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Frankfurt, 1958. Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling of Inglourious Basterds) is a young prosecutor trying to climb the ladder in a major law firm. Prompted by a tip from a reporter, he discovers that certain prominent institutions and branches of government are entangled in a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. Johann works obsessively alongside journalist Thomas Gnielka (André Szymanski) and Jewish concentration camp survivor Simon Kirsch (Johannes Krisch) to uncover the evidence linking thousands of SS soldiers — many of whom now have successful careers in the public service — to the atrocities committed at Auschwitz. As he becomes increasingly invested in his research, Johann begins to wonder if his own family history is as honourable as he once thought. Feature debut from Italian director Giulio Ricciarelli. Best Film, Actor, Screenplay and Score at the German Film Awards 2015.

Releases July 14th at Academy Cinemas. With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a handwritten letter, an elderly man with dementia seeks to right the wrongs of the past. Zev (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, Beginners) and his best friend Max (Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Ed Wood) make a pact to dedicate their remaining days to resolving business: tracking down and exacting revenge on the Nazi commandant responsible for killing their families during the war. As Zev is losing his memory to Alzheimer's and Max is too frail to leave the nursing home, Zev must embark upon the journey to find their former tormentor before it is too late. Also starring Jurgen Prochnow (Das Boot), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Remember is a compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge.

RELEASE DATE 26th MAY ~ Investigative Sundance documentary following New Zealand journalist David Farrier whose look into a bizarre and troubling world of competitive tickling takes him down a rabbit hole of abusive emails, law suits, and alternate agendas... Special Q & A Screening on Thursday 26th of May at 6pm with Producers David Farrier and Dulan Reeve. Tickets on sale now.

Antoine Rey looks for a special gift for his sister Melanie on her 40th birthday. He decides to surprise her with a trip to the French Island of Noirmoutier, where they spent many summers as children until their mother`s death. On the drive back to Paris, Melanie is seriously injured in a car accident...

He is a dedicated workaholic who lives and breathes his work. He prefers nothing more than silence. She is an accomplished pianist working on her big-break concert. To her, music and sound is everything. Separated only by a wall, things get interesting.

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 Pietro Marcello’s gorgeously strange ode to the immanence of past lives in neglected landscapes harbours more restless spirits than Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. The film’s origins in documentary render its elegiac lyricism especially potent. Marcello planned a portrait of one Tommaso Cestrone, self-appointed custodian of a derelict Bourbon castle in the southern region of Campania. Cestrone toiled there for free, with no institutional support, fending off vandalism and mafia. He’s a handsome and compellingly sombre subject, and Marcello’s seduction by his quixotic requisition of the past is palpable. A third of the film had been shot when Cestrone died suddenly from a heart attack. At that point Marcello makes a young water buffalo in Cestrone’s care his new subject. Giving the calf a voice (!), he reaches back into Italian folklore to summon a masked Pulcinella to accompany the forlorn, philosophical creature as it crosses the countryside in search of a new haven. Shot on 16mm film, Lost and Beautiful inhabits the romantic melancholy of 19th-century landscape painting, deeply laden with yearning for age-old connections. Playing: JUL 15 FRI 11:15 AM Academy Cinema JUL 27 WED 6:15 PM Academy Cinema

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother`s house in the city of Kamakura. They have lived together since their dad left home for another woman. They have lived together since their mum imitated her husband by running off with another man... Sachi, 29, the oldest Koda sister, a nurse at the local hospital, acts as a substitute mother to Yoshino, 22, and Chika, 19. One day, the threesome learns of the death of their ``traitor`` father and it is only halfheartedly that they go to his funeral. But in Yamagata something unexpected happens: they meet their half-sister Suzu, 13, there and immediately fall for the spell of this exquisite young creature. Sensing that Yoko, her father`s widow, will not be a fit guardian. Sachi invites Suzu to move to Kamakura home...

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 50 years Frederick Wiseman has documented the workings of diverse social institutions (Public Housing, NZIFF98) and, more recently, cultural establishments (La Danse, NZIFF09; National Gallery NZIFF14). Here he celebrates one of New York’s most ethnically and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. In Jackson Heights recent immigrants from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan rub shoulders with elderly residents of Jewish, Irish and Italian extraction. Stores sell baby goats, saris and Bollywood DVDs; others offer HIV testing, Tibetan food and classes for students of the Quran or would-be cabbies. The Jewish community centre hosts LGBT activists planning Pride celebrations, and support groups for survivors of terrifying border crossings. Almost all are alarmed by the gentrifying threat of a Business Improvement District Strategy and Wiseman attends closely to the complex dynamics of community meetings convened to oppose it. Playing: JUL 15 FRI 1:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 23 SAT 3:00 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 This riveting cinematic essay from legendary avant-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson is a punk meditation on love and death. The 68-year-old’s philosophical interrogation leads us through an intensely moving (yet not sentimental) journey beginning with the death of her piano-playing pet dog Lolabelle. Pondering safety and freedom, Anderson deftly glances off the terror of the American post-9/11 state and the construction of the US National Security Agency’s Data Center, then, two unprocessed childhood traumas later, lands us at the Buddhist concept of Bardo (the 49-day post-death period). Anderson’s mother is another major spectre in this story, while not mentioned but felt viscerally is the loss of her husband Lou Reed, who passed in 2013. Visually, it’s a mixed-media collage of her own animations and drawings, 8mm home movies, CCTV footage and static images. The imagery is as diverse as Anderson’s wide-ranging associative thought. Exquisitely compiled, the film is accompanied by a powerful, dense soundscape (composed by Anderson) and self-narrated in her gently measured, unique style. Playing: JUL 15 FRI 4:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 18 MON 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 23 SAT 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 Since the success of the Argentinian thriller The Secret in Their Eyes actor Ricardo Darín has gone from national hero to international star. This February he won Spain’s Oscar-equivalent, the Goya, for Best Actor for his beautifully layered performance in the Spanish drama Truman. The film itself, a warm, understated and frequently humorous tale of male friendship in the face of imminent mortality, in fact scooped the awards: Best Film, Director (Cesc Gay), Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Almodóvar favourite, Javier Cámara). Darín plays Julián, a stage actor diagnosed with terminal cancer, making the very most, as stylishly as possible, of the time left to him. Cámara is Tomás, a teacher who left Spain years ago to start a new life in Toronto. He returns to Madrid, unsure how he can best serve his old friend. The two men wander old haunts, recall the past, try putting right a few old wrongs, notably with Julián’s son, and most important of all, seek a new owner for his beloved bullmastiff, Truman. Their rapport brings out the best in both actors and finds ample gentle laughter in a very moving story. Playing: JUL 15 FRI 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 19 TUE 2:00 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 “A headstrong singer in an underground band pushes back against the strictures in her life in As I Open My Eyes, Leyla Bouzid’s impressive first feature. Set in Tunisia the summer before that country’s Jasmine Revolution, the drama follows 18-year-old Farah (Baya Medhaffer) as she chafes at her mother’s attempts to control her curfew, her academic future and the time she spends with her group. Farah lives for secret moments with her boyfriend, Borhène (Montassar Ayari), and their forays into the nightlife of Tunis… Bouzid’s depiction of Farah’s awakening and her mom’s mounting anxiety feels deeply rooted in female experience under a repressive regime. Newcomer Medhaffer sparkles as Farah, who is radiant onstage and at one point complains, ‘I’m sick of always having to be careful.’ Simultaneously intelligent, rebellious and naive, she’s articulate in the face of oppression without full awareness that the stakes are high – and that government-sanctioned cultural policing is real. Part mother-daughter relationship drama and part political statement, As I Open My Eyes offers a nuanced record of the simmering unrest that propelled Tunisians to overthrow their corrupt government and spark the Arab Spring.” — Erin Klenow, San Francisco International Film Festival Playing: JUL 15 FRI 8:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 16 SAT 8:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 19 TUE 4:15 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 Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) directs this fictionalised feature based on the story of Mohammed Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide sensation after winning the ‘Arab Idol’ competition in 2013. The Idol chronicles Mohammed’s remarkable rise from childhood in Gaza to acclaim as an international symbol of hope. Playing: JUL 16 SAT 11:45 AM Academy Cinema JUL 18 MON 2:30 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 You probably already know the story of the death of James Foley, the American journalist kidnapped in Syria, imprisoned then beheaded by ISIS in 2014. The video of his execution released by the killers became as ubiquitous an announcement in Western media as they had intended. Playing: JUL 16 SAT 1:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 25 MON 3:45 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 How can animals possibly become entitled to any rights under human law if they can’t represent their own interests in court? That’s where they need US animal rights attorney Steven Wise, founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project. It’s Wise’s firmly held position that cognitively complex, autonomously capable animals (e.g. chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, elephants) should be granted personhood rights that would protect them from abuse, be it scientific experiment or captivity in ‘inhumane’ conditions. Playing: JUL 16 SAT 4:00 PM Academy Cinema JUL 17 SUN 4:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 19 TUE 12:00 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 Two institutionalised women help themselves to a break from psychiatric care in this disarming blend of comedy, social observation and tender psychological drama. The latest film from Italy’s Paolo Virzì (Human Capital, NZIFF14), Like Crazy was one of the brightest surprises at Cannes this year. At Villa Biondi, a congenial Tuscan retreat for women in recovery, the aristocratic Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) queens it over staff and fellow patients alike. A voracious snoop and fantasist of the first order, she’s the most outrageously quick-witted liar any of them have ever met. When newcomer Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is admitted to the Villa, she’s in a pitiful state. Beatrice makes the wretched Donatella her project. She love-bombs the younger woman, dragging her out on a rather classy crime spree, assuming perhaps that her own fabulous self-entitlement will prove inspiring. Over the course of several crazy days they pay calls on some of the key contributors to their current plights. What we learn along the way fleshes out movingly realistic pictures of them both. A great script, two bewitching performances and a superb supporting cast earn our tears and our laughter in equal measure. Playing: JUL 16 SAT 6:00 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 Watching Sergei Loznitsa’s montage of newsreel film shot during the massive public rallies against the coup that attempted to roll back Perestroika in 1991, you can only wonder how these hopeful protesters have fared in the 25 years since. As the cameras of the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio scrutinise the faces gathered in the streets and squares of the city, we first see alarm and confusion. Media remains entrenched in the apparatus of state; news of the crisis in Moscow is hard to come by. Wild rumours fly, but as the nature of the ‘event’ becomes known we see thousands emboldened in their determination to see democratic principles prevail. Amongst the fresh ideals expressed by the many public speakers: that Russia will cease to be ‘big brother’ to the other states of the Federation and become a loving sister. With hindsight, the Kremlin’s aborted putsch can be seen as the Soviet Union’s last hurrah. But have the forces that opposed it been consigned just as readily to the past? Bearing a remarkable resemblance to his own documentation of Maïdan (NZIFF14), Loznitsa’s street-level immersion in an intensely vital moment of optimism invests history with potent emotion. Playing: JUL 17 SUN 11:15 AM Academy Cinema JUL 27 WED 12:45 PM Academy Cinema

For individual short film details and synopses please follow the link: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2016/auckland/girls-pov-nyicff-retrospective/ These six international short films come direct from the acclaimed New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) landmark programme, Girls’ POV – aimed at providing intelligent, diverse and compelling films that speak to the unique experience of girls. Each of the films presented feature a strong female lead, female director, or an issue faced by girls around the world. Their narratives, themes and genres vary, but all shine much-needed light on perspectives and experiences of young women. Now in its 20th year, NYICFF stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, provocative and compelling films for young people. — NM Playing: JUL 17 SUN 1:00 PM Academy Cinema JUL 21 THU 10:30 AM 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 Carlos Saura, a veteran chronicler of Latin music and dance, turns his attention to Argentina to record an all-star cavalcade of contemporary folklore performers. Largely filmed in a warehouse turned soundstage in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Saura’s film is simply intent on displaying exceptional dancers and musicians in action. Using a complex series of mirrors to capture the artists without impeding them, Saura creates some impressive visual choreography of his own. Performances of traditional Argentine folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino, not to mention archival tributes to Atahualpa Yupanqui and the great Mercedes Sosa, provide spine-tingling testimony to the vitality of the country’s rich cultural history. Playing: JUL 17 SUN 2:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 18 MON 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 Deserving of its exclamation mark, Mani Haghighi’s A Dragon Arrives! goes boldly where no other Iranian film has gone before. Shuffling between curious documentary testimony – from the interviewees, Haghighi’s family and the director himself – and crisply cinematic reenactments of an archaeological adventure in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this wildly entertaining puzzle box is also a great yarn on political and historical spin. In 1965, Hafizi (Amir Jadidi), a dashing secret policeman, undergoes an interrogation after the prime minister’s assassination, while in flashbacks he investigates the death of an exiled prisoner in a vast desert valley. Aided by a hippy sound engineer and a geologist who tastes rocks, Hafizi uncovers more than one mystery throughout the shaggy-dog story, itself an exquisite corpse on the slippery nature of truth, myth and imagination. Energetically scored and visualised as a widescreen Hollywood epic while paying homage to Iranian new wave cinema, A Dragon Arrives! might just be Iran’s first legitimate big-screen genre movie. — Tim Wong Playing: JUL 21 THU 4:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 27 WED 8:15 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/international-programme-4-handmade-animation/ Despite the digitised mediascape that immerses us, many independent animators still realise their visions in paint, clay and sand, or by moving objects and manipulating puppets. Many of the 4,300 submissions reviewed for Animation Now relied heavily (and often entirely) on photography and the skilled hands of an animator. This programme celebrates the sheer breadth of imagination and skill that continues to fuel and inform the artform. Playing: JUL 21 THU 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 26 TUE 2:15 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/international-programme-5-dark-hearts/ Seductive cruelty and velvet malevolence purr at the heart of so much fine animation. Whether it is depicting the misshapen internal logic of the psychopath, recreating the darkest horrors no live-action camera was present to witness, or sneaking a vision of darkness past the first line of our defences, animation is an art form perfectly suited for the purveyors of dark visions. Playing: JUL 21 THU 8:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 27 WED 2:30 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 In this droll, elegantly realised comedy of Spanish slackerdom, Gonzalo, a charmingly feckless 30-something intellectual of negligible achievement, whiles away his days in indolent pleasures, not least fantasising about sex with his childhood sweetheart, who happens to be his cousin. Gonzalo’s other ambition is just as forward-looking: he wants to have his baptism annulled from the records of the Catholic Church. It was his parents’ doing, after all, and involuntary on his part. He becomes increasingly activated by the perverse pleasure he discovers in the Kafkaesque adventure of footing his way around the bureaucratic conundrums thrown in his path. Uruguayan director Federico Veiroj (A Useful Life, NZIFF10) characterises himself as a Jew from Montevideo making a film about a Catholic from Madrid. He takes to his film’s archaic setting with a fresh eye and revels in the arcane dogmatic theology of his protagonist’s nemesis. Handsome and dishevelled, Álvaro Ogalla as Gonzalo is both a friend of the filmmaker and, we’re told, a model for the character he’s playing. While the portrait of his niftily deferred identity crisis rings true, the warmth of affectionate satire is unmistakable. Playing: JUL 18 MON 4:45 PM Academy Cinema JUL 24 SUN 8:30 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 For individual short film details and synopses please follow the link: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2016/auckland/international-programme-1-opening-screening/

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 19 TUE 8:15 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 In the vein of a classic investigative journalism thriller, Christina Rosendahl’s gripping drama The Idealist unravels the deeply compromised relationship between her home nation of Denmark and the United States during the fraught tensions of the Cold War. The titular idealist is Poul Brink, a real-life Danish radio journalist who began working a story on plutonium poisoning in the late 80s, and ended up exposing a 20-year-old international cover-up – in which a military plane crash, missing nuclear weapons, secret documents and sprawling governmental deceit are some of the more alarming elements. As Brink’s investigation takes him from hospitals and union meetings right into the corridors of power, Rosendahl pulls out all the suspenseful stops of the genre: the thinly veiled threats warning our hero to tread lightly, the mounting pressure on his news network to back off, the ominous black cars that start appearing in his rear-view mirror. But what distinguishes Rosendahl’s entry is her incorporation of real television footage from Danish archives into the narrative. Seeing the actual locations and figures in question works to ground these events in a contextual immediacy, which seems to make the effect of its revelations all the more powerful and sobering. Playing: JUL 20 WED 12:00 PM Academy Cinema JUL 23 SAT 8:30 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 The sinuous physicality of the central characters in this Brazilian slice of life is rendered all the more tantalising by the unpredictability of their desires. The erotic tension in Neon Bull is remarkable, and, as you may have already heard, finds release in a prolonged and tender sex scene, at once monumentally strange and sublimely simple. Centred on a cowboy working the pens on a backcountry rodeo circuit, the film draws us into a tough, macho world in which gender roles are much less prescribed than you might assume. Broad-chested, handsome Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), his peroxide blonde boss, Galega, and the streetwise young daughter, Cacá, whom she treats like a sister, constitute a tetchily functional makeshift family. The intriguing Iremar holds himself apart from the earthier pursuits on offer – a botched raid on a prize stallion’s precious bodily fluids notwithstanding. His aspirations lie away from the pens: Galega, we discover, moonlights as an exotic dancer and it is Iremar who designs and sews her costumes. If you think you see where this is heading, you are bound to be wrong, but don’t be surprised if you feel elated beyond reason when Iremar scores his fleeting taste of heaven. Playing: JUL 20 WED 4:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 24 SUN 4:00 PM Academy Cinema JUL 29 FRI 9:00 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/international-programme-2-black-white-showcase/ Playing: JUL 20 WED 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 21 THU 2:30 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 For individual short film details and synopses please follow the link: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2016/auckland/international-programme-3-asia-animation/ Playing: JUL 20 WED 8:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 22 FRI 2:30 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 “Defined by images of children caught up in the joyous rigour of creative expression, Lisa Nicol’s Wide Open Sky follows conductor and choirmaster Michelle Leonard across outback New South Wales as she auditions thousands of primary school students to find the 130 annual participants for her Moorambilla Voices choir. Playing: JUL 21 THU 12:15 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 Playing: JUL 22 FRI 12:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 31 SUN 5:30 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 A tiny island of around 6,000 people, Lampedusa lies 205 kilometres from Sicily and 113 from Tunisia. Superbly shot by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi himself, this documentary provides an indelible and compassionate double portrait of the island’s traditional community and the humanitarian crisis thronging its shores. Rosi, who won Venice’s Golden Lion for Sacro GRA (NZIFF14), may be the world’s most honoured documentary filmmaker. Fire at Sea likewise beat off all feature films to win the Golden Bear in Berlin this year. Disarmingly, he puts a 12-year-old local boy at the centre of his picture. Like boys since time immemorial, Samuele roves the island waging war on flora and fauna with his slingshot. He’s a touchingly earnest kid, applying himself without complaint to overcoming the handicaps of wobbly sea legs and a lazy eye. (His English lessons are another matter.) Rosi regularly cuts from the homely world of Samuele and his family to the anonymous, high-tech Lampedusa of sea rescues, with its landing and processing of teeming boatloads of the homeless. Late in the film, sustained coverage of the evacuation of African refugees from an appallingly crowded boat confronts grim reality with unforgettable clarity. The most explicit link between these worlds is Samuele’s doctor, who tends with equal kindness to locals and stricken refugees. For him compassion is a given. Rosi’s film tacitly demonstrates how that principle can and must be enacted for the stateless on a dauntingly large scale, while keeping a tender eye on a 12-year-old boy preparing to grow within the horizons he knows. Playing: JUL 22 FRI 4:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 24 SUN 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/indie-la/ Playing: JUL 22 FRI 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 25 MON 2:15 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 This dazzling compilation of 12 short films from American avant-gardist Lewis Klahr, 14 years in the making, uses stop-motion collage to refashion pop culture from the 60s into elliptical tales of sunshine noir and classic Greek mythology. “Set at the intersection of mass culture and myth, right at the hazardous corner of desire and dread, Sixty Six offers a dizzying display of largely found images and sounds – culled from old comics, ads, magazine layouts, songs and noises – that together form a kind of cinematic archaeology of the American unconscious… Sixty Six is one of the finest cinematic achievements of the year and a terrific introduction to Mr Klahr’s work… At once accessible and ambiguous, his work draws deeply from the collective narrative storehouse – from the myths of ancient Greece to those created by MGM and DC Comics – which he merges with images of midcentury modern interiors, poignantly generic women and bland men who, with their corrugated brows and clenched fists, struggle with villainy and masculinity both… Playing: JUL 22 FRI 8:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 28 THU 1:30 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 Playing: JUL 23 SAT 11:15 AM Academy Cinema JUL 26 TUE 6:30 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 Playing: JUL 23 SAT 6:30 PM Academy Cinema JUL 25 MON 12:15 PM Academy Cinema MON 9:00 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 Long Way North is a beautifully told, visually stunning action-adventure featuring teenage Sasha, a young aristocrat growing up in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Sasha dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to the North Pole. In order to find her grandfather’s ship and save her family’s honour, 15-year-old Sasha defies her parents’ expectations of her to act like a proper young woman of nobility, and embarks on a treacherous voyage. Playing: JUL 24 SUN 11:45 AM Academy Cinema JUL 30 SAT 10:30 AM 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 This documentary has all the usual ingredients for a North Korea exposé: huge empty squares, propaganda posters and massed performers. But this one achieves much more than all the others, ironically by following the rules. Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky travels to Pyongyang to make a film about a schoolgirl, Zin-mi, about to join the Korean Children’s Union and become a fully vested citizen. He has submitted a script to the authorities. Zin-mi’s activities at home and school are all approved, but as the shoot begins the propaganda officials stay close. So, leaving his camera running between takes, Mansky documents their constant fussing and interfering. This footage and the repeated takes they demand become the nub of the movie, revealing in excruciating detail how much control is being exerted over everything and everyone we see.

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 Writer/director Sue Brooks and producer Alison Tilson will introduce the film and take questions afterwards. Stellar newcomer Odessa Young (The Daughter) is 16-year-old Grace, who disappears from her suburban home, grabbing a stash of cash from her father’s safe and leaving a note saying ‘Sorry, Mum’. Agreeing about little else, Mum and Dad (Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh) enlist the services of an unlikely, semi-retired detective, hit the road and follow the clues east from Perth. A fifth character encountered driving these same roads remains a mystery until the film is almost over. As in her earlier films, Sue Brooks (Road to Nhill, Japanese Story, NZIFF07) retains a compassionate awareness, through the most trying events for her characters, that the dramas which shape our lives rarely arrive in dramatic form. In Brooks’ manual, comedy and tragedy are all mixed up and there’s certainly no law against accidents. Looking for Grace, her first film from a self-authored script, is a jangly mix of character comedy, social satire, road movie, mystery, rueful coming-of-age and mid-life muddle. She accentuates the haphazard, but what’s truly disconcerting is the empathy she accumulates for her hapless principals as they ride the bumps. Playing: JUL 25 MON 6:15 PM Academy Cinema JUL 26 TUE 11:30 AM Academy Cinema