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NZIFF - In the Name of the Land


Sat 25 Jul 2020, 2:00pm–3:45pm
Tue 28 Jul 2020, 2:00pm–3:45pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (Adult): $18.94 ($17.50 + $1.44 fees)
  • Friends of MTG / Senior Citizen: $13.33 ($13.00 + $0.33 fees)
  • Student / Nurses / Community Services Card: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Child (15 years & under): $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


Listed by: MTG Hawkes Bay

A revelation at the French box office that’s also bound to resonate with heartland New Zealanders, In the Name of the Land humanely and bittersweetly celebrates the life of a stoic farmer over four decades of struggle.

In this heart-aching family saga set in the Mayenne district of France, the elemental and emotional challenges of farming are depicted with poignant, personal force. French star Guillaume Canet, in a deeply affecting performance, plays Pierre, who takes over his father’s farm as a young man in the late 70s. Marrying his sweetheart (Veerle Batens) and raising a son and daughter on the land gives rise to many joyous moments, but also never-ending adversity against the changing landscape of modern, corporate-driven agriculture. Finance and misfortune eventually take their toll, as Pierre goes to a dark place that echoes the vulnerability of farming communities everywhere and the pressures they face to survive, much less prosper.

Based on his own childhood and dedicated to his parents, Édouard Bergeon’s debut feature comes from a genuine place of admiration for the resilience of men and women like his father. It also sensitively broaches the subject of mental health and the boundaries of masculinity explored as indelibly in our own national cinema with its archetypal portrayal of tough rural life – most memorably at this festival in The Ground We Won (NZIFF15) and last year’s Bellbird.

Director: Édouard Bergeon
Producers: Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boëffard

In French with English subtitles
103 minutes/CinemaScope
Censors rating M Offensive language

Tickets are available online through Eventfinda and from the front desk at MTG. Door sales will also be available at the MTG Century Theatre one hour prior to the screening.

Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival.

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