Tag Archives: NZFF

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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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2012)

24 Aug

It is hard to believe that a woman as poised and well put-together as Marina Abramovic is responsible for some of the most provocative and disturbing pieces of performance art of the 20th century. Continue reading

No (2012)

17 Aug

How do you sell the concept of democracy to a nation paralyzed and divided by over a decade of repression, brutality and disappearances? In what way could the largely commercialised medium of television be used to convince the populace of such a nation that the democratic process is even a possibility, and that the ‘dissent’ embodied by their act of voting won’t be used to endanger their own lives? Continue reading

The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)

10 Aug

Some fourteen years after the release of The Celebration – the film that cemented his reputation -Thomas Vinterberg returns to the heavy subject matter of child sexual abuse. Continue reading

Monster in Paris (2011)

7 Aug

Given its rapid rise to worldwide prominence, it’s no surprise that the ‘look’ of most children’s CG features is so homogenous —for the most part simply translating the dominant Golden-age Disney/Warner Bros. ‘CalArts’ school of cartoon design into the third dimension. Set during the flooding of the Seine river in 1910, A Monster in Paris (Dir. Bibo Bergeron) makes no efforts to buck this trend. 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

Bernie (2011)

3 Aug

Richard Linklater’s fifteenth feature film is a reunion of sorts – it stars Jack Black (School of Rock) and Matthew McConaughey (Dazed and Confused) and is the first film of Linklater’s set solely in Texas in sixteen years. Continue reading

The King of Pigs (2011)

2 Aug

Like many films that concentrate on the abuses and casual brutalities of childhood, The King of Pigs (Dir. Yeun Sang-Ho) seems to be, at first glance, an examination into the nature of human cruelty in general. To say that, at its core, this film is about bullying —or even more generally about human cruelty— would be a gross simplification though. 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