NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Tim Keats

Fresh of the plane after a several-year stint in the UK, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have landed in amongst my favourite film festival. Nothing better for me than sitting front-ish and centre-ish for a couple hours of let-it-be-good-or-let-it-be-weird in Wellington’s beautiful and historic cinemas.

In a year of darker content, my must see picks below intertwine this broad shift toward morbidity with my acute man-crush on Colin Farrell. 

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola

Colin Farrell plays a wounded Civil War mercenary under the care of a commune of young women, led by Nicole Kidman, in Sofia Coppola’s beautiful, feminist take on Don Siegel’s 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama.

Kiki, Love to Love

Kiki, el amor se hace

Paco Léon

Anyone for harpaxophilia? How about somnophilia? In five intertwined mini-romcoms, a scorching summer heatwave intensifies the very particular desires of a collection of Madrid lovers. A major hit at the Spanish box office.

Pop Aye

Kirsten Tan

This quietly charming, slightly surreal road movie features a bromance between an over-the-hill architect and his long-lost pet elephant as they escape Bangkok and head back to their village hometown.