Just ahead of Easter, NZFF director Bill Gosden announces the first films for the 2010 festival. There’s not a bad egg amongst them, although one is very well-preserved – restored, in fact.
The old-timer is not the much-lauded print of Metropolis that’s been doing the rounds recently, but the equally well-restored print of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.
Up second is not the winner of the Foreign Film Oscar The Secret of Their Eyes, but the much more widely-appreciated (and Oscar-nominated) Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet.
The final film in the trio announced today is Briar March’s documentary There Once Was an Island, which recently picked up the Grand Prix at FIFO.
The festival kicks off in July, so expect more announcements soon.