure role for Mel Gibson.

Captain Fantastic

In this touching and funny feature, fresh from Sundance and Cannes, Viggo Mortensen gives one of his best performances as a father raising his children far from the modern world.

The Cinema Travellers

A critically acclaimed, poignant documentary that celebrates India’s travelling picture shows and laments their demise, filled with exquisite visuals and marvellous eccentrics.

Gimme Danger

Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's documentary love letter to punk icons Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges.

The Handmaiden

Visually sumptuous and very sexy, The Handmaiden is a stunning and suspenseful period drama by acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy; Stoker, 2013).

Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy

In his Cannes-selected documentary, the award winning director of A Screaming Man and Grigris (SFF 2013) honours the victims of a brutal African dictatorship and their long fight for justice.


Straight from its Cannes Competition berth, Pedro Almodóvar's new film is a dramatic, emotional story of a woman's loves and regrets told in the master's distinctive style.

It's Only the End of the World

Prodigiously talented Xavier Dolan adds to his distinctive body of work with this emotional and immersive family drama, a 2016 Cannes Competition contender with a stellar French cast.

One-Eyed Jacks

The magnificent and magnetic Marlon Brando directed and starred in this newly restored, brooding revenge western, largely set on California’s rocky coast.


Paterson, Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit, is a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet (Adam Driver, Girls) and his artistic wife (Golshifteh Farahani, About Elly).

Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart shines in this spooky ghost story by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Clean), which earned him the Best Director prize at Cannes 2016.

Psycho Raman

Straight from Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, SFF 2012) returns with a thriller about a serial killer and the violent cop in hot pursuit.

The Red Turtle

The revered Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) joined forces with London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit to create this stunning, dialogue-free, animated fable set on a desert island.

Toni Erdmann

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is a clever and original comedy about family bonds, modern business tactics and the value of just letting go.