On Friday we shook up the venues, seeing Double Play at Dendy Opera Quays and then traveling to Newtown to see The Rover outside of the festival environment. The rest of the sessions were split between the State Theatre and Event Cinemas. Saturday commenced with the 3+ hours Winter Sleep, and by the third film that day, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, I was in dire need of a hot, comforting meal. On Sunday, we ended up swapping out of our 10am session of Timbuktu for a 3pm session of Of Horses and Men, which was a good decision. I was sad to miss the Cannes Competition entry but Of Horses and Men was fantastic, and it meant a bit of a sleep in before the awesome Snowpiercer and to ensure I had enough energy for the Closing Night film, What We Do In the Shadows. During the ceremony the Sydney Film Prize was awarded to the Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night, which along with Snowpiercer and Boyhood ended up standing out from the group, personally.
A couple of comical things – we tried several times to get Gelato Messina at the Sydney Film Festival Hub but we were always either too early or too late. There was a pop-up Title Store in the Hub too, which was essentially a ‘Best of Title’. We resisted the urge to enter every time we visited the Hub out of fear of temptation. Who knows what is going to be happening next year, but I hope to fit in more of the talks, panels and events. This year I prioritized the films, and considering I was also working full time, something had to give.
For an overview of everything I watched on the final four days continue reading at Graffiti With Punctuation.