New Zealand International Film Festival 2022

This Thursday, Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022 officially opens in Ōtepoti Dunedin. The festival will screen an outstanding selection of critically acclaimed films from around the world, as well as world-class Aotearoa films at Rialto Cinemas Dunedin from August 11-21.

The 2022 NZIFF festivities will kick off with the Dunedin premiere of Tearepa Kahi’s action drama Muru. Starring Cliff Curtis, Tame Iti and Jay Ryan and set against the stunning Tūhoe bushland, the film immerses us in one of the most charged episodes in Aotearoa’s history: the October Tūhoe Raids. 2007.

Other New Zealand titles audiences can enjoy include coming-of-age drama Punch, starring Oscar nominee Tim Roth, anthology film We Are Still Here, powerful documentaries A Boy Called Piano: The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu and Gloriavale, as well as short film competitions Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts and New Zealand’s Best, celebrating the best of local filmmakers around the motu.

Music fans will be delighted with the documentaries Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song, a film exploring the life of the legendary singer-songwriter through the lens of his most famous song, and Meet Me in the Bathroom, a thrilling examination of exuberant New York life. rock scene of the 2000s. Other documentaries include a tribute to the extraordinary life of American author Kurt Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time and the breathtaking documentary Navalny which follows the assassination attempt on the leader of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny.

Live from the Cannes Film Festival, Aftersun, with Paul Mescal, star of Normal People, Crimes of the Future by David Cronenberg, with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, winner of Queer Palm Joyland, a trans love story by the first time the Pakistani director Saim Sadiq and the blacker than black Norwegian comedy Sick of Myself, directed by Kristoffer Borgli and producers of The worst person in the world.

Other Cannes highlights include Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave and acclaimed French director Mia Hansen-Løve’s enchanting film One Fine Morning.

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s highly anticipated satire on the mega-rich, Triangle of Sadness, will be the festival’s closing film. A biting attack on the one percenter, the film won Östlund his second Palme d’Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year.

For the youngest and young-at-heart cinephiles, NZIFF presents curated collections of Animation NOW and Animation for Kids shorts, as well as the unmissable stop-motion fun Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

On the other side of the spectrum, in NZIFF’s Incredibly Strange installment – a collection that promises to sink into your mind, haunt your waking moments and ward off any chance of a peaceful night’s sleep – comes the hell holiday thriller Speak No Evil from Danish director Christian Tafdrup and a double dose of absurdism from French director Quentin Dupieux with his twisted superhero parody Incredible but True and wacky superhero Smoking Causes Coughing live of Cannes. There really is something for everyone!

Browse the full program at nziff.co.nz and pick up a printed program from Rialto Cinemas. Tickets are on sale now.

Gerald R. Schneider