NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Andrew Harrison

Having been a keen attendee of the NZIFF, the opportunity of being an intern in the Auckland offices was too good to pass up. Getting an insight into the behind the scenes of NZIFF and how festivals are organised has been invaluable. I am fortunate enough to get a sneak-peek at the programme for 2016 and it is superb – especially if you are a fan (like me!) of films coming out of Cannes! I am a big fan of the stranger/darker/quirkier films, as well as films coming from Aotearoa and that is exactly what my list is made up of.

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.

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach

This often funny and ultimately intensely moving tale of the friendship between an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter and a young single mother won for Britain’s Ken Loach a second Palme d’Or for Best Film at Cannes this year.

Paterson

Jim Jarmusch

Direct from Cannes, Jim Jarmusch’s beautifully calibrated ode to art and ordinariness stars Adam Driver as a New Jersey bus driver who writes poetry in his downtime and Golshifteh Farahani as his cupcake chef wife.

The Red Turtle

La Tortue rouge

Michael Dudok de Wit

Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production is a ravishing castaway fable that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak – with not a word spoken. It’s a triumph for animator Michael Dudok de Wit.