Sydney Film Festival: “The Forgiven”, “Passengers” in the initial line-up

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Charlotte Gainsbourg with “Les Passagers de la nuit” and Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain with “The Forgiven” are among the first films revealed by the Sydney Film Festival. The festival is planning an in-person event from June 8-19, 2022.

Australian-produced titles include the dance film “Keep Stepping”; “Sissy,” which mixes social media and horror; musical title “Six Festivals”; and the intimate portrait “The Plains,” which had its premiere in Rotterdam earlier this year.

The advanced lineup of 22 films also draws heavily on other festival favorites. “Gentle” which premiered at Sundance; “Hinterland”, which won the public prize at Locarno last year; “Flux Gourmet” by Peter Strickland at the Berlinale; “Yuni” by Kamila Andini, winner of Toronto’s Platform Prize; “Private Desert”, winner of the Audience Award in Venice; the “Calendar Girls” documentary from the recent Sundance and CPH:DOX festivals; “Please Baby Please”, which opened the Rotterdam festival; “The Territory”, winner of the documentary prize at Sundance; “Blue Moon”, winner of the prize for best film in San Sebastián; and “Incredible but True” by Quentin Dupieux from Berlin.

The selection also finds space for “A House Made of Splinters,” a pre-invasion Ukrainian film that won the director award in the documentary section at Sundance.

The Sydney Festival has been significantly disrupted by lockdowns and border closures. In 2020, the physical event was canceled and replaced with an online edition.

Last year’s event was originally scheduled for June, but was first postponed to August. Then, as Sydney returned to a strict lockdown from June due to an outbreak of the delta variant, dates were stuck again. It finally raced in November.

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