NZ International Film Festival 2019.

NZ International Film Festival 2019 for lesbians

The New Zealand International Film Festival is coming and will move through the country from late July to September. The full programmes plus online booking for each centre will be available online at the Festival website about thee weeks before the festival opens:

Note that the programmes for most centres have not be finalised yet - there will be more films than have been announced to date (mid July) - the number of films listed for centres with full programmes available increased substantially when their full programmes and screening schedules were announced. This page will be updated regularly as the programme for each centre is finalised.

The programme is a bit thin on lesbian films compared with 2018 ...

Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes, Céline Sciamma’s striking 18th-century tale of romantic obsession burns bright with female desire and the craft of a masterful filmmaker.
Sciamma ventures back to the late 1700s and to majestic coastal Brittany to recount the tale of Marianne and Héloïse, and of the portrait that engenders their encounter.
Screening everywhere ... Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore


Also of interest

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

Amazing Grace.

Amazing Grace

In 1972, 29-year-old Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, wishing to return to her gospel roots, chose to record an album live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, a disused movie theatre, in Watts, Los Angeles. She was ably accompanied by the accomplished musicians of her regular touring band; the heavenly Southern California Community Choir, conducted by a rocking Alexander Hamilton; mighty Reverend James Cleveland, himself a gospel singer, songwriter and arranger, who taught Franklin piano; and her own father, the great preacher C.L. Franklin.
Rescued from 45 years in legal and technical limbo, this extraordinary music film capturing Aretha Franklin in full flight deserves your respect – and the biggest screen and sound system possible. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

Festival showcase: Agnès Varda

Varda by Agnès.

The Festival's annual showcase celebrates the life and work of Agnès Varda, a French New Wave filmmaking pioneer, with five films featured in Vive la Varda! Retrospective.

Varda by Agnès

The late, great French filmmaking icon’s swansong is a magical self-reflection on art, movies, invention and Agnès Varda’s own lust for life inside and outside of the cinematic frame. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Daguerréotypes

Bakers, grocers, butchers and other local characters pose for this lovely portrait documentary of the residents of a humble street in Paris which Agnès Varda called home for over 25 years. ... Auckland, Wellington

Jacquot de Nantes

An affecting, gorgeously rendered cinematic love letter from Agnès Varda to her husband, the great The Umbrellas of Cherbourg director, Jacques Demy ... Auckland, Wellington

Le Bonheur

Agnès Varda’s beautiful, quietly unsettling depiction of a young marriage strained by an affair examines the complexities of love and happiness. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Vagabond

An unforgettable Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César, and Agnès Varda Venice Film Festival’s top prize, in this defiantly feminist masterpiece. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Women in Cinema.

Women in Cinema

Four documentaries about women who have made outstanding contributions to film.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Blending archival footage with interviews from A-listers Ava DuVernay, Geena Davis and Agnès Varda, among others, Green’s fizzy doco dives into the birth of motion pictures, and the pioneering woman who was there from the start. Screening in Auckland, Wellington

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Wittily illustrated and packed with quotations from her film reviews (read by Sarah Jessica Parker), Rob Garver’s doco explores New Yorker writer Pauline Kael’s evolution from failed playwright and struggling single mother to critical powerhouse. Screening in Auckland, Wellington

Making Waves: the Art of Cinematic Sound

Director Midge Costin (a feature film sound editor for over 25 years) and her crew of predominantly female film practitioners draw together interviews with an extraordinary line-up of filmmakers, editors and sound specialists to show the viewer just how crucial, and yet virtually ‘invisible’, the craft of sound design is to the movies we love. Screening in Auckland, Wellington

This Changes Everything

You thought #TimesUp was a new initiative? Think again. This Changes Everything is the rallying cry lovers of cinema, supporters of women, and those who just aspire to see a fairer, more equitable industry have been waiting for. Screening in Auckland, Wellington

... and more

Adam

Set in Casablanca’s Old Medina, this nuanced tale of female solidarity transcending temperamental difference captivates through the richly detailed performances of two superb actresses. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

Animals

Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) are thirty-something best friends in Dublin, where partying hard is still their way to have fun, but the reality of getting older is getting harder to ignore. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

Ask Dr. Ruth

As her 90th birthday approaches, irrepressible Dr Ruth, the famed American sex therapist, reflects on her life and career in a film as spirited as she is. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

