New Zealand International Film Festival 2018

August 02 - 19 2018
Auditorium

Three world premieres among NZIFF programme for Christchurch

The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Christchurch has been unveiled, featuring 92 films from 27 countries.

Ten filmmakers will be hosting screenings in the city during NZIFF, which runs from 2 – 19 August 2018 at the Isaac Theatre Royal and Hoyts Northlands.

“With three world premieres, the programme is a rich feast of films that will enlighten, stun, move and challenge audiences. We are very proud of this year’s programme. We have secured 19 films directly from Cannes, a wide selection of gripping international films and incredible new titles from New Zealand film makers,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

The first of the world premieres will be Oka no roki a nearly-wordless collage of moving images created from Slovenia-born Christchurch director Martin Sagadin’s video diary.

The second, Vanessa Wells’ East to East follows a group of Aranui High School students as they train and compete in one of the South Island’s iconic sporting events, the Coast to Coast guided by some of the city’s famous sports faces.

Finally, the much-anticipated premiere of frontline police officer Stef Harris’ Blue Moon will be held at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 8 August 2018.

Blue Moon is an intense, character-driven thriller noir which pushed technical boundaries. It was shot almost entirely on iPhone 7s which is a feat. It also features one of Canterbury’s favourite sons Mark Hadlow as petrol station attendant Horace Jones. We have no doubt this will prove popular with Christchurch audiences,” says Gosden.

Other New Zealand highlights in the programme include:

  • Costa Botes’ Angie, a documentary featuring Angie Meiklejohn who survived sexual abuse at new-age Auckland commune Centrepoint.
  • Bludgeon a charming and off-beat documentary following a group of modern knights competing to represent New Zealand in the brutal sport of medieval combat.
  • Leave No Trace features much talked about kiwi actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Tom, a teenager living off the grid in a forest outside Portland with her war vet father, much to the consternation of social services.
  • Journalist Amanda Millar’s moving documentary Celia celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social interventions that equipped those long deprived of choice with the tools for responsible decision making.

“This is Christchurch’s chance to hear directly from and ask questions of some incredibly inspiring film makers. We have no doubt these will be lively and thoughtful sessions and, along with the rest of the programme, leave their mark on all those who attend NZIFF 2018.” says Gosden.

TITLE DATE TIME
American Animals 2/08/2018 19:00:00
Pick of the Litter 3/08/2018 11:30:00
McQueen 3/08/2018 13:30:00
Searching 3/08/2018 16:00:00
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 3/08/2018 18:30:00
Climax 3/08/2018 20:45:00
Animation for Kids 4+ 4/08/2018 11:00:00
RBG 4/08/2018 13:00:00
Loveling 4/08/2018 15:30:00
McQueen 4/08/2018 18:00:00
Searching 4/08/2018 20:30:00
Pick of the Litter 5/08/2018 11:30:00
Mirai 5/08/2018 13:45:00
Capharnaüm 5/08/2018 16:00:00
Wings of Desire 5/08/2018 18:45:00
Loveling 6/08/2018 11:00:00
Wings of Desire 6/08/2018 13:15:00
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 6/08/2018 16:00:00
3 Faces 6/08/2018 18:15:00
Foxtrot 6/08/2018 20:30:00
Yellow is Forbidden 7/08/2018 11:15:00
Girl 7/08/2018 13:30:00
Beirut 7/08/2018 15:45:00
Breath 7/08/2018 18:15:00
Arctic 7/08/2018 20:45:00
Ága 8/08/2018 10:45:00
Birds of Passage 8/08/2018 13:00:00
Breath 8/08/2018 15:45:00
Girl 8/08/2018 18:15:00
Blue Moon 8/08/2018 20:30:00
Kusama – Infinity 9/08/2018 11:00:00
Foxtrot 9/08/2018 13:00:00
American Animals 9/08/2018 15:30:00
Ága 9/08/2018 18:15:00
The Guilty 9/08/2018 20:30:00
Capharnaüm 10/08/2018 11:00:00
Transit 10/08/2018 13:45:00
Climax 10/08/2018 16:00:00
Disobedience 10/08/2018 18:30:00
Beirut 10/08/2018 21:00:00
Pick of the Litter 11/08/2018 11:30:00
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist 11/08/2018 13:30:00
The Heiresses 11/08/2018 15:30:00
Leave No Trace 11/08/2018 18:00:00
Mandy 11/08/2018 20:30:00
Animation for Kids 8+ 12/08/2018 11:00:00
Puzzle 12/08/2018 13:00:00
Shoplifters 12/08/2018 15:30:00
Woman at War 12/08/2018 18:15:00
You Were Never Really Here 12/08/2018 20:30:00
Shoplifters 13/08/2018 11:00:00
Three Identical Strangers 13/08/2018 13:30:00
Border 13/08/2018 15:45:00
McKellen: Playing the Part 13/08/2018 18:15:00
Desert Hearts 13/08/2018 20:30:00
Leave No Trace 14/08/2018 11:00:00
3 Faces 14/08/2018 13:30:00
Woman at War 14/08/2018 15:45:00
Transit 14/08/2018 18:15:00
Little Woods 14/08/2018 20:30:00
The Price of Everything 15/08/2018 11:00:00
Disobedience 15/08/2018 13:15:00
Dogman 15/08/2018 15:45:00
Kusama – Infinity 15/08/2018 18:15:00
First Reformed 15/08/2018 20:15:00
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist 16/08/2018 11:45:00
Cold War 16/08/2018 13:30:00
Mandy 16/08/2018 15:30:00
Three Identical Strangers 16/08/2018 18:15:00
Border 16/08/2018 20:30:00
Puzzle 17/08/2018 10:45:00
The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet 17/08/2018 13:00:00
First Reformed 17/08/2018 16:00:00
Juliet, Naked 17/08/2018 18:30:00
Dogman 17/08/2018 21:00:00
Celia 18/08/2018 12:00:00
The Kindergarten Teacher 18/08/2018 15:00:00
The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet 18/08/2018 17:15:00
Birds of Passage 18/08/2018 20:15:00
The Price of Everything 19/08/2018 11:15:00
Yellow is Forbidden 19/08/2018 13:45:00
Happy As Lazzaro 19/08/2018 16:45:00
Cold War 19/08/2018 19:30:00

Upcoming performances

Sun 19 August 2018
8:00 pm