The festival programme launch will be in Auckland on Tuesday June 26 with the programme brochures hitting the streets from June 27.
We are pleased to announce these three titles confirmed for presentation.
From director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). Filled with insider tales to satisfy any true believer, and measured enough in its admiration of his unique power to make it essential viewing for the unconverted too, the long-awaited Marley (Bob Marley) is a masterful work of “authorised” biography. NZIFF is happy indeed to provide a fittingly giant screen for the New Zealand screenings.
“Thoroughly researched and packed with phenomenal archival footage, it's a rousing tribute to a mesmerizing performer that forgoes blind hero worship…
Onstage, Marley is transcendent, enraptured. The mood is mystical, never mellow. ” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
“Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved King of reggae.” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Your Sister’s Sister
Writer/director Lynn Shelton follows her head-turning Humpday with another boundary-nudging relationship comedy. In Your Sister’s Sister the emotional pivot is sibling rivalry. Straight Iris (Emily Blunt) and gay Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) are Seattle sisters with different, but equally unacknowledged, game plans for the same man, Jack (Mark Duplass). It’s exactly a year since the death of his brother Tom, and Jack still feels he’s not coping. Iris, who was Tom’s ex, offers Jack the keys to her father’s island cabin (in the wooded paradise of Puget Sound) unaware perhaps that her sister is also there nursing a broken heart - and a plentiful supply of tequila. Shelton delivers quick-witted banter, classic bedroom farce and a feel for authentic emotional dilemma with a pleasingly naturalistic touch. This film is great fun, and beautifully performed, with Duplass as the man in the middle underplaying his every blunder very deftly indeed.
“In the wonderful Crazy Horse, documentary filmmaking's greatest living master, Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, NZIFF2010), completes his trilogy on iconic French institutions… sneaking into the private spaces of the legendary cabaret club the Crazy Horse. And in doing so, he's made the most entertaining film in his 40-plus-year career. Wiseman's dazzling romp follows ten amusing weeks of rehearsals and performances for the new show Désirs, staged by famed cinematographer Philippe Decouflé and a cast of memorably kooky characters who give it their all for art in the face of commercial restraints…
Employing a wide array of gels, projections and effects (polka dots, leopard patterns), the eye-popping numbers at the Crazy Horse are drop-dead cinematic, at times approaching kaleidoscopic op art. Wiseman wisely lets scenes play out in long takes and the viewer's astonishment sinks in. He presents a sly analysis of how the Crazy Horse achieves the erotic without the vulgar and plays on the fantasies of the viewers, the dancers and the administration alike.” – Mark Peranson, Vancouver International Film Festival
NZ International Film Festival
Auckland, July 19 – August 5
Wellington, July 27 – August 12
Dunedin, July 27 – August 19
Christchurch, August 9 – 26
Further regional dates available at www.nzff.co.nz
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