Films by Language

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland as the perfect Robin and Marian in the adventure cinema classic. "This great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer of bravery and romance." — Chicago Sun Times

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Anaud Tucker

Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson and Colin Firth star in this heartfelt adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoir of his uneasy relationship with his country doctor father. "Likely to strike a chord in almost anybody." — Evening Standard

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Ian McCrudden, Robbie Cavolina

A spirited appreciation and colourful portrait of the great jazz singer and queen of 50s cool. Excellent clips, archived interviews and unseen footage.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Sacha Gervasi

An inspirational rockumentary about an aging metal band, both funny and heart-warming in equal measure. "It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of." — Entertainment Weekly

Apron Strings

Sima Urale

Samoan-born Aucklander Sima Urale brings an ebullient light touch to parallel, richly loaded domestic dramas in two families of cooks: one Sikh, the other dyed-in-the-wool Anglo.

The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

Pietra Brettkelly

NZer Pietra Brettkelly's Sundance-acclaimed portrait of controversial art world star Vanessa Beecroft as she attempts to adopt Sudanese twins. "Brutally honest." — LA Times

Balaou

Gonçalo Tocha

A grieving filmmaker takes to the sea and finds quiet transcendence in travel and the elemental allure of the ocean. This strangely calming film is a true original.

Ballast

Lance Hammer

In the most widely praised debut at Sundance this year, a rural Mississippi family realigns after a tragic death. "Fragmentary, mysterious and poetic." — Village Voice

The Band's Visit

Bikur Ha-Tizmoret

Eran Kolirin

A lost Egyptian band spends the night in a small Israeli town in this charming comedy. "Marries goofy deadpan comedy with a conciliatory spirit... you'll weep with laughter." — LA Weekly

Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry

When all the tapes in their store get wiped, Jack Black and Mos Def set out to remake every movie. Directed by Michel Gondry. "A hundred minutes of sweet-natured idiocy." — Financial Times

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

Christopher Bell

Are steroids really a cheaters' drug, or are they as American as Rocky Balboa? Dedicated gym rat Chris Bell weighs the evidence. "Whip-smart, funny and refreshingly honest." — CNN.com

Billy the Kid

Jennifer Venditti

Much-awarded and widely loved documentary about a 15-year-old hyper-engaging small-town misfit. "A movie about adolescence unlike any other." — LA Times

Boy A

John Crowley

Andrew Garfield is mesmerising as a young man starting life anew after growing up in detention. " A poignant realist drama that will leave a big emotional impression." — Time Out

California Dreamin' (Endless)

California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)

Cristian Nemescu

A robust village comedy with satirical bite and a pensive undertow, California Dreamin' personalises American intervention in the Balkans. "It has energy, wit and heart to spare." — IFC News

Christopher Columbus - The Enigma

Cristóvão Colombo – O Enigma

Manoel de Oliveira

Director Manoel de Oliveira (born 1908) recreates the real-life search of Manuel Luciano da Silva and his wife Sílvia to prove that Christopher Columbus was actually Portuguese.

Clash of the Titans

Will Moore

A lean, mean showcase for Wellington's vibrant underground hip-hop scene, following local rappers and freestylers competing for the title of Wellington's best battle emcee.

The Cool School

Morgan Neville

The emergence and impact of the beat-era LA art scene is examined in this lively documentary. "Smart, jazzy and unafraid to deflate egos... a fast-paced, finely critical study." — Time Out NY

Crazy Love

Dan Klores

This brash, attention-grabbing documentary recounts a life-long tale of violently obsessive passion that has made numerous headlines over the decades.

CSNY: Déjà Vu

Bernard Shakey, Benjamin Johnson

Neil Young's film intercuts concert footage of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 2006 US tour with a frank documentary record of audience reactions to his political activism.

Dear Zachary

Kurt Kuenne

This heartbreaking doco begins as a loving scrapbook tribute to the filmmaker's dead friend before careening into a harrowing and provocative true-crime drama.

Derek

Isaac Julien

A moving celebration of the life of pioneering gay filmmaker Derek Jarman (Jubilee, Caravaggio, Blue), featuring copious film extracts and the reflections of former muse Tilda Swinton.

Donkey in Lahore

Faramarz K-Rahber

This documentary tale of a young Brisbane goth's five-year courtship of a beautiful Pakistani woman is a tale of cross-cultural misunderstanding that's simultaneously funny, sad and insightful.

