NZIFF 2019 Dunedin Programme Launched

By Dallas Synnott, Host / Publicist | Posted: Monday July 8, 2019

The full programme for the 43rd New Zealand International Film Festival has been revealed in Dunedin. 79 feature-length films from 34 countries will screen over 18 days beginning on Thursday 1st August.

“We’re delighted to finally unveil and launch the full programme, with its typically eclectic and far-roaming range of local and world cinema,” says programmer Sandra Reid. “It’s always an inspiring experience selecting the films and getting to share our choices with our audience. May they enliven your winter.”

This year, 12 films from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will screen in Dunedin. Six of the films come from the Competition section of the festival including Jury Prize winner Les Misérables (which tied for the Jury Prize with Bacurau). NZIFF's 2019 Cannes selection also includes Ken Loach’s new social-realist drama Sorry We Missed You and winner of both the Queer Palm (Feature) and Best Screenplay, Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

This year’s Retro section features a 4K restoration of Andrei Tarkovksy’s 1966 Medieval Russian epic Andrei Rublev, classic British comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, and Apocalypse Now: Final Cut; Francis Ford Coppola's final-and-finest version of the ultimate Vietnam War epic.

Eight New Zealand films feature in this year’s programme; including A Seat at the Table, David Nash and Simon Mark-Brown’s toast to the talent and the stories behind New Zealand’s world-famous wine industry, and Hamish Bennett’s Bellbird, starring Marshall Napier, Cohen Holloway and Rachel House.

NZIFF fans in Gore are also in for a treat with this year’s programme, including Claire Denis’ sci-fi opus High Life, opening night film La Belle Époque, and American realist drama American Woman, starring Sienna Miller and Aaron Paul.

The full Dunedin NZIFF programme is available online now:

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country.

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