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Poster of On Chesil Beach

Opening on August 30

The drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

Poster of Spitfire

Opening on August 30

They say she was beautiful. A dream. But for all her good looks, she was also a killer. Spitfire is an epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat ...

Poster of McKellen: Playing the Part

Opening on September 6

Built upon a 14 hour interview, MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART is a unique journey through the key landmarks of McKellen's life, from early childhood into a demanding career that placed him in the public eye for the best part of his lifetime. Using an abundance of photography from McKellen's private alb...

Poster of McQueen

Opening on September 6

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing ...

Poster of Jonas Kaufmann: Under the Stars

Opening on September 9

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timel...

Poster of Christopher Robin

Opening on September 20

The young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still in...

Poster of NZIFF: Birds of Passage

Opening on August 22

A vibrant Colombian indigenous culture that’s survived centuries of colonisation takes on the 1970s drug trade in our visually and aurally astounding opener. Directors Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent, NZIFF16) and Cristina Gallego shake off the clichés of crime-war and imperialism and imbue t...

Poster of NZIFF: Lean on Pete

Opening on August 23

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home..

Poster of NZIFF: Mandy

Opening on August 23

It was labelled the ‘midnight-iest’ of midnight films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It promised Nicolas Cage in full beast mode surrounded by dream fugues, animation, psychedelia and demonic symbolism. And it delivered on those promises and more. Now it’s your turn – to turn up, t...

Poster of NZIFF: Pick of the Litter

Opening on August 23

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil-five spirited puppies who, from the moment they're born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. Only the best of the best will be chosen for the job of guide dog...

Poster of NZIFF: The Song Keepers

Opening on August 23

In Australia’s Central Desert, west of Alice Springs, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German Baroque chorales is being preserved by four generations of women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.

Poster of NZIFF: Breath

Opening on August 24

Actor Simon Baker, star of The Guardian and The Mentalist, returns to his native Australia for his directorial debut adapting, with Top of the Lake writer Gerard Lee, Tim Winton’s celebrated novel.

The film follows two teenage boys (both played by first-time actors who grew up surfi...

Poster of NZIFF: Little Woods

Opening on August 24

Set in a fracking boomtown in North Dakota, Little Woods’ wide-open prairies are inhabited by people who have little room to move. Trapped by poverty and failed by a broken health system, for them it’s hard work for little return. First-time writer/director Nia DaCosta has drawn a rich world of ...

Poster of NZIFF: Maui’s Hook

Opening on August 24

Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of the legendary tupuna, the title of this stirring film by psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph also alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip he takes us on from Parihaka to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hikoi w...

Poster of NZIFF: Mega Time Squad

Opening on August 24

Tim van Dammen made his name as an award-winning music video director in the UK and New Zealand, but it was his feature debut, Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, that garnered major attention. He’s now back with an utterly bonkers time-shifting crime caper set in the thriving metropolis of… Thames.<...

Poster of NZIFF: The Heiresses

Opening on August 24

In a NZIFF abounding with lesbian characters, this richly modulated tale of a couple who have been together for three decades may be the most remarkable. Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún) have long been living a life of privilege in Chela’s family mansion. A crack in the elaborate pa...

Poster of NZIFF: Climax

Opening on August 25

When Argentinian-born, French director Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) stages a techno dance musical, you’d be naive not to be expecting LSD in the sangria. Noé’s new film, acclaimed at Cannes, is a brilliantly staged descent from dancefloor nirvana (captured in one enthralling sing...

Poster of NZIFF: Kusama - Infinity

Opening on August 25

Escaping a traumatic family upbringing in Japan, a young female artist hit 1960s New York determined to succeed. Propelled by a psychological need to make art for her own survival, Yayoi Kusama’s extraordinary career has traversed highs and deep lows. Widely known for her polka dot covered realiti...

Poster of NZIFF: Animation for Kids 4+

Opening on August 26

Once again, we’re thrilled to share an eclectic and electric line-up of short animated tales. Carefully selected from all corners of the world, they’re sure to amuse and engage our favourite little audience – and those who attend with them. Come and travel from a mysterious dark forest to a bu...

Poster of NZIFF: The Wild Pear Tree

Opening on August 26

“The Wild Pear Tree is a gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie from the Turkish filmmaker and former Palme winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan: garrulous, humorous and lugubrious in his unmistakable and very engaging style. It’s an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhoo...

Poster of NZIFF: New Zealand's Best

Opening on August 27

For this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden, Sandra Reid and Michael McDonnell viewed 84 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which director and cinematographer Leon Narbey selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winner of ...

Poster of NZIFF: Shoplifters

Opening on August 27

Few filmmakers are as delicate observers of family units – and especially of children – as Kore-eda Hirokazu, and Shoplifters radiates with the same joyous naturalism and sad wisdom of his best work. The eponymous shoplifters are the Shibatas, a low-income family of five struggling away in a tin...

