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New Zealand International Film Festival 2016

When:

Wed 7 Sep 2016, 10:00am–11:00pm
Thu 8 Sep 2016, 10:00am–11:00pm
Fri 9 Sep 2016, 10:00am–11:00pm
Sat 10 Sep 2016, 10:00am–11:00pm
Sun 11 Sep 2016, 10:00am–11:00pm

Where: Lido Cinema, Centre Place, 501 Victoria St, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full price: $17.00
  • Student/Film Society/Film Industry Guild: $13.00
  • Beneficiaries/Registered unemployed: $13.00
  • Child (15 and under)/ Senior Citizen (65+): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Website:

Listed by: RebeccaNZFF

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) returns this year to bring you an exciting array of over 30 feature films and documentaries to enjoy. The latest and brightest of international cinema direct from premier festivals in North America, Australia and Europe as well as world premieres of many New Zealand films.

Aquarius will open the festival on Thursday 18 August.

In Aquarius, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga has the role of her life as a fiercely intelligent and independent woman fighting to save the apartment she loves from demolition. This engrossing and richly surprising portrait is from Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighbouring Sounds). Aquarius won the Competition Award at the Sydney Film Festival 2016.

Le Ride, which has had sell-out premiere screenings in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington is confirmed to screen. In Le Ride, Amazing Race supremo Phil Keoghan jumps onto a 1928 bike to ride the Tour de France as experienced by Cantabrian Harry Watson, one of the first English-speaking cyclists to enter, let alone complete the race. Le Ride screens on Monday 22 August at 8:40 pm and again on Wednesday 24 August at 8:30 pm.

Two New Zealand short film collections (New Zealand’s Best 2016 and Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2016) and one further New Zealand documentary will screen. The 5th Eye looks at New Zealand’s involvement in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and the tale of the Waihopai Three 2008 sabotage case. The 5th Eye screens on Tuesday 6 September at 6:15 pm and again on Wednesday 7 September at 4 pm.

In addition to Aquarius a further six Cannes Competition titles will play at NZIFF in Tauranga including Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake. I, Daniel Blake is the often funny and ultimately intensely moving tale of the friendship between an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter and a young single mother won for Britain’s Ken Loach a second Palme d’Or for Best Film at Cannes this year.

Toni Erdmann, hailed as an original comic masterpiece when it premiered at Cannes, has already proven popular with audiences in Auckland and Wellington with extra screenings added. Julieta is the latest from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar, Personal Shopper is Olivier Assayas’ new feature starring Kirsten Stewart as a medium haunted by her twin brother, and Paterson from director Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver are also confirmed to screen. Elle, a provocative blackly comic thriller starring Isabelle Huppert will close the festival on Sunday 11 September.

NZIFF in Tauranga screens from 18 August to 11 September. NZIFF programmes are available from Rialto Cinemas Tauranga, the central library and cafes around town. Full programme information is also available online at nziff.co.nz. Tickets are available directly from the cinema venue.

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