The very best of cinematic theatre returns to Auckland this July – 9 years after the consolidation of several separate film festivals became the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2009. Running from 19 July to 12 August, this year’s selection is arguably one of the festival’s best.
Several of the films will screened at Rialto Cinemas, 167 Broadway, Newmarket and if you haven’t bought tickets yet, then we highly recommend you do so asap as it is several of the highly anticipated films often sell out.
With over 155 films being shown around the country, our Rialto Newmarket picks are:
- Rumoured Oscar-contender Capharnaüm – about a runaway boy who sues his parents for bringing him into the world in this sprawling tale of against-the-odds resilience.
- The Wild Pear Tree – Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest follows a would-be writer’s reluctant return to his small-town fold, spinning an extensive series of encounters into a typically rich, wry, melancholic mood-piece.
- Science Fair – Festival Favourite Award winner at Sundance, this immensely engaging documentary shares the lively personalities and inspiring projects of nine teenage scientists as they converge at a major international competition in LA. Recommended for audiences 10+
- Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library – Standing in for libraries everywhere, the magnificent New York Public Library is explored and extolled in the great Frederick Wiseman’s latest ode to the importance of essential institutions in politically tumultuous times.
- McKellen: Playing the Part – In this illuminating documentary portrait, Sir Ian McKellen looks back at the six decades of his glittering career, from his early success on UK stages through to his towering performances in film.
- Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect – “Half biopic, half career showcase, Mark Noonan’s Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect examines the life and work of its titular Pritzker Prize-winning architect.” — Luke Maxwell, Dublin Inquirer
- The Kindergarten Teacher – Maggie Gyllenhaal is riveting as a teacher and aspiring poet thrown off kilter by the conviction that only she can guard and nurture the lyric talent of a gifted five-year-old student.