The New Zealand International Film Festival has revealed its full programme for the 42nd film festival in Tauranga.
Forty-eight films from 20 countries will screen at Rialto Cinemas Tauranga from 23 August.
The 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters will open the film festival and Polish love story Cold War will close the event three weeks later.
“We present a programme as invigorating and timely as any we have every presented. There are debates, difficult decisions and joyous moments ahead. We hope Tauranga audiences will embrace the line-up and find the movies that mean the most to them,” says NZIFF director Bill Gosden.
New Zealand female voices lead the popular screenings planned in the programme. Celia, Amanda Millar’s tribute to social reform campaigner Celia Lashlie, will have two screenings following on from sell-out world premiere screenings in Wellington.
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, the documentary about pioneer female filmmaker Merata Mita made by her son Hepi, will have two screenings only. Costa Botes’ documentary about Centrepoint survivor Angie Meiklejohn, Angie, will screen twice only in early September.
The best of new New Zealand short films will screen as part of the annual New Zealand’s Best 2018 short film competition and the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2018. All New Zealand films at NZIFF are sponsored by Resene.
NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country.
NZIFF 2018 screens in Tauranga from August 23 – September 16, and is currently screening in Wellington and Christchurch, and starts in Dunedin today.