Poster of NZIFF: The Insult

Opening on August 27

Galvanizing performances and even-handed moral inquiry bring a bracing power to Ziad Doueiri’s Oscar-nominated legal thriller The Insult – the tale of how a bitter feud between a mechanic and a construction foreman snowballs into a national crisis.

“Two words set the story in mo...

Poster of NZIFF:The Cleaners

Opening on August 27

Ever wondered who polices Facebook? This rattling documentary should make for illuminating viewing. The Cleaners introduces us to five content moderators, all based in the Philippines, whose services are contracted to social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Every day, these ‘cleaner...

Poster of NZIFF: Ága

Opening on August 28

Writer/director Milko Lazarov’s second feature spotlights an aging Yakut couple whose lifestyle may soon be extinct. In snow-covered North Eastern Siberia, every footprint, every cloud, every passing airplane must be interpreted for crucial details on which their lives could depend. This attentive...

Poster of NZIFF: Disobedience

Opening on August 28

“Is the greater sin to defy God, or defy your true nature? It’s not a question that’s asked directly in Disobedience, but lingers at the edges of the turmoil that slowly simmers into passion and penitence, in a story that turns a colorful premise into a thoughtful rumination on choice. Set ins...

Poster of NZIFF: Beirut

Opening on August 29

The magnetic Jon Hamm brings swagger in spades to this cracking, old-fashioned spy thriller from the writer of Michael Clayton. Hamm plays Mason Skiles, an alcoholic ex-diplomat who fled Beirut in 1972 when a terror raid upended his life. When an old colleague is taken hostage ten years later, and t...

Poster of NZIFF: Speak Up

Opening on August 29

Every year there’s a breakout film at NZIFF that reminds us of the importance of being seen and heard, not least those of us who belong to minority groups. This year, that film is Speak Up, an inspiring documentary that follows a group of French university students as they prepare for a public spe...

Poster of NZIFF: Dancing With Atoms: Paul Calla...

Opening on August 30

Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist, science communicator, entrepreneur and 2011 New Zealander of the year, died in 2012, of cancer, when he was in his prime. As well as doing research into nuclear magnetic resonance, he was writing books, giving public lectures and sharing his vision of a prosperous and ...

Poster of NZIFF: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

Opening on August 30

An unconventional biography of a defiantly unconventional pop star, this documentary delivers a rousing and multifaceted portrait of Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. Better known to friends and family as Maya, M.I.A.’s exceptional path from stardom – propelled by her Slumdog Millionaire megahit ‘Paper...

Poster of NZIFF: The Guilty

Opening on August 30

This innovative debut from Danish filmmaker Gustav Möller has racked up audience awards from the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals, delivering a tension-packed crime drama without ever leaving the claustrophobic confines of an emergency call centre.

Police officer Asger Holm has...

Poster of NZIFF: Dog's Best Friend

Opening on September 1

A canine rehabilitation centre is tenderly profiled in Kiwi director Eryn Wilson’s affectionate documentary Dog’s Best Friend. Run by ex-soldier Jacob Leezak, the Canine Behaviour Expert Dog Psychology Centre is located on a property in outer Sydney that houses no fewer than 30 dogs at a time ...

Poster of NZIFF: Angie

Opening on September 2

When Angie Meiklejohn’s mother followed the latest love of her life to Centrepoint in 1985, taking Angie, her younger brother and two little sisters, they’d never lived anywhere so nice. The parkland setting was idyllic, with an Olympic-size swimming pool, and all their material needs were cover...

Poster of NZIFF: Animation for Kids 8+

Opening on September 2

Come join us for your annual wintery fix of all ages animated magic. From slick computer animation to hand-crafted stop-motion, filmmakers the world over have melded exquisite technique and brilliant storytelling certain to appeal to discerning young and young-at-heart NZIFF audiences. Chase an elus...

Poster of A NZIFF: Westwood: Punk, Icon

Opening on September 2

Dame Vivienne Westwood, Britain’s most iconic and iconoclastic fashion designer, emerged from the punk movement in the 1970s but has always drawn deeply from historical sources in her collections.

Those most familiar with Westwood’s well-documented punk back-story might be surpris...

Poster of NZIFF: Happy as Lazzaro

Opening on September 3

Part bucolic fable, part social realism and all fertile imagination, Alice Rohrwacher’s beguiling third feature proves she is one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary world cinema.  

Set in rustic Italy, rewarding ground for her previous feature NZIFF14 Cent...

Poster of NZIFF: The Ice King

Opening on September 3

British Olympic figure skater John Curry, the trailblazing subject of The Ice King, sought to change the world of ice skating for the better. Often hailed as the greatest skater of all time, Curry drew acclaim for his innovative balance of artistry and athleticism, bridging the divide between dance ...

