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The French Dispatch
Closing Night Film

Directed by Wes Anderson
UK, France, Germany
107 minutes
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Wes Anderson’s stylish, visually rich and very funny new film is a loving tribute to journalism and The New Yorker. Starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and Jeffrey Wright.
On the occasion of the death of its beloved editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr. (Murray), the staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories. There’s a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city from The Cycling Reporter (Wilson). “The Concrete Masterpiece” is about a criminally insane painter (Benicio del Toro) and his guard and muse (Léa Seydoux). “Revisions to a Manifesto” is a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt. And “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” is a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining. Each of these stories is brought vividly to life in Anderson’s distinctive and humorous style, with a dream cast including Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Elisabeth Moss and Willem Dafoe – clearly enjoying themselves – bringing sheer delight to the proceedings.

Wes Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom (SFF 2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs.
The French Dispatch is Sydney Film Festival's Closing Night film. Enjoy an evening to appreciate and applaud all the wonderful talent that the Festival has seen.

The awards ceremony at the State Theatre honours the winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, the Sustainable Future Award, the Deutsche Bank Fellowship and the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award.

Please note that Flexipasses aren't redeemable against SFF's Closing Night Film. Tickets go On Sale at 12pm Thursday 7 October AEDT.

This event is strictly 18+.
More fun, more buoyancy, more elegance, more marvellously eccentric invention, more originality… for sheer moment-by-moment pleasure, and for laughs, this is a treat.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Every moment is graced by Anderson’s love for the written word and the oddball characters who dedicate their professional lives to it. There’s a wistful sense of time passing and a lovely ode to the pleasures of travel embedded in the material.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


Sun 14 Nov
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Program Strand
Closing Night
UK, France, Germany
In English and French with English subtitles
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
Benicio Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet
Wes Anderson
Robert Yeoman
Andrew Weisblum
Cannes Selected, Arts, Cinephile, Comedy, Crime, Food & Drink, Off-Beat
Australian Distributor
Australian Distributor: The Walt Disney Company
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