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NZIFF shares Cannes crop

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced 17 new titles travelling from Cannes in its 2015 programme, adding to the previously-announced Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope and Asif Kopadia’s Amy.

Lobster

The Lobster, which will open this year’s NZIFF

From the main competition comes a trio of winners: The Assassin (Best Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (Jury Prize), Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (Best Actor, Vincent Lindon).

Also from the main competition are Nanni Moretti’s Mia madre, Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales, and Our Little Sister from Kore-eda Hirokazu (whose Like Father, Like Son won the jury prize at Cannes a couple of years ago).

The Palme d’Or and Grand Prix winners (Dheepan and Son of Saul) are not named in the NZIFF selection, although Grímur Hákonarson’s Un Certain Regard winner Rams is. Yared Zeleke’s Lamb and Uncle Boonmee director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour will also play the NZIFF. 

From Directors’ Fortnight comes Miguel Gomes’ three-part Arabian Nights (The Restless One, The Desolate One The Enchanted One), which won the main award at the Sydney Film Festival last weekend. Also selected are Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Miike Takashi’s Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld

Looking beyond the competition line-ups, Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans and Gaspar Noé’s 3D Love are also named.

All films are confirmed to screen in Auckland and Wellington. Most will screen more widely. The NZIFF’s full programme will be available in Auckland on 23 June, in Wellington on 26 June, and rolled out into other centres from then. This year’s NZIFF runs in Auckland 16 July – 2 August; in Wellington 24 July – 9 August, with visits to 10 other centres confirmed until late September.

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