The 43rd Wellington Film Festival began tonight with the premiere of a strongly moving new New Zealand film – The Dark Horse – with a standing ovation from the full house for producer Tom Hern, director James Napier Robertson and star Cliff Curtis.
The film festival, now known as the NZ International Film Festival, began at the Paramount in 1972 and now occupies ten city cinemas for 17 days every year.
This year’s Wellington programme offers a total of 140 feature films.
All the features are Wellington premieres except for a small number of new digital restorations of classic movies, which include Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast from 1946 and a silent film by King Vidor from the 1920s.
A highlight will be screenings of 20 features from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including the winner of the Palme d’Or.
The Wellington programme is now live on the festival’s website.