NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Wellington Film Society

The WFS committee have cast their votes and we have a dozen films on our "must-see" list for NZIFF in 2016. It's fair to say we're a broad church when it comes to taste in cinema and our list is reflective of this. At the top of our list is the film brimming with Cannes buzz, Toni Erdmann but equally anticipated is the darkly comic and dystopian High-Rise (nothing to do with the Hiddleston factor...). It will come as no surprise that we're particularly excited about the very strong selection of films in the Retrospective section, with a shout-out to A Touch of Zen, a film we're very proud to co-present at this year's Festival. The rest of our list reflects genre favourites, auteur-driven cinema and women in strong roles. What is clear is that we're going to watch a heck of a lot of films over the 17 days of the Festival and we can't wait for it to kick-off.

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.


Kleber Mendonça Filho

Brazilian actress Sonia Braga has the role of her life in this engrossing and richly surprising portrait of a fiercely intelligent and independent woman fighting to save the apartment she loves from demolition.