The Edinburgh International Film Festival has selected two NZ titles for its 2017 edition, an oldie and a goodie. Unfortunately, the festival has managed to programme them against one another, at the same time on the same day – which is no mean feat given the hundreds of screening slots organisers have filled.
The contemporary title selected is Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order, currently on release here: “delightful, amusing, and thoroughly absorbing” as the Edinburgh festival programmers accurately assess it. Pecking Order is closing in on $250,000 at the NZ box office and currently playing on almost 50 screens.
Also named for Edinburgh is Geoff Murphy’s 1985 sci-fi classic The Quiet Earth, which plays as part of the very substantial Retrospective programme. You can save yourself a trip to Scotland by revisiting the film at the NZFC’s Film On Demand service.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival will run 21 June – 2 July.