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2012 New Zealand International Film Festival first announcement

With the World Cinema Showcase now wrapped up across the country for another year, it’s time to start looking ahead to the main event: the New Zealand International Film Festival, which kicks off in Auckland on July 19. This week the NZFF made a sneak announcement of its first three films: the Kevin Macdonald-directed Bob Marley documentary Marley, which promises a to be an exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of reggae’s biggest star; Lynn Shelton’s indie drama Your Sister’s Sister, which screened at Sundance and stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt; and Frederick Wiseman’s inside look into Paris’s legendary Crazy Horse cabaret, Crazy Horse. While these films couldn’t be much more dissimilar, what they share is that each has been well received at overseas film festivals and they each look thoroughly enjoyable. Ant Timpson, who programs the Incredibly Strange section of the NZFF, also announced this week that he has acquired Mikkel Nøgaard’s raunchy Danish comedy Klown, which won Best Picture (Comedy) at Fantastic Fest and has been lauded as one of the funniest films of the year. You can find trailers for each film below, but be warned that the Crazy Horse and Klown clips are very NSFW.

The New Zealand International Film Festival runs from July 19 to August 5 in Auckland this year. I will be posting updates and reviews throughout the festival, and for more information you can head over to the NZFF site.

Watch the trailer for Marley below.

Watch the trailer for Your Sister’s Sister below.

Watch the trailer for Crazy Horse below [NSFW].

Watch the red-band trailer for Klown below [NSFW]

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