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It's that time of year where local film buffs will clearing the decks, dipping into their savings and setting up out-of-office email replies; the New Zealand International Film Festival returns to the city for another year from 28 July for two and a bit weeks of cinematic celebration at the Isaac Theatre Royal and Hoyts Northlands.This year's line-up for Christchurch includes over 100 features and documentaries from New Zealand and around the world, with the Festival including a number of premieres, including a world premiere for Christchurch in the form of Le Ride, a new documentary from The Amazing Race host and go-getter (and Christchurch boy made good) Phil Keoghan that retraces the 1928 Tour de France route. The opening film of the festival in Christchurch is also a doozy: Poi E: The Story of Our Song tells the story of the Patea Maori Club's 1984 hit and has been described as...
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It’s looking like an exciting, entertaining and thought provoking line-up of films in this year’s Autumn Events programme from the New Zealand International Film Festival. As usual in this offshoot event from the main festival, a mix of screen classics and New Zealand premieres will screen both Saturday and Sunday in three big cinematic weekends throughout May (7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22) at Hoyts Riccarton. Films announced recently for the jam-packed programme include provocative comedic documentarian Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Janis Joplin bio-doc Janis: Little Girl Blue, and the smash-hit, 17th-century-set horror film The Witch, a film that’s being hailed as one of the most accomplished debut features of recent years by newbie director Roger Eggers. They’ve joined already-announced films in the full line-up, which that includes Kurosawa’s spectacular, epic take on King Lear, Ran, cult Coen classic Fargo and modern animated treasure The...
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OK, Christchurch, the weekend looms! What are the must-dos? Cinephiles will be getting their film on for the next three weeks with the start of the New Zealand International Film Festival – among films early in the schedule is reptilian real estate agent drama 99 Homes (pictured). Food Truck Fridays are back at The Commons this evening; grab a bite before experiencing Magpie Hall (Community Read book) brought to life by an improvised comedy team from 7:30pm at South Christchurch Library (66 Colombo Street). Strange's Lane celebrates its first b’day on Saturday; celebrations kick off with a burger eating contest at Lower 9th Diner at 6pm before partying continues into the small hours. Looking for a new hangout? Check out the city’s brand spanking new venues Twenty Seven Steps, The Cuban and Gas Monkey, all now open! And unwind from the stresses of the week with a pamper package at Lotus...
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Christchurch cinephiles of all stripes are preparing to turn down evenings out, call up babysitters and get their entire lives reorganised, because the annual NZIFF is back in town for another year from 7 – 24 August to enliven winter and keep us glued to the screen for two and a half weeks. 90 films will feature in the Christchurch festival programme, with the usual lively international blend of comedy, drama, genre pics, docos, shorts, and the bizarre (thanks Strange Film guru Ant Timpson, you diabolical genius!) providing plenty to inspire and entertain. Typically there’s so much on offer this year that it’s impossible to get to everything, with a record number of films playing in Christchurch this year, but Cityscape will be keeping an eye out for Frank (pictured above), sci-fi pic Snowpiercer, and Housebound – the Kiwi horror-comedy that's winning mad plaudits overseas – among others. We also dug...
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The New Zealand International Film Festival gets a long run in to its main programme later in the year with the staging of its Autumn Classic Movie Weekends. Each weekend over May at Hoyts Riccarton, the festival will present a stone-cold silver-screen classic the way it was meant to be seen – with an audience and on the big screen. Sure to please cinemaphiles, the Christchurch programme includes the Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn musical charmer Funny Face, Marlon Brando sizzling up the screen in On the Waterfront, Orson Welles’ masterful thriller The Third Man, great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao’s final film, The Wind Also Rises, and David Lean’s 1962 biopic Lawrence of Arabia, a film that has virtually come to define the term “epic” as it applies to movies. Films screen on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and evenings throughout May; see the New Zealand International Film Festival website for ticket...
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Tick, tick, boom. From the forest cries that saturate the opening sequence, The Rocket catapults you smack-bang into the mountains of Northern Laos. And with equally brutal force, western ideas of ‘development’ quite literally threaten to drown out the ancient traditions of the hill tribes that are forcibly displaced by an Australian consortium building a colossal hydro-electric dam system.  Born into this world, with a curse on his head, is Ahlo. It’s a curse kept secret by his greatest champion – his beautiful and free-spirited mother – and his paternal grandmother, matriarch of the family, a less benevolent force who holds the secret like a hammer poised over the child’s head. Protecting the traditions of the tribe – and securing their future – are noble aspirations but it’s a role that requires balls (as the matriarch would – and does, quite frequently – say) and the willingness to remove the...
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The New Zealand International Film Festival is coming to Christchurch and now the eagerly awaited programme for 2011 is online on the official website and also available around the city as a printed programme. Tickets for the 2011 New Zealand International Film Festival are on sale now, so choose your favourite films, get your hands on tickets and get ready for some great movie nights. Some of the highlights to watch out for include the selection of local films. There are, for example, the modern Western Netherwood, comedy The Holy Roller and music documentaries Rumble & Bang and Gone with the Weird. Of special interest to Cantabs is the documentary Moving which is all about a Korean couple and their experiences of life in Christchurch before and after the earthquake. The New Zealand International Film Festival also has a prize to give away. A copy of the brand-new New Zealand Film:...