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Thirty new features from Cannes to screen at NZIFF in Wellington

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Thirty films direct from the Cannes Film Festival are confirmed to screen at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington. Eleven are from the Competition section of the festival including Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Jury Prize winner Capernaum and Best Screenplay winners (tied) 3 Faces and Happy As Lazzaro.

Birds of Passage, the opening night film from the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight, will be included in the lineup from Cannes. Cold War from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), winner of the Best Director prize, will screen as the official closing night film of NZIFF.

“We have worked hard to bring a diverse selection of Cannes films to New Zealand screens for New Zealand audiences. It’s always a mad scramble for us, as the Cannes screenings are inconveniently close to our programme cut-off. The upside is that New Zealand audiences get to be amongst the first in the world to see the very latest and best in international cinema. Whatever its idiosyncrasies, Cannes still sets a very high bar, and this year’s selection proves it all over again,” says NZIFF director Bill Gosden.

“It’s no accident that Cannes titles grace some of our top spots, beginning with the stunning Birds of Passage, including the deeply humane and moving Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters; and ending with the dazzling Cold War as our official closing night.” says Gosden.

The Cannes Films are:

In Competition

3 Faces

“Charming Iranian cinema at its purest… Once more defying a filmmaking ban, Iranian director Jafar Panahi sounds the depths of traditional values in a road movie with actress Behnaz Jafari.” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/3-faces/

Ash is the Purest White

The transfixing Zhao Tao plays a tough, resilient woman in love with a small-time hoodlum in Jia Zhang-ke’s epic gangland romance, set against China’s relentless modernisation in the 21st century.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/ash-is-purest-white/

Burning

A love triangle and mystery based on a Murakami Haruki short story, Korean great Lee Chang-dong’s (Secret Sunshine, Poetry) latest was the best-reviewed film at Cannes, an unforgettable now-or-never must-see on the giant Embassy screen.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/burning/

Capharnaüm

A runaway boy sues his parents for bringing him into the world in this sprawling tale of against-the-odds resilience. “Nadine Labaki’s journey through the slums of Lebanon thrills with compassion and heart.” — Anna Smith, Time Out

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/capharnaum/

Cold War

Winner of the Cannes Best Director award, Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida) has crafted a brilliant, kaleidoscopic vision of 1950s Europe, bursting with music, dance and the turbulent love of two musicians caught between East and West.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/cold-war/
Dogman

Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) returns to the scene of the crime with this jaw-dropping, based-on-fact tale of a timid dog lover driven to terrifying extremes when he hitches his star to a human beast he cannot control.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/dogman/

Happy as Lazzaro

At Cannes it shared the Best Screenplay award for its amazingly inventive script; Alice Rohrwacher’s seductive rural fable applies fairy-tale logic to explore the troubled soul of Italy.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/happy-as-lazzaro/

Leto

An exhilarating exploration of freedom under restraint from a director under house arrest, this resonant, exuberant picture of musicianship and band life is based on the lives of two stars of pre-perestroika Leningrad rock.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/leto/
Shoplifters

This year’s surprise Cannes Palme d’Or winner is one of Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s finest films, about a loving, unconventional family making ends meet on the margins of Tokyo.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/shoplifters/

The Image Book

The latest essay film from Jean-Luc Godard, still going strong, is a dense yet intellectually dexterous vision board on cinema, image-making and the state of the world.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/the-image-book/

The Wild Pear Tree

Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest follows a would-be writer’s reluctant return to his small-town fold, spinning an extensive series of encounters into a typically rich, wry, melancholic mood-piece.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/the-wild-pear-tree/

2018 Critics’ Week: opening film

Wildlife
In Paul Dano’s ace directing debut, Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal capture the cracks that occur in a marriage when a young wife kicks against the constraints of 1950s domesticity.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/wildlife/

2018 Critics’ Week: Competition

Diamantino
A universally adored, very loving but somewhat clueless Portuguese soccer star is co-opted for nefarious political ends in this outrageously bonkers satire of vacuous media and surging nationalism in Europe.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/diamantino/

