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Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.


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The BFG

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Some scenes may scare very young children

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A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.


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Central Intelligence

15+ Mature Accompanied

sexual references and offensive language

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The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high-school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days.


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Dishoom

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence

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When India's top batsman goes missing in the Middle East, two cops from either side of the Arabian Sea team for a 36-hour man hunt.


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Disney-Pixar's 'Finding Dory' reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?


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Ghostbusters

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Coarse language and some scenes may scare very young children

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Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world!


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“Jim Jarmusch’s contention that the Stooges were the best rock‘n’roll band ever is the starting point for a wonderfully eloquent documentary; not only does Iggy Pop contribute (verbally and facially) articulate reminiscences about the rise and fall of the band, but there’s a lovely mix of archive footage, interviews, photos and even animation to accompany the music. The director’s enthusiasm and erudition combine with his cinematic expertise to create one of the great rock documentaries of recent times.” — Geoff Andrew, Sight & Soun


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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Violence, coarse language, some scenes may disturb young children

5

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.


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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.


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Jason Bourne

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence

5

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.


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League Of Gods

15+ Mature Accompanied

Fantasy violence

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It features a group of unique super-heroes with special powers in a story based on the ancient novel “Fengshen Bang.”


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It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side.Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz).But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.


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Lights Out

15+ Mature Accompanied

Supernatural themes and violence

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When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.


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Costume drama comedy based on the Jane Austen classic Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Xavier Samuel (Fury), and Stephen Fry.


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Me Before You

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Coarse language and sexual references

5

Young and quirky Louisa 'Lou' Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.


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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

R16

Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive language

4

Two Brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.


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THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate.


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The fourth feature-length offering from New Zealand documentary filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly (Māori Boy Genius, NZIFF12) follows filmmaker Ibrahim Arify as he returns from exile to his native Afghanistan with the intention of restoring thousands of hours of Afghan films – banned under the Taliban government – for the nation.


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NZIFF A Perfect Day

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language

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Commanded by an impressive roster of talent, including Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins, this ensemble tragicomedy strikes just the right balance of bracing levity and sobering truths.


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“As refugees flee from the Syrian conflict in their thousands, this intimate doc captures the experiences of a single family battered by truly daunting circumstances. Before the outbreak of the civil war, filmmaker Sean McAllister encountered husband Amer and infant son Bob, hoping that wife and mother Raghda – a pro-democracy activist – would return from a brutal prison term. International pressure prompted her release, but that proves to be just the start of an odyssey which sees McAllister himself briefly jailed, and the family fleeing via Lebanon to a new start in the West


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NZIFF A War

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence, offensive language, content that may disturb

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A tense, measured investigation of the moral ambiguity of combat, Tobias Lindholm’s rattling new military drama has already proven its international resonance, securing an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Language slate earlier in the year. A War follows the trials of a compassionate military commander (Danish player Pilou Asbæk), who, in the chaos of a firefight, makes a decision to save his men that has disastrous consequences.


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We’ve searched high and low, and near and far, to present a selective slate of the best animation for all ages from all corners of the world. These animated gems from eight countries offer a terrific range of diverse adventures, and a whole load of opportunity to fuel imagination and make greater sense of our world.


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NZIFF Animation for Kids 8+

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Violence, scary scenes

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Each year our animation programme provides one of the best opportunities to introduce our youngest friends to the pleasures of international cinema and the NZIFF experience. NZIFF 2016 presents not one but two Animation for Kids collections – with each film guaranteed to amuse, entertain and inspire curious young minds and indie-animation-loving grown-ups alike.


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NZIFF Animation Now 2016

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence & content that may disturb

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Our longstanding animation programmer Malcolm Turner, now head honcho at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and guest curator at festivals beyond, offers a miscellany of the brightest and best from a year’s worth of exploration.


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A companion piece to partner Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country (NZIFF14), Molly Reynolds’ trenchant, wryly measured documentary is addressed explicitly to non-Aboriginal Australia.


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The worship of food has reached an elevated plain at Copenhagen’s Noma, repeatedly voted ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ in Restaurant magazine. Celebrity chef René Redzepi and a tight circle of acolytes continually explore new refinements to the arrangement of nature’s flavours.


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Shot on 16mm celluloid across parts of New Zealand and Samoa, interdisciplinary artist Sam Hamilton’s ten-part experimental magnum opus makes thought-provoking connections between life on Earth and the cosmos, and, ultimately, art and science. Structured around the ten most significant celestial bodies of the Milky Way, Apple Pie’s inquiry begins with the furthest point in our solar system, Pluto, as a lens back towards our home planet and the ‘mechanisms by which certain aspects of scientific knowledge are digested, appropriated and subsequently manifest within the general human complex’.


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In a year worth noting for the number of strong women behind and in front of the camera, the most winning for many in the NZIFF audience is bound to be Dona Clara, the indomitable protagonist of Aquarius.


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Carlos Saura, a veteran chronicler of Latin music and dance, turns his attention to Argentina to record an all-star cavalcade of contemporary folklore performers. Largely filmed in a warehouse turned soundstage in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Saura’s film is simply intent on displaying exceptional dancers and musicians in action. Using a complex series of mirrors to capture the artists without impeding them, Saura creates some impressive visual choreography of his own.


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Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer who’s worked on some of the most notable documentaries of the past 20 years: Fahrenheit 9/11, The Two Towns of Jasper, Very Semi-Serious, Citizenfour and many more. Drawing on footage she’s shot for countless other directors, she’s assembled in Cameraperson a unique memoir of the images she says have most marked her.


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NZIFF Certain Women

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, nudity

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Kelly Reichardt [Wendy and Lucy, NZIFF09; Meek’s Cutoff, NZIFF11] artfully merges her two obsessions, the mid-western American landscape (here, Livingston, Montana) and women’s psychology, by reworking and intertwining three short stories, with an uncanny gift for drawing forceful, yet intimate performances from actors (especially actresses).


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Drawing on an abundance of whistle-blower testimony and stealthily shot footage, Australian filmmaker Eva Orner (producer of Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side) exposes the squalid cruelty of the notorious detention centres established by the Australian government to house asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. Claiming, not inaccurately, that they carry the mandate of the Australian people, a succession of Australian prime ministers stonily insist that the net effect of the centres is humanitarian: by making it clear that asylum seekers are unwelcome, they have saved thousands from rat-shit boats and the clutches of ruthless people smugglers.


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NZIFF Chevalier

R16

Nudity, offensive language, sexual content

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Chevalier, from Greek Weird Wave filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg), is an inspired, gorgeously photographed work of deadpan lunacy that asserts itself as a spit-take on masculine rivalries. Six sort-of buddies, for some reason on a yacht in the Aegean Sea, spontaneously create a competition with fluid rules over which of them is ‘The Best in General.’


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NZIFF Doglegs

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence, offensive language, sex scenes, nudity

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In a renegade Tokyo pro-wrestling league, the disabled battle the able-bodied in the name of smashing stereotypes. A paraplegic husband fights his wife. The handicapped champ pummels his mentor. But this is no freak show. In Doglegs, we witness a radical reclamation of labels and identities taking place in the ring.


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Expat New Zealand filmmaker Heath Cozens lived in Japan for 18 years. He attends NZIFF screenings with funding assistance from the Japan Foundation.


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NZIFF Endless Poetry

R16

Nudity, offensive language, sexual material & content that may disturb

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A young man dives into the artistic life of 40s Santiago and pursues a dream of becoming a poet, in this carnivalesque memoir from the perennially youthful great-grandfather of cult cinema, 87-year-old Alejandro (El Topo) Jodorowsky


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NZIFF Equity

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language and sexual themes

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Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) dons power suits to star in a female-centric thriller set on Wall Street… Equity is a smart thriller set in the corporate world that disguises its modest budget with an intelligent script and a good set of hooks. Promoting itself as ‘the first female-driven Wall Street movie’, the film’s plot revolves mostly around female characters, while it’s also been directed (by Meera Menon), written (by Amy Fox) and produced (by co-stars Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas) by women.


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A tiny island of around 6,000 people, Lampedusa lies 205 kilometres from Sicily and 113 from Tunisia. Superbly shot by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi, this documentary provides an indelible and compassionate double portrait of the island’s traditional community and the humanitarian crisis thronging its shores. Disarmingly, Rosi puts a 12-year-old local boy at the centre of his picture. Like boys since time immemorial, Samuele roves the island waging war on flora and fauna with his slingshot.


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NZIFF Francofonia

15+ Mature Accompanied

Adult themes

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Aleksandr Sokurov, best known for Russian Ark, his historical fantasia shot in the galleries of the Hermitage, moves his cameras now to the Louvre. Produced with the full cooperation of the museum, Francofonia evokes the history of the great Paris art museum and its vast collections, from the Renaissance to the present day. Mythic and historic figures wander the halls, not least Napoleon, whose plundering of the Middle East ironically preserved many great works of art from destruction in subsequent wars


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This illuminating, clip-laden account of the history of running over the last 50 years begins by detailing the long fight against antiquated athletic authorities to open up participation in competitive events, and to allow women to compete at all. After a single finish-line collapse at the 1928 Olympics, the sport had been deemed unsafe for women, who were were banned until 1960 from events over 800 metres. In 1976, Kathrine Switzer was physically assaulted by officials as she challenged the gender barrier by competing gender-incognito in the Boston Marathon.


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These six international short films come direct from the acclaimed New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) landmark programme, Girls’ POV – aimed at providing intelligent, diverse and compelling films that speak to the unique experience of girls. Each of the films presented feature a strong female lead, female director, or an issue faced by girls around the world.


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NZIFF God Willing

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Coarse language, sexual references

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In this Italian hit comedy, an atheist cardiac surgeon, Tommaso, has his staunch lack of faith pushed to the limit: his teenaged only son gets God after falling under the influence of a charismatic young priest. Tommaso is further horrified when his wife and daughter also undergo a renaissance.


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NZIFF Graduation

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, sexual themes & content that may disturb

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2007 Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) shared the Cannes Prize for Direction this year for this tense, intricately plotted and utterly plausible tale of a middle-aged doctor’s slide into a world of bribery and favouritism.


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NZIFF Green Room

R18

Graphic violence, drug use, offensive language

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In an alternate universe, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is transformed into a ruthless neo-Nazi who operates a criminal empire in the backwoods of Oregon. But this is no episode of Star Trek: TNG; it is director Saulnier’s punks-vs-skins follow-up to his acclaimed indie thriller Blue Ruin (NZIFF13). This is a classic wrong place, wrong time set-piece that takes well-worn tropes, amps them up to 11 and then stomps on their faces.


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This riveting cinematic essay from legendary avant-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson is a punk meditation on love and death. The 68-year-old’s philosophical interrogation leads us through an intensely moving (yet not sentimental) journey beginning with the death of her piano-playing dog Lolabelle.


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NZIFF Indignation

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence, offensive language, sex scenes

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Acclaimed screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer of some of the best American films of the last two decades (Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain), James Schamus makes his directorial debut with this insightful and beautifully acted adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel.


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You probably already know the story of the death of James Foley, the American journalist kidnapped in Syria, imprisoned then beheaded by ISIS in 2014. The video of his execution released by the killers became as ubiquitous an announcement in Western media as they had intended.


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The fears and unruly impulses that fill the head of a ten-year-old boy are keenly observed and persuasively expressed in this rather wondrous film. So, thankfully, is the sheer joy of refuge provided to a small boy by a pair of adoring older siblings. Félix (Edouard Tremblay-Grenier) frets about his father’s restlessness, his parents’ rows, or a shot of a missing kid he sees on a TV news bulletin.


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Oscar-winning documentary maker Roger Ross Williams presents a dynamic portrait of 23-year-old Owen Suskind, who is moving into his first solo living situation, something his parents never expected possible. Twenty years earlier, they watched their three-year-old son stop talking and retreat into an unknowable autistic reality. Walt Disney movies became one of his few pleasures.


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NZIFF Little Men

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, sexual themes, disturbing behaviour

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Two 13-year-old boys pit their friendship against the growing tension between their families in this touching tale of love and real estate from Ira Sachs, director of the like-minded Love Is Strange (NZIFF14). Jake (Theo Taplitz), a brainy, thoughtful kid, has moved into the Brooklyn house inherited by his father Brian (Greg Kinnear), an actor of no great note. Wife Kathy (Jennifer Ehle), a therapist, is the breadwinner.


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For his latest trick, the tirelessly curious Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) turns his camera on the internet. The German maestro is no digital native – he eschews even a smartphone – but this proves a boon, liberating Herzog to explore the digital future as if a tourist.


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Long Way North is a beautifully told, visually stunning action-adventure featuring teenage Sasha, a young aristocrat growing up in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Sasha dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to the North Pole.


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NZIFF Lovesong

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, sexual references

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Jena Malone and rising star Riley Keough shine in this exploration of an ambiguous bond between a lonely soft-spoken young mother and her free-spirited friend. Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her livewire college friend Mindy (Malone). After an alcohol-infused heart-to-heart, a long-unspoken intimacy emerges between the old friends.


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NZIFF McCabe & Mrs Miller

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence, offensive language

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As vivid and haunting as the songs of Leonard Cohen that found an audience on its soundtrack, Robert Altman’s indelible vision of two of the Wild West’s most beautiful losers is restored to the giant screen. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie play an enterprising gambler and a cynical bordello madam, separate newcomers whose reputations have preceded them to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church.


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If you’ve not heard of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, you’ll wonder how that could have been once you’ve seen this spectacular film. For dance aficionados, this is surely the most anticipated artist portrait since Wim Wenders’ Pina. Veteran documentary filmmaker Tomer Heymann’s eight-year labour of love is most unlikely to disappoint.


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NZIFF Much Ado About Nothing

R13

Drug use, sex scenes, offensive language

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Basing his story on a notorious case in Chile where a middle-class kid took a manslaughter rap for the son of a one-percenter, writer/director Alejandro Fernández Almendras embeds his taut anatomy of affluenza in a seductive evocation of high-flier hedonism (with a great soundtrack). Lacking funds after a year studying in LA, Vicente (charismatic Agustín Silva) heads back to his parents’ beach house on the Chilean coast without a plan. Two girls who come on to him at the beach invite him to a lavish house party.


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NZIFF Neon Bull

R16

Nudity, explicit sexual material, offensive language

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The sinuous physicality of the central characters in this Brazilian slice of life is rendered all the more tantalising by the unpredictability of their desires. The erotic tension in Neon Bull is remarkable, and, as you may have already heard, finds release in a prolonged and tender sex scene, at once monumentally strange and sublimely simple. Centred on a cowboy working the pens on a backcountry rodeo circuit, the film draws us into a tough, macho world in which gender roles are much less prescribed than you might assume.


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Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector, Lee Tamahori, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 81 entries.


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NZIFF Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2016

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Violence, coarse language & deals with suicide

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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.


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In 1983, after years of failing sight, John Hull, a professor of theology in Birmingham, England, became completely blind. Soon after, he began keeping an audio diary… The understanding he reached, through years of quiet and sometimes painful probing, was profound: Oliver Sacks called the published version of Hull’s diaries ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.


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For anyone who has found themselves morbidly fascinated by the rise of Donald Trump in the last year, this continually surprising portrait of American entrepreneur J.R. Brinkley should work like catnip. A country doctor who discovered a miracle cure for impotence by transplanting goat testicles into human scrotums, Brinkley suddenly went from local medicine-man to millionaire mogul.


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The richest stories in the best newspapers are often buried away on the obituaries pages. In Obit, Vanessa Gould meets the people who write them for the New York Times – practitioners of a form which has ‘nothing to do with the death and almost everything to do with the life’.


