The 5th Sydney C&SFF, held between 16 and 20 May at Dendy Cinemas, will again showcase an interesting mix of latest releases and thought-provoking themes. The program is packed full of excellent films including thrillers, dramas animations and documentaries. Many of them will be screened to the Australian public for the very first time and two of them will also have their international premieres.
The festival will open with a Gala evening and the Australian premiere of Barefoot, a 5-time 2018 Czech Lion Award winner directed by the highly acclaimed Jan Svěrák (Kolya, Elementary School) at the Dendy Opera Quays on Wednesday 16 May.
One of the highlights of the 5-day event is a Sean Ellis’ historical thriller Anthropoid. This is an adaptation of the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid which centred on the efforts of a handful of Czechs (with Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy as principal characters) who set up to assassinate the Reich’s 3rd in command, SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague – a mission that changed the course of WWII.
Among the comedy dramas is for example also the cinematic gem and winner of the 1990 Berlin International FF Larks on a String by Oscar winning director Jiří Menzel. Banned from screening for 20 years, its satirical portrayal of the absurdity of an authoritarian regime is a delight to see on the big screen in this digitally restored format.
Also, screening is Gyorgy Kristof comedy drama debut Out, a modern-day odyssey of Agoston, a down on his luck 50-year old Hungarian Slovak family man in search of new work in a foreign country. It tugs at the audience’s heartstrings and will no doubt find many sympathisers among the expats and new immigrants in the audience.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 from 6.30pm to 9pm
Thursday 17 May 2018 from 6.30pm to 9pm
Friday 18 May 2018 from 6.30pm to 8.45pm
Friday 18 May 2018 from 9pm to 11.15pm
Saturday 19 May 2018 from 1.30pm to 3.45pm
Saturday 19 May 2018 from 4pm to 6.30pm
Saturday 19 May 2018 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Sunday 20 May 2018 from 1.30pm to 3.45pm
Sunday 20 May 2018 from 4pm to 6.30pm
Sunday 20 May 2018 from 6.30pm to 9.15pm
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