Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

A Perfect Day

2 August 2016

ITR Auditorium


Spain 2015
: Fernando León de Aranoa
In English, Bosnian, Spanish and French, with English subtitles

Commanded by an impressive roster of talent, including Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins, this ensemble tragicomedy strikes just the right balance of bracing levity and sobering truths. An ode to the efforts of aid workers during the Bosnian conflict of the 90s, A Perfect Day follows five of them as they attempt to hoist a sizable corpse out of a village water well before it poisons the local supply. Finding some rope for the job is just one of the many challenges that ensue. As the team navigate villages of rabid dogs, trigger-happy children and landmines, the film’s title quickly finds its irony.

But director Fernando León de Aranoa plays against expectations. Aided by a rambunctious soundtrack of punk and rock ‘n’ roll hits, he evokes the shambling, nonchalant energy of a Richard Linklater film, all while admitting the uneasy suspense underscoring every moment. - JF

“This wonderful little film, set ‘somewhere in the Balkans’ in 1996, is extremely witty and light on its feet, yet it manages to be thoughtful, even philosophical, in an absurdist way, about the roots of human conflict.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall St Journal

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 105 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts

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