Wednesday, May 11, 2011

'Tree of Life' Headlines the 2011 Sydney Film Festival Line-up

The line-up for the annual Sydney Film Festival (SFF), this year running from Wednesday June 8 to Sunday June 19, has been announced. Opening the festival is Hanna, the new film from Joe Wright starring Saoirse Ronan, and closing the festival is the Ewan McGregor starring, Beginners. Of course, headlining the Festival this year is Terrence Malick's Tree of Life. Films will be spread across Event Cinemas on George Street, the State Theatre and Dendy Opera Quays. Full information on the SFF can be found on the homepage (here), but here is a quick rundown of the line-up.

Official Competition

A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
Amador (Fernando Leon De Aranoa)
Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari)
Cairo 678 (Mohammed Diab)
Norwegian Wood (Tran Anh Hung)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh)
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
Target (Alexander Zeldovich)
The Forgiveness of Blood (Joshua Marston)
The Future (Miranda July)
Toomelah (Ivan Sen)
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

All Other Features/Documentaries Include:

13 Assassins (Miike Takashi)
33 Postcards (Pauline Chan)
Africa United (Debs Gardner-Paterson)
All About Love (Ann Hui)
Armadillo (Janus Metz)
Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (Michael Rapaport)
**Beginners (Mike Willis)
Black and White and Sex (John Winter)
Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Brownian Movement (Nanouk Leopold)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta)
Cirkus Columbia (Danis Tanovic)
Corridor (Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm)
Dreileben Part 1: Beats Being Dead (Christian Petzold)
Dreileben Part 2: Don't Follow Me Around (Dominik Graf)
Dreileben Part 3: One Minute of Darkness (Christoph Hochhausler)
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Jose Padilha)
End of Animal (Jo Sung-hee)
Even the Rain (Iclar Bollain)
*Hanna (Joe Wright)
Happy, Happy (Anne Sewitsky)
HERE (Braden King)
Hobo With a Shotgun (Jason Eisener)
Jane Eyre (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino)
Letters from the Big Man (Christopher Munch)
Life, Above All (Oliver Schmitz)
Life in A Day (Kevin McDonald, YouTube Contributors)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
Mutant Girl's Squad (Noburo Iguchi et al.)
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock)
Post Mortem (Pablo Larrain)
Project Nim (James Marsh)
Sacrifice (Chen Kaige)
Senna (Asif Kapadia)
Silent Souls (Aleksei Fedorchenko)
Sleeping Sickness (Ulrich Kohler)
Stake Land (Jim Mickle)
Tabloid (Errol Morris)
Terri (Azazel Jacobs)
The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
The Beaver (Jodie Foster)
The Guard (John Michael McDonagh)
The Mill and the Cross (Lech Majewski)
The Trip (Michael Winterbottom)
The Troll Hunter (Andre Ovredal)
The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr)
Three (Tom Tykwer)
Trucker and Dale vs Evil (Eli Craig)
Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine)
Windfall (Laura Israel)
Win Win (Tom McCarthy)

* denotes 'Opening Film
** denotes 'Closing Film'

I intend to see and review 10-15 of these films. There may be clashes or overlaps in the schedule, which will require me to choose between films, and there may be days where I am unable to see any films at all. Still, I do intend to see: Norwegian Wood, Sleeping Beauty, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, Armadillo, Cedar Rapids, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Even The Rain, Hanna, HERE, Jane Eyre, Kill List, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Beaver, The Guard, The Troll Hunter, Three and Win Win. 


  1. Great post! I don't think this year will have many great films, but I could not be more excited about The Tree of Life!

  2. Thanks Matt! There is at least one or two films I wouldn't mind seeing every day. In addition to The Tree of Life, Sleeping Beauty is another Cannes Film appearing. I have been looking forward to seeing Hanna, Jane Eyre, Cedar Rapids and Win Win. I'm not too interested in The Beaver, but lots of people are anticipating it, so I'll likely check it out. I have heard great things about Armadillo, and The Troll Hunter just looks awesome. I don't think it has the depth of last year perhaps, but it will sure make for a busy couple of weeks for me!