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RELEASE DATE APRIL 21st- n 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of love, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary. Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

SCREENING FROM APRIL 14th - After 2012's superb Barbara, director Christian Petzold and lead Nina Hoss reteam for this post-WWII drama following Nelly (Hoss), a concentration camp survivor who suffered a horrible disfigurement. Unrecognisable after facial reconstruction surgery, she roams a broken Berlin in search of the man who may have betrayed her to the Nazis – her own husband.---------------------------- GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids. Three teenagers on the run, break into an empty holiday home on Auckland`s stunning Waiheke Island. It`s party time for the siblings until the owner unexpectedly arrives home, is knocked unconscious, and one of them is seriously injured. An unlikely bond forms as they attempt to get off the island.

SCREENING FROM APRIL 7th A moving story of courage and greed, set against the magnificent backdrop of Everest. This documentary was filmed during the calamitous 2014 climbing season, when 16 Sherpa guides were killed while moving across an ice-flow to aid Western climbers. Following the disaster, climbers and Sherpas entered into a tense mountaintop stalemate. This exhilarating film exposes many truths about money, Nepal, and the meeting of first and third worlds atop this alluring, spiritual peak.

RELEASE DATE MARCH 10th - From the director of the Academy Award® nominated I AM LOVE comes a psychological suspense drama that will invite audiences into the fragile and dangerous world of relationships. When a glamorous couple decide to vacation on a remote Italian island, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his luscious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a perfect romantic getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger, sparking some flames that should not necessarily be ignited.

RELEASE DATE 24th MARCH - When a teenager in Buenos Aires quietly discovered his religious calling, little did he know that this was the first step that would eventually lead him to the Vatican in Rome. It would carry him to become the leader of the Catholic Church, the man the world today knows as Pope Francis. Young Spanish journalist Ana (Silvia Abascal) met Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Dario Grandinetti) at the papal conclave of 2005. It is here that they started a relationship that would be imbued with the same warmth, good mood and wisdom with which the future Pope will astonish believers. It is through her eyes that we begin to follow the long, hard and touching journey of Jorge Bergoglio. Father Jorge, as he has always wished to be called, used his position as the archbishop of Buenos Aires as a means to challenge the corruption and abuse of the government dictatorship. Ana was there to see his toughest battles when he gave a voice to those who had none; the victims of prostitution, slavery, and drug trafficking within the many shantytowns. Their story comes full circle at the conclave of 2013 when a Jesuit priest coming from South America is elected on the fifth papal ballot as Pope. The son of humble Italian immigrants, he chooses Francis as his Papal name partially in honor of his Grandmother for she impressed upon him the biblical values of Saint Francis when he was a young boy. The name Francis perfectly summarizes the life of Father Jorge. He is a man who placed the Gospel's message of helping the needy at the heart of his pastoral work.

Playing as apart of the NZIFF Autumn Events Series. Screening at Academy Cinemas Saturday 23rd April 1:00pm, Monday 25th April 1:00pm and Saturday 30th April 1:00pm. Please head to NZIFF.CO.NZ for the full schedule. Tickets can be purchased the following ways: Web - or Phone - 09 970 9700 or 0800 111 999 Counter - Aotea Box Office or Any Ticketmaster outleat Day Door Sales - On the day of the screening remaining tickets can be purchased from the venue only. No complimentary passes accepted unless marked NZIFF. Ingrid Bergman, the young Swedish actress who crossed the Atlantic to become the star of such classics as Casablanca and Notorious, always appeared strikingly natural amongst the glamourous stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Radiant on the Cannes poster in 2015, her directness still feels authentic and refreshing. No slave to studio artifice or public opinion, she abandoned stardom and her family to work with, then marry, the Italian neo-realist Roberto Rossellini. In due course Hollywood and Sweden too would welcome her back. Daughter Isabella Rossellini suggested that Swedish filmmaker Stig Björkman draw on the vast trove of her mother’s never-before-seen home movies, personal letters and diary extracts. Björkman has added archive footage and frank interviews with the three Bergman-Rossellini children and Bergman’s eldest daughter, Pia Lindström, to create an extremely charming and revealing portrait. All recall a mother who was often absent, but, who, as the home movies attest, showed them a wonderful time whenever she was around.

The tragic 1915 Galipoli Campaign of WW1 is told through the perspective of six New Zealanders who were involved.

