Archived: NZIFF 2016 - Date Night Picks

July 14 - 31
4 August, 2016

The New Zealand International Film Festival is finally right around the corner! There's an incredible line-up of over 150 films with something for everyone - film buffs and blockbuster movie-lovers alike. 

Amongst this amazing programme are some perfect picks for a date night with your special someone or best friend.

Check out our picks and make a date: 

Captain Fantastic 
Renaissance man Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a solo father whose idealistic way of raising his six children off the grid comes under attack in this energetic, comedic drama.

Make a date: if you want to laugh and be inspired together or you're a fan of Viggo - this is him at his best. 


Life, Animated
The director of this film will be present at the screening. 

This incredibly moving and fascinating doco takes us into the interior life of autistic Owen Suskind, and explores how his love of Disney animated features gave him the tools as a child to communicate with the world.

Make a date: if you want to be moved and uplifted together. 


Everybody Wants Some!! 
Richard Linklater follows Boyhood by recalling his own first days at college in this hilarious, deeply relaxed comedy about male bonding, set in the bars, discos, parties and frat houses of 1980 Austin.

Make a date: if you're planning a double date - we really loved seeing this film with a big group - there's some huge laughs in this charming ode to the 80s. 


Perfect Strangers 
A gathering of old friends accepts the challenge to share all incoming calls and messages. It’s a game you won’t want to emulate at your next dinner party, but dammit, you’ll be thinking about it.

Make a date: if you need some inspiration for your next dinner party...


The director of this film will be present at the filming. 

Australian documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler collaborated with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.

Make a date: if you want to lose yourself in another world with someone. 


New Zealand's Best 2016 
Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector, Lee Tamahori, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 81 entries.

Make a date: if you're looking for a night of fun and fast entertainment - this is always a lively and exciting event. 

Ants on a Shrimp
Copenhagen-based Noma and celebrated chef-owner René Redzepi relocate the restaurant and its entire staff to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo for five sold-out weeks of spectacular lunches and dinners with specially created menus.

Make a date: if want to score some points with your foodie. 


Green Room
Punk rockers and skinheads clash in this intense, darkly humorous game of cat-and-mouse, starring Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin. 

Make a date: if you're open to something a little different - and hey, you know what the upside to a thriller is? Lots of terrified snuggling. 


Direct from Cannes, Jim Jarmusch’s beautifully calibrated ode to art and ordinariness stars Adam Driver as a New Jersey bus driver who writes poetry in his downtime and Golshifteh Farahani as his cupcake chef wife.

Make a date: if you want something sweet and romantic to enjoy with your beau. 

The First Monday in May 
Behind the scenes at the New York Met’s sumptuous 2015 Costume Institute show ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ and its Anna Wintour-spearheaded opening ball, the celebrity packed Met Gala.

Make a date: with all your favourite fashionistas - and make sure you grab a cocktail afterwards to discuss all of your favourite Met Ball looks.