Sydney Film Festival 2024

On Site

Enjoy a selected slate of films from the 71st Sydney Film Festival at the State Library of NSW

Event Information

14 June 2024, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Additional dates
15 June 2024, 1:00pm - 8:00pm
16 June 2024, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
16 June 2024, 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Youth (17 & Under):  
The Library Auditorium, Lower Ground 1, Macquarie St Building

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414

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Enjoy a selected slate of films from the 71st Sydney Film Festival at the State Library of NSW. These films reflect the unique experiences of people, communities and cultures across Australia and around the world through cinema.

Please contact the Sydney Film Festival ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or for all ticketing enquiries.

Presented by Sydney Film Festival in association with the State Library of NSW.

Friday 7 June

Mozart's Sister 

Directed by Madeleine Hetherton-Miau | 98 minutes | 6pm

The story of the other Mozart, Maria-Anna, a child prodigy forgotten to time, as seen through the eyes of musicians, musicologists, and researchers.

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Saturday 8 June


Directed by Kate Vinen, Jayden Rathsam Hua | 65 minutes | 4pm

Witness a one-off live musical event at the State Library with this hypnotic short documentary portrait of a classical quartet, to be followed with a live performance from the quartet after the screening.

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Welcome to Babel

Directed by James Bradley | 99 minutes | 6pm

An absorbing documentary about Chinese-Australian artist Jiawei Shen’s plans to create an epic work depicting his homeland’s tumultuous recent history.

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Sunday 9 June


Directed by Ellen Kuras | 116 minutes | 2.30pm

Oscar winner Kate Winslet stars alongside Alexander Skarsgård in this fascinating true portrait of model turned WWII correspondent Lee Miller. Selected Toronto FF.

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Welcome to Yiddishland

Directed by Ros Horin | 95 minutes | 5.30pm

An upbeat, witty, and timely exploration of a global community of artists creating innovative work in their quest to rediscover and revitalise the endangered Yiddish language.

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Monday 10 June

About Dry Grasses

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan | 197 minutes | 12pm

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (SFF 2012) director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new film returns to that region to tell the tale of an art teacher accused of impropriety by a student.

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Directed by Alex Thompson, Kelly O’Sullivan | 115 minutes | 4pm

A listless construction worker with no acting experience joins a community production of Romeo and Juliet in this Sundance charmer, featuring a brilliant supporting performance from Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness, SFF 2022).

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Friday 14 June

Dale Frank - Nobody's Sweetie

Directed by Jenny Hicks | 107 minutes | 6pm

A charmingly intimate portrait of Dale Frank, hardworking artist and hermit, laying bare his creative process and his place in today’s art world.

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Saturday 15 June

The Mountain

Directed by Rachel House | 89 minutes | 1pm

Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) makes her directorial debut with this riotous and colourful drama about three children discovering friendship's healing power through the spirit of adventure. From executive producer Taika Waititi.

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Charmian Clift - Life Burns High

Directed by Rachel Lane | 80 minutes | 3.30pm

An intriguing portrait of Charmian Clift: a household name in the 1960’s and one of Australia’s finest writers.

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Directed by Michel Franco | 113 minutes | 6pm

Peter Sarsgaard won Venice’s Best Actor award alongside the faultless Jessica Chastain (The Forgiven, SFF 2022) in this intricate New York romance from seasoned festival auteur Michel Franco (Sundown).

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Sunday 16 June

Ernest Cole: Lost and Found

Directed by Raoul Peck | 106 minutes | 2pm

Winner of L’Œil d’or (Best Documentary) at Cannes, an outstanding, impassioned portrait of South African photographer Ernest Cole, directed by Oscar nominee Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro, SFF 2018).

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La Cocina

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios | 139 minutes | 4.30pm

Rooney Mara and Raúl Briones star in this intense comedic drama set during the hectic lunch rush at a New York restaurant, from Mexican maverick Alonso Ruizpalacios (A Cop Movie, SFF 2021).

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