NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Lauri Korpela

Apocalypse Now: an all-time classic best viewed in the dark. There’s something captivating about the underlying insanity of the film; it gave me slight childhood nightmares in the past. Since then I have come to appreciate it greatly.

Aquarela: I am a big fan of nature documentaries. Seeing the epic power of water in 48fps will be an absolute ball!

The River: having travelled in Kazakhstan and being somewhat familiar with Emir Baigazin’s former work, I can’t wait to see the beautiful rugged nature and the almost naturally slower pacing.

Koyaanisqatsi: a film that should be seen by anyone who calls themselves civilized. It’s a beautiful trip full of visual insight to the crass disconnection our developed societies have with our surroundings. A truly saddening vision of the modern age and the harrowing destruction we are causing to our home in the name of advancement.

Amazing Grace: I remember seeing Aretha Franklin for the first time while watching The Blues Brothers when I was young. I didn’t know anything about her back in those days, but my parents made sure to introduce me to her music. I’m in all for the music in this one! — Lauri Korpela, Content Assistant

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Francis Ford Coppola

Welcome back to the jungle with Brando, Duvall, Fishburne and Hopper for Francis Ford Coppola’s final – and finest – version of the ultimate Vietnam War epic.

Aquarela

Victor Kossakovsky

The elemental power and glory of water is captured with high frame rate, ultra-definition cameras in film artist Victor Kossakovsky’s spectacular visual documentary.

The River

Ozen

Emir Baigazin

Poetic and painterly, Emir Baigazin’s austere drama of familial struggle is as enigmatic as the river at its centre, as visually captivating as its tale is provocative.

Koyaanisqatsi

Godfrey Reggio

As big as big-screen experiences get, Godfrey Reggio’s dialogue-free epic meditation on nature and man showcases a phenomenal Philip Glass score and stunning time-lapse photography from across the globe.

Amazing Grace

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

Rescued from 45 years in legal and technical limbo, this extraordinary music film capturing Aretha Franklin in full flight deserves your respect – and the biggest screen and sound system possible.