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The Truth

THE TRUTH

Acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Shoplifters, SWIFF’19) first feature film made outside of Japan is an exquisite dramedy, pairing beloved French screen icons and Oscar nominees Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for their first time together on screen. Septuagenarian screen legend Fabienne (Deneuve) is charismatic and fiercely talented, utterly driven by her work. The publication of …

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Mr Jimmy

MR. JIMMY

Winner · Festival Director’s Award · Cinetopia Film Festival. Think there’s only one way to play “Stairway to Heaven”? Think again. Akio Sakurai can perform distinct note-for-note versions from any era of Led Zeppelin you’d care to name, down to the specific bootleg recording. For 35 years Sakurai was a Tokyo salaryman by day, and …

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Monks of the Sacred Valley

MONKS OF THE SACRED VALLEY

WORLD PREMIERE. SWIFF provides audiences a rare opportunity to see inside the filmmaking process, presenting a WIP (work-in-progress) screening of local Bellingen filmmaker Ryan Jasper’s directorial debut feature documentary, Monks of the Sacred Valley. A breathtaking, cinematic portrait of a hidden world of Tibetan Buddhism that has survived and thrived inside modern China – until …

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Buoyancy

BUOYANCY

Winner · Panorama Jury Award · Berlinale Film Festival. Tired of toiling in the rice fields, 14-year-old Chakra (a magnetic Sarm Heng) leaves Cambodia in search of a Bangkok factory job. After paying smugglers to ferry him over the border, Chakra is instead traded to a violent seafood trawler, captive at sea, under the watch …

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Dogs Don't Wear Pants

DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS

NSW Premiere. Winner · Best Picture · Fantastic Fest. Winner · Best Motion Picture · Sitges International Film Festival. A heartbroken heart surgeon seeks therapeutic benefits from a demanding dominatrix in this audacious and darkly comic study of the knife edge between pleasure and pain. Juha (a riveting performance by Pekka Strang, Tom of Finland), …

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Federico Fellini's 8 1/2

8 1/2

One of the most potent films about filmmaking – and often cited by other filmmakers as one of the greatest movies ever made – Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ is a feverish, fantastical invention. By 1963, Fellini had made, by his count, seven and a half films. Hence 8½ is like an opus number: this is …

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Fleabag

NT LIVE: FLEABAG

“Filthy, funny, snarky, and touching.” – Daily Telegraph “Witty, filthy, supreme.” – The Guardian. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) has had a great year. As writer, director, producer and lead actress in her hit series Fleabag, she has taken out a total of three Emmy awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a …

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