The annual Festival des Antipodes in the southern France takes off Monday with eight NZ films playing a line-up that leans heavily towards Australian fare. In a year that’s seeing very few NZ feature releases, that lean towards Australia is perhaps deserved – especially given the record-breaking performance of local titles at the Australian box office this year.
One of the significant contributors to that result, Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes, plays in the festival’s feature competition. It’s up against films including James Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse and Dana Rotberg’s White Lies are the NZ selections. Toa Fraser’s Giselle and The Dead Lands play out of competition.
Among the doco selections, Bryn Evans’ Hip Hop-eration returns to Europe after several successful festival visits in the last year. Nicolas Brikke & Chloé Ledoux’s A Sunday in Wellington is the other NZ doco named.
Two NZ shorts make the programme: Frédéric Geffroy & Victor Naveira’s The Last Lab and David White’s Killer?.
The Festival des Antipodes runs 12 – 18 October in St Tropez.