Thursday, 5 May 2016

First Film Announcements for NZIFF

First Film Announcements for NZIFF

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today reveals the first five films of the 2016 programme, which will screen in Auckland from 14 July.
“We’ve chosen to reveal these five films first because audiences have been requesting them ever since they appeared overseas, or in the case of High-Rise, ever since the first trailer launched. NZIFF July is still a while away, and programming is still underway, but we encourage you to start booking out your diary now for those winter weeks at the movies.” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Heart of a Dog
An enchanted cinematic essay by legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. Centering on Anderson's beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is a self-narrated punk meditation on love and death; exquisitely crafted and effortlessly profound.

In Ben Wheatley's ambitious, wildly disorienting adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, tenants of a high-tech skyscraper slip into a literal class war. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Elisabeth Moss.

Loaded with wry humour and surprising rug-pulls, Penny Lane’s supremely strange biography of 20s impotence-cure mogul J.R. Brinkley is the documentary oddity every festival watch-list needs at least one of. 

Midnight Special
Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher star in this dazzling, genre-defying sci-fi/chase movie from the director of Mud and Take Shelter.

Australian documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler collaborated with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this ravishing cinematic expression of traditional culture and forbidden love.

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 for Auckland, and Friday 24 June for Wellington. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 14 July and in Wellington from 22 July in 2016.

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