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Film fans are in for a treat this year with a strong mix of award-winning international features and documentaries alongside new work from New Zealand filmmakers in the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival programme which begins in Napier on Thursday 3 September.
The festival opens with the comedy hit The Mafia Kills Only in Summer at the Century Theatre on Thursday. Directed by popular Italian TV satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto the film is the biggest comedy of the 2015 programme, mixing rights-of-passage comedy with a fearless send-up of the historic underworld murders that have devastated his native Sicily.
“Not all festival titles tour to the regions but we’re rapt to have the most popular films that screened at NZIFF in Auckland and Wellington coming to the Century Theatre” says MTG Hawke’s Bay Director Laura Vodanovich.
International documentary highlights include Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed Amy, a compelling portrait that sensitively tells Amy Winehouse’s story in all its highs and lows; Jennifer Peedom’s spectacular Sherpacaptures the 2014 climbing season on Everest from the point of view of Sherpa Phurba Tashi, including the tragic avalanche and its aftermath; and The Wolfpack delves into the bizarrely sheltered lives of six brothers who were confined since birth to the tiny rooms of their Lower East Side apartment.
Aotearoa’s filmmakers have also delivered some striking additions to this year’s programme. Ever the Land and The Price of Peace are two strong documentaries marking the Crown Settlement with Tuhoe; and Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.
The centrepiece screening is The Assassin, a beautiful foray into historical martial arts territory from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien. It was the Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. And finally The Lobster is a surreal English-language fable set in a world where singles are forced to couple up or be turned into animals. This Cannes 2015 Jury Prize winner will close NZIFF on Sunday 20 September.
NZIFF screens in the Century Theatre from 3 September to 20 September. Festival programmes are now available from the museum, theatre, libraries, shops and cafes throughout the city.
Tickets for the opening night are $20 and include light food and drinks from 6pm before the 6.30pm screening. Festival tickets for all other sessions are $16 general admission / $14 concessions / $11 children.
Festival tickets are on sale at MTG, every day from 10am-5pm and in the hour before screenings. Phone sales available on 06 835 7781.
1 September 2015
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