NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Ant Timpson

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.

Good Time

Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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.

Loveless

Nelyubov

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) won the Cannes Jury Prize for his stark and gripping tale of a divorcing couple caught in a missing-child procedural.