Woman at War
Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller, with Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir as a fearless eco-warrior, juggling environmental action and foster motherhood.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/woman-at-war/

2018 Director’s Fortnight

Birds of Passage (opening night)
The ancient traditions of Columbia’s indigenous Wayuu are shaped by an ambitious matriarch to stake a place for her clan in the burgeoning drug economy of the 1970s. This spectacularly original film opens NZIFF18.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/birds-of-passage/

Climax
Direct from Cannes, the latest sensation from French cinema’s premier provocateur Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) is his best yet, an exhilarating 1990s techno dance musical that spins out into collective freak-out.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/climax/

Leave No Trace (previously announced)
New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie is mesmerising as 13-year-old Tom living off the grid with her war vet father (Ben Foster) in this haunting new film from the director of Winter’s Bone.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/leave-no-trace/

Mandy
“Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to Beyond the Black Rainbow is a gloriously lurid mock-80s revenge quest that aims a raging, roaring Nicolas Cage at villains from another dimension.” — Katherine McLaughlin, Sight & Sound

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/mandy/

Mirai
Direct from Cannes, this charming For All Ages anime from Hosoda Mamoru (Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) takes a richly imaginative toddler-eye view of a new arrival in the family.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/mirai/

Petra
In this constantly surprising, exquisitely appointed drama, a young painter secures a residency at a large family estate in the Catalan countryside to study under the ageing artist and owner she suspects is her father.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/petra/

Samouni Road
A captivating portrayal of the human impact of the Middle East conflict, told with a deft mix of live action and animation, Samouni Road reveals the impact on one extended family of Israel’s brutal 2009 assault on a Gaza village.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/samouni-road/

The World is Yours
Isabelle Adjani is the safe-cracking matriarch and Karim Leklou is her son who longs for a Mr Freeze franchise and a quiet life in this Cannes hit, a rollercoaster crime caper from writer-director Romain Gavras.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/the-world-is-yours/

Cinema De La Plage

Le Grand Bal
Filmmaker Laetitia Carton draws us into the beating heart of the traditional dance festival that attracts dancers and musicians from across Europe every summer to Gennetines in central France.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/le-grand-bal/

Midnight Screening

Arctic
This snowbound endurance thriller, shot spectacularly on location in Iceland, stars Mads Mikkelsen as the sole survivor of an air crash, stranded somewhere in the barren wastlelands of the Arctic.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/arctic/

Un Certain Regard

Border
An ingenious and twisted blend of crime drama and supernatural romance, this thrillingly unpredictable Swedish film from the writer of Let the Right One In delivers a fresh spin on Nordic mythology.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/border/

Donbass
Ukrainian documentarian and writer/director Sergei Loznitsa takes a sprawling dark comedy, with a vast ensemble cast, to evoke purposely manufactured social breakdown in the Donbass region of his homeland.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/donbass/

El Ángel
Co-produced in style by Pedro and Augustin Almodóvar, this provocative true crime drama explores the short violent career of Argentina’s most infamous and longest-serving convicted killer, a baby-faced teenager.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/el-angel/

Girl
Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont won the award for best first feature at Cannes with this empathetic, emotionally rich portrait of a 15-year-old trans girl who aspires to become a ballerina.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/girl/

Rafiki
Fresh and brave, Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu’s tender, exuberant teenage lesbian coming-out tale has been banned in Kenya and celebrated in Cannes.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/rafiki/

The Harvesters
Set in the conservative Afrikaner farming country of South Africa’s Free State, this brooding drama pits the teenaged son of a deeply religious family against the adopted brother he believes will usurp him.

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/the-harvesters/

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and audiences. The full NZIFF programme for Wellington will be available from Friday 29 June. NZIFF starts in Wellington from 27 July.

1 comment:

  1. Kailey Carruthers, 22. June 2018, 4:39

    The biggest advance announcement in (my) #nziff history. Well done team, love your work! [via twitter]

     

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