NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Hedda ten Holder

After running an art house cinema in Amsterdam, it’s great to be back in the film industry, especially now it’s on the other side of the globe. Wellington is absolutely lovely and I can’t wait for the festival to inundate the city with the best cinema has to offer.

To me, the power of film lies in its ability to teleport you to a setting unknown, ready for you to be explored. The titles on my list invite you into the family life of 1950's Tokyo, the clever mind of philosopher Hannah Arendt and sensual, bull-riding Brazil. Listen to a world without sight, time travel to future Hong Kong, or go back to Central Park in the era that running was still frowned upon, especially when done by women. Happy visual travelling!

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.

Our Last Tango

Un tango más

German Kral

In their heyday, Buenos Aires octogenarians María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes were the Ginger and Fred of tango. In this dance-filled doco they recall their 50-year career and their often stormy personal life.

Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross

Renaissance man Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a solo father whose idealistic way of raising his six children off the grid comes under attack in this energetic, comedic drama.

Like Crazy

La pazza gioia

Paolo Virzì

“This high-energy romp is a superb showcase for its two lead actresses as they impetuously extend a group outing from the residential clinic into a two-character outlaw adventure.” — Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily