NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Michael McDonnell

Being a programmer for NZIFF I'm lucky enough to have seen a good portion of the selection already. A lot of my picks were my favourites from Berlin earlier this year. Standouts include the aptly named girl-meets-wolf whatsit Wild, the equally wacky mermaid musical The Lure and Lewis Klahr's fantastic short film compilation Sixty Six. Other great short films are on show in the Love-Sick Shorts programme particularly The Exquisite Corpus by Austrian found-footage maestro Peter Tscherkassky. French sports drama Mercenary is a smart and funny discovery, while Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger delivers just what you would expect and is a must for anyone who digs Iggy and The Stooges. Finally I'm most looking forward to catching up on a number of Cannes titles including Paterson, Neruda, Elle and Endless Poetry.

The First, the Last

Les premiers, les derniers

Bouli Lanners

Two bounty hunters searching the flatlands of Western Europe for a stolen cellphone cross paths with two lovers on the run from the end of the world in this deadpan delight from Belgian actor/director Bouli Lanners.

Gimme Danger

Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch pays tribute to seminal proto-punk champs the Stooges and their wiry frontman Iggy Pop in this tremendously entertaining rock doco, charting their rise and premature demise through to their late-career revival.

Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols

Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher star in this dazzling, genre-defying sci-fi/chase movie from the director of Mud and Take Shelter.

When Two Worlds Collide

Heidi Brandenburg Sierralta, Mathew Orzel

When mining and clear-cutting contracts threatened their native lands, indigenous Peruvians took to the streets. This film documents their years of struggle against the ruthless tactics of a furiously antagonistic government.