Earth

Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

The spectacular giant screen spin-off from the BBC's Planet Earth series. "Simply matchless... there isn't a moment that doesn't fill one with awe." — Time Out

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

The English Surgeon

Geoffrey Smith

Inspiring and dramatic doco about Henry Marsh, celebrated British neurosurgeon who volunteers on the Ukraine. "Unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian." — Time Out

The Escapist

Rupert Wyatt

"The Escapist... not only works as a brilliant, twisting existential expansion of the traditional prison break film; it also works as a crackerjack example." — Cinematical. Starring Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Seu Jorge.

The First Saturday in May

Hennegan Brothers

Behind the scenes with six contenders at the 2006 Kentucky Derby. "Compelling, expertly paced... Nothing short of riveting." — Washington Post

The Freshman

Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

The Festival and the Vector Wellington Orchestra in a single rare screening of one of the popular comedy classics of the silent era.

Frozen River

Courtney Hunt

A nerve-wracking thriller about two women trafficking illegal immigrants across a frozen river. Winner Grand Jury Prize (Best Dramatic Feature), Sundance Festival.

Funny Games

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) channels his anger with mainstream media depiction of violence into a horrific and highly entertaining piece of cinema. Starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth.

Garbage Warrior

Oliver Hodge

A visionary architect grapples with corporate and political meddling in a bid to build entirely self-sustained, eco-friendly communities in the New Mexico desert. Infectious and inspiring.

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

George A. Romero

Gore-hounds rejoice! The Maestro returns with a new installment in his epic anthology of all things zombie. "An entirely fresh take on the inevitably impending apocalypse." — Cinematical

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

Kim Longinotto

Excellent objective documentary about a British boarding school for children with extreme behavioural problems – and a staff to student ratio of 108 to 40.

The Hollow Men

Alister Barry

The 'stolen' insider emails of Nicky Hager's best-selling account of National's 2004 election campaign rise again in Alister Barry's (Someone Else's Country) new film.

Huloo

Robin Greenberg

Robin Greenberg's documentary introduces us to the remarkable life of New Zealand's very own T'ai Chi master, Loo-Chi Hu.

Hunger

Steve McQueen

British artist Steve McQueen's formidable film about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is a searching and provocative deliberation of martyrdom. Winner Camera d'Or for the best debut at Cannes this year.

In Bruges

Martin McDonagh

Bloody and brilliantly funny, playwright Martin McDonagh's directing debut brings a black Irish wit to an odd couple/hitmen-on-the-lam comedy. With Colin Farrell, Brendon Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes.

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Alex Holdridge

In this cool and funny lo-fi romantic comedy, two love-scarred LA 20-somethings meet on Craigslist rather than spend New Year's Eve alone. "The perfect date movie." — RottenTomatoes.com

It's a Free World...

Ken Loach

Veteran masters of social realism Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe) return with one of their most involving character-centred dramas. "A movie of great honesty and humanistic inquiry." — The Guardian

I Think We're Alone Now

Sean Donnelly

An intimate look into the lives of two stalkers of 80s teen pop one-hit-wonder Tiffany, Sean Donnelly's I Think We're Alone Now is absolutely disturbing, wince-inducing trainwreck viewing of the highest order.

Jinx Sister

Athina Tsoulis

Estranged adult sisters are warily reunited in Athina Tsoulis' engagingly acted drama of family secrets and lies. With Sara Wiseman and Rachel Nash.

The Kid Brother

Ted Wilde

The Festival and The Trusts are proud to present the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a single rare screening of one of the great comedy classics of the silent era.

The King of Kong

Seth Gordon

"A true gem about rivalry amongst videogamers... a thrilling examination of the human psyche – a hugely entertaining account of good vs evil." — Time Out

Lake Tahoe

Fernando Eimbcke

This tender deadpan comedy follows 16-year-old Juan as he tries to organise a repair job on the family car he has just crashed. Selected as 'Revelation of the Year', Critics' Week Cannes 2008

Last of the Living

Logan McMillan

This ingeniously infectious Kiwi riff on Shaun of the Dead sees three bickering layabouts enlisted in a risky scheme to save the world from a zombie apocalypse.

