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Poster of Dan Carter: A Perfect 10

Opening on August 29

A deep insight into the personal life of Dan Carter, his career and particularly his challenging road to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Poster of The Farewell

Opening on September 5

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China.

Poster of Downton Abbey

Opening on September 12

Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.

Poster of Fisherman's Friends

Opening on November 21

A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggle...

Poster of Ask Dr. Ruth

Opening on August 23

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Poster of Brittany Runs A Marathon

Opening on August 23

Brittany Runs a Marathon
This charming debut feature from playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo features a winning performance from Jillian Bell as Brittany, a sharp-tongued, hard-partying twentysomething whose lifestyle choices are catching up with her. When a visit to a doctor to score drugs turns...

Poster of Dilili in Paris

Opening on August 23

Whip-smart and astute six-year-old Dilili finds herself caught up in an ominous and nefarious underground plot, through which she and her sidekick Orel see the beauty of Paris during one of its finest times of artistic, literary and musical enlightenment. Offering staunch defence of just causes and ...

Poster of Loro

Opening on August 23

Queasy and compelling in equal measure, Paolo Sorrentino’s sprawling portrait of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi – played with oily charisma by the director’s regular leading man, Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) – is presented in its feature-length international version.

Poster of Midsommar

Opening on August 24

Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village.

Poster of Peterloo

Opening on August 24

Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic refo...

Poster of The Biggest Little Farm

Opening on August 24

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

Poster of Who You Think I Am

Opening on August 24

Claire has a new lover, the handsome Ludo, but is under no illusions as to his fidelity. Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him: she's ‘Clara', vivacious, blonde... and 24 years old. Ludo doesn't take the bait, but hi...

Poster of Apocalypse Now Final Cut (40th Annive...

Opening on August 25

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Forty years after it almost killed him, Francis Ford Coppola returns to the jungle one last time. Both a complete restoration and a new cut, Apocalypse Now: Final Cut represents his fully realised vision, trimming back some of the restored scenes from 2001’...

Poster of Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent

Opening on August 25

Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent

Shot over two years between 1998 and 2001, just before Yves Saint Laurent retired from the world of fashion, this poignant, intimate film, shaped from a mere 18 hours of footage, captures the great couturier in his twilight, creating his last collection...

Poster of Helen Kelly - Together

Opening on August 25

Helen Kelly - Together

Brilliant, funny and indefatigable, Helen Kelly was a giant of social justice movements in New Zealand. When she was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015, she stood down as president of the Council of Trade Unions, but ploughed on in pursuing the causes and pe...

Poster of NZIFF: Animation for Kids

Opening on August 25

Animation is such an engaging art form – perfect for inspiring the wide-open imaginations of our youngest NZIFF audience members. Not that the inspiration stops there – these eclectic and entertaining films are sure to appeal to both the young and young at heart.

Poster of Hail Satan?

Opening on August 26

When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a sense of humor, and a few friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound...

Poster of Martha: A Picture Story

Opening on August 26

Martha: A Picture Story

Selina Miles' film is a vibrant portrait of photographer Martha Cooper, who in 1970s New York, captured the first images of graffiti appearing on the city's subway carriages.

Poster of Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Opening on August 27

The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians.

Poster of Ruben Brandt, Collector

Opening on August 27

Art heist thriller, brooding neo-noir, bombastic action blockbuster and hallucinatory freak-out all at once, Milorad Krstić’s dazzling, dizzying curiosity Ruben Brandt, Collector marks a welcome escalation for modern animation. After suffering repeat nightmares in which paintings by Warhol, Botti...

Poster of High Life

Opening on August 29

High Life is a staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, from visionary director Claire Denis.

Poster of Vivarium

Opening on August 29

In search of a starter home, a young couple follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.

Poster of Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing

Opening on August 30

Continuing her rich tradition of documenting New Zealand artists, Shirley Horrocks presents a comprehensive biopic of Peter Peryer, one of our most important photographers.

