Tag Archive: New Zealand International Film Festival

NZIFF Review: Christian Petzold’s PHOENIX

Over the past 15 years German filmmaker Christian Petzold and his muse Nina Hoss have been crafting an oeuvre of austere thrillers to rival the best, and theirs is one of the greatest director-actor partnerships in cinema today. Petzold continues to finetune a consistently effective formula: slow-building character studies with Hitchcockian suspense and noirish atmosphere …

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NZIFF Review: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE ASSASSIN

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin is unquestionably one of the most staggeringly beautiful films I have ever seen; in fact, so intricate are its period details and stunning its compositions that to simply label it “beautiful” does the film a disservice. It is also one of the slowest and most inscrutable, making it an especially bold choice …

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NZIFF Review: Miguel Gomes’ ARABIAN NIGHTS trilogy

Esteemed auteur Miguel Gomes (Tabu) delivers the most exhilaratingly ambitious cinema of the year with Arabian Nights, a marathon six-hour triptych which portrays straitened life in contemporary Portugal through a fanciful lens. Just as his 2008 feature Our Beloved Month of August delightfully blurred the line between documentary and drama, this experimental year-long project blends exhaustively-researched fact with fiction to create …

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Five must-see films at the NZ International Film Festival

The New Zealand International Film Festival launches this Thursday in Auckland with a sold-out session of The Lobster, the new film by the Greek satirist Yorgos Lanthimos. If you’re still mulling over what to go to, here are the five films I’m most looking forward to.

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A Fistful of Culture is beyond excited for the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival, and if you’re reading this then no doubt you feel the same way, so let’s celebrate together: let us know which film from this year’s programme you are most eagerly anticipating, as well as your preference of Blu-ray or DVD, and you’ll be in …

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Picks from the 2015 NZ International Film Festival programme

Grab your highlighters, folks: the New Zealand International Film Festival’s 2015 Auckland programme has been unveiled. Opening in bold style with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and closing in tears with Australian drama Holding the Man, this year’s festival looks as relevant as ever. Cinephiles can rejoice over the inclusion of 17 exciting titles direct from the Cannes Film Festival, which despite the …

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Picks from the NZ International Film Festival’s new Autumn Events programme

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced a new series called Autumn Events to be held in Auckland and Wellington from mid-April to May, taking the place of the now defunct World Cinema Showcase. The stellar programme features digital restorations of David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia and the 1955 musical adaptation Guys and Dolls starring Marlon Brando and Frank …

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[Review] THE TREE OF LIFE @ NZFF 2011

Legendary and reclusive director Terrence Malick doesn’t get around to making films often. In fact, The Tree of Life is only his fifth in 38 years. His intense need for privacy and long absences between films have elevated Malick to near mythical status among cinephiles and critics who practically fall all over themselves to praise his …

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