Sydney Film Festival 2017 showcases 'Okja' directed by Bong Joon-ho

The program for the 64th Sydney Film Festival (SFF) will kick off on June 7 and continue until June 18.

The festival will kick off with “We Don’t Need A Map” from director Warwick Thornton, who previously directed “Samson and Delilah” and won the prestigious Cannes Camera d’Or award.

His latest film delves into the astonishing history of one of Australia’s most powerful symbols: the Southern Cross, the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere.

Closing night will see the screening of “Okja,” by the famous Korean director Bong Joon-ho.

The film stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-hyun.

It tells the touching story of Mija (An), who has cared for a “Super Pig” named Okja for more than a decade in the mountains of South Korea.

The two share a close bond, but a twist happens when Dr. Johnny Wilcox (Gyllenhaal) comes to take Okja to New York to participate in a Super Pig contest.

Director Bong has also previously directed films featured at the Sydney Film Festival.

These include "Memories of Murder" (SFF 2004), "The Host," "Mother" (SFF 2015) and "Snowpiercer" (SFF 2014). “Okja” will release in Australia on June 28.

The festival will showcase 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres.