Film Festival Focus on Women

Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

NZIFF is promising films featuring powerful females, both in front and behind the camera this year. Metro magazine has done a good summary. Read on by popping this into your browser...

http://www.metromag.co.nz/culture/film-festival/female-gaze-5-films-women-see-years-nziff/

And below is a list of films about, by and featuring women - and look out for the discussion with Madeline Di Nonno of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media happening in Auckland and Wellington.

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT
Join NZIFF in Auckland and Wellington for engaging conversations with Madeline Di Nonno, the CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, who is working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate and influence the need to improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children.

 

SHORTS AND FEATURES

GIRLS' POV: NYICFF RETROSPECTIVE
These six international short films come direct from the acclaimed New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) landmark programme, Girls' POV - aimed at providing intelligent, diverse and compelling films that speak to the unique experience of girls.

 

INCLUDED IN THE FOR ALL AGES PROGRAMME

 

AS I OPEN MY EYES

(� PEINE J'OUVRE LES YEUX)
Tradition butts up against progress in Leyla Bouzid's debut, a musically charged French-Tunisian film that follows a young woman in a band as she navigates familial and cultural strictures on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution.

 

CERTAIN WOMEN
Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart are beautifully attuned to  Meek's Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt's intimately observed, interwoven tales of three independent women in contemporary small town Montana.

 

EQUITY
Written, produced and directed by women and with women in all the key roles, this smart and entertaining film about an ambitious investment banker (Anna Gunn) puts a feminist twist on the Wall Street thriller.

 

FATIMA
Winner of the 2016 C�sar for Best Film, Fatima is a beautifully nuanced portrait of an immigrant single mother giving everything to better the lives of her two very different teenage daughters.

 

 

HAPPY HOUR
An epic, richly understated contemporary drama of friendship and relationships told through the lives of four Japanese women. Winner of acting and screenwriting awards at the Locarno Film Festival 2015.

 

THE INNOCENTS (LES INNOCENTES)
Based on a true story from post-World War II Poland, this satisfying drama follows a young female French doctor who finds herself caught up in the lives of nuns, traumatised and shamed by their wartime suffering.

 

LOVESONG

Jena Malone and Riley Keough play former college friends whose infrequent meetings run deep in director So Yong Kim's intimate, beautifully nuanced study of friendship and the attraction of opposites.

A QUIET PASSION
Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine star in Terence Davies' lively, witty and ultimately intensely moving dramatisation of the sheltered life of 19th-century New England poet Emily Dickinson.

 

SAND STORM (SUFAT CHOL)
Elite Zexer's mesmerising debut feature portrays the emotionally layered relationship between a Bedouin mother and her spirited daughter, both bound by village custom while struggling to adapt to a changing world.

 

DOCUMENTARIES

 

EMBRACE
"Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve 'the perfect body'. It comes from embracing the one you've already got." Australian body image activist Taryn Brumfitt exemplifies her message in this lively doco.

 

CAMERAPERSON
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson assembles excerpts and offcuts from her remarkable career (to date) to evoke an assortment of uneasily resolved questions about ethics and compassion in documentary film.

 

FREE TO RUN
Rich with clips and lively interviews, this doco traces the running movement over the past 50 years - the struggle for the right to run, especially for women, then the explosion of grassroots road races and marathons.

 

HOOLIGAN SPARROW
Filmmaker Wang Nanfu shares alarming risks with her subject, accompanying fearless Chinese women's rights activist Ye Haiyan on a mission while facing intimidation at every turn.

 

THE LIVES OF TH�R�SE

(LES VIES DE TH�R�SE)
Filmed over the last months of her life, this compelling and inspiring portrait of the French feminist thinker and activist Th�r�se Clerc celebrates her extraordinary evolution and vital legacy.

WELLINGTON ONLY

 

VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT
This new documentary provides insight and historical perspective on the life and work of philosopher Hannah Arendt, illuminating her relevance to some of the most troubling phenomena of our own times.

 

FOR ALL AGES

 

LONG WAY NORTH

(TOUT EN HAUT DE MONDE)
Long Way North is a beautifully animated historical fantasy about a 19th-century Russian girl who embarks on a hazardous adventure to the North Pole to find her grandfather's ship and save her family's honour.

 

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
A 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl breaks a gender barrier to follow her father and train hunting eagles in this spectacular and entertaining documentary.

 

You can find more films made by women by selecting the Women Make Movies page under Films by Genre on the NZIFF website.

 

 

 

 

 

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Terence Davies is coming to Auckland

Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

Sunday 24th July, 4-5pm, The Wintergarden, Free

Arguably the most important British filmmaker of his generation, Terence Davies is a poet of the cinema, at once austere and passionate�Their combination of art-film style and reverence for working-class popular culture is unique in British cinema. - Film Critic and writer Tom Charity

Script to Screen and the New Zealand International Film Festival present a discussion with one of cinema's most beloved auteurs, British writer/director Terence Davies.

Davies is here to present two films at this year's festival. A QUIET PASSION, Davies' portrait of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, stars Cynthia Nixon and was described as 'an absolute drop-dead masterwork' by the New Yorker; and SUNSET SONG, his ' beautiful and brutal' adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel of the same name, stars Peter Mullan and Agyness Deyn.

Join Script to Screen to hear director Terence Davies in conversation with writer Fiona Samuel, as they discuss his approach to cinema and his life's work. The discussion takes place in the Wintergarden, following the Sunday screening of A QUIET PASSION.

Sunday 24th July, 4-5pm, The Wintergarden, Free entry - no ticket required

SCREENINGS

A Quiet Passion

Sun 24 July 1:30pm, The Civic

Wed 27 July 10:30am, The Civic

Sunset Song

Sat 23 July 2.15pm, The Civic

Mon 25 July 10.30am, The Civic

Born in Liverpool, Terence Davies is one of the most distinctive talents to have emerged from British cinema in the last thirty years. He shows a passionate concern with film craft, and his approach to filmmaking has been called "the cinematic equivalent of literature's magic realism." His feature film titles include DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988), THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992), THE NEON BIBLE (1995), THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (2000) and THE DEEP BLUE SEA (2011). All of his films have been critically acclaimed and received numerous nominations and awards in Britain and internationally.

 

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