Sundance Lineup for NZIFF

Posted Monday 25 May 2015

Now we're talking! Cannes may be underway but it's the Sundance line-up that NZIFF highlight in their first sneak peek for the year.

NZIFF audiences can look forward to seeing a whole raft of Sundance winners this winter see below for some titles to add to your wishlist...

The Wolfpack

The winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, Crystal Moselle's film The Wolfpack delves into the bizarrely sheltered lives of six brothers whose father has confined them and their sister since birth to the tiny rooms of their Lower East Side apartment.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

From the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition section NZIFF has secured Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Glockener. Exhilarating in its candour and ironic verve, The Diary of a Teenage Girl recounts the visceral thrills and spills of 15-year-old boundary-pushing Minnie (Bel Powley) as she throws herself into her first affair - with her mother's boyfriend.


Winner of Sundance's Audience Award for World Cinema, writer/director Prashant Nair's Umrika is a handsomely produced Bollywood film telling a classic tale of country lads finding their bearings in the big city.


In Grandma, a constantly surprising comedy drama from About a Boy director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin is hilarious and moving as a sharp-tongued, taboo-breaking granny who comes out fighting for her pregnant teenage granddaughter.

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman's unnervingly action-based documentary Cartel Land captures the impact of Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border. With staggering front-line access, Heineman observes the retaliatory forces that have formed in response to oppressive cartel violence and governmental indifference.

NZIFF programmes will be available in Auckland from Tuesday 23 June and in Wellington from Friday 26 June. NZIFF screens in Auckland from 16 July to 2 August, and in Wellington from 24 July to 9 August, with other centres to follow.
Screening times and regions for all films will be confirmed at time of programme launch.

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Introducing Doc Talks 2015

Posted Monday 25 May 2015

Documentaries are designed to stimulate discussion,

thought and debate.
In celebrating just that, Documentary Edge is excited to announce t

during the upcoming

Festival DOC Talks will run and bring together key commentators

and filmmakers in a series

of free, public panels and conversations. Talks will discuss topics ranging

from the future of documentaries and the current state of surveillance to

the economics of forecasting.

International filmmakers joining the Festival and DOC Talks include

Pras Michel, Chris McDonald, Larry Edelson, Lyric R. Cabral and

Maya Newell. Moderators include David Farrier and Wallace Chapman.

DOC Talks will be held in the Vault at Q Theatre over
Queen's Birthday

weekend,  30 May - 1 June.

Seats for the talks are limited, and will be based on a first come,

first served basis.

Doc Edge will be updating information about the DOC Talks

on their website. To keep up to date with all events, follow this link

and select the 'DOC Talks' button.

Don't forget to  book your Festival tickets now