The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZFF) has announced its first four titles for the 2011 edition.
The four are all from overseas, with the festival team still wading through an impressive 818 submissions, of which 137 come from New Zealand filmmakers. Almost a quarter of the Nz submissions (31) are local features or feature-length documentaries.
The four international films announced are Meek’s Cutoff, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (an early candidate for the festival’s longest title), Snowtown and Submarine.
Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff is an alt-Western following a wagon train lost somewhere in Oregon in 1845.
Pom Wonderful comes from Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), described as “the most riotously up-front assemblage of mismatched brand endorsements you’re likely to encounter outside morning television”.
Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown revisits eleven serial killings in Adelaide in the 1990s.
The IT Crowd’s Richard Aoyade offers a feature début which might do for Swansea what Cemetery Junction did for Reading. Sally Hawkins, no stranger to NZ screens of late after Made in Dagenham and Love Birds, reappears as mother of the teenage lead character.
Tantalising and teasing though the early announcements are, there’s still a wait before dates are announced and tickets can be booked. The Auckland programme will be announced 22 June, with tickets on sale two days later. The festival opens 14 July.