This year’s NZIFF opens its doors in Auckland on Thursday with the premiere screening of Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes-premiered The Lobster.
For many, the game of deciding what to watch is in part a guessing game of which titles might return to NZ (on screens large or small) and which will be gone for good once the festival caravan rolls out of town. Since local distributors Madman and Vendetta have between them 40+ (or over 25%) of the features playing in the festival, most people’s must-see lists can probably be trimmed at least a little.
There’s a hearty crop of NZ docos on offer this year, trailers for some of which are in this week’s Trailer Park column.
The Price of Peace
Those getting early outings in the festival schedule include:
- Crossing Rachmaninoff (Saturday 18) by Rebecca Tansley, who talked to SCREENZ during the film’s production late last year
- Sarah Grohnert’s Ever the Land (also Saturday 18)
- Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace (Sunday 19)
- the Burstyns’ follow-up to This Way of Life, the UK-shot Some Kind of Love (Monday 20)
- Tim Wong’s industry-focused Out of the Mist (also Monday 20)
Grohnert’s Ever the Land and Costa Botes & Sven Pannell’s Act of Kindness (from 31 July) are named on the NZIFF list of titles selling fast. At time of writing, two docos are the only titles for shich additional screenings have been announced: Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict and Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack.