Tag Archive: The Past

Win a DVD prize pack of 2013 NZIFF titles

With the much anticipated 2014 NZ International Film Festival launching in Auckland this week, A Fistful of Culture would like to celebrate by giving away a prize pack of highlights from last year’s programme: Jeremy Saulnier’s terrific revenge thriller Blue Ruin, Asghar Farhadi’s intricate relationship drama The Past, and Sarah Polley’s fascinating family documentary Stories We Tell. Each of these highly recommended titles are …

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Highlights of the 2013 NZ International Film Festival

The immensely enjoyable 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival recently wrapped up in Auckland, and from the very first film (Behind the Candelabra) to the last (The Dance of Reality) there was no shortage of highlights. At least half of the nearly 40 films I saw rank among my favourites of the year so far, and …

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[CAPSULE REVIEW] THE PAST is another powerful relationship drama from master filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

The dramatic one-two punch of 2009’s impressive About Elly and 2011’s masterpiece A Separation had many praising Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi as world cinema’s new master. In his powerful new relationship drama, The Past — which finds Farhadi relocating to Paris with remarkable ease — this well-earned reputation is never in doubt throughout, even if the film cannot quite match his …

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Picks from the 2013 NZ International Film Festival programme

Every cinephile’s favourite time of the year is fast approaching as the New Zealand International Film Festival prepares to take over Auckland screens for two-and-a-half glorious weeks from July 18. The festival launched their 2013 programme recently, and after spending more time than I care to admit obsessively studying the line-up and preparing my schedule, …

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