The Sydney Film Prize is the pinnacle of the competitive
awards at Sydney Film Festival each year, presented in
recognition of the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge new
cinematic creations from around the world. The Official Competition
celebrates that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves
the art form forward. Innovative, provocative or
controversial, these films broaden our understanding of the world
and say important things in original ways.
Drama and reality collide in this extraordinary portrait of
musician and cultural icon Nick Cave - a visually astonishing and
highly stylised imagination of Cave's 20,000th day on Earth.
The winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale is a
stylish film noir set in industrial northern China. A murder
investigation involves a retired cop and a beautiful and mysterious
Richard Linklater's groundbreaking latest film was shot over 12
years, telling a family's story with rare authenticity and
wonderful performances from Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and
young Ellar Coltrane.
A stunning debut, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic
drama. A dreamlike tale of nature, revenge and redemption, it marks
the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film
Coupling a phenomenal single-shot approach with a nightmarishly
surreal story and a sick sense of humour, this unnerving Iranian
film is a tribute to the slasher genre by way of David Lynch.
Controversial French author Michel Houellebecq plays himself in
this smart, unsettling and hilarious farce in which he is kidnapped
by a bunch of tough guys with literary aspirations.
Featuring a heartbreaking central performance by Rinko Kikuchi
(Babel, Pacific Rim, Norwegian Wood), this is the
haunting, whimsical story of a lonely Japanese woman determined to
find the fortune from the film Fargo.
Tom Hardy stars in this powerful minimalist drama, which takes
place in real time, as a businessman who attempts to deal with a
series of crises while driving with just a speakerphone to aid
David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom is an
uncompromising and dark thriller set in a dangerous near-future
Australia and starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
In the stunning follow up to Hail (SFF 2011), Amiel
Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody deliver a visually breathtaking
tale of two Cambodians, forced to flee the city and magnetically
drawn together in love.
Korean genre master Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers a
spectacular sci-fi thriller with a political edge. The world has
frozen over and humanity's only survivors live on a train that is
strictly divided by class. Chris Evans leads a stellar cast.
Straight from Cannes, the new film from the Dardenne brothers
(Kid on a Bike)
stars Marion Cotillard as a woman who has one weekend to convince
her colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her