NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Metro: David Larsen

“The New Zealand International film Festival is... our annual embodiment of the Great Truth About Culture: you are going to die leaving a lot of good things unread, unlistened to, and unwatched...

The right approach is to work out how much you can take in while still enjoying it, and then do that. There is no wrong number: in case of the festival, 50 films over 17 days is great, but so is five.

Which only leaves the problem of choice. My Mantra: Follow your people, but take some risks.” — David Larsen, Metro Magazine

Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Aciman’s acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet as lovers in sun-kissed northern Italy.

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck

This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.

20th Century Women

Mike Mills

Annette Bening captivates as a single mother enlisting Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning to help raise her 15-year-old son in this funny, nuanced memoir of late-70s lifestyles from director Mike Mills (Beginners).