164 feature films at the 50th Wellington Film Festival next month

Whānau Mārama: The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today announces its full schedule for Wellington, with the festival starting here on Thursday, November 4.

The program announcement for Wellington follows last week’s announcement of the cancellation of NZIFF in Auckland.

“We are delighted that even at Level 2 we can present our exceptional 2021 program to Wellingtonians in a safe environment in November. Auckland’s cancellation was a big blow – a blow we share with other arts and culture organizations across the country that have been hit hard by this latest Delta outbreak. We hope that the Kiwis will now rally to the film festival and show their support by coming to see the magnificent program of films that we will present, ”said festival director Marten Rabarts.

“Along with having a fantastic collection of New Zealand films, our international selection is full of award-winning and critically acclaimed films from around the world that we look forward to sharing with audiences.”

Highlights of the 2021 festival to be screened in Wellington include Wes Anderson’s star-studded tribute to the golden age of journalism The French dispatch; Maggie Gyllenhaal’s award-winning adaptation of Elena Ferrante The lost girl, featuring a powerful performance by Olivia Colman; decorated with the love letter to the cinema of the Chinese master Zhang Yimou A second, and the candidate of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Oscar for best international feature film 2022, Jasmila Zbanic Quo Vadis, Aïda?

Berlin Golden Bear nominee Maria Schrader is the power of the stars I am your man, starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey as a loving android; colorful televangelist biopic Tammy Faye’s eyes, with Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield, and moving literary memoir My year Salinger, looking at Sigourney Weaver.

Dame Jane Campion’s The power of the dog will kick off the 50th Wellington Festival Jubilee at the flagship The Embassy Theater. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival Titanium is to close the festival in an unforgettable way, with the winning masterpiece of the Grand Jury of Venice by Paulo Sorrentino God’s hand mid-weekend anchoring in the centerpiece position.

Other major award-winning films include the previously announced Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winners, A hero, taken from the quirky romance of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Juho Kuosmanen, Compartment n ° 6, Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Audrey Diwan’s film Event, Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury To flee and highlights of the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear winning black comedy Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn and Grand Jury Prize Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

Wellington – which is celebrating its 50th edition of the film festival this year – will screen a total of 164 feature films from 51 countries over 18 days at its eight venues.

Joining the previously announced lineup of New Zealand films is TREATY, a stimulating exploration of New Zealand’s dairy industry and Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Timess, a fascinating glimpse into the life and career of Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. New Zealand shorts will be well represented, with the New Zealand’s Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts short film competitions, as well as several other locally produced shorts that will be screened ahead of feature films throughout the festival.

To view all titles from the Wellington NZIFF program, click here.

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