Last night the NZIFF did its grand reveal in Wellington, with tickets to go on sale on Wednesday 1 July.
Much of the programme is, naturally, made up of titles already announced at the Auckland launch. As in Auckland, fresh from Cannes The Lobster will kick off proceedings. In Auckland, Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man closes the run while Wellington has Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales as its final screening.
There are also a few titles screening in Wellington that aren’t making the trip north.
One Kiwi title is among the Wellington-only screenings, Tony Hiles’ Michael Smither: Prints. Also getting Wellington-only outings (at the City Gallery) will be arts-themed doco Pia Borg & Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods, and a trio of Les Blank titles Always for Pleasure, Hot Pepper, Spend It All and A Well Spent Life.
Wellington also gets a capital-specific selection of National Film Unit shorts, from the 1928 mouthful New Zealand News & Views – Construction of the T & G Building, Lambton Quay, Wellington through to the ’60s, and a substantial Meet the Filmmakers programme, including locals Costa Botes & Sven Pannell, David Stubbs, Robin Greenberg, Tim Wong and the above-mentioned Tony Hiles.
Films playing Auckland but not Wellington include Hajooj Kuka’s Beats of the Antonov, one of very few African titles selected this year, and Shim Sung-bo’s Korean thriller Haemoo.
The NZIFF’s full Auckland and Wellington programmes are now available in print or online. This year’s NZIFF runs in Auckland 16 July – 2 August; in Wellington 24 July – 9 August, with visits to other centres confirmed until late September.