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Let’s be honest: we’re all a bit over the faux documentary sub-genre. So let’s hear it for Canadian Matt Johnson with his devilishly clever cinephile meta-take on the Apollo Moon landing. It’s 1967, the height of the cold war, and the CIA suspects a Russian mole is inside NASA sabotaging the programme. Two chipper young agents, disguised as filmmakers capturing NASA’s race to the moon, are sent to uncover the mole. They uncover something more shocking than any Russian spy.


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NZIFF Operation Avalanche

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence and offensive language

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Let’s be honest: we’re all a bit over the faux documentary sub-genre. So let’s hear it for Canadian Matt Johnson with his devilishly clever cinephile meta-take on the Apollo Moon landing. It’s 1967, the height of the cold war, and the CIA suspects a Russian mole is inside NASA sabotaging the programme


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We open NZIFF 2016 with a joyful rendition of our national anthem – the one you can dance to. As irresistible as the song it celebrates, Tearapa Kahi’s documentary explores the many tributaries that flowed into the mash-up of pop music, traditional waiata and bop that first took New Zealand by storm in 1984.


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NZIFF Sand Storm

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Adult themes

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The traditional ties that bind together a Bedouin family are being loosened by modernity and patriarchal authority is looking frightfully strained, but it still takes gumption for a young woman to pull free in this richly nuanced film. Israeli filmmaker Elite Zexer has long been acquainted with Bedouin village life and her film displays easy familiarity along with an intricate appreciation of culturally ingrained male self-interest and canny female retaliation.


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NZIFF Suburra

R18

Violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes

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A rush of fresh blood to a fine Italian tradition, it doesn’t take long for Stefano Sollima’s enthralling crime saga Suburra to transcend its familiar parts. As we begin, a crime lord starts actioning plans to amass beachfront properties for an Atlantic City-style gambling paradise.


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NZIFF Sunset Song

15+ Mature Accompanied

Sexual violence, sex scenes, nudity

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A long-cherished project for director Terence Davies, Sunset Song tells the story of a young woman coming of age on a farm in northern Scotland on the cusp of World War I. Like Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel on which it is based, the film is closely attuned to the moods of landscape and sky.


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NZIFF Swiss Army Man

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, sexual references

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Gonzo directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan describe Swiss Army Man as a film about a suicidal man who has to convince a dead body that life’s worth living.


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NZIFF Tanna

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence

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Filmed pre-Cyclone Pam on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, this stunningly photographed film tells the star-crossed story of Wawa, a young woman who has fallen in love with her chief’s dashing grandson, Dain.


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If our PM or the relevant public servants are feeling truly comfortable about New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, it doesn’t show when they are seen explaining it, defending it, or downright refusing to talk about it in this documentary.


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NZIFF The Clan

R13

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In Argentina everybody knows about the Puccio Clan case. In 1985 it was discovered that a spate of kidnappings and murders had been the work of the Puccios, a well-established Catholic family with five children from San Isidro, a high-class suburb of Buenos Aires.


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NZIFF The Country Doctor

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This gentle, good-humoured film about a doctor (François Cluzet) facing illness himself and reluctantly inducting a younger city doctor (Marianne Denicourt) into his country practice has been a great hit in France.


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Thirteen-year-old falconry prodigy Aisholpan is ready to train her very own eagle to catch foxes in The Eagle Huntress – ending two millennia of Kazakh-Mongolian tradition that dictates this practice as the exclusive rite of men.


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NZIFF The First, the Last

R13

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Bouli Lanners’ poker-faced crime drama favours black humour and existentialism over genre heroics, almost like a gothic, Belgian riff on the Coens’ No Country for Old Men.


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NZIFF The Handmaiden

R16

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Park [Oldboy] Chan-wook’s… new movie, a brazen lesbian twist-fest based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, doesn’t lose its duty to entertain amid all its style. Set in 1930s Korea, during the Japanese occupation, The Handmaiden follows Sookee (Kim Tae-ri), a born thief who is recruited to help a con man (Ha Jung-woo) with his plan to seduce a lonely, addled heiress (Kim Min-hee), who lives in a creepy manor house with her even creepier uncle (Cho Jin-woong).


