What’s On: Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 24 July – 2 August
Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is back 24 July – 2 August. For the first time the entire programme is available online to allow film lovers to watch films from the comfort of their own home.
From the Opening Night film, True History of the Kelly Gang to the Closing Night feature The County, this year’s festival is jam-packed with cinematic treats for all – documentaries, feature films, docu-dramas, animation, the popular Incredibly Strange programme, and an expanded offering of films for children.
PLUS in-cinema screenings will take place in eight cities around the country. More details to come.
Programme highlights include Mardi Gras Film Festival 2020 Audience Award winner Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) featuring New Zealand actor Rachel House (Bellbird, NZIFF19), Ai Weiwei’s latest documentary Vivos, Iranian blockbuster and Tokyo International Film Festival Best Director winner Just 6.5, Sundance Film Festival 2020 Audience Award (World Cinema Dramatic) winner Identifying Features, Berlin International Film Festival 2020 Teddy Award (Best LGTBQI+ Film) winner No Hard Feelings, Venice Film Festival 2019 Best First Feature winner You Will Die at Twenty, Venice Film Festival 2019 Best Film (Venice Days) winner The Long Walk, Venice Film Festival 2019 Best Actor and Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Best Film (Platform) winner Martin Eden and Palme D’Or winning director Kore-eada Hirokazu (Shoplifters, NZIFF18) returns to the Festival with French language feature The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.
NEW ZEALAND FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL
|Four New Zealand documentaries will have their World Premiere screenings as part of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020 At Home – Online, and at selected cinema screenings across the country.
And, for the first time ever the Festival will screen a Web Series in its entirety.
Festival Director Marten Rabarts said programming New Zealand films for the 2020 Festival has been challenging due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions which brought shooting and post-production on a number of films to a halt or caused significant delay.
“We’re very proud to present this programme of films from Aotearoa for this year’s Festival. We’ve worked closely with all the filmmakers to ensure these films can be part of the Festival.”
Marten adds that as well as screening online as part of NZIFF At Home – Online, all five Aotearoa films will also be screened in cinemas.
“As COVID-19 restrictions began lifting in New Zealand, we have been exploring options to present a selection of films in many of our favourite cinemas and venues, and this includes the five Aotearoa films.”
These five titles are the first films to be announced in the 2020 programme and we’re looking forward to revealing the full programme next week. We’ll have more details about the cinema screenings, and we’ll be letting you know how you’ll be able to watch ALL the films in the programme from the comfort of your own home.
THE NEW ZEALAND FILMS FOR 2020
LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears
The Girl on the Bridge
Tupaia’s Endeavour – The Director’s Cut
The Aotearoa strand of films in Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is supported by Resene.