Films by Title


The ABCs of Death

Nacho Vigalondo, Anders Morgenthaler, Timo Tjahjanto, Ti West, Bruno Forzani, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Ben Wheatley, Xavier Gens, Jason Eisener, Adrián García Bogliano, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Marcel Sarmiento, Angela Bettis, Iguchi Noburo, Andrew Traucki, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jorge Michel Grau, Yamaguchi Yûdai, Banjong Pisanthankun, Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet, Simon Rumley, Srdjan Spasojevic, Jake West, Lee Hardcastle, Kaare Andrews, Jon Schnepp, Nishimura Yoshihiro

You knew NZIFF’s Incredibly Strange programmer Ant Timpson was well-connected? Check out the register of international renegade talent signed up by Ant and his Austin partner-in-crime Tim League for this late-night extravaganza

About Elly

Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi

About Elly is the film that Iran’s Asghar Farhadi made before winning the Best Foreign Language Oscar with A Separation." — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

After May

Something in the Air

Olivier Assayas

After May (aka Something in the Air) is filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s (Summer Hours, Carlos) lyrical and reflective memoir of his own youthful wavering in the aftermath of the student-led protests that convulsed France in May 1968.


Brandon Cronenberg

The feature debut of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, is a clammily forensic foray into satirically loaded body horror, a chilly projection into a near-future metropolis where the viral infections of the stars are copyright-protected and sold to fans. Celebrity cold sores, anyone?


Bande à Part

Jean-Luc Godard

“Godard's 1964 classic has the same garrulous, genial, almost insolent effortlessness of Breathless, the same feeling of jumping for joy and almost defying gravity on the way down.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Beautiful City

Shah-re ziba

Asghar Farhadi

"Rooted in spectacular performances by Alidoosti and Ansari, Farhadi’s second feature is a human-scale morality play of shattering force.” — Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center


Dancing in the Dust

Raghs dar ghobar

Asghar Farhadi

"A strange, hypnotic, lyrical tale of love and sacrifice, Dancing in the Dust placed Farhadi firmly on the international film festival map, picking up prizes at Moscow and Pusan.” — Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Deep

Baltasar Kormákur

The improbable true story of a ship-wrecked fisherman who swam for six hours in a stormy, icy (5-6 C) ocean offers a powerful, elemental depiction of an incident that still baffles many commentators.


Fireworks Wednesday

Chaharshanbeh suri

Asghar Farhadi

"This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

From Up on Poppy Hill (English language)

Kokurikozaka kara

Miyazaki Goro

The latest, superbly animated classic from Studio Ghibli’s Miyazaki Goro is the tender 60s tale of schoolgirl Umi and her dashing friend Shun. Completely charming, Poppy Hill does not reserve its many treasures for children alone.


Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Ben Shapiro

“An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium.” — Zeitgeist Films

Guys and Dolls

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Frank Loesser’s boisterous, tune-filled adaptation of stories by Prohibition era newspaper man and humourist Damon Runyon is one of the wonders of the Broadway musical, gloriously uninhibited by sentimentality or cant.


The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki

Grand Jury Prize winner for the Best US Documentary at Sundance last year, Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In is a cogent, condensed study of the ‘war on drugs’ and its insidious role in the socio-economic break down of America.



Espen Sandberg, Joachim Ronning

Kon-Tiki combines high adventure at sea with a fascinating psychological portrait of one of Norway’s national heroes, anthropologist/explorer/filmmaker Thor Heyerdahl.


Lawrence of Arabia

1988 Director's Cut 4K Restoration

David Lean

David Lean’s 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous.


Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard

“The epitome of New Wave pop art romanticism, Pierrot is as evocative of its epoch as a Warhol “Marilyn” or Beatles VI.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice


The Queen of Versailles

Lauren Greenfield

“A succulently entertaining movie that invites you to splash around in the dreams and follies of folks so rich they're the one percent of the one percent.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


Jean-Luc Godard

“A milestone 'Everything is permissible’ moment in narrative film, Godard's fourth feature is a rocket from Pandora's Box.” — Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice


Where the Condors Fly

Making of ¡Vivan las Antipodas!

Carlos Klein

A “making of” that soars over the wasteland of promotional puffery and DVD extras, this candid, funny picture of Russian documentary maven Viktor Kossakovsky at work on his feel-good epic ¡Vivan las Antipodas! packs enough revelation, provocation and debate to constitute a masterclass.

The World Before Her

Nisha Pahuja

“In Nisha Pahuja’s brilliant study of women’s choices in modern India, two vastly different movements claim to promote female empowerment. One is the Miss India pageant, the other the women’s branch of militant fundamentalist Hinduism.” — Susan G. Cole, Now Magazine