NZ International Film Festival 2018.

NZ International Film Festival 2018 for lesbians

The New Zealand International Film Festival is coming and will move through the country from late July to September. The full programme for each centre will be available online at the Festival website bout four weeks before the Festival starts:

Yes there ARE several lesbian films in the Auckland and Wellington programmes (the only full programmes announced so far) but keep watching this space for more info. The listings on the Film Fest website for other centres are - hopefully - somewhat incomplete at this stage.

And Breathe Normally

And Breathe Normally

A single mother turned border guard and a refugee from Guinea-Bissau form an unlikely bond in this intimate Icelandic drama about two people literally and figuratively trapped on the edge of the world.
Screening in Auckland, Wellington

Blue My Mind

Blue My Mind

A mysterious high-school girl dives headfirst into the vices of teenage life, while undergoing a radical and uncontrollable transformation of her own, in Lisa Brühlmann’s formidable debut feature. Part of the Incredibly Strange programme
Screening in Auckland, Wellington

Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

The landmark lesbian love story returns to the giant screen as vibrant, beautiful and celebratory as ever
Screening in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

Disobedience

Disobedience

Rachel Weisz stars as a black sheep drawn back to her London Orthodox Jewish home, rekindling sparks with a childhood friend. Based on a novel by Naomi Alderman (available in Wellington at LILAC Library)
Screening in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

The Heiresses

Good manners

Social satire meets secret love meets beastly fairy tale in this wickedly assured shape-shifter from Brazil.
Screening in Auckland, Wellington

The Heiresses

The Heiresses

Financial crisis proves to be the crack that lets the light into the lives of a high-living lesbian couple, together for 30 years, in this superb first film from Paraguay. Winner, Best Actress Award, Berlin Film Festival.
Screening in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloë Grace Moretz delivers a heartbreaking and nuanced performance as a queer teen shipped off to a gay conversion camp in Desiree Akhavan’s touching drama, this year’s Sundance Grand Jury winner. Based on a novel by Emily Danforth (available in Wellington at LILAC library)
Screening in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

Orlando

Orlando

Tilda Swinton strides through four centuries of history, switching genders as she goes, in Sally Potter’s gorgeous, playful subversion of British Heritage cinema. With Billy Zane, and Quentin Crisp as Elizabeth I. Virginia Woolf's magnificant love letter to Vita Sackville-West
Screening in Auckland, Wellington

Rafiki

Rafiki

Fresh and brave, Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu’s tender, exuberant teenage lesbian coming-out tale has been banned in Kenya and celebrated in Cannes
Screening in Auckland, Wellington

Thelma

Thelma

The sexual awakening of a young woman raised according to fundamentalist religious beliefs arouses telekinetic powers in this seductive hybrid of psychological thriller and supernatural frisson from Norway’s Joachim Trier.
Screening in Wellington

What Keeps You Alive

What Keeps You Alive

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and cold-blooded betrayals, wives Jackie and Jules attempt to celebrate – and survive – their one-year anniversary in this slick horror-thriller
Screening in Auckland, Wellington


Also of interest

The list below is an eclectic mix of films by and about women, queer films, Kiwi films ... whatever

Angels Wear White

In an intriguing film noir full of white light reflecting off virginal dresses, polished surfaces and sparkling sand, director Vivian Qu probes the status of girls in Chinese society. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Angie

Angie Meiklejohn, prominent and articulate Centrepoint survivor, is joined by her siblings in this lucid exploration of the legacy of sexual abuse, directed without a hint of sensationalism by Costa Botes. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson

Ava

This alarming contemporary coming-of-age tale of a fiercely independent teenage girl at odds with her conservative Tehran school is based on the experiences of Iranian expat writer/director Sadaf Foroughi. Showing in Wellington, Christchurch

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Alexandra Dean’s debut documentary is a revelatory and entertaining portrait of an adventurous woman and talented inventor (the science anticipated the technology that underlies WiFi and Bluetooth) - better known to the world as the embodiment of Hollywood sex and glamour. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson ...

Celia

Amanda Millar’s moving documentary celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social interventions that equipped those long deprived of choice with the tools for responsible decision making. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore and hopefully everywhere else

Girl

Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont won the award for best first feature at Cannes with this empathetic, emotionally rich portrait of a 15-year-old trans girl who aspires to become a ballerina. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Good manners

Social satire meets secret love meets beastly fairy tale in this wickedly assured shape-shifter from Brazil. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

A kid like Jake

It’s Halloween and Jake wants to be Rapunzel. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are sensational as a Brooklyn couple with divergent responses to their four-year-old’s ‘gender-variant play’ in Silas Howard’s comedy-drama. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal is riveting as a teacher and aspiring poet thrown off kilter by the conviction that only she can guard and nurture the lyric talent of a gifted five-year-old student. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru

Little Woods

Tessa Thompson (and Lily James are terrific as adoptive sisters running pharmaceuticals across the border to keep their heads above water in this gripping backwoods thriller from writer/director Nia DaCosta. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Madeline’s Madeline

Bracingly fresh and riotously entertaining, this portrait of a talented young actress torn between her overbearing mother and an ambitious director stars Miranda July, Molly Parker and striking newcomer Helena Howard. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her youngest son, archivist Heperi Mita, collaborating with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin ...

RBG

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring her exceptional life and career. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

She Shears

Presented by Miss Conception films, who focus on female-led stories, this fresh dispatch from the heartland introduces two legendary shearers – and three in the making – as they head for black-shirt glory at the Golden Shears. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin ...

Stake Kitchen

The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle returns with a free wheeling, often funny fiction debut about young female skateboarders in New York City, featuring real-life crew Skate Kitchen. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Woman at War

Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller, with Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir as a fearless eco-warrior, juggling environmental action and foster motherhood. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

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