NZIFF announces awesome Cannes inclusions

Posted Tuesday 27 Jun 2017


We can see a lot of schedules being rearranged so people can make it to these films... The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has announced a whopping 21 films from last month's Cannes Film Festival will screen at the festival. All the major Competition winners from Cannes are confirmed to screen.

The films from Cannes will screen in Auckland from 20 July, and in Wellington from 28 July. Further regional dates and confirmed films will be available in the next month as each leg is scheduled.

The films announced thsi week include In Competition titles The Square, winner of the Palme d'Or (Best Film); BPM (Beats Per Minute), winner of the Grand Prix; The Killing of a Sacred Deer, winner of Best Screenplay; Happy End from director Michael Haneke and starring Isabelle Huppert; Loveless, winner of the Cannes Jury Prize; and A Gentle Creature (pictured).

"We're still in shock at the size and quality of titles secured direct from Cannes this year - and the nerves of steel required to secure them so immediately after their World Premieres. Our programmer Sandra Reid was in Cannes to experience these films, with the world's most demanding audiences. I believe in we're for an exceptional year of international cinema," says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

The Square, a wide-sweeping satire set in the art world will open the 49th NZIFF in Auckland on 20 July and Wellington on 28 July. Good Time starring Robert Pattison is confirmed to close both Auckland (5 August) and Wellington (13 August).

For the full list of the 21 films announced from Cannes, delve into the NZIFF website.