The New Zealand International Film Festival is coming and will move through the country from late July to September. The full programmes plus online booking for each centre are available online at the Festival website:
- Auckland 18 July - 4 August
- Wellington 26 July - 11 August
- Christchurch 8 - 25 August
- Dunedin 1 - 18 August
- Timaru and Gore 15 - 25 August
- Nelson 7 - 28 August
- Hamilton 21 August - 18 Sept
- Palmerston North 23 Aug - 9 Sept
- Tauranga 22 August - 15 Sept
- Masterton 28 Aug - 11 Sept
- Hawkes Bay and New Plymouth 29 Aug - 15 Sept
The programme is a bit thin on lesbian films compared with 2018 ...
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes, Céline Sciamma’s striking 18th-century tale of romantic obsession burns bright with female desire and the craft of a masterful filmmaker.
Sciamma ventures back to the late 1700s and to majestic coastal Brittany to recount the tale of Marianne and Héloïse, and of the portrait that engenders their encounter.
Screening everywhere ... duh it's been ... but on general release from 14 November !!
Also of interest
The list below is an eclectic mix of films made by and about women, queer films, Kiwi films ... whatever.
In 1972, 29-year-old Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, wishing to return to her gospel roots, chose to record an album live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, a disused movie theatre, in Watts, Los Angeles. She was ably accompanied by the accomplished musicians of her regular touring band; the heavenly Southern California Community Choir, conducted by a rocking Alexander Hamilton; mighty Reverend James Cleveland, himself a gospel singer, songwriter and arranger, who taught Franklin piano; and her own father, the great preacher C.L. Franklin.
Rescued from 45 years in legal and technical limbo, this extraordinary music film capturing Aretha Franklin in full flight deserves your respect – and the biggest screen and sound system possible. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore
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Shot over five years, Waad al-Kateab’s intimate, Cannes award-winning film addresses her baby daughter and delivers a harrowing account of the war in Aleppo, the devastation wrought on the city, its people and children. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch
Utilising a treasure trove of archival footage, director Alex Holmes celebrates the history of Maiden Great Britain, the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawke's Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore
Maria by Callas
This adoring documentary captures the life, art – and, above all, spine-tingling talents – of a diva extraordinaire revered by opera devotees and ripe for discovery by everyone who’s not. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawke's Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Goer
Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019
Exploring psychotherapy, boundaries and obsession, Justine Triet’s film deliciously portrays the creative crisis of a shrink-wannabe-author, who steals her actress patient’s story for a novel. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawke's Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin