This year’s New Zealand International Film Festival’s line up does not disappoint. The packed programme is presenting films in the categories of Big Nights, Aotearoa, World, Fresh, For All Ages, Framing Reality, Women in Cinema, Animation Now, Music and Dance, Portrait of an Artist and Incredibly Strange. There’s also the ever-popular Meet the Film Makers events.
With this bursting schedule in mind, we’ve picked our five must-see films at this years NZIFF to help get you started.
Sorry We Missed You 2019 – Directed by Ken Loach
21st Jul – 6.30pm – Event Cinemas Westgate
31st July – 10.30am – The Civic Theatre
3rd Aug 5.30pm The Civic Theatre
A most worthy follow-up to I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s new social-realist drama zeroes in on life as an average British family at the mercy of the modern day ‘gig economy’.
Midsommar 2019 – Directed by Ari Aster
4th Aug – 7.30pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre
Ari Aster’s buzzworthy follow-up to the terrifying Hereditary centres on an American couple whose festive encounter with Swedish pagan cultists slowly but surely descends into madness. Late confirmation.
Apollo 11 2019 – Directed by Todd Douglas Miller
20th July – 3.15pm – The Civic Theatre
An essential big screen experience, this spectacular documentary utilises a treasure trove of painstakingly restored footage to show us the Apollo 11 moon landing as it has never been seen before.
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut 2019 – Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
20th July – 8.45pm – The Civic Theatre
25th July – 12.45pm – Event Cinema Queen Street
28th July – 1.15pm – Hollywood Avondale
Welcome back to the jungle with Brando, Duvall, Fishburne and Hopper for Francis Ford Coppola’s final – and finest – version of the ultimate Vietnam War epic.
La Belle Époque 2019 – Directed by Nicolas Bedos
25th Jul – 6.30pm – Event Cinemas Westgate
26th Jul – 10.30am – The Civic Theatre
A striking conceit and stellar cast mix winningly in this compulsively watchable, superbly executed French romantic comedy, where it’s never too late to relive the best day of your life again. And again. And again…