Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival unveils Cannes highlights for 2022

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today unveils an impressive list of acclaimed films direct from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival that are set to feature in its 2022 line-up coming to cinemas in Aotearoa New Zealand this winter from of July 28.

“NZIFF brings the best of Cannes to New Zealand audiences and we are delighted to present an exceptional list of winners and nominees from great filmmakers from around the world. Audiences can expect a diverse range of cinematic experiences at this festival,” said NZIFF Head of Programming Michael McDonnell.

Hailed Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s highly anticipated satire on the mega-rich,
triangle of sadness will be the closing film of the festival, screened at all NZIFF 2022 centers. A biting attack on the one percenter, the film won Östlund its second Palme d’Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

Jointly Awarded Grand Prize Winners closedirected by Lukas Dhont, and Claire Denis The stars at noon, also join the line-up. Acclaimed Belgian learning drama, closeis an intimate and quietly devastating study of childhood friends, as Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star in
The stars at noon, a steamy tropical daydream about a journalist stranded in Nicaragua who sees an English businessman as her chance to escape.

From Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook comes
Decision to leave. The dark romance of Black Widow, for which Chan-wook received the Best Director award, tells the story of a married detective torn between infidelity and moral duty.

Tarik Saleh’s latest thriller is also screened at NZIFF 2022, sky boy. The Best Screenplay winner explores the confusing state of modern Egypt, focusing on the twisted ties between religion and politics set against the setting of Cairo’s historic Al-Azhar Mosque and University, one of the world’s leading Sunni Islamic teaching institutions.

From the Un Certain Regard Cannes selection, the films nominated for Best Director: tender drama
The blue caftan by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, a breathtaking historical epic
Godland by Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason, bittersweet comedy Return to Seoul by French Cambodian director Davy Chou and the intense Australian crime drama by Thomas M. Wright
the strangerwith Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris.

In addition, in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard selection, writer-director Marie Kreutzer is richly decorated and costumed. Bodicestarring Best Performance winner Vicky Krieps as Sissi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

Acclaimed French director Mia Hansen-Løve returns to the festival with the enchanting feature slice of life A nice morning, winner this year of the Europa Cinemas Label for the best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section. Actress Léa Seydoux sparkles in this poignant story of a single mother torn between emotionally unavailable men.

And from the Cannes Film Market comes one for the whānau ensemble – dazzling animation
Perlimps by Oscar-nominated Brazilian filmmaker Alê Abreu (The boy and the world, NZIFF 2014). The film, which will appear in NZIFF’s Square Eyes collection, centers on secret agents from enemy kingdoms, Claé and Bruô, who must overcome their differences and join forces to face dangerous giants who threaten to flood the forest.

Highlights from Cannes at NZIFF 2022 include:

Best Screenplay:
Sky Boy / Walad min al janna
Sweden, 2022
Director: Tariq Saleh
Tarik Saleh deftly explores the confusing state of modern Egypt through his incendiary thriller set at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the country’s most respected institution of religious learning.
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Grand Prize Winner (co-awarded):
Belgium, 2022
Director: Lukas Dhont
Belgian director Lukas Dhont follows up his award-winning debut film Girl (NZIFF 2018) with this deft exploration of the fragile world of childhood bonds that has already won major awards at Cannes and Sydney.
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Un Certain Regard – Best Performance Winner:
Austria, 2022
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Marie Kreutzer’s daring and subversive costume drama features an imperious Vicky Krieps as the restless Empress Elisabeth of Austria, struggling to free herself from the restrictive confines of court life.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with the Goethe-Institut
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Best Director: Decision to leave / Heojil Kyolshim
South Korea, 2022
Director: Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook makes a welcome return to NZIFF with this masterful and seductive romantic thriller about an insomniac detective investigating a mysterious widow strangely unconcerned about her husband’s death.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with Metro
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Un Certain Regard – Selection: Godland / Land of Vanskabte / Land of Volaða
Denmark/Iceland, 2022
Director: Hlynur Palmason
Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason continues A White, White Day (NZIFF 2019) with this breathtaking historical epic that recalls the grandeur and madness of Herzog at its best.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with the Wellington Film Society
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Europa Cinemas Label winner: One fine morning / One fine morning
France, 2022
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Léa Seydoux stars as a busy single mother, juggling her sick daughter and father, who finds love under unexpected circumstances in Mia Hansen-Løve’s nimble romance drama.
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Brazil, 2022
Director: Ale Abreu
Two secret agents from enemy kingdoms are sent to a world on the brink of a terrible war where they have an important mission: to find the Perlimps, mysterious creatures who can finally bring peace.
Part of the Square Eyes Collection at NZIFF 2022
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Un Certain Regard – Selection: Return to Seoul
France, 2022
Director: Davy Chou
A French-Korean adoptee returns to Seoul, a home she has never known, and over several visits begins to process her complicated relationship with her biological family and her country of birth.
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Grand Prize Winner (co-awarded): The stars at noon
France, 2022
Directed by: Claire Denis
Based on the cult novel by Denis Johnson, Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star in this intoxicating and seductive romantic thriller from NZIFF favorite Claire Denis, directing her second English-language feature.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with the Canterbury Film Society
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Un Certain Regard – Selection: The Blue Caftan / The Blue of the Caftan
Morocco, 2022
Director: Maryam Touzani
A master tailor’s wife watches her closeted husband fall in love with his apprentice in this sultry second feature from Maryam Touzani, as elegant and finely crafted as the fine clothes in her film.
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Un Certain Regard – Selection: the stranger
Australia, 2022
Director: Thomas M. Wright
Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris deliver brooding performances as predator becomes prey in director Thomas M. Wright’s dark and intense Australian drama.
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Winner of the Palme d’Or: triangle of sadness

(Closing night film)
Sweden, 2022
Director/Screenplay: Ruben Östlund
Golden privilege comes crashing down when it’s brutally confronted with a less luxurious reality in this brilliantly orchestrated satire that won the 2022 Palme d’Or.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with VIVA
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