The 2017 Sydney Film Festival Highlights

The annual Sydney Film Festival kicks off next month and the full list of the slate of 288 films to be screened is now up at the film’s official site.

“Samson and Delilah” director Warwick Thornton’s new film “We Don’t Need a Map” will open the festivities on June 7th and deal with the Australian people’s relationship to the Southern Cross star formation that has meant many things over time.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” which will screen at Cannes, will close out the festival on June 18th – ten days before it premieres online worldwide on streaming giant Netflix. This will make it one of the few times the film will have a theatrical screening.

Twelve films are in official competition including the aforementioned ‘Map’ along with Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Michael Haneke’s “Happy End,” Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” Alain Gomis’ “Felicite,” Shahrbanoo Sadat’s “Wolf and Sheep,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope,” Nana & Simon’s “My Happy Family,” Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul,” Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed,” and Benedict Andrews’ “Una”.

Other notable films to screen include Sundance fave and 2017 most critically acclaimed film to date, “Call Me By Your Name,” along with “A Ghost Story,” “God’s Own Country,” “Song to Song,” “A Fantastic Woman,” “The Wall,” “Brigsby Bear,” “Ingrid Goes West,” “In the Fade,” “Ellipsis,” “Patti Cake$,” “The Nile Hilton Incident,” “Australia Day,” “Pulse,” “Wind River,” “The Party,” “Madame” and “Mountain”.

Tickets can now be purchased from with most screenings taking place in the historic State Theatre (pictured), at Event Cinemas George St, or at select other locations including Randwick Ritz, Dendy Newtown, Cremorne Orpheum, or Dendy Opera Quays.