The good folks at the New Zealand International Film Festival are brightening up our April once again with this week’s return of the Autumn Events, a delightful entré to the festival’s main course in July that presents legends of the big screen on gloriously big screens (The Civic in Auckland; The Embassy in Wellington). Last year’s inaugural programme provided one of my cinematic highlights of 2013: a 4K-restoration of David Lean’s masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia, in all its widescreen glory (Christchurch, Dunedin and Napier audiences still have this to look forward to). This year’s programme offers more of the same, with restorations of no less than three of my all-time favourite films — Carol Reed’s definitive noir, The Third Man; Werner Herzog’s haunting historical epic Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Stanley Kubrick’s peerless Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb — not to mention the electrifying Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront and elegant Audrey Hepburn alongside Fred Astaire in Funny Face. Perhaps even more exciting than revisiting these classics for many is the inclusion of Hayao Miyazaki’s much-anticipated final film, The Wind Rises — itself likely to be considered a classic in due time — which makes its long-awaited NZ debut in both subtitled and dubbed options. This 2014 line-up is sure to make for one overwhelmingly satisfying weekend at the movies, and A Fistful of Culture is lending a helping hand to one lucky filmgoer with a double pass to The Third Man up for grabs below.
The Third Man screens this weekend at the 2014 Autumn Events. Enter below to win a double pass to the April 12 screening in Auckland, and visit the NZIFF website for more details.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: This competition is only open to people with a New Zealand postal address. Entries are limited to one per person each day. Winners will be notified via email.