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Wairoa lines up 2013 programme

Wairoa Maori Film Festival has released its programme, mixing Maori films with titles from indigenous filmmakers around the world.

A number of films both short and long that have already seen release here are included, including Tearapa Kahi’s successful Mt Zion and Pietra Brettkelly’s Maori Boy Genius, currently on limited release.

Paora Joseph’s Doc Edge 2012 award-winner Tatarakihi Children of Parihaka, EPed by Gaylene Preston, also makes the trip.

Of the internationals, the best-known will by The Sapphires.

Auraeus Solito’s Busong (aka Palawan Fate) was last year selected in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight sidebar. Elsewhere it won awards, including the Merata Mita award at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival in the US. The Filipino director will attend the festival.

Better known for his gay-themed The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros and Boy (2009), Busong is the first in a proposed trilogy in which Solito plans to explore his Palawan heritage.

It got mixed reviews, one of the less generous (from FilmBiz.Asia) offering

Part mystical, part political, part scenic but mostly just plain boring, it’s deliberately obscure at a narrative level and hardly profound on any other.

One of the better (New York Times) called it

a quiet, lyrical ode to Palawan, a tropical island paradise in the Philippines … Solito revels in the verdant splendor of Palawan, exulting in its vegetation, waterfalls and sunsets, and savoring the imagery of its myths. His spell is potent.

German Stefanie Reis, who last year presented sessions with Script to Screen on her work with short film sales agency KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, will also attend. She’s also in NZ to make a documentary on local short film for Franco-German broadcaster Arte.

The festival runs Queens Birthday weekend (30 May – 3 June). To book, please email. The programme and other information is available here.

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