NZIFF Booklet

Films by Section

Bacon & God’s Wrath

Sol Friedman

A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on a lifetime of experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time. Screening with Obit.

Bitter Sweet

Ella Becroft, Ilai Amir

A cast of 23 young actors from refugee and migrant backgrounds devise an original retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Screening with Fatima.

Dolfun

Sebastián Silva

Filmmaker Sebastián Silva (The Maid) travels to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin. Screening with Wild.

The Dragon’s Scale

James Cunningham

This homegrown fantasy spectacular features a father and son on a perilous quest to steal a magical wish-granting scale from a fierce dragon. Screening with Captain Fantastic.

An Eastern Westerner

Hal Roach

In Hal Roach’s gag-filled An Eastern Westerner (the only 35mm film print on this year’s programme), Lloyd plays the pampered son of New York privilege sent to the Wild West to shape up.

Figure

Katarzyna Gondek

Meet the world’s largest sacred miniature park resident. Screening with Francofonia.

How Mr & Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara

Felicity Morgan-Rhind

When two young Chinese refugees fell in love in 1953, their passion for each other and their land changed the way kumara was farmed in New Zealand. Screening with The Music of Strangers.

Lions

Ella Becroft, Ilai Amir

Choirs from around Auckland perform as part of Silo Theatre’s staging of David Greig’s acclaimed play, The Events. Screening with Wide Open Sky.

Maman(s)

Maïmouna Doucouré

A young girl’s life is turned upside down when her father returns from Africa with a second wife and new baby in tow. Winner Best Short Film at Toronto 2015 and Sundance 2016. Screening with Sand Storm.

Moving

Eli Kent, Leon Wadham

In the wake of a painful breakup, a group of flatmates help the ex-couple separate their living arrangements. Screening with Lovesong.

Nurse Me

Kezia Barnett

Emerging from the sea, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. Choreography by MaryJane O’Reilly. Screening with Mr Gaga.

Skin

Luke Thornborough

A young man suffering from a rare and painful skin disease learns to wear his own skin, flaws and all. Screening with The Wounded Angel.

So Good to See You

Duke Merriman

On their way to a dinner party, a couple accidentally leave the voice message from hell. Screening with Perfect Strangers.

The Turning Tide

Jason Taylor

A story of adventure and discovery as two Māori boys come to the realisation of larger issues impacting their coastline. Screening with Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

Water for Gold

Rose Archer

An animated conversation with leading legal professor Jane Kelsey on how international trade law is leading us to trade water for gold. Screening with When Two Worlds Collide.