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THE PRESS PREVIEW THE SHOWCASE COMING TO CHRISTCHURCH, 20 APRIL
"Christchurch cinemagoers feeling starved of independent, arthouse and foreign films - temporary salvation has arrived. It comes in the form of the fortnight-long World Cinema Showcase, back after a year's break due to February 2011's earthquake and in a new home at Sumner's Masters Hollywood Cinema."

James Croot from The Press looks at the Showcase line-up. Read the full article here.

 



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Latest Press Releases from the NZ Film Festival Trust:

Tickets now on sale for
Auckland and Wellington - 15 March 2012

World Premieres of NZ films for Autumn Showcase - 9 March 2012 (pdf, 125 KB)

Music Films flyer (pdf, 2.56MB)

Asian Action Films flyer (pdf, 1.07MB)

Te Hono ki Aotearoa World Premiere Screenings flyer (pdf, 904 KB)

Design Films flyer (pdf, 1.48MB)

4 March 2012
Eames in Sunday Magazine

February 2012
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SIMON SWEETMAN REVIEWS BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE, 18 APRIL
Simon looks at Michael Rapaport's documentary about A Tribe Called Quest: "t's one of the best music documentaries I've seen in a long time." Read the full review here.

 

 

TONY KRAWITZ ON RADIO NZ - SUNDAY MORNINGS, 15 APRIL
Chris Laidlaw talks to Tony Krawitz, director for The Tall Man, about racism in Australia and the failure of the justice system in the story of an Aboriginal man who died in police custody. Link to the full audio interview here.

 

 

OTAGO DAILY TIMES PREVIEWS THE SHOWCASE, 14 APRIL
Mark Orton previews several films in the Showcase line-up. "The first thing to note about the World Cinema Showcase film festival is that it doesn't "just" include subtitled foreign-language films, although there are quite a few of those too." Read Mark's thoughts on Alois Nebel, Mental Notes, and Once Upon A Time in Anatolia here.

 

 

LUMIERE READER INTERVIEW WITH JIM MARBROOK, 6 APRIL
Brannavan Gnanalingam talks to Jim Marbrook about his documentary looking at the atrocious history of mental health care in New Zealand. "“The word has been getting out among more specialised audiences—mental health professionals, educators, that there is some value there. It’s a work that can stimulate some discussion. Artistic value aside—which is in the eye of the beholder anyway—it’s something that can sustain and provoke some discussion." Read the full interview here.

 

 

LUMIERE READER REVIEWS FOR THE SHOWCASE, APRIL
Jacob Powell reviews Presumed Guilty. "like both Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Christian Bale in Brad Anderson’s The Machinist, Torreton puts his health and body on the line to portray Marécaux’s transformation from a thick wasted middle-aged man into the wasted frame of a near-to-death hunger striker." Read the full review here.

Brannavan Gnanalingam reviews Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory and Woody Allen - A Documentary and Tim Wong reviews The Color Wheel. "THE DICHOTOMY and fraught intimacy of brother-sister relations are taken to their logical extreme in Alex Ross Perry’s coarse lo-fi comedy The Color Wheel, a cantankerous double act of wham-bam banter and combustible sibling friction." Read the full reviews here.

Tim Wong reviews Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress. " it’s hard to deny a film that so joyously retreads the steps of George and Ira Gershwin’s ‘Things Are Looking Up’ as performed by Fred Astaire and an endearingly ungainly Joan Fontaine in A Damsel in Distress—the 1937 film Stillman’s creation pays affectionate homage to, and incidentally, one of my favourite musicals of all-time." Read the full review here.

Jacob Powell looks at Jafar Panahi's This Is Not A Film. "That Panahi, facing a hefty prison sentence and the effectual removal of his primary creative outlet, is able to turn out such an unexpectedly gripping piece of cinema is testament to both his quality as a filmmaker and to the resiliency of humanity under all forms of oppression and constraint." Read the full review here.

Jacob Powell reviews The Tall Man and Hell and Back Again. "Hell and Back Again delivers an unnervingly human portrait of the multifaceted effects of trauma on a person, and extends the cliched addage ‘war is hell’ to ‘war is enduring hell’." Read the full review here.

 

 

A FISTFUL OF CULTURE, 12 APRIL
Dominic Pink rates Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret as the pick of the Showcase. "There were certainly more expertly crafted films released in 2011, but very few were as dazzling, ambitious, passionate, or thought-provoking as Margaret - a glorious mess of a film which I haven’t stopped thinking about for days. Do yourself a favour and catch it on the big screen if at all possible, and tell your friends, because this film deserves to be seen and discussed. Margaret ranks as my top pick of this year’s World Cinema Showcase, and will also feature highly in my list of the best films of 2011." Read the full review here.

 

 

CINEFILE REVIEWS THE COLOR WHEEL, 7 APRIL
Hugh Lilly reviews Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel. "The film’s set-pieces (JR’s heated argument with her ex; an asshole-filled party she takes Colin to) are terrific, but the duo’s final conversation—a nine-minute single shot, eloquently described by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in his critique of the film—is among the most surprisingly gripping and involving that the subgenre has yet produced." Read the full review here.

 

 

CINEFILE REVIEWS EAMES, 7 APRIL
Hugh Lilly reviews the Eames: The Architect and the Painter. "Far more than merely the titular architect and painter, the couple’s work pre-saged our hyper-networked culture, and turned a passion for life-long learning into an internationally recognised brand." Read the full review here.

 

 

DAVID LARSEN MAKES HIS PICKS FOR THE NZ LISTENER, 7 APRIL EDITION
David Larsen writes about his picks from the programme: Alois Nebel, Margaret, Coriolanus, This Is Not A Film, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, Woody Allen - A Documentary, Hell and Back Again, The Color Wheel, War of the Arrows. Preview article online here (full article online from April 16).

 

 

WHIT STILLMAN AND THE NZ LISTENER, 7 APRIL EDITION
Guy Somerset has the pleasure of talking to Damsels in Distress director Whit Stillman about the 14 year wait between films, and ask the question 'Where is Chris Eigeman?"
Preview story here (full article online from April 16).

 

 

SALIENT MAGAZINE PICKS SHOWCSAE HIGHLIGHTS, 2 APRIL
Gerald Lee makes his picks from the Showcase programme. "In this critic’s opinion, this year’s line-up is simply fantastic. There’s something to sate everyone’s cinematic appetites." Read the full Salient article online here.

 

 

VANGUARD RED MAGAZINE & THE MUSIC FILMS, 2 APRIL
Martyn Pepperell looks at the music documentaries.
AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City "is at crux a story about holding onto ones culture in an ever-shifting, increasingly hyperlinked world."
Autoluminescent: "Directed by Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn, Autoluminescent strings together historical live concert footage and interviews, inter-splicing them with candid contemporary interviews with aside from Howard, direct peers such as Nick Cave and Genevieve McGuckin; and international fans and associates like Thurston Moore and Henry Rollins."

 

 

HERMAN MILLER ASIA PACIFIC, 1 APRIL
Gorgeous furniture makers Herman Miller are celebrating the screenings of Eames:The Architect and the Painter. Check out the blog (with a really great Eames timeline) here.

 

 

PETER CALDER INTERVIEWS MENTAL NOTES DIRECTOR, 31 MARCH
Jim Marbrook, director for Mental Notes, talks about the issues uncovered in his new documentary. "People are much more aware about bipolar disorder, about depression, he says, and he hopes that the film will encourage viewers to think in a more nuanced way about all sorts of disability." Read the full article here.

 

 

NZ HERALD: AUTOLUMINESCENT, 31 MARCH
AAPA interview with the producer Lynn-Maree Milburn on the making of Autoluminescent, the documentary on Rowland S. Howard: "He said the film should be [as much] about chronicling what was happening to him at the time as it was about recording the past." Read the full article here.

 

 

CINEFILE, 30 MARCH
Hugh Lilly previews the Showcase films and gets excited about Damsels in Distress, the design films, the music films and many more on his Cinefile blog. Read the full article here.

 

 

A FISTFUL OF CULTURE, 30 MARCH
Dominic Pink looks at three Showcase films in details: Our Idiot Brother, Alois Nebel, and Under African Skies. Check out the blog here to find out how many 'fists' he awarded each film.

 

 

SARAH WATT BLOGS, 30 MARCH
Sarah's picks from the Showcase are repoduced on her blog Lina Llamont. "This annual selection of top-class international films kicks off in Auckland on 29th March before snaking its way south to end in Christchurch on 9th May. Once again, the team who programme our superb International Film Festival each winter have picked out a choice few to whet our appetites as autumn draws in." check it out here.

 

 

ONFILM REVIEWS NZ FILMS SCREENING IN THE SHOWCASE, 30 MARCH
Helen Martin reviews Te Hono ki Aotearoa:
"Thanks to the tireless efforts of Jan Bieringa and her enthusiastic crew we too share the privilege, albeit vicariously, of being “allowed in” as we watch the evolution of the exchange from inspired conception to emotional delivery." Read the full review here.

Helen Martin reviews Mental Notes: "Mental Notes (great title!) traverses similar territory, but in this version the horror stories of the historical iniquities in New Zealand’s mental health system are beautifully and movingly told by five articulate survivors." Read the full review here.

 

 

KIWI FM'S WAMMO TALKS TO JAN BIERINGA, 30 MARCH
Glenn Williams talks to director Jan Bieringa about capturing the making of waka for a museum in Holland in her film Te Hono Ki Aotearoa. View the video here.

 

 

KIWI FM'S WAMMO TALKS TO JIM MARBROOK, 29 MARCH
Glenn Williams talks to director Jim Marbrook about the deliciate subject of mental health and his approach for Mental Notes. Video the video here.

 

 

VIEW AUCKLAND SHOWCASES THE SHOWCASE
View Auckland profile the Showcase line-up here.
Lewis Bostock will be blogging about his Showcase experience throughout the event. Check out his first posting from opening night here.

 

 

NZ HERALD.CO.NZ's DOMINIC CORRY'S TOP PICKS
"Thank God for the World Cinema Showcase, kicking off this Thursday in Auckland and heading to Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch throughout April." Dominic picks Beats, Rhymes & Life along with Margaret and the Woody Allen documentary as his picks for the line-up. Read the full article here.

 

 

AUCKLAND WHAT'S ON: BRIDGET JONES' PICKS FROM THE SHOWCASE LINE-UP
"If there is one upside of the uncertain autumn weather, then it has to be the fact it is also the season of film festivals." Bridget picks her three must-see titles. Read the full article here.

 

 

SARAH WATT, SUNDAY STAR TIMES, PICKS HER SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS, 25 MARCH
SST CULTURE COVER
"In this annual boutique selection of top-class international films, there's something for everyone."
On The Deep Blue Sea, "[It] boasts a stunning central performance from Rachel Weisz as a woman caught between her husband and her lover."
On Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, "Nothing short of gripping and exhilarating, it is a must-see for anyone interested in criminal justice, regardless of whether they know the case or have seen the previous films."
On Beats, Rhymes & Life "It's a fascinating tale of birth, life and attempted death of a hip-hop group that many say forged the path for all hip-hop to come, and it's as entertaining as it is informative."
On Margaret "A film six years in the waiting, guaranteed to provoke your emotions as much as your thoughts."


 
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO ASK ABOUT WOODY ALLEN, 24 MARCH
NZ Listener Arts Editor Guy Somerset has a fruitful discussion with Robert B.Weide, director of the Woody Allen: A Documentary. Read the full extended interview online here. More about the film is available here.
 

PETER CALDER INTERVIEWS PARADISE LOST DIRECTOR, 24 MARCH
NZ Herald Film Critic Peter Calder talks to director Joe Berlinger about his role in freeing the 'West Memphis Three'. Read the article online here. More about Paradise Lost 3 is available here.

 

 
FLICKS TRAILER SPECIAL GOES LIVE, 22 MARCH
The team at Flicks.co.nz have once again pulled together an impressive array of trailers for the films screening in the Showcase. Check out the full listing of trailers here.
 
ONFILM PROFILES MENTAL NOTES, 20 MARCH
The March edition of OnFilm director Jim Marbrook discusses the making of Mental Notes.
 
AUTOLUMINESCENT MUST SEE FOR MUSIC FANS, 15 MARCH
A Fistful of Culture blogger Dominic Pink looks at the career of Rowland S. Howard as excitement builds for the Showcase screenings of documentary Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard.
Under the Radar
profiles Rowland S. Howard ahead of the screenings.

 
NZ DOCUMENTARY OPENS CINEMA SHOWCASE, 15 MARCH
John Daly-Peoples looks at the NZ films Te Hono ki Aotearoa and Mental Notes, which will have world premieres at the Showcase. Read the article here.

 

TVNZ.co.nz PREVIEW OF THE WORLD CINEMA SHOWCASE, 15 MARCH
Darren Bevan looks at a selection of films playing the Showcase. THIS IS NOT A FILM gets his seal of approval "Freedom of expression has never been so important - and by putting a face on it, it's never been so watchable." Read the full preview here.

 

 
KIWI FM: BILL GOSDEN CHATS WITH RADIO WAMMO ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHTS, 9 MARCH

Glenn Williams (Radio Wammo), chats to Festival Director Bill Gosden about treats in the Showcase programme released today. Check out the radio-video here.

 

DARREN'S WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS ABOUT THE SHOWCASE, 9 MARCH

Darren previews several titles in the Showcase. "The World Cinema Showcase is always full of surprises, quality releases and films which are worth your time and hard earned money." Check out his blog here.

 

 

EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER IN SUNDAY MAGAZINE, 5 MARCH

Did you see Charles & Ray Eames in the March 5th edition of SUNDAY magazine? For full film information, including screening times click here. Click here for the PDF page.

EAMES

 

 

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