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Twenty films from Cannes selected for next month’s film festival in Wellington

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News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival today revealed 20 films that will be screening direct from Cannes in its 2014 Wellington programme, including award winners Maps to the Stars and Winter Sleep.

Julianne Moore (top photo) won the Best Actress Award for her performance in David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s acclaimed Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or and will screen as a Special Presentation in the NZIFF Wellington programme.

From the Cannes competition, Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher joined the small pantheon of women directors honoured at Cannes when Jane Campion’s jury awarded the Grand Prix to her film The Wonders, which will be the Centrepiece Presentation in the NZIFF programme.

Best Screenplay winner Leviathan and Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Jury Prize winner Goodbye to Language will also screen. From the same category are Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, African feature Timbuktu, the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, and from Argentina Wild Tales, which will close NZIFF in Wellington.

From Un Certain Regard, a section that supplements the competition selection, prize winner White God (which also won Cannes’ most endearing film award, the Palm Dog), Jury Prize winner Force Majeure, Special Prize winner The Salt of the Earth and Australian director Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, which collected the award for Best Actor (David Gulpilil).

From the Directors’ Fortnight NZIFF has selected Jim Mickle’s Cold In July, Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery and from Japan, the Studio Ghibli animation The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

From Critics’ Week the indie thriller It Follows and art-house werewolf horror When Animals Dream will screen.

Two films that screened out of competition will also feature: Ukraine’s Maïdan, and The Rover from Australian director David Michod (Animal Kingdom) which stars Robert Pattinson.

“More than 30,000 film world professionals and movie fans converge on Cannes every May. Its place as the world headquarters of international cinema is unsurpassed. NZIFF audiences have the advantage of knowing which films rose to the top – and become amongst the first in the world to sample the cream of the crop. This year’s selection is head-spinning,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

All films are confirmed to screen in Wellington.

The complete NZIFF programme will be available in Wellington from Friday 27 June. NZIFF screens in Wellington from 25 July to 10 August.