Screened as part of NZIFF 2012
From the shorts submitted by New Zealand filmmakers this year, these had the good fortune to find what we felt would be suitable companions on the feature programme. Six international shorts also accompany features.
A strange machine lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy. Screening with Sound of My Voice.
An ex-convict tries to go straight, but sometimes it’s difficult to leave the past behind. Screening with Ceasar Must Die in Wellington (Paramount Only).
Our robot friend Ato-Mick returns to save the world from losing all its colour and introduces a new playmate: Ato-Miss. Screening with Grandma Lo-fi.
Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions can have unintended consequences. Screening with Sightseers.
How many ways can you say ‘I love you’? Find out with this romantic multilingual documentary. Screening with Bonsái.
A hitchhiking teenager determined to find his birth mother finds solace from an unexpected source. Screening with Killer Joe in Auckland and Wellington.
Haiku video work developed from two video art exhibitions by Vincent Ward, INHALE and EXHALE, in two Auckland art galleries. Screening with The Wall.
Lambs is brought to you as one of the six finalist short films in this year's New Zealand's Best competiton.
Jimmy faces a tough decision – stay home to protect his younger siblings, or escape to a new life. Screening with Monsieur Lazhar (No Bridgeway screening).
From a lonely London flat Alex decides to make a Christmas Day phone call to his parents in Scotland. Screening with Dreams of a Life.
An airport cleaner has reason to keep to herself. I love this story – it feels so real and packs a real wallop.
A poetic documentary about a blind man whose craft transcends his perceived disabilities. Screening with Planet of Snail.
Meet Blackfire: a Native American punk rock band with a message. Screening with Neil Young Journeys in Auckland.
This animation introduces a brood of underwater beasties, including the put-upon runt of the litter: Snap. Screening with A Monster in Paris.
On the bustling streets of Sao Paulo you can become the star of your own movie. Screening with Songs.
A young Samoan man must choose between his family and the delinquent influence of his cousin. Screening with My Brother the Devil.
A teenager takes a job as a warden in a city park, but soon finds himself out of his depth. Screening with The Lifeguard.
A wayward mother takes her eight-year-old daughter to meet her grandmother for the first time, but when they arrive nobody is home. Screening with Back to Stay in Wellington.
A young man is convinced that he will die on his 10,000th day, but things don’t go exactly to plan. Screening with Wish You Were Here.
A meditation on postcolonial New Zealand that recalls Charles Darwin’s visit to the Bay of Islands in the 1830s. Screening with Persuading the Baby to Float in Auckland and Wellington.
Following the death of a beloved wife and mother, a father struggles to connect with his preoccupied sons. Screening with In My Mother’s Arms.
Nine-year-old Lily has to leave the wooded squatters’ camp she calls home and move into a terraced house with her family. Screening with Nana in Auckland.