Poster of NZIFF: First Reformed

Opening on September 4

Gripping and intensely focused, First Reformed is Paul Schrader’s latest character study of male self-destruction and redemption. Haunted by the ghost of Taxi Driver, it stands as the culmination of a writing/directing career studded with God’s lonely men – and one of Schrader’s most persona...

Poster of NZIFF: Girl

Opening on September 4

This achingly beautiful drama about a teenager who is transitioning gender while training to be a ballerina was one of Cannes 2018’s most talked about films, deservedly winning the Camera d’Or for first-time director Lukas Dhont, and the Un Certain Regard acting award for its standout central pe...

Poster of NZIFF: Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika S...

Opening on September 5

“This year's diverse collection takes us from a historic marae in Nuhaka to a sacred mauna in Hawai'i to a messianic sanctuary in South Auckland. Ngā Whanaunga once again is an expression of the connectedness of Polynesian peoples – connections of bloodlines, spirit paths, passion and determina...

Poster of NZIFF: Petra

Opening on September 5

Petra (Bárbara Lennie), a painter in her 20s, arrives to take up a residency in the workshops of Jaume, a sculptor of grand-scale commissions. Jaume’s Catalan estate encompasses forest lands and a magnificent home. Invited to dinner by the great man’s wife Marisa (Marisa Paredes, All About My M...

Poster of NZIFF: RBG

Opening on September 5

‘Witch’, ‘Anti-American’, ‘Icon’, ‘Bubby’: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been called it all. Before she became the ‘Notorious RBG’ and an internet sensation, Ginsburg was laying the foundation for a fairer and more just America by fighting against gender discri...

Poster of NZIFF: Arctic

Opening on September 6

It’s Mads Mikkelsen versus the elements in this intense survival story shot on location in the frozen grandeur of Iceland’s polar wilderness.

Having crash-landed somewhere in the arctic tundra, Mikkelsen’s stranded pilot seems to have been surviving for what seems like months as...

Poster of NZIFF: Leave No Trace

Opening on September 6

Director Debra Granik introduced Jennifer Lawrence to the world in Winter’s Bone. In Leave No Trace she directs young New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in a lead performance that is just as remarkable. She plays Tom, a teenager who has been living off the grid with her father, Will (B...

Poster of NZIFF: The Price of Everything

Opening on September 6

An eye-opening and highly entertaining ride through the excesses of the contemporary art market, The Price of Everything loosely tracks the lead-up to a major Sotheby's auction in New York City. This is a world in which visual art “has become a luxury brand,” an acceptable, if not essential part...

Poster of NZIFF: Bludgeon

Opening on September 7

Ryan Heron and Andy Deere’s affectionate and funny documentary introduces us to the competitive sport of ‘medieval combat’ and its eccentric cast of characters – each vying to swing swords (not to mention battle axes, maces and halberds) for New Zealand on the world stage. Just don’t call ...

Poster of NZIFF: Wings of Desire

Opening on September 7

For many the highlight of this year’s Berlinale was the premiere of this dazzling new 4K restoration of Wim Wenders’ spectacularly aerial Wings of Desire. Shot in Berlin two years before the fall of the Wall, it’s a palpably humanistic film purporting to see into the anxious souls of city dwel...

Poster of NZIFF: 3 Faces

Opening on September 8

Co-winner of the Cannes Best Screenplay award, 3 Faces is Jafar Panahi’s fourth under-the-radar production since the Iranian government hit him with a 20-year travel and filmmaking ban. Panahi was a guest at NZIFF06 with his film Offside.

“An artful, surprising and thrillingly int...

Poster of NZIFF: The World is Yours

Opening on September 8

Louche and charming in a distinctly Gallic fashion, this star-studded, action-packed gangster comedy pits a criminal matriarch (scary Isabelle Adjani) against her peace-loving son (Karim Leklou) who dreams of setting up a Mr. Freeze franchise in the Maghreb. Unfortunately, Mama has squandered the mo...

Poster of NZIFF: Celia

Opening on September 9

Celia Lashlie, an impassioned, charismatic advocate for equality of opportunity in New Zealand, is mourned and celebrated in this documentary written, directed and produced by former TV current affairs journalist Amanda Millar. Millar was responsible for several 60 Minutes items that enabled Lashlie...

Poster of NZIFF: Puzzle

Opening on September 9

“Marc Turtletaub’s film… revels in the possibilities of finding something new in a wholly ordinary life. For Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), that starts with the literal opening of a birthday gift, one that contains a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that ignites in her not only a new passion, but also the ...

