The NZIFF announces a pair of contemporary black and white features for this year’s programme.
Following the resurrection of necessity as fashion and/or nostalgia with varying success over the last fifty years, the NZIFF offers up a pair of monochrome features from the latest crop, which follow in the footsteps of the remarkably successful Oscar winner, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist.
Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha is a New York set love story, and therefore inevitably prompts comparison with – or at least reference to – Woody Allen’s Manhattan.
Baumbach is best known for The Squid and the Whale, featuring Anna Pacquin. For Frances Ha, Baumbach works again with partner Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, The Corrections).
Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves hails from Spain but, like The Artist, comes in silent with English subtitles. The story is a reimagining of Snow White.
Both films premiered in Toronto last year to strong reviews and have played several other international festivals since.