NZFF Autumn Events line up revealed
It's very exciting to announce the full list of the NZIFF Autumn Events and the dates it will run!
NZIFF Autumn Events Dates:
Auckland, The Civic Theatre 13 – 17 April
Auckland, Academy Cinema 23 April – 3 May
Wellington, Paramount cinema 16 April – 3 May
Wellington, Embassy Theatre 22 April, 7–22 May
Dunedin, Regent Theatre 5–8 May
Christchurch, Hoyts Riccarton, 29 April – 22 May
The NZIFF Autumn Events Classics are:
Murderous goons meet their match in a downhome Minnesota cop, the inimitable Frances McDormand as Detective Marge Gunderson, chirpy, relentless and seven months pregnant. Landmark ‘true crime’ comedy from the Coens.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
In Brad Bird’s beautifully animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ anti-Cold War children's book, young Hogarth Hughes befriends a gigantic robot from outer space, and hides him from wily government agents.
Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner are the definitive Anna and the King of Siam in the dazzling movie of the evergreen Rogers and Hammerstein musical, spectacularly transferred to digital for its 60th anniversary.
The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn spoofs her blue blood image as the spoiled bride-to-be in the definitive high society romcom. Sardonic ex-husband Cary Grant and scandal-mongering journo Jimmy Stewart vie to divert her from the altar.
“Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece, transposing King Lear to period Japan, is one of the most exquisite spectacles ever made, a color-coordinated epic tragedy of carnage and betrayal – passionate, somber, and profound.” — New York Magazine
Stop Making Sense
Jonathan Demme’s celebrated concert movie remains a conceptual and audiovisual triumph, capturing David Byrne and Talking Heads in infectious peak form.
The NZIFF Autumn Events Premieres are:
Bolshoi Babylon (A+W only)
Russia’s world-famous Bolshoi Ballet weathers the fallout from the notorious 2013 acid attack on its artistic director. Brit filmmakers Nick Read and Mark Franchetti gain remarkable access.
Ingrid Bergman in her Own Words (A+W only)
Actress Ingrid Bergman shines in this compendium of her letters, movie clips, visits with family members, and – best of all – lots of beautiful home movies, mostly shot by the star herself.
An admiring, perceptive, richly researched and performance-studded celebration of 60s icon and white soul singer supreme, Janis Joplin, beautifully crafted by Amy Berg (West of Memphis).
Putuparri and the Rainmakers (A+W only)
(with filmmaker in attendance at Auckland and Wellington screenings)
An emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia's Great Sandy Desert. The film spans 20 years in the life of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he navigates the chasm between his Western upbringing and the need to keep his traditional culture alive.
In his sunniest most upbeat film yet, the activist/director of Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine mounts a comic assault on the good citizens of several of the world’s most liberal social welfare states.
Puritan terrors of devilry and damnation come screaming to life in this impeccably crafted and thrillingly scary debut. “The Witch is one of the most genuinely unnerving horror films in recent memory.” — David Ehrlich, Time Out
And the big New Zealand premiere on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm will be TICKLED.
When pop-culture journalist David Farrier came across a website seeking young men to travel to Los Angeles to participate in endurance tickling competitions, he sensed a good story for TV3’s Newsworthy. He didn’t know he’d just bought himself a fight with a clutch of “bullies with too much money.” That fight and the investigation it provoked make for gripping viewing in his remarkably deft debut feature film, co-directed with Dylan Reeve.