Cinephiles, get ready to be excited as it’s that time of year again!
From 18 July until 4 August, Auckland will host the 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival. As always, the NZIFF is showcasing a vast selection of films, from restored Hitchcock classics to French romantic comedies, thought-provoking documentaries and some films of the incredibly strange variety.
While the films of first-time directors are featured in the NZIFF, many others are created by experienced filmmakers whose previous work is held in the Audiovisual Library. Here’s a small selection of highlights from the NZIFF and details of earlier films produced by the directors in question.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) – Jim Jarmusch
Image: Courtesy of Madman Entertainment
Jarmusch’s latest effort has been described as a “passionate and consummately chic essay on science, music, time and above all love” (Romney, 2013). Starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as hipster vampires, Only Lovers Left Alive
is the closing night film of the NZIFF.
> Permanent Vacation
(1980) – DVD-V LD10-0230
> Dead Man
(1995) – DVD-V LD09-0687
> Broken Flowers
(2005) – DVD-V LD06-406
Author search: Jim Jarmusch
The Past (2013) – Asghar Farhadi
Image: Courtesy of Memento Films
Following on from the success of 2011’s A Separation
, which won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, Iranian director Farhadi chose to set his new film The Past
) in Paris. As reviewer Peter Bradshaw explains, The Past
shares similar characteristics and themes with A Separation
, as “an intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances” (2013).
> About Elly
(2009) – DVD-V LD13-0228
> A Separation
(2011) – DVD-V LD12-0366
Author search: Asghar Farhadi
He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan (2013) – Annie Goldson
Image: Courtesy of Occasional Productions
Produced and directed by Kay Ellmers and the University of Auckland’s Professor Annie Goldson
, this documentary explores New Zealand’s role in Afghanistan, employing the help of Kabul-based journalist Jon Stephenson to highlight some of the lesser-known details surrounding this country's military engagement in the war-torn country.
> Georgie Girl
(2001) – DVD-V LD13-0484
> An Island Calling: A Coup, a Murder, the Pacific
(2009) – DVD-V LD09-0311
> Brother Number One
(2011) – DVD-V LD12-0825
Author search: Annie Goldson
Bradshaw, Peter. (May 17, 2013). Cannes 2013: The Past – Review. Guardian.co.uk.
Romney, Jonathan. (May 25, 2013). Only Lovers Left Alive. Screendaily.
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