What begins as a gentle, engaging look at the artist’s life becomes a photography masterclass in style, techni...

Poster of For My Father's Kingdom

Opening on August 31

Aotearoa isn’t always the land of milk and honey it promises to be. Throughout the life of Saia Mafile’o – a dad, a grandfather, a husband and a son – Aotearoa has given many fortunes and taken them away. But nothing has changed Saia’s resounding faith in the church and his absolute love f...

Poster of Maria By Callas

Opening on August 31

MARIA BY CALLAS: IN HER OWN WORDS is the definitive doc on the life and work of the Greek-American opera singer. Tom Volf has spent nearly five years working on the film, which features never before seen or heard footage and performances of Callas.

Poster of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Opening on August 31

Between Water Lillies, Tomboy and Girlhood, outstanding French director Céline Sciamma has explored notions of gender and identity, especially for adolescent or younger girls, through a distinctively female prism. As diverse as her films have been, all of which have screened at NZIFF, none prefigur...

Poster of Capital in the 21st Century

Opening on September 1

A 700-page tome on the long-run effects of wealth inequality, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century was an unlikely bestseller in 2014. Its account of how concentrated wealth shapes the world was so compelling that it went on to sell 1.5 million copies.
Brought to the big screen by N...

Poster of A White, White Day

Opening on September 3

This gritty Icelandic drama captures the growing obsession of a widowed ex-cop (Ingvar Sigurðsson, in an award-winning performance recognised at Cannes Critics’ Week). Haunted by the tragedy of his wife’s death, Ingimundur seeks solace in the simplicity of DIY renovations, but his grief fuels a...

Poster of Deerskin

Opening on September 3

France’s enigmatic Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr Oizo, whose breakout hit Rubber was about a homicidal car tyre, makes films unlike anyone else in the world. Deerskin, channelling cinema’s rich history of obsessive loners, is no exception.

French megastar Jean Dujardin plays Georges, a ...

Poster of Halston

Opening on September 3

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Poster of Non-Fiction

Opening on September 4

French auteur Olivier Assayas probes the promises and pitfalls of art in the age of digital communication, in this comedy about a Parisian publisher (Guillaume Canet) and his successful-actor wife (Juliette Binoche) adapting to the new-media landscape.

Poster of A Dog Called Money

Opening on September 5

Several years ago, curious members of the public were afforded the chance to watch PJ Harvey record her follow-up to the Mercury Prize-winning Let England Shake in a specially constructed space that was part studio, part art installation. They looked on as Harvey pushed herself and her musical colla...

Poster of Inna de Yard

Opening on September 6

Reggae legends including Cedric Myton, Kiddus I and Ken Boothe reminisce while jamming out their greatest hits in this vibrant celebration of Jamaica and its diverse cultural history. Sprinkled with festive scenes from a live performance in Paris, the documentary does for reggae, ska, rock steady an...

Poster of Kind Hearts & Coronets

Opening on September 6

Celebrating its 70th birthday in a pristine digital restoration, director Robert Hamer’s Kind Hearts and Coronets upholds its position as one of the funniest, most perfectly pitched black comedies ever made.

Dennis Price is the living embodiment of wronged entitlement as Louis Mazzi...

Poster of Monos

Opening on September 6

MONOS is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora.

Poster of Mrs. Lowry And Son

Opening on September 6

Having already played J.M.W. Turner to great acclaim, Timothy Spall takes on another English painter with equally compelling results. Laurence Stephen (L.S.) Lowry was a Lancashire artist whose depictions of industrial life only found an audience and admiration once he reached middle age.

Poster of A Seat at the Table

Opening on September 7

“Are we deserving of a seat at the table of the world’s finest yet?” Filmmakers David Nash and Simon Mark-Brown pose the question in this vine-saturated visual feast of a documentary highlighting pivotal moments in our winescape, starting with a landmark blind tasting by the most influential w...

Poster of Backtrack Boys

Opening on September 7

In this moving, award-winning documentary, we follow former jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft’s mission to heal the most damaged and marginalised Australian boys through training dogs for showjumping. Combined with a wholesome rural lifestyle, the task of training and bonding with a dog can captivate and...

Poster of Beats

Opening on September 9

Dour reality meets its nemesis in 1990s rave culture in this exuberant memoir of teenage bonding from Scotland. Cowed by his mother’s allegiance to her new boyfriend, a super straight police officer, 15-year-old Johnno (Cristian Ortega) is persuaded to abscond by his genially unhinged mate Spanner...

Poster of By the Grace of God

Opening on September 10

Based on a true, still-developing story, François Ozon’s By the Grace of God is a deeply humane dramatisation of a victim-led campaign to seek justice against a paedophile priest and the church structures that enabled his destructive behaviour. Adjacent to Spotlight (the 2015 Best Picture Oscar w...

Poster of For Sama

Opening on September 10

Sama means sky in Arabic and Syrian director Waad al-Kateab hopes the skies above Aleppo might soon be free of Russian warplanes and the destruction they bring. Sama, al-Kateab’s baby, is named for the sky her mother dreams of, one simply populated by clouds and rain. Taking the form of an address...

Poster of Judy & Punch

Opening on September 11

Actor-turned-filmmaker Mirrah Foulkes directs this highly original, endlessly inventive feminist spin on the classic puppet show. Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman represent the titular duo, reimagined as a puppeteering couple whose artistic quarrels – and Punch’s mishandling of their baby – l...

Poster of Children of the Sea

Opening on September 12

Based on the exquisite manga of the same name, Children of the Sea draws on the talents of Japan’s famed Studio 4°C (Mind Game, NZIFF04; Tekkonkinkreet, NZIFF07) and the mighty Joe Hisaishi, whose magical scores are the lifeforce behind so many of Studio Ghibli’s animated classics.

Poster of Sibyl

Opening on September 13

Writer-director Justine Triet explores psychotherapy, boundaries and obsession in Sibyl, one of the four films in competition at Cannes this year directed by a woman.

“Sibyl (a jittery Virginie Efira) is a psychotherapist so driven to write a novel that she drops her clients to buy ...

Poster of Sorry We Missed You

Opening on September 13

Though conspicuously absent from the Cannes winners’ podium, Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty left no stone unturned with their latest impassioned portrait of Britain’s working class. This firecracker of a film – which many are calling better than 2016 Palme d’Or triumph I, Daniel Bla...

Poster of Walking on Water

Opening on September 13

Christo and his wife/creative partner Jeanne-Claude have long stunned the world with their monumental artworks – wrapping the Reichstag in fabric, dotting giant umbrellas across California, festooning Central Park with gates. Now, with the passing of both Jeanne-Claude and his long-time documentar...

Poster of Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts

Opening on September 14

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival. Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics.

Poster of The Wild Goose Lake

Opening on September 14

Director of the terrific, Berlinale-winning police procedural Black Coal, Thin Ice (NZIFF14), China’s Diao Yinan wowed Cannes with this superlative film noir. Stacked with some of the most uniquely thrilling sequences you’ll see in a cinema this year, his lauded follow-up centres on a rogue gang...

Poster of Yuli

Opening on September 14

This adventurous depiction of the life and success of ballet dancer Carlos Acosta glides between childhood re-enactments and scenes of Acosta directing fellow dancers in artistically interpreted moments from his life. Director Icíar Bollaín mixes crowd-pleasing biopic conventions with a range of c...

Poster of The Whistlers

Opening on September 16

“Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu makes playful movies with a lot to say. From the chatty historical inquiries of… 12:08 East of Bucharest to the deadpan musings on the language of justice in Police, Adjective… Porumboiu has managed to mine compelling ideas out of slow-burn narrative techn...

Poster of Maiden

Opening on September 26

The incredible, against-all-odds story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.