Coming Soon to Academy Cinemas

Singular sci-fi weirdness that could only have been made in the ‘70s, The Man Who Fell to Earth gets better and better with age. Continuing Nicolas Roeg’s amazing early run of visionary masterworks (Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now), this multilayered, highly resonant art pic stars the otherworldly, inimitable David Bowie as a space alien-turned-industrialist seeking water for his dying planet. An entrancing, unusual film, tackling meaty themes of identity, alienation, capitalist malfeasance and media saturation, and filled with poetic, atmospheric images best experienced on the big screen.

Widely considered one of the greatest and most unusual of the genre, Robert Aldrich’s late-cycle nuclear age film noir is hardboiled pulp infused with the unsettling tone of a horror nightmare. A key influence on filmmakers such as David Lynch, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, KISS ME DEADLY is the definitive version of Mickey Spillane’s private eye character Mike Hammer, played here with thuggish amoral magnetism by Ralph Meeker. Dark, ultra-stylish, thrillingly surreal, with a truly mind-blowing finale.

Releasing in October. Six competitive men (Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis) play a series of bizarre games while sailing on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea.

Releasing September 29th at Academy. Documentarian Andrew Rossi chronicles the creation of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, 'China: Through The Looking Glass'. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

Opening in October. When an emotionally neglected woman and her best friend go on an impromptu road trip, their bond deepens and intensifies until an abrupt farewell separates them.

Releasing 6th October exclusively at Academy Cinemas. Ohad Naharin is one of the most prominent, innovative and productive choreographers in the world. The film follows Naharin between Japan, Holland, Sweden and Israel - through the uncompromising work with dancers and draws a unique portrait of the 60-year old artist at the most critical point of his personal life.

Releasing October 13th at Academy. Delivered with muscularity and verve, Pablo Trapero’s 80s true crime drama unravels the exploits of a well-connected Buenos Aires businessman and his rugby-star son and their ruthless kidnapping and ransom operation. In Argentina everybody knows about the Puccio Clan case. In 1985 it was discovered that a spate of kidnappings and murders had been the work of the Puccios, a well-established Catholic family with five children from San Isidro, a high-class suburb of Buenos Aires. They had held the hostages in their basement, then, after the ransoms had been paid, murdered them. Mamá Puccio and the daughters were allegedly oblivious, but the sons were up to their necks, none more so than golden-haired national rugby star Alejandro (Peter Lanzani), used as bait to attract victims by the controlling paterfamilias. It is through the conflicted eyes of young Alejandro that the story unravels in Pablo Trapero’s fearsomely compulsive film. “Guillermo [The Secret of Their Eyes] Francella’s performance as Arquímedes Puccio… is one of the damnedest things you’ll ever see… Few actors have made evil so insidiously accessible.” — Michael Sragow, Film Comment “Trapero stages the kidnapping set pieces with stirring dispatch, amping up the action with a bold, ironic, propulsive use of such pop tunes as the Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and David Lee Roth’s ‘Just a Gigolo’… Despite the mayhem and Puccio’s inevitable downward spiral, the heart of the film remains the strained dynamic between Arquímedes and Alejandro: a monstrous father demanding loyalty and obedience at all costs from the prized son… Francella and Lanzani are excellent… throughout this nervy and provocative picture.” — Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Louis Theroux hits the big screen in his first feature documentary, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire). Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down. Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige. Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE proves that what people do in the name of religion can be truly stranger than fiction.

From the mind behind EVANGELION - the King of Monsters receives a terrifying resurgence for a new generation. It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes. SHIN GODZILLA stomps on NZ Cinemas October 20th

Opening November 24th. Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

Releasing 13th of October at Academy Cinemas. “Infused with autobiographical elements, Babak Anvari’s debut feature is a terrifying allegory of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, a now often overlooked conflict that shaped much of this London-based Iranian filmmaker’s early childhood. A constantly shifting expressionistic nightmare, Under the Shadow centers upon Shideh (Narges Rashidi), a frustrated mother unable to fulfill her career aspirations because of her former political activism. When her doctor husband is drafted, Shideh is left alone with her daughter Dorsa and must protect her from supernatural phenomena brought upon their Tehran apartment by a missile attack. At first skeptical of ghost stories, Shideh slowly realizes that her home is haunted and gets sucked into a web of paranoia wherein malevolent djinn mess with her mind. Like any insightful work of horror, Anvari’s film leaves it to the viewer to decide whether the supernatural threat is a shared reality or no more than a psychosomatic symptom – a harrowing projection of the protagonist’s deranged psyche.” — Yonca Talu, Film Comment

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing. Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing lifesized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off… With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum. This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse; adapted by Simon Stephens, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris, (Everyman, London Road).

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Thursday, 13 October, 8:30pm Sunday, 16 October, 6:15pm Rather than spend Christmas with her unstable mother and angry father, sixteenyear-old Alex takes a rash decision that lands her in a psychiatric unit with three other emotionally troubled teenagers. Free to leave but with nowhere to go, she must learn to live with the others and with the unorthodox therapy techniques of their psychiatrist Dr Wolff. This coming-of-age drama stands out for its sharp script and confi dent handling of serious issues, giving us scenes of warm humour alongside anger and pain. As the teenagers discover common ground, 4 Kings offers hope without false optimism or sentimentality.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Saturday, 15 October, 6:15pm A couple’s joy at expecting their second child turns to anguish in this hard-hitting drama. We fi rst meet Astrid on the set of her standup comedy show where she is announcing her pregnancy to the studio audience. She and her partner Kurt are confi dent that they can handle anything, but their next appointment at the antenatal clinic reveals a ninety-eight-percent chance that their child has Down syndrome. Later they learn that the baby will also require multiple surgeries for a heart condition. At six months pregnant, Astrid must choose whether to go ahead or have a late-term abortion. This fi lm looks unfl inchingly at her moral dilemma, offering a powerful portrait of a woman confronted with a terrible decision.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing:Tuesday, 11 October, 8:30pm Thomas is an ordinary guy who prefers not to face up to his problems. Rather than acknowledge the steady breakdown of his marriage and the downward slide of his career, he sets off happily on a ski holiday with his wife, teenage daughter and his boss’s daughter. When one of the girls entrusts him with a terrible secret, Thomas has the choice of facing up to the situation or pretending everything is fi ne. How far will he go to preserve the illusion of harmony? In this compelling drama, a man commits perjury and worse in an effort to avoid the truth.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Monday, 10 October, 8:30pm Friday, 14 October, 6:15pm Hoping to distract herself from heartbreak at home, young German woman Marie travels to Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster and joins a charity circus group. Still immersed in her own problems and now panicked by the wreckage around her, she is not up to the job of distracting others from their grief. Just as she is on the point of leaving, she meets elderly geisha Satomi who is rebuilding her home in the radioactive zone. The two women form a tentative friendship as Marie is drawn out of her selfabsorption by the ghosts of Satomi’s past. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, Doris Dörrie’s acclaimed new film moves fluently between human drama and catastrophe, with superbly judged performances from the two leads.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Wednesday, 12 October, 12:30pm Sunday, 16 October, 3:30pm A huge hit with audiences and critics, this new adaptation puts the mud back into the Alpine pastures of Johanna Spyri’s classic novel. Our heroine Heidi is sent to live with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the mountains of Switzerland after the death of her parents. Her world is turned upsidedown again when her aunt dispatches her to Frankfurt to become a paid companion to Klara who uses a wheelchair. Of course everything works out splendidly in the end, but director Alain Gsponer allows us to see the hardships of nineteenth-century life as well as the magically invigorating properties of mountains and fresh air.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Friday, 14 October, 8:30pm Unscrupulous journalist Sebastian Zöllner is planning the next big step in his career: a biography of the once-famous ‘blind artist’ Manuel Kaminski. He has no qualms about intruding into the ageing painter’s home, life and past, unceremoniously taking him on a journey to reunite him with a lost lover – the anticipated highlight of the book. But is the young biographer or his subject really in charge of the plot? A hugely entertaining trip through life and art starring Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin) as the egocentric journalist and Jesper Christensen (007 – Quantum of Solace) as the elusive Kaminski.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Thursday, 13 October, 6:15pm First things fi rst. This is a documentary about order and organisation – about fi nding patterns, principles and logic. The world around us is full of information waiting to be catalogued and decoded. Landscapes need to be mapped, households categorised, parking habits investigated, and tortoise shells demystifi ed. From scientifi c researchers to amateur statisticians, the people in this fi lm are on a quest to make sense of their segment of reality. Is their search for order admirable, dangerous or amusing? The fi lmmakers step back and allow the viewer to decide.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Wednesday, 12 October, 6:15pm One day everything changes for supermarket cashier Gabi Kovanda. There is someone new in her life: God. No one else notices his sudden appearance, but her life is transformed. His voice intrudes on her thoughts and forces her out of her routine - much to her annoyance and the consternation of her husband. The comedy and wonder of the unwelcome encounter are captured through realistic narrative and God’s-eye camera angles. Who will triumph: Gabi or God? A visually arresting and warmhearted feature from director Karl Markovics, who fi rst came to attention as an actor (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Counterfeiters).

