So, the New Zealand International Film Festival schedule was announced. For all of you who sit around complaining that there’s nothing to do in New Zealand over winter, there’s simply no excuse not to go and see as many films as possible. The line-up this year is fantastic, so get booking.
There’s a lot of goodness as ever, but looking at the schedule can be a tad overwhelming. We’ve had a gander and come up with a few films we’re wanting to watch. Absolute-must-sees are Cannes-winner Amour, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and gorgeous looking Beasts of the Southern Wild, three movies we’re already pretty excited about. I would recommend getting tickets ASAP. I know I should be stoked about On The Road, but I really can’t stand Kristen Stewart’s face. Still, I’ll definitely go, it’s full of hot young things, swanning about, yabbering about literature. And I actually quite like Kirsten Dunst’s face, so hopefully it will offset Kristen’s.
Generally I like to break down my film festival into simple categories. I’ll go see all the big hitters (above) a couple of high-brows, a couple of randoms (discovered through reading the schedule) some reflective-war-pieces and a classic. I also highly recommend agreeing to go and see films you’ve not heard about with people that have. It’s fun. And anything showing at The Civic, such a rad venue.
On The Road - based on the Jack Kerouac novel. Bunch of young hotties confused by their young hotness.
Moonrise Kingdom - classic Wes Anderson. Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.
Beasts of the Southern Wild - surprise front-runner at film festivals this year, beautiful magical-realism.
Amour - Haneke's Cannes winner, the real challenges of love.
Werner Herzog's Into The Abyss - famous documentary maker takes on justice and death row.
Ai Weiwei Never Sorry - incredible insight into the life of famous artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Farewell My Queen - Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette as a lesbian!
The Sapphires - feel good film based on true story of Australian girl group The Sapphires' plus, Chris O'Dowd!
In The Fog - USSR, 1942, collaboration.
In Darkness - one man's rescue of Jewish refugees, in the sewers, in occupied Poland.