Lou Reed's Berlin

Julian Schnabel

Director Julian Schnabel captures Lou Reed performing his 1973 album live in 2006. "Berlin gets the documentary it deserves: [it] instantly ranks as one of the great concert films ever shot." — Tribeca Film Festival

The Man from London

A Londoni férfi

Béla Tarr

Cult director Béla Tarr's bizarre, ominous adaptation of a Simenon detective novel unfolds in amazingly choreographed mobile camera sequences. "Mesmeric." — The Guardian

Man on Wire

James Marsh

This thrilling documentary recounts Frenchman Philippe Petit's 1974 attempt to walk a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. " Exhilarating, ecstatic and toe-curlingly vertiginous... Unforgettable." — Peter Calder NZ Herald

Married Life

Ira Sachs

Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams in a Hitchcockian tale of adultery and murder, 40s style. Slyly ironic film noir by Sundance winner Ira Sachs. "Perfectly acted." — New York Film Festival

Mechanical Love

Phie Ambo-Nielsen

Compelling, disquieting and droll doco explores the development in Japan and comsumption worldwide of therapeutic robots: can robots offer a substitute for human affection?

My Name Is Albert Ayler

Kasper Collin

Superb portrait if the legendary saxophonist to whom even John Coltrane yielded the stage. "The ne plus ultra of free jazz.... a cause for rejoicing." — New Yorker

My Winnipeg

Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin's portrait of his native city is intensely idiosyncratic and hilariously unreliable. " Dazzlingly imagnative, flagrantly absurd and yet clearly very heartfelt." — Sight and Sound

No End In Sight

Charles Ferguson

A staggering overview of how America lost the war in Iraq with plentiful testimony from inside the Bush camp. "A mind-boggling litany of mistakes and poor judgements." — Film Comment

Not Quite Hollywood

Mark Hartley

An affectionate, hilarious sex-and-violence studded celebration of the 'Ozploitation' films the 70s and 90s. With George Miller, Quentin Tarantino and a cast of thousands.

Obscene

Daniel O'Connor, Neil Ortenberg

A highly entertaining portrait of Barney Rosset, one of the most adventurous English-language publishers of the 20th century and one of the great unsung heroes of free expression.

The Order of Myths

Margaret Brown

Filmmaker Margaret Brown find the segregated South alive and well in America's oldest Mardi Gras, in Mobile Alabama. "Vibrant and revealing." — Hollywood Reporter

Paris

Cédric Klapisch

From the director of The Spanish Apartment, a mult-character cavalcade of life and death and love and the lack of it in the City of Lights. "A rich and satisfying indulgence." — UrbanCinefile.com.au

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Steven Sebring

An intimate, lyrical portrait of punk pioneer Patti Smith. "If Patti Smith has ever mattered to you, you'll remember why when you see Dream of Life." — Film Comment

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Jim Brown

A rousing, affectionate biographical portrait of singer/activist Pete Seeger, now in his late 80s. "As certain to get audiences singing as the man himself." — Variety

Planet B-Boy

Benson Lee

This exhilarating documentary brings us all the excitement of the 2005 break dancing Battle of the Year. Featuring insane performances and impossible choreography from the world's best b-boys.

Pop Skull

Adam Wingard

Welcome to the fevered dream world of Daniel, 20-something and losing the plot. "Dazzling... its hip sensibility is Lynch before he went into self parody." — Ant Timpson

Rain of the Children

Vincent Ward

Vincent Ward's deeply personal and incredibly moving film unravels and re-imagines the history-tossed life of Puhi, the elderly Tuhoe woman he first filmed as a young filmmaker in 1978.

Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon

An illuminating music-filled history of Stax Records, low-down cousin to Detroit's silkier Motown. "An essential account." — NY Times

The Return

Kathy Dudding

Kathy Dudding's experimental documentary – a poetic portrait of Wellington city – intercuts her grandmother's reminiscence with lyrical images of the city today and archival imagery from the past.

River of No Return

Darlene Johnson

Memorable and revealing encounter with Yolngu woman Frances Daingangan whose part in Ten Canoes took her from traditional tribal life to the red carpet at Cannes.

Rubbings from a Live Man

Florian Habicht

Extravagant performing artist Warwick Broadhead recounts, re-imagines and re-enacts a life lived to the full and dogged by personal tragedy. Directed by Florian Habicht (Kaikohe Demolition).

Safety Last

Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

In association with the Harold Lloyd Estate, the Festival is delighted to present a Live Cinema screening of one of the classic comedies of the silent era, accompanied on the piano by Tim Dodd.