Playing as apart of the NZIFF Autumn Events Series. Screening at Academy Cinemas Sunday 24th April 6:00pm. Please head to NZIFF.CO.NZ for the full schedule. Tickets can be purchased the following ways: Web - or Phone - 09 970 9700 or 0800 111 999 Counter - Aotea Box Office or Any Ticketmaster outleat Day Door Sales - On the day of the screening remaining tickets can be purchased from the venue only. No complimentary passes accepted unless marked NZIFF. “For an intelligent portrait of Janis Joplin, head straight for Amy Berg’s superb new documentary, which incorporates revelatory interviews with family, friends, band members and associates (some long since dead), a good deal of stirring live and archive footage, and a lot of insight from people who knew her well. It strikes a fine balance between the Janis we think we know – the strung-out psychedelic white-blues belter who roared out of Haight-Ashbury in 1967 and found instant stardom after slaying them at Monterey – and the other half of her. Namely the Texas teenager with the classic, boring, suburban 50s, Manson-girl childhood (smart, odd-duck kid, loving but distant parents) who – as she grew up – routinely found herself athwart her times, her place, her gender, her sexuality and all the conventional expectations of her, including the retrogressive race norms of her day… Best of all is the chance to reacquaint oneself not only with the real Janis – so naturally charming and funny – and her gigantic voice, but also with Janis the unexpectedly magnificent fashion icon, decked out in boas, tons of rings, big pink sunglasses, gold dresses, striped bellbottoms, the works. Style-wise, she was her own masterpiece. To quote a Facebook meme I spotted recently: ‘In a world of Kardashians, be a Janis!’” — John Patterson, The Guardian

Playing as apart of the NZIFF Autumn Events Series. Screening at Academy Cinemas Saturday 23rd April 3:15pm and Sunday 24th April 1:00pm. Please head to NZIFF.CO.NZ for the full schedule. Tickets can be purchased the following ways: Web - or Phone - 09 970 9700 or 0800 111 999 Counter - Aotea Box Office or Any Ticketmaster outleat Day Door Sales - On the day of the screening remaining tickets can be purchased from the venue only. No complimentary passes accepted unless marked NZIFF. Filmmaker Nicole Ma will introduce her screenings and be present for Q&A sessions at the conclusion of the film. A beautifully interlaced account of connection between an Indigenous Australian and his community’s contested traditional land, Putuparri and the Rainmakers draws us along on the journey of Wangkatjungka man Tom “Putuparri” Lawford and his family. Based in the tiny Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, and subjected to many of the challenges facing displaced indigenous people, they wend their way back over a period of 20 years to their sacred waterhole at Kurtal in the vast Great Sandy Desert. In 1994 Lawford took a video camera with him as he accompanied his grandparents and several elders on an expedition to find Kurtal. His footage, as they locate the site, dig into the dry earth to release the spring, then enact a ritual rainmaking, is spellbinding. It was also to play a significant role in a long campaign to claim back traditional land, and serves as ground zero for Nicole Ma’s film, where we see successive return visits. The size of the waterhole and quality of the waters fluctuate dramatically over the years, and as his grandparents grow old, Tom feels increasingly compelled to pass on their values and traditions to his own grandchildren.

Playing as apart of the NZIFF Autumn Events Series. Screening at Academy Cinemas Friday 29th April 8:30pm and Sunday 1st May 8:30pm. Please head to NZIFF.CO.NZ for the full schedule. Tickets can be purchased the following ways: Web - or Phone - 09 970 9700 or 0800 111 999 Counter - Aotea Box Office or Any Ticketmaster outleat Day Door Sales - On the day of the screening remaining tickets can be purchased from the venue only. No complimentary passes accepted unless marked NZIFF. Puritan terrors of devilry and damnation come screaming to life in this impeccably crafted and thrillingly scary debut. Set in 1630, the film follows a deeply religious family living in self-imposed isolation on the edge of the New England wilderness. As mysterious events occur, not least the sudden vanishing of their newborn son, the family is engulfed in dread. An evil spirit has invaded the forest and the farmyard – or does it lurk within their own sinful hearts? Writer-director Robert Eggers immerses us in densely researched period recreation and the visual shadings of a 17th-century etching. The actors seem to have emerged from a time capsule, speaking the language of King James and, as Lorde has tweeted, “surrendering their characters’ bodies to possession.”

Playing as apart of the NZIFF Autumn Events Series. Screening at Academy Cinemas Sunday 1st May 1:00pm and Tuesday 3rd May 6:30pm Tickets can be purchased the following ways: Web - or Phone - 09 970 9700 or 0800 111 999 Counter - Aotea Box Office or Any Ticketmaster outleat Day Door Sales - On the day of the screening remaining tickets can be purchased from the venue only. No complimentary passes accepted unless marked NZIFF. Mecca for the world’s ballet lovers, and a proud symbol of Russian culture, the Bolshoi Ballet took that symbolism to a very sinister place in 2013: artistic director Sergei Filin was disfigured in an attack ordered by a dancer from his own company. Filmmakers Nick Read and Mark Franchetti were working in Moscow at the time and secured cooperation from both dancers and administrators to film this account of artistic endeavour cloaked in prestige and entrammelled in political ambition. The dance we see is glorious in its muscularity and panache. (The costumes alone deserve their own movie.) But dramas off-stage take the foreground here, and they are enacted with a ferocity that is just as breath-taking.

May 8th, 6:30pm- Spellbindingly photographed by Nestor Almendros and the late Haskell Wexler, Terrence Malick’s second film is a transcendent tone poem in every sense. Set in the wheatfields of turn-of-the-century Texas, this lush, evocative period piece stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as lovers who find themselves entangled in a love triangle with farmer Sam Shepard. A genuinely swoonsome feast for the eyes.

The life, music and passionate commitment of the irresistible Mavis Staples are lovingly chronicled in this spirited doco – with help from fans Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck D, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Prince.

It's 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. From Academy Award (R)-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world`s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper`s tenacious ``Spotlight`` team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston`s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.

An after-midnight flirtation on the streets of Berlin gets thrillingly side-tracked by another chase entirely. Filmed in a single real-time take, it’s an edit-free pièce de résistance of acting, directing and mobile camerawork.

We have an exclusive Advanced Screening Q&A Jan 18th @ 8:30 PM. With Canadian Producer Phillip Vannini. Life Off Grid is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results. Off-grid is not a state of mind. It is not about being out of touch, living in a remote place, or turning off your mobile phone. Off-grid simply means living without a connection to the electric and natural gas infrastructure. From 2011 to 2013 Jonathan Taggart (Director) and Phillip Vannini (Producer) spent two years travelling across Canada to find 200 off-gridders and visit them in their homes. They met off-gridders in every single province and territory and through their film they narrated our travels and chronicled in depth the experiences, challenges, inventions, aspirations, and ways of life of people who have chosen to radically re-invent daily life in a dramatically innovative but also quite traditional way. Releases 4th Feb 2016

COMING TO ACADEMY CINEMAS APRIL 6TH - "Coen brothers' comedy following a Hollywood "fixer" (Josh Brolin) in 1950s Hollywood who is trying to track down a star (George Clooney) who has vanished during the filming of a Roman epic. All-star cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton." -

Five young sisters in a small coastal Turkish town come of age against a backdrop of sun, secrets, and socially-mandated sexual suppression in [this] heartfelt, beautifully performed debut feature.

Shu Qi plays the eponymous killer in this ravishingly beautiful foray into historical martial arts territory from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien. Winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes.

Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Visit for more information. $60 Double Pass includes entrance to the opening night & the entire festival on Saturday. To kick off the 2016 Reel Wild Film Festival Friday night will include one film screening of ''FIFTY'' Join Mal Law to raise a glass for the final showing of his celebrated movie ‘Fifty’ capturing the highlights and lowlights of his epic 50 peaks in 50 days last year across New Zealand. With sell out shows this is the last chance to see this movie, have a yarn with Mal and celebrate his accomplishment on the big screen. Saturday Reel Wild Film Festival is A collection of trail running films playing between 1:00pm - 8:00pm. Your ticket gives you entry for the whole 7 hours. Visit for more information. · Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco · Mira · The Last Time I Heard True Silence · Outside Voices · Life on the Fells · Dedicated · Wind Drinkers – 30 Years on the Ridge · Kiwi Tracks · 3022FT · Various – The African Attachment Many others to be confirmed over the coming weeks. Visit for more information

Opening February 21st - Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) leads this romance drama set in the 1950s as Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman who immigrates to New York in search of a new life. Based on the novel by Colm Tóibín and adapted for the screen by Oscar nominee Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild). Her growing homesickness is alleviated when she is romantically introduced to Italian boy Tony (Emory Cohen, The Place Beyond the Pines). But when Ellis is called back to Ireland, the life she started to build in American begins to fade, and with the advances of charming local Jim (Domhnall Gleeson, Ex Machina), that life may disappear entirely.

Rohrwacher's richly textured sophomore feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand, and a production crew recruiting local farmers to participate in a cheesy televised celebration of ancient Etruscan culture presented by the mysterious Milly Catena (Monica Bellucci). Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher manages to convey her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with characteristically graceful naturalism.

COMING TO ACADEMY CINEMAS FEBRUARY 11th - "Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt lead this true story about the four outsiders who predicted the global economic meltdown. No one believed them, so they came up with their own get-rich-quick scheme – betting against the American banks. Directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman) and based on the non-fiction bestseller from Michael Lewis (who also wrote the book that was later adapted to the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball)." -

A narcissistic artist finds his self-satisfied world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his previously devoted wife`s extra-marital inclinations.

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria`s infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria`s needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indifference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved. At school, Aria excels academically but is considered a misfit by everyone. She is misunderstood. Aria finds comfort in her cat - Dac and in her best friend - Angelica. Thrown out of both parents` homes, abandoned by all, even her best friend, Aria finally reaches the limit of what she can bear. She makes an unexpected decision in her life.

SCREENING FROM MARCH 31st - Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. (TV's Newsroom) lead this follow-up to Cloverfield. No longer in found-footage, this "blood relative" to the 2008 sci-fi thriller is set in a bomb shelter. Co-written by the creator of Whiplash and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, known for his impressive fan-film Portal: No Escape.

After the India of Varanasi`s boatmen, the American desert of the dropouts, and the Mexico of the narco-assassin, Gianfranco Rosi decided to tell the tale of a part of his own country, roaming and filming for over two years in a minivan on Rome`s giant ring road, the GRA, or GRA-to discover the invisible worlds and possible futures harbored in this area of constant turmoil. Elusive characters and fleeting apparitions emerge from the background of this winding zone.

Paolo, passes his days dragging himself between drinking sessions in the local bar with his friends, an unsatisfying job and an infantile stalking of his ex-wife. One day, he comes across his nephew Zoran, a curious boy of fifteen, born and raised in the mountains along with an aunt that Paolo did not know to have. After her death, Paolo is the only person who can take care of the boy. Thanks to the wise man owner of the Paolo`s usual bar, he discovers that Zoran has a bizarre and unexpected gift: he is a real champion in playing darts. This is an opportunity for Paolo to take a revenge against the world. But things do not always develop as we would like them to.

Can a region surrounded by land produce world class surfing waves? Internationally acclaimed surf-filmmaker, Jason Baffa (singlefin: yellow, one california day, one beach) documents surfer, artist and environmentalist, Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his Italian homeland on what most perceive as a `Don Quixotian` quest but transforms into a modern discovery seeped in culture, tradition and passion. Moreover, it is what Chris finds in the beauty of Italy and the distinctly passionate connection the Italian people have with family and tradition that reveals a greater truth.

A taxi driver who lives in Napoli spend his time on his uncle`s car thinking about happiness. His former brother took a road for happiness practicing Buddhism while he is always sad and melancholic. He listens to a radioshow called the art of happiness as a remembering idea of what is the goal of life. Do we have just one life or are we living again and again forever?

Italy’s industrial miracles of the twentieth century are explored in Davide Ferrario’s insightful documentary that combines an impressive range of 100 years of archival footage with literary texts to thoughtprovoking effect. Material shot by famous Italian directors such as Ermanno Olmi and Dino Risi, is merged with the work of poets and writers such as Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, and the assassinated Pier Paolo Pasolini, to create an astounding metaphor about the utopia of industrial and technological progress as the solution to humanity’s problems. The title of the film is an expression used by Dino Buzzati in a 1964 documentary to describe the production of steel in the furnaces of Taranto, or more specifically, the mass that is created by steel melting. As centuries-old olive groves fell under the weight of machines and enormous factories, this was a time when the utopia of progress was accepted by all living in the illusion of prosperity and a “better future”.

The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on orders from the Fascist government, even though the victim-to-be is his college mentor. The film is a character study of the kind of person who willingly "conforms" to the ideological fashions of his day. In this case, director Bernardo Bertolucci suggests that Marcello's desire to conform is rooted in his latent homosexuality. In addition to its strong storyline, the film is critically revered for the astonishing production design by Nedo Azzini, which, together with Vittorio Storaro's camerawork, recreates the atmosphere of Fascist Italy with some of the most complex visual compositions ever seen on film, filled with highly stylized uses of angles, shapes, and shadows. The Conformist was cut by five crucial minutes when first released in the US; those missing moments were restored in the 1994 reissue.