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NZFF 2011 Cannes do

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced that a record-breaking number of Cannes award winners will have their New Zealand premiere screenings on this year’s programme.

The list includes two New Zealand short films that won prizes at the prestigious European Film Festival.

“This is the largest haul of Cannes award-winners in the 43-year history of the Festival. New Zealand audiences will be the first outside Europe to see such a swathe of this year’s official selection from Cannes.” says Festival Director Bill Gosden.

One of the most highly anticipated films is Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, from director Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt. It is confirmed as a special presentation in the programme and will play in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

“The selection is incredibly varied and reflects a stunningly strong year at Cannes. We have the birth of the world as envisioned by one filmmaker (Terrence Malick) and the death of it as envisaged by another (Lars von Trier). It’s tempting to say we also have everything else between.” says Gosden.

La Havre, a French comedy from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki and winner of the International Critics Prize, features as the Festival’s Centrepiece. End-of-the-world drama Melancholia, from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier, will be Auckland’s Closing Night presentation at the Civic on Saturday July 30.

The full list of Cannes titles in the Festival programme are:

Palme d’Or
The Tree of Life, dir. Terrence Malick, USA

Grand Prix ex aequo
The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au vélo), dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da), dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar – Footnote (Hearat shulayim), dir: Joseph Cedar, Israel

Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier, Denmark

Caméra d’or (Best First Film)
Las Acacias, dir. Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina

International Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize
Le Havre, dir. Aki Kaurismäki. Finland/France

Competition Official Selection
Michael, dir. Markus Schleinzer, Austria
Sleeping Beauty, dir. Julia Leigh, Australia

Competition Short Films Official Selection
Meathead, dir. Sam Holst, New Zealand

Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard
Elena, dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia

Un Certain Regard Official Selection
Beauty (Skoonheid), dir. Oliver Hermanus, South Africa
The Day He Arrives (Book chon bang hyang), dir. Hong Sang-soo, Korea
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin, USA
The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae), dir. Na Hong-jin, Korea

Best European Film, Directors’ Fortnight
Breathing (Atmen), dir. Karl Markovics, Austria

Art Cinema Award + Prix SACD (Best French Language Film), Directors’ Fortnight
The Giants (Les géants), dir. Bouli Lanners, Belgium

Grand Prize, Critics’ Week
Take Shelter, dir. Jeff Nichols, USA

Special distinction of the President, Critics’ Week
Snowtown, dir. Justin Kurzel, Australia

Best Short Film, Critics’ Week
Blue, dir. Stephan Kang, New Zealand

The NZ International Film Festival programme will be available in Auckland from June 22 and in Wellington from July 1.

The NZ International Film Festival runs in Auckland from July 14-31, Wellington July 28-August 14, Dunedin August 4-21, and Christchurch August 12-28.