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Thursday 23 May 2019

La Flor

A decade in the making and the longest film NZIFF has ever programmed, we’re thrilled to announce a special presentation of Mariano Llinás’ 14-hour epic La Flor. Screening in three parts and across six episodes, this landmark Argentinian film spans multiple genres, languages and destinations, and stars four outstanding actresses, playing myriad roles, who hold the screen from start to finish.

Among the many encounters in La Flor’s sprawling narrative, a cursed mummy attacks a team of scientists, an estranged musical couple reunite to record another hit ballad, a secret society schemes over the elixir of youth, and an outfit of secret agents awaits a showdown with rival assassins.

La Flor is ambitious and risky, and quite unlike anything we’ve ever screened in the film festival before,” said NZIFF Programme Manager Michael McDonnell.

Screening dates and details are still to be confirmed, so keep your eyes peeled.

See full details on our website: La Flor: Part I, La Flor: Part II, La Flor: Part III
 

Long Day's Journey Into Night

We are delighted to reveal the first five films from our highly anticipated 2019 programme, which will screen in Auckland from 18 July, and in Wellington from 26 July.

Our early announcement is a melange of styles and subjects. A 59-minute 3D tracking shot, a Southern California neo-noir, a space odyssey starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, a Lord of the Files-style thriller from Colombia, and a deep dive into New Zealand’s flourishing wine industry feature in the line-up.

“We’re excited to finally announce our first titles for 2019. A Long Day’s Journey into Night and Under the Silver Lake will make their long-awaited NZ premieres at NZIFF after premiering at Cannes last year. We’ll also be presenting two of the most striking films from the past year, High Life and Monos, which premiered at Toronto and Sundance respectively and the world premiere of David Nash’s NZ wine documentary A Seat at the Table.” — NZIFF Programme Manager Michael McDonnell.

 

We present our first five films for the 2019 programme: 

High Life

A forbidding spaceship carrying death row inmates hurtles towards oblivion in Claire Denis’s long-awaited, intensely hypnotic sci-fi opus. “Denis reorients the sci-fi genre around bodies, babies, and black holes

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Haere mai! Meet Marten Rabarts our new Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi
Marten Rabarts

After an international recruitment process that started in December 2018 the New Zealand Film Festival Trust board have confirmed Marten Rabarts (Ngāti Porou / Ngāpuhi), current head of EYE International in Amsterdam, will join the organisation as Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi from October 2019.  


The NZIFF 2019 line-up is taking shape with significant input from Bill Gosden (who retired at the end of March after 40 years of service), and will be delivered by the existing NZIFF programming team which includes Programme Manager Michael McDonnell and Programmer Sandra Reid.


“As so many applicants noted, Bill Gosden left unique and large shoes to fill on his recent retirement after 40 years. From a richly skilled and talented field of applicants, it was such a pleasure to find Marten wished to return to New Zealand and take up the challenge to be the Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi. He brings a wealth of international experience in many aspects of film culture but has always remained firmly connected to his homeland. The NZFFT board were particularly impressed with his passion for creating international opportunities for homegrown talent and amplifying unique voices in cinema, across all his work in sales, production, development and marketing,” says

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Friday 26 April 2019

Our 2019 Poster Artwork
Illustration by Ken Samonte, design by Ocean Design

Join us with a cast of characters in the lobby of NZIFF 2019. Check-in, take a seat and settle in for programme updates from here on in. Many new worlds await and we're excited to reveal the first for 2019: our beautiful poster artwork designed by Ocean Design and illustrated by Ken Samonte. Ken returns for a second year as illustrator for the NZIFF poster and you may spot one or two returning characters from the 2018 florist scene. The artwork also represents Bill Gosden's final direction for us, overseeing the concept and revisions with his stellar eye and attention to detail. Thank you Bill. 

“Ocean has enjoyed 30 years of true creative collaboration and partnership with Bill Gosden and his amazing team. With it being Bill’s last festival as Director we wanted to create a truly memorable image. I think we saved our best for his last! The concept for this year’s image drew on NZIFF-as-a-hotel metaphor that we have explored in previous posters, but this year, were able to envision and realise our most ambitious tableau thanks to the talent of illustrator Ken Samonte.

Working with Bill and the NZIFF has been an incredible ride, and we are

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Thursday 21 March 2019

Bill Gosden's retirement message
Bill Gosden photographed at the Isaac Theatre Royal by The Heather and Doug Records

In December 2018 Bill Gosden, NZIFF Director, announced his retirement after 40 years of service. His retirement message is published here in full.

19 December 2018


Kia ora, te whānau

I am chiming into the December frenzy to let you know that later today we will be announcing my retirement as director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, effective from the end of March 2019. In case you never guessed, retirement at pension age (which I reached last month) has never been my goal. I have long avoided five-year plans, but if ever I had one it might have been to turn 70 before giving anyone else a shot at the job. Unfortunately, cancer is as indifferent to our little schemes as it is to the aspirations of medical science. After 18 months of sticking with my work through surgeries and treatment, I’ve been brought to this reluctant decision by the need for continuing treatment.

The patient support and understanding of NZIFF Trustees and staff have sustained me through the last year, while celebrating NZIFF’s 50th year in Auckland provided me with a welcome focus. Best-ever attendances for our programme there (and across the country) see me leaving on

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