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing:Saturday, 15 October, 8:30pm Twelve years after the end of the Second World War, lawyer Fritz Bauer receives a letter tipping him off about the whereabouts of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. Apparently Eichmann, who escaped capture in 1945, has been spotted in Buenos Aires. Bauer is personally and professionally committed to tracking him down, but powerful members of the new West German establishment are more interested in blocking his efforts. Who else will be incriminated if Eichmann is put on trial? This legal thriller brings to life the political tensions of the postwar era and pays tribute to the historical Fritz Bauer who committed an act of treason in order to bring Eichmann to justice.

Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Tuesday, 11 October, 6:15pm A young man returns to an ancient way of life in this contemplative documentary about a family farm high in the mountains of Austria. The Werners have been working the land for over four centuries. The last of their line is Heinz who has been running the farm single-handedly for most of his adult life. Now in his eighties, he is on the lookout for a successor and settles on Johannes Gastl. The twenty-two-year-old learns how to forge a scythe, reap the grain and mill his own fl our, becoming heir to the farm and to knowledge that has passed down through generations

It’s not easy to scare or shock with a short film. We don’t get creeped out very easily. If you’re up for a fright or enjoy being sunk into a sinister world created from the imagination of top filmmakers, this is the place. These short films are darkly impressive, tapping into our fears both real and imagined. Estimated total run time: 88 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. NO CALLER I.D. Horror, 9 mins, NZ (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Guy Pigden Prod: Harley Neville A young woman receives a mysterious call in the night. After several strange events, she realises that she is not alone and that she may be in grave danger. WANDERING SOUL Horror, 13 mins, Australia (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Josh Tanner Writ/Prod: Jade van der Lei A Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War finds himself haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade after the burial ceremony is compromised. SHEEP, DOG & WOLF – BREATHE Music video, 6 mins, NZ Dir: THUNDERLIPS Prod: Anna Duckworth, Meredith Rehburg, Mickey Finis, Alix Whittaker The oppressive feeling of not being able to breathe is captured in this visually engaging music video. UNFAITHFUL Thriller, 7 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Lucy Timmins All he wants is forgiveness from his girlfriend, but there are some things you can never come back from. KNOT Drama, 12 mins, NZ/Australia (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Niamh Peren In the sweeping rural landscape of Central Otago, a group of teenagers on a hunting trip turn violent. FABRICATED Sci-fi , 20 mins, USA (World premiere) Dir: Brett Foxwell This ambitious stop-motion animated short film, ten years in the making, is a journey through a darkly fantastic alien world which was once our own. FEEDER Horror, 17 mins, NZ Dir: Christain Rivers Writ: Guy McDouall Prod: Mhairead Connor A songwriter must decide what lines he’s willing to cross when a dark entity starts providing him with inspiration in exchange for an ever-increasing price. SHMEAT Animation, 6 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Matasila Freshwater Prod: Thomas Coppell In a dystopic New Zealand future, the struggle for food and resources inspires a peculiar scientist to venture into the night and procure a new food source.

Romantic love breeds rich and complex emotions, perfect subject matter for short film makers to mine. This compilation of tiny but powerful stories, touching on love in many forms, will tug your heartstrings. There’s young love, unrequited love, searching for love, heartbreak, love making, and the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. Estimated total run time: 96 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. BIG BIRD Rom-com, 10 mins, Ireland (NZ premiere) Dir: Jan Boon Writ: Derek O’Connor Prod: Declan Lynch Two underdogs are looking for love and they might just have found it. TOPSY AND DAVE Documentary, 9 mins, NZ Dir: Kirsty Griffin, Vivienne Kernick Prod: Bella Pacific Media Love, patience, understanding and support are the cornerstone of any successful marriage. That’s never more obvious than in this documentary where we meet Topsy and Dave, residents of ‘The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust’ who are preparing for their big day. NKOSI COIFFURE Drama, 14 mins, Belgium (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Frederike Migom Prod: Jules Debrock During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ. EIGHT YEARS LATER Drama, 15 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Andrew R. Blackman Eight years after Marc rejected the birth of his daughter resulting from a one-night stand, he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for in a relationship. A dramatisation of anecdotes by the real-life Marc. LOVE ON THE TOP Drama, 18 mins, Slovenia (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Jan Cvitkovic Prod: Miha Cernec A vivacious 80-year-old couple have been together for what has virtually been their whole life. They live in a modest little house with an idyllic old-fashioned rural atmosphere. Or do they? LARZRANDA – LIFEGUARD Music video, 4 mins, NZ Dir: THUNDERLIPS Prod: Anna Duckworth, Tammy Brenstrum A lifeguard at a country club for teens executes a daring plan to win the heart of a patron he admires in this energetic and fun music video. VICTOR XX Drama, 20 mins, Spain (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Ian Garrido A young woman is experimenting with her gender by picking up a woman as a man, while her girlfriend waits at home. MIXTEIP – THE GREATEST TAPE EVER TOLD Music, 7 mins, Finland (NZ premiere) Dir: Teemu Åke Writ: Susanna Åke Prod: Meri-Ellen Pystynen Nothing stimulates memories like music. This is a story of heartbreak and nostalgia told through the eyes of a cassette tape trying to reunite two ex-lovers.

mbrace your inner child with this family-friendly selection of short films, featuring some of the top animation from Aotearoa and around the world. Meet a pint-sized inventor, a fastidious reindeer, a submarine captain left high and dry, and an entrepreneurial boy starting his own business making bow ties. Estimated total run time: 74 minutes. Most appropriate for children 8+ years. This session is also available for school-group bookings. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. KITTEN WITCH Fantasy, 9 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: James Cunningham Prod: Oliver Hilbert A young kitten wants to be a witch’s familiar and must pass a test or she will forever be just a simple cat. But the witch sees something in the kitten she does not expect. HEY DEER! Animation, 7 mins, Hungary (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Örs Bárczy Each day an adorable deer eagerly tidies his house and shovels the snow from in front of his door. Each night there is a suspicious earthquake which causes the mess and snow to fall once more. LITTERBUGS Adventure, 15 mins, UK (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Peter Stanley-Ward Writ: Natalie Conway Prod: Nicole Carmen-Davis, Chris Musselwhite Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship. PERCHED Animation, 10 mins, UK (NZ premiere) Dir: Liam Harris Writ: Nathaniel Price, Eoin Doran Prod: Elina Litvinova Hamish Fint is a crotchety old man used to a life of seclusion inside his submarine balanced precariously atop a mountain. He struggles to maintain equilibrium when an unwelcome visiting seagull rocks his world. LADI6 – BEFFY Music Video , 4 mins, NZ Dir: Parallel Teeth A colourful adventure following a rhythmic tale of friendship. MO CAN TIE A BOW Documentary, 15 mins, Germany (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: André Hörmann Prod: Max Milhahn, Heike Kunze Mo is an 11yr-old boy with big dreams. He has set up a successful small business making and selling bow-ties. He learned this craft from his grandmother Arlene. FULFILAMENT Animation, 8 mins, UK (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Rhiannon Evans Writ: Joe Murtagh Prod: Alexandra Breede This delightful animation follows a little lightbulb on a journey to find his place and his purpose in the world. SPRING JAM Animation, 6 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Ned Wenlock Prod: Georgiana Plaister A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, knows he needs to improvise sweet music if he’s to have any chance during the mating season.

The characters in these short films are all hiding something. Featuring a sordid night out, a thirst for vengeance, guilt, loneliness, sexual indiscretion, rock ‘n’ roll and a heist gone wrong. The suppression or revelation of their secrets will play out to deliver high drama, action, comedy and surprises. To what lengths will they go to hide or uncover the truth? Are the rumours true? Estimated total run time: 98 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. THE EVENT Comedy, 10 mins, NZ Dir: Eddy Fifield Writ: Dominic Hoey Prod: Hazel Gibson Set in Auckland’s infamous K R’d, the morning after. Seff is trying to find his keys while battling a vicious hangover and a sordid rumour. LONG TIME COMING Drama, 12 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Tom Augustine Prod: Puteri Raja Ariff, Rebekah Ngatae, Sarah Hall When Alice’s friend is the victim of a disturbing crime, she seeks help getting revenge as she grapples with grief and anger. BREAK IN THE WEATHER Drama, 16 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Aidee Walker Prod: Alexander Gandar Jamie unexpectedly finds herself being the live-in nurse for the person she despises most – her father. Can the pop hits of the 90s help her overcome the betrayal from her past? FRACT Drama, 14 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Georgina Bloomfield Prod: Dave Mark A teenage outcast discovers the cast on her broken arm can be a way to make new friends. WAIT Drama, 14 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Yamin Tun Prod: Vicky Pope, Daniel Higgins This award winning short film tells the story of a Chinese migrant family in 1980s New Zealand that is at the point of breaking apart. LOVE IS BLIND Comedy, 7 mins, UK (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Dan Hodgson Prod: Elizabeth Brown When Alice’s husband James returns home early to try and fix their marriage, Alice is in the arms of a her lover. A comedic quest begins as she attempts the reconciliation while simultaneously negotiating the lover’s escape. HOMEBODIES Comedy, 13 mins, Australia (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Yianni Warnock Prod: Charles Williams Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Meanwhile her husband Andrew takes a bath wrapped in Christmas lights. A hilarious and shocking tale of two lost souls looking for solace in the wrong places. SHOUT AT THE GROUND Comedy, 11 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Joe Lonie Prod: Leela Menon, Robin Scholes Trapped in a speeding van, a Kiwi rock band succumb to travel sickness while deconstructing the heist that robbed them of an entire weekend’s door take.

An old Maori proverb asks: He aha te mea nui o te ao? (What is the most important thing in the world?) He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. (It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.) This selection of short films brings together interesting people from Aotearoa and abroad. We meet Kiwis Anna, Stevo, Chelsea Jade and a group of flatmates re-shuffling their living arrangements. Journey from the snowy mountains of Kyrgyzstan, via an animated train, through war-torn landscapes, to a bathtub in Germany where three brothers are comically re-united. Estimated total run time: 96 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. CHELSEA JADE – LOW BROW Music video, 4 mins, NZ Dir: Alexander Gandar Prod: Billie Ruck A bold rendition of Chelsea Jade’s pop banger ‘Low Brow’ performed by the artist with her unique visual style and presence. STEVO Documentary, 15 mins, NZ Dir/Prod: Heather Hayward Prod: Lesley Parker, Michelle Savill Stevo lives his life between Wellington city where he works as a security guard, and his home in the Urewera forests. He bridges the two worlds with the help of traditional Maori trade and barter. SEIDE Drama, 14 mins, Kyrgyzstan (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Elnura Osmonalieva Prod: Charlotte Rabate The breathtaking beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s snowy mountains are only just eclipsed by the powerful performances in this gentle tale of a girl forced into an arranged marriage. HOME Drama, 20 mins, Kosovo (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Daniel Mulloy Prod: Chris Watling, Scott O’Donnell, Tim Nash, Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti As thousands of refugees attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday… MOVING Drama, 12 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Leon Wadham, Eli Kent Prod: Molly O’Shea, Ruby Reihana-Wilson In the wake of a painful break-up a group of friends band together to help the former couple move out of their old room. ANNA Drama, 9 mins, NZ (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Harriett Maire Prod: Phoebe Jeurissen Anna is a young woman on the Autism spectrum. When someone takes her seat on the bus, she must cope with this unexpected change in her routine. UNE TETE DISPARAIT (THE HEAD VANISHES) Animation, 10 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Franck Dion Prod: Richard Van Den Boom, Julie Roy Jacqueline is an elderly woman who has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, she has decided to take a train trip to the seaside by herself. DIE BADEWANNE (THE BATHTUB) Comedy, 13 mins, Germany (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Tim Ellrich Writ: Dominik Huber Three brothers try to dive back into their idealised past through an old family picture of them in a bathtub.

Our feelings about the word homeland have a special charge. It’s more than where we live, but a part of us we carry around, shaping who we are. So when we’re homesick, we can feel a physical pain or emptiness. The characters in these short films are all very different: astronauts, explorers, a shepherd, a mother, and a lovesick coffee table. Some of them are far from home, others are trying to create or maintain one, or get back to theirs. The thing they have in common is a deep yearning for the warm hearth of their homeland. Estimated total run time: 95 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. CRADLE watch trailer Sci-fi, 16 mins, NZ Dir: Damon Duncan Writ: Hugh Calveley Prod: Luke Robinson Eade is a 14yr-old girl returning to Earth on the spaceship Cradle when an explosion cripples the spacecraft and injures her dad. She must try to outwit the computer that refuses to perform the operation needed to save his life. ZERO M2 watch trailer Drama, 19 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Matthieu Landour Writ: Nicolas Bovorasmy Prod: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, Laurent Baujard After a series of unsuccessful flat-hunts in Paris, Paul finally moves into a nice affordable studio. He soon notices something amiss with his neighbours´strange behaviours and dubious noises during the night. HA THE UNCLEAR – SECRET LIVES OF FURNITURE Music video, 4 mins, NZ Dir: Simon Oliver Prod: Sadie Wilson An entire lounge of furniture comes to life in this inventive music video about a coffee table infatuated with its owner. IN THE DISTANCE watch trailer Drama, 8 mins, Germany (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Florian Grolig It’s calm and peaceful above the clouds in this serene animation observing a man living isolated at the top of a tall building. But in the distance is war, and night by night the chaos advances. PARVANEHA (BUTTERFLIES) watch trailer Drama, 3 mins, Iran (world premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Adnan Zandi Any mother can relate to this short story of an Iranian woman searching for somewhere private to feed her hungry baby. 9 CHEMIN DES GAUCHOIRS watch trailer Animation, 13 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Lyonel Charmette Prod: Jean-François Sarazin A shepherd follows a wayward goat onto a mysterious cable car, where each carriage has been converted into an elaborate room from a house. Where are the owners? ICARUS watch trailer Sci-fi, 20 mins, USA (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Tom Teller Writ: Andrew Guastaferro Prod: Michelle Evans When a Mars colony comms satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee-jerk decision to go after her.