New Zealand Film Festival reveals titles for reduced 2022 edition | New
The New Zealand International Film Festival (July 28-August 7) will open its 2022 edition with the world premiere of local filmmaker Tearepa Kahi’s action drama Muru and the American documentary by Sara Dosa Fire Of love.
Muru will open the festival’s Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin venues while the Sundance winner fire of love will open all other festival sites. Golden Palm by Ruben Östlund triangle of sadness will close the festival in all locations.
It marks the return of NZIFF as a full in-person festival after operating as a hybrid event in 2020 and 2021. However, while the festival typically schedules up to 170 feature films, this year will screen 70 feature films in Auckland before the plans to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023.
There will be no online option this year as the festival returns to “the collective experience of watching a film together”.
As good as triangle of sadnessother Cannes titles on the program include Charlotte Wells’ directorial debut After SunDavid Cronenberg’s sci-fi feature film Future CrimesPakistani director Saim Sadiq’s Queer Palm winner joylandand the Norwegian comedy by Kristoffer Borgli sick of me.
Among this year’s Berlin Film Festival winners is Carla Simón’s Golden Bear Alcarras and jury winner of the Silver Bear by Mexican-Bolivian filmmaker Natalia López Gallardo Dress of Gems.
Among the collection of New Zealand feature films will be the documentary by Fergus Grady and Noel Smyth Gloriavale, a closed-door investigation of the Gloriavale Christian Community; by Tom Levesque Close your eyes, which centers on a young woman who becomes obsessed with a local ASMR streamer; and New Zealand-American co-production Ka Powhich explores methamphetamine addiction in Polynesian communities by Hawaiian director Etienne Aurelius.