Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018
An unprecedented 30 films direct from the Cannes Film Festival are confirmed to screen at NZIFF 2018! Eleven of those are from the Competition section of the festival, including Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters, Jury Prize winner Capernaum and Best Screenplay winners (tied) 3 Faces and Happy As Lazzaro. Meanwhile, Birds of Passage will open the NZIFF in Auckland on Thursday 19 July, and Cold War from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), winner of the Best Director prize, will screen as the official closing night film of NZIFF.
"It's always a mad scramble for us, as the Cannes screenings are inconveniently close to our programme cut-off," NZIFF director Bill Gosden says. "The up-side is that New Zealand audiences get to be amongst the first in the world to see the very latest and best in international cinema."
Yes, there's always a silver lining in the land of the long white cloud!