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Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is back for 2020 and making global history the first hybrid film festival in the world presenting its programme of films both online and in cinemas from 24 July to 2 August.
NZIFF At Home – Online brings 79 feature films and seven shorts collections from 41 countries right into your living room.
Plus, with New Zealand cinemas and venues reopening, selected films will screen in 16 cinemas in eight cities, including a programme of 20 films in Dunedin’s Regent Theatre.
The unique situation has come about since New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions eased, and cinemas and venues were able to reopen.
The 2020 Festival open with Australian film True History of the Kelly Gang. The film, directed by Justin Kurzel and based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Peter Carey, is a surreal adaptation of the outlaw legend featuring high-profile New Zealand actors including Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, musician/actor Marlon Williams and Russell Crowe.
Five New Zealand feature films have their world premieres as part of the Festival this year: Before Everest; LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears; Rūrangi; The Girl On The Bridge; and Tupaia’s Endeavour – The Director’s Cut.
All five films will screen at The Regent Theatre with audience Q&A sessions following the screenings of LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears and The Girl on the Bridge.
Other highlights online and at The Regent Theatre include Benh Zeitlin's (Beasts of the Southern Wild) defiantly alternative reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan with cult-status contender Wendy, and Kore-eda Hirokazu’s tour de force The Truth, starring French cinematic legends Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve.
And don’t miss the two competitive collections in the festival - New Zealand’s Best Shorts and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts. Both screen at The Regent Theatre.
All 79 feature films and seven short film collections screen as NZIFF At Home – Online. Tickets for Online Premiere screenings are now on sale, while rental options will be available to purchase from the first available screening date.
The full 2020 programme and details for watching online and in-cinema can be found at www.nziff.co.nz