NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Kate McGee

Since discovering NZIFF and Incredibly Strange films way back when I was teen, NZIFF is my favourite thing about winter in the city! I have eclectic taste and my ‘can’t-wait-to-see’ list reflects the diversity of the programme – from Iranian horror Under the Shadow, to classic wuxia film A Touch of Zen and ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ style documentaries like Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

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.


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 Dancer

La danseuse

Stéphanie Di Giusto

French singer Soko and Lily-Rose Depp star in this exquisitely dressed, spectacularly danced drama inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance in late 19th-century Paris.

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.