NZFF: Pick Ten
Deciding what to watch during the New Zealand International Film Festival can be a daunting task. With so many great movies to choose from, browsing the Festival program can take as long as watching a standard Hollywwod film. But after spending days salivating over the program, we’ve come up with ten movies we’d like to see during this years festival. Today we’ll show you the first five, with the remaining five coming tomorrow.
The latest masterpiece from Japanese animation genius Miyazaki Hayao (Spirited Away). Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this is the story of Ponyo, a young and eager goldfish, on a quest to become human and befriend a boy…
This Japanese drama, winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is a character study of a man who finds fulfillment and a depth of human connection in the most unlikely profession – as an undertaker’s assistant.
In this Korean thriller, Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Mary and Max
Animated tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: eight-year-old Mary (Toni Collette) in Melbourne, and middle-aged Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a severely obese man living in New York.