The Savages

Tamara Jenkins

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are in peak form in this American black comedy as brother and sister obliged to care for their estranged father. "Terrific." — Entertainment Weekly

Sharkwater

Rob Stewart

Ecowarrior Rob Stewart's spectacular film takes us swimming with the sharks, while uncovering the multi billion-dollar shark-fin trade that puts them and the world's eco-systems at risk.

Silent Light

Stellet licht

Carlos Reygadas

This tale of adultery in a Mennonite community in rural Mexico has the power of a story from the Old Testament. "This is a film of grace and greatness." — Financial Times

Somers Town

Shane Meadows

From the director and star of This Is England, the comic exploits of two teenage boys adrift in London. Best New British Feature, Edinburgh Film Festival 2008. "I had a perma-grin from beginning to end." — Premiere

A Song of Good

Gregory King

After committing a shocking crime, a young man decides to become a good person. Blackly humorous Kiwi suburban crime drama by NZ director Greg King (Christmas).

Standard Operating Procedure

Errol Morris

Documentary auteur Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) recounts the fruit of two years of research into events surrounding the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib.

Sukiyaki Western Django

Miike Takashi

From Japanese maverick Miike Takashi a violent orgasmically gonzo genre mash-up that screws around with Spaghetti Western conventions.

Surfwise

Doug Pray

Highly entertaining portrait of 84-year-old surf legend 'Doc' Paskowitz and the nine kids he raised to live the nomadic surfing lifestyle. "Wonderfully engaging." — NY Times

Taxi to the Dark Side

Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney's Academy Award winning documentary digs deep into the systematised abuse and outright murder of 'enemy combatants' held in American prisons.

Teeth

Mitchell Lichtenstein

This fiendish, black comedy-horror updates the ancient myth of 'vagina dentata' into a high-concept social satire with a razor-sharp script and outlandish gore.

To Each His Own Cinema

Chacun son cinéma

Raymond Depardon, Kitano Takeshi, Theo Angelopoulos, Andrei Konchalovsky, Nanni Moretti, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, David Lynch, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Zhang Yimou, Amos Gitai, Jane Campion, Atom Egoyan, Aki Kaurismäki, Olivier Assayas, Youssef Chahine, Tsai Ming-liang, Lars von Trier, Raúl Ruiz, Claude Lelouch, Gus Van Sant, Roman Polanski, Michael Cimino, David Cronenberg, Wong Kar-wai, Abbas Kiarostami, Bille August, Elia Suleiman, Manoel de Oliveira, Walter Salles, Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Chen Kaige

A fascinating, entertaining compilation of short films about movie-going by some of the world's greatest directors: Cronenberg, Lynch, Campion, Kitano, Salles, Kiarostami, Polanski etc etc...

tom thumb

George Pal

A boy no bigger than a thumb can be a hero! Grimms' fairy tales were never more upbeat that this high-spirited 1958 MGM adaptation starring Russ Tamblyn and Peter Sellers.

Trouble Is My Business

Juliette Veber

Documentary portrait of the dedicated unconventional former assistant principal responsible for student management and discipline at Aorere College in Mangere.

The Universe of Keith Haring

Christina Clausen

Lively, affectionate portrait of graffiti-influenced 80s artist Keith Haring, who painted on every surface he could find, including cars, walls, T-shirts and the subway.

Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang

Beyond the tourist views of life on the soon-to-be-flooded Yangtze River. "An astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China's economic miracle." — NY Times

The Visitor

Thomas McCarthy

A shy, disillusioned university professor retrieves his heart in this quiet, soulful drama from writer/director of The Station Agent. "A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you." — Rolling Stone

The Wave

Die Welle

Dennis Gansel

This cautionary tale set in a German high school outlines how fascism starts and takes hold – quickly leading to violence and devastation. "Seductive and horrifying." — Hollywood Reporter

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Matt Wolf

Celebratory portrait of avant-garde musician and disco producer Arthur Russell. "A long-neglected cult musician gets his well-deserved moment in the limelight." — Screendaily

Yes, That's Me

Costa Botes

The music does the talking in Costa Botes' affectionate portrait of Dave Murphy, Wellington blues guitar legend.

Yi Yi

A One and a Two

Edward Yang

Young@Heart

Stephen Walker

A group of elderly choristers performs a repertoire of hipster favourites in this amazingly satisfying British documentary. "A sobering, poetic ode to joy." — New Yorker