Restorations

Discover or revisit Australian, Iranian and French cinema classics the way they were intended to be seen – on the big screen. This year we present three important pieces of Australian cinema, an Iranian masterpiece, and a French erotic classic. These vivid and vital films retain all the power of when they first emerged, and in some cases offer striking new resonances.

Belle de Jour

In 1967 Catherine Deneuve entranced audiences in Belle de Jour, Luis Buñuel’s satire of sexual manners. 50 years on it stands as a masterpiece of erotic cinema.

Rocking the Foundations

A new restoration of Pat Fiske's outstanding 1985 documentary on a NSW union's past endeavours to preserve Sydney's parks, neighbourhoods and historical buildings

Taste of Cherry

SFF honours the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) with a 20th anniversary screening of his minimalist masterpiece about a rational man on the brink of suicide.

The Well

Repressed desires surface in this haunting psychological drama with Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto. This Australian classic deserves rediscovery 20 years after its Cannes premiere.

The Year My Voice Broke

A rural NSW love triangle infused with teenage angst, as Noah Taylor and Ben Mendelsohn battle for the affections of a beautiful girl. Rediscover this 30th anniversary restoration.

76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami

A touching portrait of the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died in July 2016, crafted by his friend and collaborator, photographer Seifollah Samadian.