Beanpole

Set in Leningrad, 1945, Beanpole explores the devastating aftermath of war – and of one of the worst sieges in history – through the emotionally shattering portrayal of two women as they struggle to adjust to civilian life in the ravaged city. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Director Bea Joblin’s spirited debut feature boasts snappy dialogue and spot-on performances from a cast including Geraldine Brophy, Sophie Hambleton and Jamie McCaskill. A pungent kiwi slant on classic domestic farce. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Rough Night) stars in this Audience Award-winning Sundance comedy about a New York slacker who takes up running in the hopes of getting her life back on track. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

Celeste

Radha Mitchell is radiant as a retiring diva in this intoxicating tale of love, betrayal and Schubert’s lieder set in a remote and beautiful enclave of bohemian community in the North Queensland rainforest. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Crystal Swan

Determined to follow the siren’s call of house music and escape the confines of her 90s Eastern Bloc existence, a young DJ’s aspirations are dented when she’s forced to prove the reality of a bogus job on her visa form. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Florianópolis Dream

Argentinian actor-turned-director Ana Katz helms this Brazilian family holiday comedy that strikes deeper chords in its exploration of independence, marriage and aging, at a beach paradise. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

For Sama

Shot over five years, Waad al-Kateab’s intimate, Cannes award-winning film addresses her baby daughter and delivers a harrowing account of the war in Aleppo, the devastation wrought on the city, its people and children. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

Teona Strugar Mitevska’s Macedonia-set satire charts the empowering, thought-provoking journey of a woman who challenges patriarchy and gender equality while finding herself in the process. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

Helen Kelly - Together

An intimate, inspirational portrait of Helen Kelly in the last year of her life, Together tells the story of a woman whose advocacy and generosity changed the lives of countless New Zealanders. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

In My Blood It Runs

Told from the perspective of an insightful 10-year-old Aboriginal boy, this sensitive documentary considers the value of an education that balances the integrity of indigenous lifeways against persistent colonisation. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

A saga of sisterhood for the ages, Madame Sata director Karim Aïnouz’s sensual ‘tropical melodrama’ won top prize at this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard section. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Leftover Women

Following three successful, determined and single women deemed sheng nu (leftover), directors Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia paint an affecting profile of finding and defining love in modern day China. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Litigante

A saga of sisterhood for the ages, Madame Sata director Karim Aïnouz’s sensual ‘tropical melodrama’ won top prize at this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard section. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Maiden

Utilising a treasure trove of archival footage, director Alex Holmes celebrates the history of Maiden Great Britain, the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

Maria by Callas

This adoring documentary captures the life, art – and, above all, spine-tingling talents – of a diva extraordinaire revered by opera devotees and ripe for discovery by everyone who’s not. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Goer

Martha: A Picture Story

Meet New York’s legendary-yet-unlikely street art photographer who influenced a whole generation of graffiti artists – and at the age of 75, is still capturing beauty on the fringes, with verve. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

New Zealand’s Best 2019

The year’s best New Zealand short films. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

A collection of Maori and Pasifika short films. Showing in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

The Nightingale

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s brutal revenge saga is an unrelenting reckoning with white male oppression – and not for the faint of heart. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Nina Wu

This fiery Cannes title challenges the #MeToo movement’s popular discourse with a confronting and complicated tale of consent and abuse, based on its lead actress’ own experiences in the movie industry. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Port Authority

Debuting writer-director Danielle Lessovitz weaves a boy-meets-trans girl romance about identity and belonging around the New York underground ballroom scene. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Sibyl

Exploring psychotherapy, boundaries and obsession, Justine Triet’s film deliciously portrays the creative crisis of a shrink-wannabe-author, who steals her actress patient’s story for a novel. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin

Song Without a Name

Replete with starkly beautiful black and white photography, this affecting arthouse thriller from first time Peruvian director Melina León is based on a real-life case of child trafficking. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Take Me Somewhere Nice

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Rotterdam, this delightfully absurdist road movie channels Jarmusch and Kaurismäki in telling the story of a young woman visiting Bosnia to find her estranged father. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

The Third Wife

Inspired by her family history, Ash Mayfield’s directorial debut is a delicate and sensuous journey of a young Vietnamese girl torn between duty to her much older husband and her blossoming sexuality. Showing in Auckland, Wellington

Working Woman

Tense and full of real complexities, this Israeli workplace harassment drama follows Orna – a soldier, wife, mother and working woman pressured by her boss’ unorthodox demands. Showing in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christcurch, Dunedin

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