Hurrah! The Sydney Film Festival’s (SFF) full program has officially launched and we’ve got the shivers because the lineup’s pretty damn exciting.

The SFF 2013 bill offers more screenings of more films from more countries in more venues than ever before, opening with the world premiere of Australian film, Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road and closing with Australian premiere of Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet from Stardom. To give you an idea of just how big this year is going to be, an additional 38,000 extra seats have been made available across screenings of nearly 200 films including 19 word premieres, five international premieres, and 122 Australian premieres. Festival highlights include Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock) Before Midnight, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives direct from the 2013 Cannes Official Selection, Grigris from African filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and the French drama The Past from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. The SFF Hub at Lower Town Hall will also return for a second year to celebrate the theme of ‘Cinema, Reconstructed’ with exhibitions, talks, panels, parties and performances late into the night. SFF runs from June 5-16 June.

Visitsff.org.aufor full program and event details.

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