Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival announces its full programme for the New Plymouth leg of the festival, featuring 38 feature films from 16 countries. The festival will run for 18 days at Event Cinemas New Plymouth and Len Lye Centre Cinema from Thursday 18 November and tickets are on sale now.
NZIFF has worked with all its partner venues and cinemas around the country to be able to present the festival under the new Alert Level 2 requirements in 12 towns and cities nationwide.
“We can’t wait to share our fantastic 2021 programme with New Plymouth audiences in a safe environment this November. We hope that the people of Taranaki will rally behind the festival and show their support by visiting Event Cinemas New Plymouth and Len Lye Centre Cinema to check out as many of the outstanding New Zealand and international films that are on offer,” says Festival Director Marten Rabarts.
Films joining NZIFF’s 2021 line-up for New Plymouth include, Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize winning documentary, Flee; decorated Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s love letter to cinema, One Second; and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s contender for the 2021 Best International Feature Oscar, Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida?
Delivering star power is Berlin Golden Bear nominee, Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man, featuring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a love android; Oscar-winning Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen’s black comedy revenge thriller Riders of Justice, starring Mads Mikkelsen, and moving literary memoir My Salinger Year, staring Sigourney Weaver.
Fourteen films direct from the Cannes Film Festival are confirmed to screen in New Plymouth, including Palme d’or winner Titane; Grand Prix award winners, A Hero, from decorated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Juho Kuosmanen’s offbeat train romance, Compartment No. 6; and Venice Film Festival highlights, Golden Lion winning drama Happening and Special Jury Prize Winner Dear Comrades!
Five New Zealand films will screen in New Plymouth, including an intimate documentary about local artist and activist Fiona Clark in Lula Cucchiara’s Fiona Clark: Unafraid. In addition, New Zealand short film competitions New Zealand’s Best and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts will also screen at the festival.
To view the full NZIFF 2021 programme for New Plymouth, click here.