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NZIFF 2013 lines up guests

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced the first round of international guests who’ll be presenting their work in the festival programme.

Denmark-based New Zealand director Daniel Joseph Borgman leads the list, presenting his Berlin-premiered The Weight of Elephants. The film is a Denmark-NZ co-production, with Leanne Saunders’ Severe Features the local part of the team, with Zentropa the Danish producers.

Borgman’s Russian language short Berik won the Canal+ prize at Cannes three years ago. The Weight of Elephants opened on general release in Denmark last week.

The Weight of Elephants international trailer

Australian filmmakers Director Kim Mordaunt, Producer Sylvia Wilczynski and Executive Producer Bridget Ikin will be in New Zealand with their award-winning The Rocket, which is one of the films to be presented by the NZIFF at its launch. Mordaunt and Wilczynski.

The USA’s Sean Baker, from the USA, will present his Starlet, about the unlikely friendship between an old and a young woman. Maureen Gosling, co-Director of documentary This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, will present the story of Chris Strachwitz, the guiding force behind legendary roots label Arhoolie Records.

The representatives from all three productions will present screenings in Auckland and Wellington.

Previously announced is American pro-snowboarder Kevin Pearce for Auckland screenings of Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel.

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