Thursday, 16 June 2016

NZFF 2016 Even more titles unveiled

NZFF 2016 Even more titles unveiled

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today announces 13 titles that will screen in the World Strand of the programme with the support of new sponsor 2degrees.

NZIFF annually hand picks an international selection of films to feature in the World Strand, the largest section in the catalogue. Close attention is paid to films lavished with praise or box office success in their countries of origin, as well as films that have struck programmers as highlights from a year’s worth of intense viewing that ended only three weeks ago in Cannes.
As I Open my eyes
“Though we aim to be as international as possible, we don’t believe in token representation. This year nineteen countries are represented in this section. We’ve been really struck by the strength of the latest Italian, Spanish and French cinema in particular,” says NZIFF director Bill Gosden.

The World Strand at NZIFF is sponsored for the first time in 2016 by 2degrees.

2degrees is proud to be partnering with the New Zealand International Film Festival for 2016. This is our first year as sponsors and we are excited about supporting such a fantastic line up of films in the World Strand across New Zealand.” says 2degrees Chief Marketing Officer Roy Ong.

The 13 films announced from the World Strand of the programme today:

Everybody Wants Some!!
Richard Linklater follows Boyhood by recalling his own first days at college in this hilarious, deeply relaxed comedy about male bonding, set in the bars, discos, parties and frat houses of 1980 Austin.
“It’s an effortless cult classic, delivered by a master of the form.” David Sims, The Atlantic

Captain Fantastic
Renaissance man Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a solo father whose idealistic way of raising his six children off the grid comes under attack in this energetic, comedic drama.
“Viggo Mortensen… in a role that feels designed by the movie gods.” — Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

Argentine Ricardo Darín and Spaniard Javier Cámara are beautifully paired in the most garlanded Spanish film of the year, a warm and humorous drama of male friendship shaded with imminent mortality.
“Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara take Cesc Gay and Tomàs Aragay’s superb screenplay and offer an acting masterclass in Truman, a low key, character driven buddy movie laced with black humour and emotion.” — Clive Botting, Huffington Post UK

Perfect Strangers
A gathering of old friends accepts the challenge to share all incoming calls and messages. It’s a game you won’t want to emulate at your next dinner party, but dammit, you’ll be thinking about it.
“Remakes will be rampant of this discomforting dramedy where friends play a game reading aloud incoming cell phone messages at a dinner party.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

This bloody, brutal crime saga boasts the epic sprawl of the mob classics it emulates, but with a lurid energy all of its own. With a throbbing score from electronic heavyweights M83.
Suburra drops the viewer directly into a miasma of corruption… [and] will command your attention all the way to its bloody and operatic finale.” — Michael Jaconelli, The Skinny

Everybody Wants Some!
The Daughter
The most lauded Australian drama of the last year, this bold, superbly acted debut from acclaimed theatre director Simon Stone reimagines Ibsen’s The Wild Duck in a contemporary small town.
“Australian director Simon Stone, along with big names Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto, take Ibsen’s The Wild Duck to dark new places.” — Tara Brady, Irish Times

As I Open My Eyes
Tradition butts up against progress in Leyla Bouzid’s debut, a musically charged French-Tunisian film that follows a young woman in a band as she navigates familial and cultural strictures on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution.
“A great film. A film with heart and passion, one that can color one’s dreams and inspire one’s days.” E. Nina Rothe, Huffington Post

Things to Come
Isabelle Huppert essays a self-possessed woman confronting unexpected changes in her life and work in Mia Hansen-Løve’s heartfelt and perceptive portrait of middle age.
“No festival should be without a superb Huppert performance, and Mia Hansen-Løve’s insightful, literate and moving drama gives her sterling material to work with.” — Jonathan Romney, The Observer

From India’s southern state of Karnataka, this award-winning comic gem made by first-time director Raam Reddy charms with its easygoing naturalism, evocative setting and colourful cast of characters.
“Raam Reddy’s bold, vibrant first feature is closer to Émile Zola than it is to Bollywood.” — New Directors/New Films

The Innocents
Based on a true story from post-World War II Poland, this satisfying drama follows a young female French doctor who finds herself caught up in the lives of nuns, traumatised and shamed by their wartime suffering.
“Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years observes the crises of faith that emerge in a war-ravaged Polish convent.” — Justin Chang, Variety

After the Storm
A formerly successful novelist tries to reconnect with his ex-wife and young son in this affectionate, shrewdly observed drama of family life from Japan’s unassuming master, Kore-eda Hirokazu (Our Little Sister).
“Even long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life.” — Robbie Colin, The Telegraph

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother) returns to his roots with another satisfying female-centric emotional drama, cutting between past and present to explore the loves and regrets of his anxious heroine.
Julieta is a guilt-soaked pleasure… it’s like an unexpectedly dry martini in a dazzling Z-stem glass.” — Tim Robey, The Telegraph

Personal Shopper
Kristen Stewart reunites with Clouds of Sils Maria director Oliver Assayas to play a young American in Paris, buying haute couture for her celebrity boss, and seeking contact with the spirit of her dead twin brother.
Personal Shopper is affecting, singular and a great showcase for Kristen Stewart.” — Josh Cabrita, We’ve Got This Covered

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available from Tuesday 21 June and tickets on sale from Friday 24 June from Ticketmaster for Auckland. Wellington programme will be available from Friday 24 June and tickets on sale from Thursday 30 June via NZIFF 2016 dates are:
Auckland 14 – 31 July
Wellington 22 July – 7 August
Christchurch 28 July – 14 August
Dunedin 4 – 21 August

Further regional dates, along with ticketing information can be found at

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