Stewart breaks with tradition

'La Vie en rose' to open Syndey festival

New director of the Sydney Film Festival Clare Stewart has eschewed tradition by programming Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en rose” as the 54th annual fest’s June 8 curtain raiser.

For most of the past decade, the fest has showcased an Oz pic in the top slot. This year’s program will close June 24 with Russian thriller “Day Watch,” bookending a program of 113 features and 86 docs over 16 days. Among the Aussie films programmed are “West” and “The Home Song Stories,” both of which world preemed at the Berlin Film Festival, and “Lucky Miles,” which opened the Adelaide Film Festival in February. A selection of lower-budget pics from tyro helmers rounds out fest’s Oz strand.

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