Archived: NZ International Film Festival 2017

20 July - 6 August 2017
12 May, 2017

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has revealed the first eight films of the 2017 programme, which is promising to be diverse and exciting.

The first eight films are four excellent documentaries, three of which are by New Zealand filmmakers, and four international features with star-studded casts and unique stories to tell.  

The impressive line-up is a thrilling preview of what’s to come. Stay tuned for further programme announcements.

A Ghost Story

A simple story told with the simplest means, A Ghost Story tracks the progress of a ghost who can’t let go of the woman he loved and the house they shared, evoking a profoundly moving sense of existential disquiet.

 

 

 

Bill Frisell: a Portrait

The perfect balance of talking heads and sustained performance, Emma Franz’s documentary delivers an entrancing two hours in the company of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.

 

 

 

Lady Macbeth

Florence Pugh is mesmerising as she transmutes from nervous bride to femme fatale in this bracing British period drama based on a 19th-century Russian classic.

 

 

 

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

As Annie Goldson’s impressively detailed documentary clearly sets out the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry, it goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.

 

 

 

The Lost City of Z

Charlie Hunnam makes a commanding flawed hero as British Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett in a sweeping giant screen epic, filmed with rare intelligence by writer/director James Gray. With Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson.

 

 

 

My Year with Helen

With unique access to high-ranking candidate Helen Clark, award-winning filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General.

 

 

 

The Untamed

Love triangle drama and erotic bio-sci-fi thrills meet in a truly bizarre exploration of oppressive machismo and liberating sexual abandon from Mexican director Amat Escalante.

 

 

 

Spookers

In this funny and improbably charming documentary Florian Habicht looks behind the curtain to show us the real lives of the frighteners at the infamous and hugely popular horror theme park at the old Kingseat Hospital.