We hope you’re enjoying the turbulent summer and finding quality respite from the wild weather at a cinema near you. It’s been a bumper season for ‘specialist’ releases, as the trade press has it, and if you haven’t checked out NZIFF staff favourites The Shape of Water or Lady Bird (opening in cinemas today), we seriously think you should.
However many movies you’ve been watching over the summer, it’s a sure bet that the NZIFF programmers have been watching more. Our inboxes are overflowing with submissions and with films that broke at Sundance last month. We are also beginning to see some very strong contenders from Aotearoa. Yay! As of yesterday Sandra Reid and Michael McDonnell have forsaken sunshine (and rain) for the ice (and snow) of the Berlinale and its reliably intense programme of international cinema.
What we have not been seeing, to our dismay, is enough strong new restoration work to field a substantial Autumn Classics season in 2018. As much as we hate a break in transmission we have decided we won’t be fielding a big screen classic programme this May. We certainly hope that we will have new work at our disposal to make a brilliant