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Film Festival announces 154 features from 35 countries

Blaze directed by Ethan Hawke

News from NZIFF
The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington has been launched this evening. 154 feature-length films from 35 countries will screen over 17 days beginning on Friday 27 July.

Four world premieres are confirmed for the capital. Two will be Embassy debuts for Wellington-made documentaries that have already been announced for the national programme: Celia, Amanda Millar’s final interview with Celia Lashlie; and Rebecca Tansley’s The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet.

Tony Hiles’ ninth instalment documenting the work of artist and composer Michael Smither, Michael Smither: Of Crimson Joy, will premiere at lunchtime screenings at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Jeff McDonald’s documentary A Sculptor’s Journey follows the process of American sculptor Sabin Howard working with Weta Workshop to prepare a maquette for the National War WWI Memorial planned for Washington, DC.

“Wellingtonians know how to make an occasion of going to the movies and we’re excited to reveal the films that will transport the city for two and a bit weeks from late July. The Embassy will once again be our flagship venue, and we welcome Reading Cinemas to the fold in 2018 where they will host nearly 250 screenings for film festival audiences,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Ethan Hawke features either in front of or behind the camera in four films this NZIFF.

“Ethan Hawke is NZIFF’s man of the moment, starring as a dried-up rocker in romantic comedy Juliet, Naked, then as a country priest questioning his faith in the unnerving drama First Reformed, and then with an appearance (as himself) in American music road trip documentary, The King. Hawke takes a sidestep into the director’s chair for SXSW hit Blaze, a biopic of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley,” says Gosden.

NZIFF have previously announced that 30 films direct from the Cannes Film Festival are confirmed to screen.

Wellington’s will be the first ex-Cannes screening of El Ángel, a provocative true crime drama co-produced by Pedro and Augustin Almodóvar. Eleven of the films are from the Competition section of the festival including Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Jury Prize winner Capharnaüm and Best Screenplay winners (tied) 3 Faces and Happy As Lazzaro. Birds of Passage, the opening night film from the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight will also be opening NZIFF in Wellington on Friday 27 July. Cold War from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), winner of the Best Director prize, will screen as the official closing night film of NZIFF.

Of the 154 feature-length films in the programme, 50 are features or documentaries directed or co-directed by female filmmakers.

The full Wellington NZIFF programme is available online now: https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/wellington/

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences. The full NZIFF programme is available online now and will be available on the streets of Wellington from 9am Friday. NZIFF starts in Wellington on 27 July and runs until 12 August. Tickets go on sale 5 July.

1 comment:

  1. Lindsay, 30. June 2018, 6:11

    Bill Gosden and his colleagues have done an impressively great job in selecting, obtaining and programming such a diverse programme of the newest and best films from around the world. The festival’s smooth-running website makes it easy to select and book your film choices, unless you prefer to use the beautifully designed printed programme (which is available free – other cultural events please note.)