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Under the leadership of a legendary Director General of Education, Clarence Beeby, the years immediately after World War II saw the most remarkable shifts in educational philosophy New Zealand had ever experienced.


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NZIFF The Idealist

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language

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In the vein of a classic investigative journalism thriller, Christina Rosendahl’s gripping drama The Idealist unravels the compromised relationship between her home country of Denmark and the United States during the fraught tensions of the Cold War.


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NZIFF The Innocents

15+ Mature Accompanied

Sexual violence, suicide & content that may disturb

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Anne Fontaine’s (Coco avant Chanel) compelling and affecting drama The Innocents illuminates events that occurred in Poland in the aftermath of World War II, placing women’s experiences of war very much at its centre. Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a young doctor with the French Red Cross, is entreated by a desperate young nun to make a secret visit to a nearby abbey.


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For almost four years, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Zanbo documented the construction of a massive highway through a rural district in Hunan Province.


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NZIFF The Salesman

15+ Mature Accompanied

Adult themes

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The director of A Separation returns to his native Tehran for a domestic drama bearing his unmistakable signature. The Salesman reaches NZIFF direct from winning Best Actor and Screenplay awards at Cannes.


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NZIFF Theeb

15+ Mature Accompanied

Violence

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Eye-searing landscapes and a fascinating historical setting turn this tale of innocence lost into a classic adventure film. First-time director, Oxford-born, Jordan-based Naji Abu Nowar, calls it a ‘Bedouin western’, and the honour and hospitality which his nomadic tribespeople value above all else informs Theeb first to last.


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NZIFF Thithi

15+ Mature Accompanied

Offensive language, nudity, sexual references, suicide references & content that may disturb

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This uproarious village comedy from southern India follows three generations of misfits after the death of a family’s cantankerous 101-year-old patriarch, Century Gowda.


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NZIFF Tokyo Story

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Voted in Sight & Sound’s authoritative 2012 poll the third greatest film of all time (and topping the list among directors), Ozu Yasujiro’s sublime family drama is as relevant today as it has ever been, in a sparkling new restoration.


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Think globally, act locally: you’ve heard it before, but this stimulating documentary makes it news, showing some great ideas for doing just that, translated into action.


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NZIFF Toni Edrmann

R16

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Writer/director Maren Ade’s epic comedy about a prankster dad’s campaign to connect with his mortified workaholic daughter was the hands-down audience favourite at Cannes, and universally tipped to win. Assuming the persona of a clownish ‘life coach’, the eponymous anti-hero lays siege to the corporate lifestyle.


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NZIFF Under the Shadow

15+ Mature Accompanied

Horror and supernatural themes

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Infused with autobiographical elements, Babak Anvari’s debut feature is a terrifying allegory of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, a now often overlooked conflict that shaped much of this London-based Iranian filmmaker’s early childhood.


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The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt left her indelible imprint on 20th-century thought by coining the concept of the ‘banality of evil’ when reporting on the 1963 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann.


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Anthony Weiner hit global headlines in 2011 when a photograph of his genitals appeared on Twitter. The Democratic congressman’s denials that he had posted the image quickly fell apart, along with his reputation, as numerous earlier dick-pic peccadilloes were splashed across the media.


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With up-close access to indigenous Peruvian activist Alberto Pizango, and a damning assemblage of news reports, this documentary provides a gripping account of years of struggle.


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Investigative journalism meets conspiracy thriller as Alex Gibney (Going Clear, NZIFF15) goes on the trail of Stuxnet, the extraordinary computer virus that metastasised around the world before it arrived at its target, Iranian nuclear facilities, and performed its mission: exploding uranium-enrichment centrifuges.


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Sing Street

15+ Mature Accompanied

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A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.


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The U.S.S Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.


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Suicide Squad

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Violence and Offensive Language.

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It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.


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