The Bard has a Big Year at NZIFF
NZIFF's second wave of films is a wonderous goodie bag of delights. Shakespeare's reimagined and shaken up for the modern day with Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and the world premiere of the New Zealand feature, Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, a musical tribute to the timeless tale of star-crossed love. Two films with theatre connections are also confirmed for the national programme. And the lastly, a feature film based on the book by Henry James.
Read more about the films below.
Soprano Natalie Dessay, acclaimed for her dramatic brilliance, rehearses La Traviata in intense creative collaboration with director Jean-François Sivadier. “Ravishing… Time with Dessay is worth treasuring.” — Village Voice
Much Ado About Nothing
Joss Whedon and a cast of his TV regulars breathe fresh life into Shakespeare’s comedy of romantic gamesmanship. “The first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.” — The Guardian
Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song
Shakespeare’s tale of teen love reimagined as a rock opera set in a beachside caravan park. A triumphant blast of style and 21st-century Kiwi trailer trash pop. Classic tragedy probably shouldn’t be quite this much fun.
Gebo and the Shadow
Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau and Michael Lonsdale await the return of a prodigal son in an adapted play from the world’s oldest director. “A grand piece of cinematic chamber music for a cast of mighty soloists.” — New Yorker
What Maisie Knew
Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore are the divorcing parents seen from the viewpoint of six-year-old Maisie (amazing Onata Aprile) in this 21st-century Manhattan update of Henry James’ novel. With Alexander Skarsgård.