Please note: Film descriptions have been directly lifted from the Sydney Film Festival website:
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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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-tabu/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-rampart/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-once-upon-a-time-in-anatolia/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-faust/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-harolds-going-stiff/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-a-simple-life-andy-lau-tsui-hark/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/03/new-trailer-a-royal-affair/
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.http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-goodbye-au-revoir/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-barbara-in-german/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-beauty-skoonheid/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/02/new-trailer-monsieur-lazhar/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-some-guy-who-kills-people/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-the-law-in-these-parts/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-woody-allen-a-documentary/
CRAZY HORSE – Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La danse, Ballet) turns his impeccable gaze on Le Crazy Horse de Paris, the self-tagged ‘best nude dancing show in the world’. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-crazy-horse/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-under-african-skies/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-side-by-side/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-el-gusto/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/03/new-trailer-first-position-trailer-2/
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. http://thelowdownunder.com/2012/04/new-trailer-golden-slumbers/
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.