The 2012 Sydney Film Festival Announces First 25 Films!

It’s almost that time of year again for the SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 6 – 17 June 2012. To Whet your tastebuds check out the first 25 features here with a sizzle of their trailers where available!

Please note: Film descriptions have been directly lifted from the Sydney Film Festival website:

Check Out The Trailer Park Here On The Lowdown For Footage Of The Films Below!

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – A Sundance prize winner, this unforgettable feature-film debut is set in a defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world, as icebergs melt and prehistoric creatures descend. No footage available at this time.

TABU – When an old lady dies in Lisbon, her maid and neighbour learn of her past, in a beguiling tale of love and crime in an Africa straight from adventure films.

NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS – In this assured and astonishing feature-film debut, life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present-day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private-security firm. No footage available at this time.

RAMPART – Gritty tale about a trigger-happy LA cop (Woody Harrelson) whose professional and personal lives spiral out of control after he is caught on tape beating a suspect.

THE LONELIEST PLANET –A young engaged couple’s idyll in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia is interrupted by a momentary misstep that threatens to undo everything they believed about each other and themselves. No footage available at the moment.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA – Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes on the police procedural, and the result is a beautifully layered narrative in which every line of dialogue contributes to solving the puzzle.

FAUST – After Hitler, Lenin and Hirohito, great Russian auteur Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) tackles another ‘man of power’ – Faust – in this stunning interpretation of Goethe’s play which won the Golden Lion in Venice.

HAROLD’S GOING STIFF – Fashioned like a BBC regional documentary, Keith Wright’s sharp, funny and surprisingly touching horror tale investigates a mystery illness turning men in the north of England into bloodthirsty ghouls.

A SIMPLE LIFE – With perfect performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, Ann Hui’s moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man and a devoted family servant who suffers a stroke.

A ROYAL AFFAIR – Mads Mikkelsen (the 007 villain inCasino Royale) swaps suits for satin in this sumptuous Berlinale winner, playing a radical commoner who stirs up revolt in the court of a mad Danish king and his beautiful queen.

GOODBYE – SFF 2011 honouree Mohammad Rasoulof returns with the suspenseful and moving story of a young lawyer, pregnant and alone, who is determined to leave Iran.

BARBARA – Actor Nina Hoss, a frequent collaborator with Berlinale-winning director Christian Petzold, is outstanding as an East German doctor, exiled to a 1980s GDR backwater as punishment for applying for an exit visa.

BEAUTY – In this fascinating study of desire, South African director Oliver Hermanus focuses on Francois, a middle-aged, Afrikaans-speaking family man who becomes obsessed with the young son of longtime friends.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR – This Oscar®-nominated drama is the moving story of a group of schoolchildren coming to terms with the adult world, and the inspirational substitute teacher from Algeria who transforms their lives.

SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE – Kevin Corrigan is a suspect in a series of bizarre murders and Karen Black is his acid-tongued mum in this delightfully deranged treat marked by droll humour and juicy gore.

THE LAW IN THESE PARTS – In this Sundance prize-winning documentary, the architects of Israel’s military rule in the Occupied Territories are asked to consider the consequences in a series of uncomfortable interviews.

WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY- This riveting look at the creative life of the multi-hyphenate filmmaker is packed with clips and interviews with a plethora of stars, his mother and, of course, the man himself.

CRAZY HORSE – Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La danseBallet) turns his impeccable gaze on Le Crazy Horse de Paris, the self-tagged ‘best nude dancing show in the world’.

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES – Paul Simon reunites with the South African musicians who collaborated on his 1986 megahit Graceland – and relives the controversy the album stirred upon release.

MAORI BOY GENIUS – Six feet five, 16 years old and pegged a leader (perhaps even a future New Zealand prime minister) since birth, Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti – the subject of this inspiring documentary – is a name to watch out for! No footage available at this time.

SIDE BY SIDE – A fascinating look at the shift from celluloid to digital and its impact on moviemaking: Keanu Reeves in conversation with film-industry heavyweights including James Cameron, George Lucas and Christopher Nolan.

EL GUSTO – This documentary follows the stories of Muslim and Jewish musicians brought together by chaabi – the effervescent popular music of Algeria – before the 1954 War of Independence forced many to flee.

FIRST POSITION – In this multiple-award-winning documentary, six talented young performers pursue their dancing dreams at the Youth America Grand Prix, the most prestigious children’s ballet competition in the world.

GOLDEN SLUMBERS – This haunting documentary traces the lost golden age of Cambodian cinema, which ended in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge trashed cinemas and forced filmmakers to flee or die.

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN – Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance, this film traces the improbable-but-true story of 70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez, a Detroit soul dude who found an enthusiastic audience in Apartheid-era South Africa.