Jun 292016
 

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As per usual, the New Zealand International Film Festival is absolutely packed with an amazing variety of fantastic films. I have been lucky enough to see a fair amount of the films showing, so I’ve gone through the programme and picked 12 films I think are worth adding to your festival schedule. Check them out after the jump.

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Jun 252015
 

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To help you with your selections, or possibly make it harder, we’ve listed our picks for your 10 trip pass. These are films we haven’t seen but would be seeing if we were lucky enough to be going. We’ll live vicariously through all of you I guess….*cries*. Seeing more than 10? We’ve also listed every film in the programme we have seen and can recommend. We’ve even linked to our reviews.

We’re going to assume that Opening Night is a given and take that straight out of your 10 pass. Direct from Cannes, THE LOBSTER is Greek New Wave director Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language début. Soak up the opening night buzz and be one of the first to see this film.

Our picks and recommendations for the rest of your fest are after the jump.

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Jun 292014
 

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So you’re in the Auckland region and you’ve bought yourself a couple of 10 Trip Passes for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The sheer number of incredible films on offer can be a little daunting and that’s where I hope to help. I’ve put together a 17 Film Programme (without clashes) which I think offers a little bit of everything good at the festival. That’s a film per day of the fest with some spare tickets from your two passes to play with. I’ve also provided a list of everything that I have seen and can recommend. Films I have reviewed are underlined and linked to. I hope it helps! Check out my recommendations and your curated 17 film programme after the jump.

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Jun 282014
 

Enemy

So you’re in the Wellington region and you’ve bought yourself a couple of 10 Trip Passes for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The sheer number of incredible films on offer can be a little daunting and that’s where I hope to help. I’ve put together a 17 Film Programme (without clashes) which I think offers a little bit of everything good at the festival. That’s a film per day of the fest with 3 spare tickets from your two passes to play with. I’ve also provided a list of everything that I have seen and can recommend. Films I have reviewed are underlined and linked to. I hope it helps! Check out my recommendations and your curated 17 film programme after the jump.

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Jul 022013
 

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The New Zealand International Film Festival programme for 2013 is a massive beast. The kind of beast you want to cuddle up with, and get to know. There are so many great films on offer, from new titles direct from Cannes, to small Indie American features and classics on the big screen. In an attempt to help (hopefully not hinder) with your film picks, Chris and I have picked 10 films we think/know are worth seeing at this year’s fest. Check out our picks after the jump.

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Jun 252013
 

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New Zealand film lovers, now is your time to get excited. The Auckland programme for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival is now online and it is good. It is very good. The Auckland leg of the festival will kick off with the New Zealand première of Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, and will close with Jim Jarmusch’s newest film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The festival is rich with Cannes titles, including Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Award winner, Like Father, Like Son, and Singaporean kid-vs-nanny tale Ilo Ilo,  which was awarded the Caméra d’Or for best first film in all of Cannes.

The full Auckland programme can be viewed here: http://www.nziff.co.nz/auckland

Later this week Wellington audiences will get their turn to get busy with highlighters, when the Wellington programme is launched on Thursday. Check back on the site later this week for our in-depth look at the programme, including recommendations and links to films which we have already reviewed.

For everything New Zealand International Film Festival related, drop by the festival website, or follow the fest on Twitter.

 

By Sam McCosh

Jul 242012
 

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Ellen is Leaving is one of six New Zealand short films selected to compete in the first ever New Zealand’s Best 2012 short film competition at NZIFF 2012.

From the NZIFF website:

This year for the first time they compete at the NZIFF. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 109 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Roger Donaldson selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award.

Ellen is Leaving is a beautifully shot short about a quirky yet very relatable girl Ellen, who is heading overseas to go travelling. Those of us in our 20s and 30s who have ever travelled will find something to relate too – I’m not sure all of us would go as far as Ellen, but we can certainly understand her motivation. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that the music was especially well suited – there really was a Wellington vibe to it.

The official synoposis:

About Ellen is Leaving: Ellen is leaving because she can. Travel is the cancer of modern relationships. Ellen needs to find her sad-sack of a boyfriend, Hamish, a nice leaving gift to try and help the mutual breakup feel a bit better. When Hamish jokingly suggests she get him a new girlfriend Ellen realises it’s actually the perfect idea and sets out to find him the right girl. But when things start going a bit better than planned, Ellen starts to lose her nerve. Can she really give him up?

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A trailer for the film can be viewed here,  and the film’s Facebook page can be found here.

Screening times:

Auckland – Saturday 28 July 6.30pm (Skycity Theatre) & Monday 30 July 2.00pm (Skycity Theare).

Wellington – Wednesday 1 August 7.00pm (Paramount) & Thursday 2 August 1.30pm (Paramount).

I urge you to go along and check out this film – you’ll get to see a great film and support an up-and-coming film-maker.

Ellen is Leaving is a short film directed by Michelle Savill, produced by Desray Armstrong, executive produced by Gaylene Preston, and written by Martha Hardy-Ward.

Jun 252012
 

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The programmes for the Auckland and Wellington lega of the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival has been launched and is now live at http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland

New Zealanders are in for a real treat, with an amazing array of local and foreign films of all shapes and sizes on offer.

After the jump check out my picks from the programme, including links to films which I have seen and reviewed.

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