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IRAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Bear winner Nader and Simin: a Separation will premiere in France today closely followed by its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival which opens this evening. The film is the first completed project of the four inaugural recipients of a new development funding stream initiated last year by the Asia Pacific […]

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2009 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – Day 2

If there is any rule that governs film festivals, it is that you can’t see everything and you can’t be in two places at the same time. Hence, while I was checking out Tsai Ming-Liang’s Face, my fellow Variety reviewer Richard Kuipers was seeing Australian documentary Stolen. There had been some rumblings that the film […]

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2009 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – Day 1

LOACHES, LEECHES & TURKISH DELIGHT The Australian film festival season kicks off with the Sydney Film Festival (never claimed to be “international” for some reason) every June. In the festival cycle this has always meant that while Sydney (June 3 to 14) usually gets first pick of the new Australian films, Melbourne (July 24 to […]

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