New Zealand International Film Festival 2019

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All the films that were screened in Auckland

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1. La belle époque (2019)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A couple in crisis. He, disillusioned, sees his life upset the day an entrepreneur offers him to plunge back into the time of his choice.

Director: Nicolas Bedos | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant

Votes: 632

Opening Night

2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 3,577

Centrepiece

4. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, C.L. Franklin

Votes: 2,025 | Gross: $4.45M

Special Presentation

5. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 4,360

Special Presentation

6. Come to Daddy (2019)

93 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.

Director: Ant Timpson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson, Madeleine Sami

Votes: 488

Special Presentation

7. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 11,673 | Gross: $16.88M

Special Presentation

8. Sorry We Missed You (2019)

101 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Debbie Honeywood, Kris Hitchen, Rhys Stone, Nikki Marshall

Votes: 2,233

Special Presentation

9. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Frank Bough, John Chittenden, Bruno Du Bois, Pat Edwards

Votes: 761 | Gross: $3.01M

Special Presentation

10. The Whistlers (2019)

97 min | Comedy, Crime

74 Metascore

A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 784

Special Presentation

11. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 9,265

Auckland Philharmonia Live Cinema

12. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 40,705 | Gross: $0.10M

Retro

13. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 32,514

Retro

14. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 562,991 | Gross: $83.47M

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut Retro

15. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,646 | Gross: $1.72M

Retro

16. Daguerréotypes (1976)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Portraits of the people that occupy the small shops of the Rue Daguerre, Paris, where the filmmaker lived.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Lucien Bossy, Leance Debrossian, Marcelle Debrossian, Jean Guillard

Votes: 580

Vive la Varda!

17. Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama

Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier, Brigitte De Villepoix

Votes: 1,198 | Gross: $0.15M

Vive la Varda!

18. Varda by Agnès (2019– )

115 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 687

Vive la Varda!

19. Le Bonheur (1965)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure-Bertin, Manon Lanclos

Votes: 4,332

Vive la Varda!

20. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 7,344

Vive la Varda!

22. Births, Deaths and Marriages (2019)

73 min | Comedy, Drama

One family. One weekend. One hell of a home video. Births, Deaths and Marriages is a slice of life kiwi comedy about life, death and everything in between.

Director: Beatrice Joblin | Stars: Ariadne Baltazar, Paul Barrett, Terry Binding, Geraldine Brophy

23. Bellbird (2019)

Comedy, Drama

In the wake of the loss of his beloved wife, a rural community rallies around a farmer to help him deal with his grief.

Director: Hamish Bennett | Stars: Marshall Napier, Annie Whittle, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House

Votes: 51

24. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019)

103 min | Documentary

Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Pemberton

Votes: 81

25. For My Father's Kingdom (2019)

97 min | Documentary

Director Vea Mafile'o creates a portrait of her father to better understand why he still tithes every cent possible back to his home church on the island of Tonga, exploring his culture and her roots along the way.

Directors: Vea Mafile'o, Jeremiah Tauamiti | Stars: Saia Mafile'o, Vea Mafile'o

Votes: 8

26. By the Balls (2019)

87 min | Drama, Sport

Sport and politics most definitely do mix in this gripping look back at a brutal and turbulent time for New Zealand rugby, told from the point of view of the players themselves including David Kirk and Buck Shelford.

Directors: Simon Coldrick, Charlotte Purdy | Stars: Liam Dixon, Robert Hannah, Dom Lloyd, Finian Scott

Votes: 14

World Premiere

28. Memory Foam (2019)

15 min | Short, Drama

A married middle-aged couple is shopping for a new bed, only to discover that their bed is not the only thing they have outgrown. Paloma Schneideman delivers an all too recognisable portrait of a fading relationship.

Director: Paloma Schneideman | Stars: Alison Bruce, Andrew Foster

Short Connections

30. Nancy from Now On (2019)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A young man's relationship with his straight boyfriend, his awkward dad and his burning desire to be a drag queen.

Director: Keely Meechan | Stars: Wilson Downes, Taungaroa Emile, Bailey Poching

New Zealand's Best 2019 Winner of the Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award

31. Egg Cup Requiem (2019)

12 min | Documentary, Short

A collector reveals the story behind his lifelong obsession.

Directors: Prisca Bouchet, Nick Mayow

New Zealand's Best 2019 Winner of the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize

32. Golden Boy (I) (2019)

12 min | Short, Drama

A day in the life of a young man with a desire to be noticed.

Director: Alex Plumb | Stars: Victoria Abbott, Jarred Blakiston, Amber-Rose Henshall, Melissa Lawlor

New Zealand's Best 2019

33. Hinekura (2019)

Short, Drama

On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She's taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

Director: Becs Arahanga | Stars: Kahumako Rameka, Mere Boynton, Aporonia Arahanga, Kasina Campbell

New Zealand's Best 2019 Winner of the Auckland Live Spirit of the Civic Award and the 2019 Audience Choice Award

34. Ani (2019)

13 min | Short, Drama

9-year-old Ani drifts into a land of play and make believe after her mother runs out on the family - leaving Ani and her father to fend for themselves.

Director: Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu | Stars: Isabella Evans, Maaka Pohatu

Votes: 5

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

36. Ways to See (2019)

Short, Drama

A young Maori girl attempts to use mystical powers to reconnect with her absent father.

Director: Jessica Sanderson | Stars: Troy Kingi, Jodie Hillock, Manawanui Maniapoto-Mills, Awahina Rose Ashby

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

37. The Orphanage (2019)

90 min | Drama

A 15-year-old ticket scalper in Kabul dreams of Bollywood until the Soviets force him into a state facility.

Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat | Stars: Anwar Hashimi, Yama Yakmanesh, Fridoon Muradi, Arthur Köstler

Votes: 62

38. Celeste (I) (2018)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama, Music

Celeste is a love story set in the tropical splendor of far north Queensland. It is a story of a family falling apart coming together again and their last chance to keep a decaying world ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Hackworth | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Nadine Garner, Odessa Young

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.23M

39. La flor (2018)

808 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

77 Metascore

A film in six episodes, connected by the same four actresses, full of various subplots that play with narrative and different cinematic genres , everything structured in an unusual way.

Director: Mariano Llinás | Stars: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, Laura Paredes

Votes: 216 | Gross: $0.00M

40. Danger Close (2019)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey, Mojean Aria

Votes: 1,673

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

41. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman

Votes: 5,021 | Gross: $0.39M

42. Invisible Life (2019)

139 min | Drama

Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flávia Gusmão, António Fonseca

Votes: 593

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão

43. Florianópolis Dream (2018)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A recently separated Argentinian man and woman, with their two teenage children, go on a family holiday to Florianópolis, Brazil, where they become delightfully and problematically involved with the family from whom they rent a house.

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Gustavo Garzón, Mercedes Morán, Andrea Beltrão, Marco Ricca

Votes: 190

44. Genesis (2018)

129 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

Director: Philippe Lesage | Stars: Noée Abita, Paul Ahmarani, Marc Beaupré, Emilie Bierre

Votes: 380 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Long Day's Journey into Night (2018)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Mystery

89 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 3,131 | Gross: $0.50M

46. The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

113 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao, Regina Wan

Votes: 597

47. By the Grace of God (2018)

137 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca

Votes: 3,005

48. Les Misérables (2019)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

Stéphane joined the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, in the 93. He meets his new teammates, Chris and Gwada, and discovers the tensions between the different groups of the district.

Director: Ladj Ly | Stars: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica

Votes: 918

49. Non-Fiction (2018)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance