Tag Archives: New Zealand International Film Festival

NZIFF Interview: Anders Falstie-Jensen

16 Jul

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With the New Zealand International Film Festival just days away, I sat down with festival veteran and publicist Anders Falstie-Jensen for a chat about what audiences can expect from this year’s festival. Continue reading

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The New Zealand International Film Festival Launch/ You’re Next

25 Jun

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Last night Auckland’s cinephiles gathered together once again to celebrate the launch of the New Zealand International Film Festival. This year marks something of a double anniversary, this being the 45th NZIFF, and as many of you will remember, it was also around this time last year that The Rag opened it’s digital doors with our coverage of the 44th NZIFF. Continue reading

Vulgaria (2011)

6 Aug

Following the story of a seemingly doomed adult film production headed by a lecherous film producer To Wai-Cheung (Chapman To) and financed by a sexually eccentric mob boss (Ronald Cheng), Vulgaria’s (Dir. Pang Ho-cheung) central comedic conceit ends up being To’s struggle to remember whether or not he engaged in bestiality during a particularly drunken night of financial negotiations. Continue reading

The Last Ocean (2012)

31 Jul

Few mediums have the power to reach out and touch people the way cinema can, so I am always delighted when filmmakers harness its incredible potential to bring about real change. New Zealand’s own Peter Young aims to do just that with his forthcoming documentary The Last Ocean, which illuminates the impact of commercial fishing on the ecosystem of the Ross Sea. Continue reading

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

23 Jul

New Zealand fans went to great lengths to secure The Cabin in the Woods for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival. They were amply rewarded for their efforts on Friday night at the first official screening of the film. Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard’s send up of horror conventions and audiences alike was met with thunderous applause, and with good reason. Continue reading

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

22 Jul

Wes Anderson’s films have always inhabited a grey area between childhood and adulthood that somehow ignores adolescence, displacing or subsuming it within such obsessions as theatre, prodigious careerism, or science. Continue reading

Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

21 Jul

Writer/Director Nadine Labaki defies convention in this film about the time old religious unrest between Christians and Muslims, to produce a film that is as funny as it is poignant. Continue reading

Le Tableau (2011)

21 Jul

Le Tableau (Dir. Jean-Francois Languionie, 2011) is a French/Belgian animated feature which tells the story of a group of mismatched characters in search of their creator, ‘The Painter’. Continue reading

New Zealand International Film Festival 2012

8 Jul

It is no accident that The Rag launch coincides with the increasing fervour surrounding the 44th New Zealand International Film Festival. I had always planned that when I finally took the plunge and went out on my own that I wanted to open the blog with a piece on my favourite time of the year. Now that the festival is nearly upon us, it’s time for a look at my top five picks for this year’s NZFF: Continue reading