164 features in Wellington’s 50th film festival next month


News from NZIFF
Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today announced its full programme for Wellington, with the festival beginning here on Thursday 4 November.

The announcement of the programme for Wellington follows last week’s announcement of the cancellation of NZIFF in Auckland.

“We are delighted that even at level 2 we can screen our outstanding 2021 programme to Wellingtonians in a safe environment this November. Cancelling Auckland was a big blow – one that we share with fellow arts and culture organisations around the country who’ve been hugely impacted by this latest Delta outbreak. We hope that Kiwis will now rally behind the film festival and show their support by coming out to see the stunning line-up of films that we’ll be presenting,” says Festival Director Marten Rabarts.

“As well as having a fantastic collection of New Zealand films, our international selection is jam-packed with award-winning, critically acclaimed films from around the globe that we can’t wait to share with audiences.”

Highlights from the 2021 festival which will screen in Wellington include Wes Anderson’s star-studded homage to the golden age of journalism The French Dispatch; Maggie Gyllenhaal’s award-winning adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, featuring a powerhouse performance from Olivia Colman; decorated Chinese Master Zhang Yimou’s love letter to cinema One Second, and Bosnia and Herzegovinia’s contender for the 2022 Best International Feature Oscar, Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida?

Delivering star power is Berlin Golden Bear nominee Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man, featuring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a love android; colourful televangelist biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield, and moving literary memoir My Salinger Year, staring Sigourney Weaver.

Dame Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog will launch the 50th Jubilee edition of the Wellington festival at flagship venue The Embassy Theatre. Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’or winner Titane is to close the festival in an unforgettable fashion, with Paulo Sorrentino’s Venice Grand Jury Prize-winning masterpiece The Hand Of God anchoring the middle weekend in centrepiece position.

Other major award-winning films include previously announced Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix award winners, A Hero, from decorated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Juho Kuosmanen’s offbeat train romance, Compartment No. 6, Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner, Audrey Diwan’s Happening, Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner Flee and Berlin Film Festival highlights, Golden Bear winning black comedy Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn and Grand Jury Prize winner Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

Wellington – which celebrates its 50th year of the film festival this year – will screen a total of 164 feature-length films from 51 countries over 18 days across its eight venues.

Joining the previously announced line-up of New Zealand films is MILKED, a thought-provoking exploration of New Zealand’s dairy industry and Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times, a fascinating insight into the life and career of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Chief Science Advisor. New Zealand short films will be well represented, with short film competitions New Zealand’s Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts, as well as several additional locally produced shorts due to screen ahead of features throughout the festival.

Wellington will celebrate the 50th year of the film festival with a special screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, introduced by founding director Lindsay Shelton. There’ll also be a series of special screenings in honour of Bill Gosden, who directed the film festival for almost forty years before his death from cancer last year.

To view all details of the Wellington NZIFF programme, including all 160 films and the screening schedule, click here.

Wellington Tickets On Sale: Monday 18 October

Tickets will be available for purchase according to the Covid-19 Alert Level conditions at the time and our ticketing system will automatically apply physical distancing requirements. This may mean that tickets to some sessions are limited. We advise booking early. As Covid-19 Alert Levels change, additional tickets may be released.

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