You’re either with me or against me. This isn’t a pull-out-of-my-bum-cos-NZFF-asked-me-to list - this is a specifically curated list of films that I have seen or will see during the festival. They range from timeless classics to scorchingly recent and contain my favourite themes of desperation, betrayal and insurmountable obstacles with glimpses of humour – black and/or bold. And without stating the obvious – the entire Incredibly Strange section I programme also comes highly recommended.
- At the Movies: Bill Gosden and Simon Morris
- Bill Gosden’s Guide to NZIFF 2017
- Coup De Main
- Metro: David Larsen
- Staff Picks: Alice Vilardel
- Staff Picks: Ant Timpson
- Staff Picks: Beck Eleven
- Staff Picks: Hedda ten Holder
- Staff Picks: Ina Kinski
- Staff Picks: Jo Scott
- Staff Picks: Kailey Carruthers
- Staff Picks: Kezia Dwyer
- Staff Picks: Manali Bhatia
- Staff Picks: Miles Chan
- Staff Picks: Nick Paris
- Staff Picks: Rebecca McMillan
- Staff Picks: Sandra Reid
- Staff Picks: Tim Keats
- The Residents: Lucy Revill
- Wellington Film Society
In this adrenalised Cannes sensation from guerrilla-filmmaker siblings Josh and Benny Safdie, Robert Pattinson is riveting as a small-time criminal on a frantic nocturnal odyssey to break his brother out of custody.
Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) won the Cannes Jury Prize for his stark and gripping tale of a divorcing couple caught in a missing-child procedural.