Poster of NZIFF: Stray

Opening on September 9

One of the most strikingly photographed New Zealand films in recent memory, Stray is the statement-making feature debut of writer/director Dustin Feneley. Set in the wintry south, this bracingly spare character drama frames Aotearoa’s oft-filmed landscapes in a clear and startling new light.
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Poster of NZIFF: Transit

Opening on September 9

Set in a present-day Marseille occupied by phantoms from a wartime past, Transit is Christian Petzold’s follow-up to his sublime period pieces Barbara and Phoenix. Echoes of Casablanca, Kafka and Hitchcock reverberate around this coolly existential love story, which is also very much its own, uniq...

Poster of NZIFF: I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband...

Opening on September 10

“What was life like before One Direction?” Jessica Leski’s opening question to 1D superfan Elif jump-starts a vigorous investigation of the sacrifices and sweet experiences of boyband fandom. Losing friends, frustrating your parents and hiding a closeted obsession from co-workers is par for th...

Poster of NZIFF: Loveling

Opening on September 10

Certain travails of motherhood are embraced with buoyant good humour and poignancy in this film written by husband and wife team, director Gustavo Pizzi and lead actress Karine Teles (The Second Mother).

Irene (Teles) has four sons. The youngest are six-year-old twins, played by Teles...

Poster of NZIFF: Burning

Opening on September 11

By critical consensus a masterpiece, and the highest ever rated film on the Screen International’s eagerly pored-over Cannes jury grid, Burning, like previous record holder Toni Erdmann, left the Competition officially prizeless but showered in glory. A love triangle and a mystery, it concerns a...

Poster of NZIFF: Gurrumul

Opening on September 11

“A profound and transporting songline… Paul Damien Williams’ poignant film captures the singular qualities – both as an artist and a man – of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the widely celebrated aboriginal Australian musician known for soulful tenor vocals that blended his traditional cultur...

Poster of NZIFF: The Ancient Woods

Opening on September 11

Immerse yourself in the life of an ancient Baltic forest, a habitat abundant with wildlife little touched as yet by human habitation. Lithuanian biologist turned filmmaker Mindaugas Survila spent almost ten years making The Ancient Woods, often taking weeks to set up and capture the perfect shot. Hi...

Poster of NZIFF: Juliet, Naked

Opening on September 12

Annie (Rose Byrne) has long tolerated her partner Duncan’s (Chris O’Dowd) obsession with the obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), but she’s reaching the end of her tether. Crowe had a following in the 1990s, but he disappeared after a mid-show breakdown, to become the subject of rumour a...

Poster of NZIFF: Woman at War

Opening on September 12

Meet Halla, Icelandic superwoman in a woolly jumper. At 49 and single, she leads a full and satisfying life. She’s the popular conductor of an a capella choir, practices tai chi, swims laps, cycles everywhere – and unbeknownst to all bar a single tremulous accomplice, is saving the countryside f...

Poster of NZIFF: The Heart Dances - The Journey...

Opening on September 13

Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer, Otto are stars in the European dance world, creators of vital, innovative contemporary ballets. Director Rebecca Tansley (Crossing Rachmaninoff) follows them from Prague to Aotearoa as they take up an invitation from the Royal...

Poster of NZIFF: Dogman

Opening on September 14

A gentle dog groomer makes the perilous mistake of thinking he can pacify the town psycho as readily as a snarling mutt in this darkly flamboyant Cannes Competition crime thriller from the director of Gomorrah.

“Though it has far less outright violence than Gomorrah, whose oppressiv...

Poster of NZIFF: The Miseducation of Cameron Po...

Opening on September 14

It’s 1993 in small town America and as Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) prepares for prom, Irma Thomas’ ‘Anyone Who Knows What Love Is’ plays over the proceedings. We can sense this is not going to end well. Before the night is over she and her girlfriend Coley are caught getting hot and heavy ...

Poster of NZIFF: Yellow is Forbidden

Opening on September 16

Chinese designer Guo Pei made fashion headlines around the world when Rihanna wore her massive canary yellow gown to the Met Gala in 2015. If ever a dress was intended to stop the show, this was it. Typically of Guo Pei, it was intricately embroidered and bejewelled, the product of years rather than...

Poster of NZIFF: Cold War

Opening on September 18

This dazzling Cannes winner from Paweł Pawlikowski, the director of Ida, feels like the perfect closing night choice: you don’t want such glorious filmmaking to end. Pawlikowski whisks his two fatally attracted lovers, a singer and a composer, through myriad, brilliantly evoked musical styles and...

Poster of NZIFF: Merata: How Mum Decolonised th...

Opening on September 18

By the time the pioneering indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita died suddenly in 2010, she had packed an extraordinary amount of action into her 68 years. If her youngest son Heperi Mita became a film archivist and a filmmaker in order to discover the stories she did not live to tell him, t...