stokerSydney Film Festival (SFF) today revealed a sneak peek at the selection of films audiences can expect from its 60th anniversary.

This first announcement comprises 27 titles, including 24 Australian premieres, 16 features and 11 documentaries, produced from 16 countries. It also includes the world premiere of Australian performance artist William Yang’s documentary William Yang: My Generation, screening in partnership with ABC TV Arts and Vivid Ideas.

Today’s announcement also includes the Australian premiere of the highly anticipated neo-Gothic thriller Stoker, directed by Park Chan-Wook and starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Jacki Weaver.

Award winning films include The Act of Killing, which took out the Audience Award at the 2013 Berlinale; Prince Avalanche, winner of a Silver Bear for best direction at the 2013 Berlinale; Blancanieves, the winner of Best Film at Spain’s prestigious 2013 Goya Awards; and Stories We Tell, one of ‘Canada’s Top Ten’ films at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Tying in with the 60th anniversary screening of Rear Window, the Sydney Film Festival Hub will also present the Australian premiere of the video installation Rear Window Loop by award-winning European artist Jeff Desom. Programmed under the theme ‘cinema reconstructed’, the Hub will return in 2013 with a great series of innovative and entertaining performances, projections and expert talks in the popular pop-up bar at Lower Town Hall.

As well as the Hub, SFF will hold screenings at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George St, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW and will this year stretch its precinct to sessions at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne.

The full SFF program will launch on Wednesday, May 8.


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