Films that explore growing pains, regardless of experience or generation. You’ll find rites-of-passage tales here both arresting and achingly familiar in their depiction of youth and young adulthood, and crucially, coming-of-age portraits of people late in life, about to begin a new life, against the grain of social norms.
- Breaking Through
- Incredibly Strange
- Indigenous Voices
- Political States
- Radical Empathy
- Square Eyes
- – Animation –
- – EUROPE! Voices of Women in Film –
- – East & South East Asian –
- – Latin American –
- – Literary Connections –
- – Masterclasses –
- – Middle Eastern –
- – Out of the Past –
- – Shorts –
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Nourishing and unexpectedly moving, director Marta Pulk’s documentary takes us to theatre-mad Estonia, where a young, inexperienced woman wins a job to watch and critique every theatre production in a calendar year.
Playing outside the boundaries of drama and documentary, this adventurous self-portrait of a 20-something artist and dancer asks the question, “if you could star in the film of your life, how would you rewrite the script?”
The definition of a small but perfectly formed gem, the gracefully understated Driveways centres on a young Asian boy who develops a precious friendship with the lonely war vet living next door, played memorably by the late Brian Dennehy.
This surprisingly touching romantic odyssey documents charismatic Jola, a stylish sexagenarian embracing newly won love and liberation after an abusive, decades-long marriage.
Defying family expectations and maternal norms, 63-year-old hairdresser Lou travels to start a new life abroad, settling on the Spanish port city of Cádiz, where adventures in language and friendship await.
Gymnastics, an unknown half-brother and a streak of petty crime set in motion a teenage girl’s coming-of-age in suburban Brighton in Eva Riley’s sensitive, spirited first feature film.
Sem Seu Sangue
An intense teenage romance morphs into a hypnotic tale of resurrection and saudade in this visually lush meditation on all-consuming love from emerging Brazilian director Alice Furtado.
Something completely different from the director of Beasts of the Southern Wild (NZIFF12), this swirling, kaleidoscopic take on the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland is uniquely for both mature kids and wide-eyed adults.