First Five Film Festival Titles Announced

Thursday 14 May 2015

First Five Film Festival Titles Announced

The New Zealand International Film festival has revealed five Sundance award winners that will be included in this year's programme.

The Wolfpack, Grand Jury Award winner for Best Documentary and Cartel Land, a hair-raising inside view of a Mexican vigilante force are the first documentaries announced for NZIFF. From Bollywood, Umrika, Audience Award winner in the Sundance World Cinema, section rounds out the initial announcement.

From the Sundance U.S Dramatic Competition section NZIFF has secured Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Glockener. The film stars Kirsten Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård and newcomer Bel Powley.

In Grandma, a constantly surprising comedy drama from About a Boy director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin is hilarious and moving as a sharp-tongued, taboo-breaking granny who comes out fighting for her pregnant teenage granddaughter.

NZIFF programme will be available in Auckland from Tuesday 23 June, in Wellington from Friday 26 June, in Dunedin from Tuesday 7 July, and in Christchurch from Tuesday 14 July.

New Zealand International Film Festival
Auckland - 16 July-2 August
Wellington - 24 July-9 August
Christchurch - 30 July-16 August
Dunedin - 7-23 August
Nelson: 6 – 24 August
Timaru: 13 – 23 August
Tauranga: 20 August – 13 September
Hamilton: 19 August – 13 September
Palmerston North: 20 August – 6 September
Masterton: 2 – 16 September
New Plymouth: 3 – 20 September
Hawkes Bay: 3 – 20 September