The New Zealand International Film Festival is always one of the best times of the year, but there is an added excitement this year, as we have a new home: the Lumière. I’m looking forward to seeing some unimpeachable classics on the big screen. Make sure you book a half-day of quiet solitude to fully appreciate Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, one of the best investigations of the creative process committed to any medium, as well as the final-final-version2-ACTUALLYFINAL version of Apocalypse Now. It will be interesting to see whether Werner Herzog treats Gorbie better than HBO’s Chernobyl did, but I’m most excited to see some of the modern masters getting stuck into their work – High Life and In Fabric have been on my must-see list since I first heard about them. And as a fan of late 90s French electronica, I can’t go past Quentin Dupieux aka Mr Oizo’s Deerskin. — James Dann, Lumière Cinemas
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Georges, 44 years old, and his jacket, 100% deerskin, have grand plans in director Quentin Dupieux’s latest cinematic oddity, destined for cult status.
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Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes, Céline Sciamma’s striking 18th-century tale of romantic obsession burns bright with female desire and the craft of a masterful filmmaker.
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