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NZIFF shows off Cannes-do list

Ahead of Monday evening’s big programme launcheroo in Auckland, the New Zealand International Film Festival has shared the info on the crop of “direct from Cannes” titles for this year’s programme.

As anointed by Jane Campion’s jury, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep leads the list, and will screen at the NZIFF as a special presentation.

Winter Sleep

From the Cannes Competition Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher joined the small pantheon of women directors honoured at Cannes when Jane Campion’s jury awarded the Grand Prix to her film The Wonders, which will be the Centrepiece Presentation in the NZIFF programme.

Best Screenplay winner Leviathan and Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Jury Prize winner Goodbye to Language will also screen. From the same category are Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, African feature Timbuktu, the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, and from Argentina Wild Tales, which will close NZIFF in Auckland and Wellington.
From Un Certain Regard, a section that supplements the competition selection, Prize winner White God (which also won Cannes’ most endearing film award, the Palm Dog), Jury Prize winner Force Majeure, Special Prize winner The Salt of the Earth and Australian director Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, which collected the award for Best Actor (David Gulpilil).
From the Directors’ Fortnight NZIFF has secured Jim Mickle’s Cold In July, Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery and from Japan, the Studio Ghibli animation The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

From Critics’ Week the indie thriller It Follows and art-house werewolf horror When Animals Dream will screen.

Two films that screened out of competition will also feature: Ukraine’sMaïdan, and The Rover from Australian director David Michod (Animal Kingdom) which stars Robert Pattinson.
“More than 30,000 film world professionals and movie fans converge on Cannes every May. Its place as the world headquarters of international cinema is unsurpassed. NZIFF audiences have the advantage of knowing which films rose to the top – and become amongst the first in the world to sample the cream of the crop. This year’s selection is head-spinning,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.
All films are confirmed to screen in Auckland and Wellington. Further location listings will be advised via the NZIFF website as availability and distributor arrangements are confirmed.
The complete NZIFF programme will be available in Auckland from Tuesday 24 June and in Wellington from Friday 27 June. NZIFF screens in Auckland from 17 July to 3 August, and in Wellington from 25 July to 10 August.

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