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Films From New Zealand

An act of vengeance presents an opportunity for courage, but no matter how brave the donkey is, he's still an ass. ... --- D Gaysorn Thavat P Nikki Walker S Gregory King WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
Versatile director Gaylene Preston (Mr Wrong, Ruby And Rata) has managed to wend her bending way through yet another genre, bringing us one of the notable 'biopics' of this year's festival. Bread And Roses, a four-part drama based on the autobiography of Sonja Davies, New Zealand activist and ... Read more
In 1978, New Zealander Kerry Hamill and two friends aboard the yacht Foxy Lady took shelter from a storm, accidentally straying into in Cambodian waters. ... One man was shot dead when the boat was boarded by the Khmer Rouge. Hamill was held for months at the notorious S-21 Prison, and then ... Read more
Eight people, seven dreams, one bus. Sit back for a contemplative trip. ... Read more
Wes and Cyril are smooth operators ... a master criminal and his side-kick....they are common living on their collective wits. They travel the rural byways in some sort of Laurel and Hardy picaresque adventure, living out of the back of the car. They have a scheme of placing bets with a bookie ... Read more
A boy, bare feet and an axe. Australian premiere, Accelerator 08---D/P/S Jason Stutter WS New Zealand Film Commission TD 35mm/2007/2mins ... Read more
He was careful with an axe, he was careful with a power tool, now he's armed to the teeth. ... --- ... D/P/S Jason Stutter WS NZ Film Commission L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/P/S Jason Stutter WS NZ Film Commission L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
A boy, bare feet and a nail gun. The high-powered sequel to 2008's Careful With That Axe. ... --- D/S Jason Stutter P Jason Stutter, Sue Rogers WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm or Digital Betacam /2009 ... Read more
Cargo is a realistic and powerful film that portrays a young boy's descent into the world of child trafficking. Believing he is about to cross a border to a new life, the young runaway instead discovers he is to be sold as a human slave. Through a remarkable moment of pity, he is spared - but the ... Read more
In one night, the choice between his footy mates and the girl he likes will change a teenager's life. ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD ... Read more
December 21st, and eldest son Keri has just turned up unannounced to the modest family home in Whangarei, a Kiwi town going nowhere fast, where he grew up. Sharing in the 'festivities' are the house's inhabitants, a dysfunctional maori/anglo-saxon family— parents, Brian and Loma, teenage ... Read more
... ... Framed as a road movie chronicling a return trip to New Zealand, this film starts from the fact that Sam Neill, (the only director in the series for the century of cinema whose career is actually acting) remembers his childhood film-going as marked by an absence of images of New Zealand on ... Read more
Nine year old Raj and his sister while away their long summer holidays of 1982 doing housework and watching found porn videos. Confronted by their strict mother, the truth slips out and the loss of childhood innocence is complete and irretrievable.---D Zia Mandviwalla S Shuchi Kothari P Sarina ... Read more
Closer (New Zealand, D David Rittey) A poignant film about a deaf boy, coming to terms with the death of his sister. Screened at Cannes. ... Read more
The passage of an anonymous figure through a remote and desolate geographical environment becomes a metaphysical journey through landscapes of the mind. S.J. Ramir is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S S.J. Ramir WS Light Cone L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
Josie Spratt, a pudgy tomboy who fights with her sisters, is a primary school champion swimmer. She has a disturbing secret that no one suspects. This film uses strong, distinctive imagery and characterisation to tell a darkly familiar story. ... Read more
A lunatic nightmare, from the fertile imagina­tion of a 25-year-old Dunedin filmmaker exposed to a media-mix diet of toilet cleaner, advertisements and horror movies. ... Read more
Blue-green waters of tropic lagoons abound; the sun is everlastingly shining and we are surrounded by a warm-hearted and friendly people. The Cook Islands, administered by New Zealand, are the subject of this colourful report. ... Read more
Director Taika Waititi will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Eagle vs Shark ... “Napoleon Dynamite meets When Harry Met Sally.” - cinematicalPainfully inept fast food worker Lily is the butt of her co-workers' jokes and the object of her manager's ire ... Read more
Two young thieves unexpectedly discover their Christmas spirit and re-evaluate their lives during a break-in, in the directorial debut by Outrageous Fortune actor Tammy Davis. ... D/S Tammy Davis P Ainsley Gardiner, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
Another instance of the grisly Gothic, a forte of the fertile Kiwi (short) film culture. This Oedipal melodrama transposes an actual case reported in 1923 in a French newspaper to con­temporary Wellington where, under the shad­ow of Parliament, one nuclear family struggles to butcher its ... Read more
Two mutable clay creatures inhabit a spare tense soundscape and a bruise-coloured land and seascape created with paint-on glass sets. The location the filmmaker says is the anxious landscape of sexuality and desire. On an eerie beach a naked woman vomits up a big blue cat which stalks her. It ... Read more
This first film by a young New Zealand art student uses the motorcycle as a sex symbol in the lives of the "beat" generation. ... Read more
A young man enters a cold dark subway in the middle of the city one night. He finds a drink machine lying on its side. The man tilts the drink machine upright and turns it on. He buys a can of fizzy drink and suddenly his nightmare begins. ... Read more
A deaf boy is ready to soar. Through the language of movement his father struggles to set him free. ... Read more
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