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WCS gets out of the blocks

The World Cinema Showcase gets to be the first local festival this year, with the Documentary Edge Festival’s shift to a post Easter slot. The NZIFF lays out the antipasta to tease tastebuds ahead of the late March kick off.


Anda Union: from the Steppes to the City

The early titles announced are Gary Hustwit’s follow up to Helvetica, new documentary Urbanized; Kiwi filmmaker Rosie Jones’ The Triangle Wars, a look at the underbelly of Melbourne’s urban development; Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s study of husband and wife team Eames: the Architect and the Painter; Jesse Peretz’s comedy Our Idiot Brother; Terence Davies’ film of playwright Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea; and a musical offering, as Tim Pearce, Marc Tiley and Sophie Lascelles go on the road with Mongolian musos Anda Union, who coincidentally (or not) are appearing at WOMAD in New Plymouth shortly before the WCS gets under way. Anda Union: from the Steppes to the City is a 10,000km road-trip.

The full programme will be launched on 8 March. The World Cinema Showcase runs at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket and the Bridgeway in Auckland, 29 March – 11 April; the Paramount, Wellington, 5 – 22 April; The Regent, Dunedin, 19 April – 2 April; and Hoyts Northlands in Christchurch, 26 April – 9 May.

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