NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Nic Marshall

We’re continually spoilt for choice with the scope of NZIFF offerings – it can take quite some time to digest the full array and whittle down an over-long personal must-see list to essential viewing. There are just so many terrific films – and only so many viewing hours a day. As the FOR ALL AGES programmer, it would be extremely remiss of me not to champion attendance at all of our FOR ALL AGES screenings – I’m so jazzed to see these films (The Eagle Huntress, Long Way North, The Idol, Animation For Kids and Girls' POV: NYICFF Retrospective) on our brilliant New Zealand screens. I’m also eagerly anticipating the following films.

After the Storm

Umi yori mo mada fukaku

Kore-eda Hirokazu

A formerly successful novelist tries to reconnect with his ex-wife and young son in this affectionate, shrewdly observed drama of family life from Japan’s unassuming master, Kore-eda Hirokazu (Our Little Sister).

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.

A Quiet Passion

Terence Davies

Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine star in Terence Davies’ lively, witty and ultimately intensely moving dramatisation of the sheltered life of 19th-century New England poet Emily Dickinson.

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.