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Releasing EXCLUSIVELY with Academy Cinemas August 4th. Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

Handsomely shot for the giant screen, this story of feuding brothers in a remote valley in Iceland begins as an oddball comedy about sheep farming and grows into a moving tale about a priceless rural heritage under threat. Releasing at Academy Cinemas August 4th. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton's Film Festival, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. In a secluded valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi's sheep, all the animals in the area are culled to contain the outbreak, with many farmers abandoning their land. But the brothers don't give up so easily-and each tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, they will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations-and themselves-from extinction.

Release August 18th at Academy Cinemas. While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry and Gail, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent.

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.

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE Playing: JUL 28 THU 11:00 AM Academy Cinema JUL 31 SUN 1:15 PM Academy Cinema

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE Luit Bieringa will be in attendance for all screenings Under the leadership of a legendary director general of education, Clarence Beeby, the years immediately after World War II saw the most remarkable shifts in educational philosophy New Zealand had ever experienced. Luit Bieringa’s documentary traces those changes and the army of men and women who worked to establish a thoroughly bicultural and arts-centred education system. Gordon Tovey, national supervisor of arts and crafts, and his team of artists and art specialists fostered the lively and colourful classrooms that New Zealand is familiar with today, in stark contrast to the rote-learning environments preceding them. Contributing art specialists included Cliff Whiting, Para Matchitt and Ralph Hotere. Critically, they ensured that aspects of Maori art such as kowhaiwhai, kapa haka and waiata had a central place in our mainstream classrooms through in-depth consultation with Ngati Porou kaumatua Pine Taiapa. Replete with archival interviews and little-seen footage, this film is likely to transport any Kiwi-educated boomer back to school, but its richly storied excavation of the past is as clearly pointed towards the future as once were its public-servant heroes. Playing: JUL 28 THU 3:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 29 FRI 6:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 30 SAT 12:30 PM Academy Cinema

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones will be in attendance for all screenings If our PM or the relevant public servants feel truly comfortable about New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, it doesn’t show when they are seen explaining it, defending it, or downright refusing to talk about it in this documentary. The disavowals we see are a matter of public record, but filmmakers Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones (Operation 8) embed those TV interviews, parliamentary declamations and media ops in a concise history of New Zealand’s post war dependency on the United States. For lucid, more confidently-held commentary, the filmmakers turn to inveterate watchdogs such as Nicky Hager, Jane Kelsey, Murray Horton and Paul Buchanan, but evolve a position of their own through the accumulation and agile juxtaposition of some very telling material. They also thread an unlikely tale of protest through this scenario, following the actions of the three earnest bumblers who, against all odds, successfully damaged the Waihopai spy station in 2008. A priest, a subsistence farmer and a teacher, they acted out of Christian conviction, claiming Five Eyes implicated New Zealanders in the murder of children in Iraq. When they ran that argument in court, the jury acquitted them. No Crown witness was summoned to contradict them. When the GCSB has been so often in the news, with Kim Dotcom frequently in tow, there’s likely to be an audience, less heroic perhaps, that’s simply grateful to this film for providing a blow-by-blow account of the GCSB’s misadventures – and their expanding powers to make suspects of all of us. Playing: JUL 28 THU 6:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 29 FRI 3:00 PM Academy Cinema JUL 30 SAT 3:15 PM Academy Cinema

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE Some enchanted evening… you may find romance across a crowded Paris sex dungeon. A wild night of lightning attraction and its uncertain consequences begins exactly there when Théo, an infrequent visitor to sex clubs, first spies Hugo pounding the flesh in an orgy room. Spellbound, he manoeuvres his way through the melee into Hugo’s arms, until all others fall away and the two of them are hungrily entwined. That takes them from 4.27 am until 4.47 am. For the post-coital 82 minutes of the film’s simulation of real time, the pair weave their way through deserted Paris streets for a bumpy, but exhilarating night of mutual enquiry and discovery. Filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Drôle de Félix) inflect a seductive vision of the City of Light with the wariness of two young men electrified by desire but not at all certain that belonging together is a concept that suits either of them. Proving that explicit sex on screen is no obstacle to interstellar chemistry, actors Geoffrey Couët and François Nambot bring every moment of their evolving rapport to life, with or without their clothes on. Playing: JUL 28 THU 9:15 PM Academy Cinema

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer who’s worked on some of the most notable documentaries of the past 20 years: Fahrenheit 9/11, The Two Towns of Jasper, Very Semi-Serious, Citizenfour and many more. Drawing on footage she’s shot for countless other directors, she’s assembled in Cameraperson a unique memoir of the images she says have most marked her. Her selection of personal encounters in some of the world’s most sorely troubled locations may initially seem random – until the absence of narrative purpose draws us into another level of enquiry about what we are witnessing and how it is marked by the cameraperson. Johnson’s inclusion of her own home movie footage makes us intensely aware that the eye that watches as ostensibly untended children in Bosnia play with an axe is the same eye that falls on her own darling twins. By the time we see several scenarios fully played out, the invisible cameraperson feels like someone we’re beginning to know. It may not be possible to watch this fascinating, beautifully layered film without thinking hard about the power and the limitations of the camera – or the documentary medium itself – as an instrument of compassion. Playing: JUL 29 FRI 11:00 AM Academy Cinema JUL 30 SAT 6:15 PM Academy Cinema

Printed programs are available at our box office. Tickets are on sale now through the official NZIFF WEBSITE and at the Civic Theatre Box Office. Below are the session times for Academy Cinemas only. To see the full Auckland Program and Schedule please see the official NZIFF WEBSITE For individual short film details and synopses please follow the link: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2016/auckland/spectral-visions/ These five new short films from New Zealand artists and filmmakers uncover hidden meanings lying in plain sight, revealing the otherworldly within locations both exotic and mundane. Playing: JUL 31 SUN 3:45 PM Academy Cinema