Earlier this week I posted a list of my must-see films at the upcoming 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival, and I pondered the possibilty of late additions to the programme. Keen observers may have already noticed that the published schedule listed both The Artists Cinema and People Mountain People Sea, which have now been confirmed as late additions, but even more exciting is today’s announcement that Craig Zobel’s controversial Sundance hit Compliance will screen at this year’s festival. Based on true events, the film centers on Becky (Dreama Walker), a teenaged counter girl at a fast food restaurant, and Sandra (Ann Dowd), the middle-aged manager. One stressful day, a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, and not exactly friends with Becky, complies with the officer’s orders to detain her. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason. Compliance has earned rave reviews for its disturbing and fascinating examination of human behaviour, and this will definitely be one of the must-see films of 2012.
In more good NZIFF news, extra sessions have been added for Room 237, which is one of my picks of the festival, as well as for Barbara and Animation For Kids 2012.
Check out the first trailer and poster for Compliance below.
The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival kicks off in Auckland on July 19. Stay tuned for future updates and reviews, and for more information head to the NZIFF website.
For previous posts on the 2012 NZFF, hit the links below: