Last night I went to the full-house screening of Shoplifters, a Japanese film set somewhere in the back blocks of Tokyo, according to film info. P made yet another poor choice by choosing not to come to this one, as it was an excellent film.
While I have already talked about the third film we saw on on Friday (August 3), to get it out of the way and in an attempt to stop thinking about it any more, I still want to say a few words about Celia and Zama, two very different offerings at the NZIFF.
Our number one choice in the New Zealand’s Best Audience Choice Award has taken out two prizes – the Audience Award and the Wallace Friends of the Civic Award. Congratulations! See more about the winners here but in relation to our top pick, here is the info from the NZIFF site. The Wallace Friends of the … More New Zealand’s Best awards announced
The is not a self-help post but a quick review of the film I saw last night. If you like gratuitous violence with no explanation or attempt at justification of how a person could be incited to perform such monstrous acts, this is the film for you. I am not such a person, and have … More What Keeps You Alive
This film was the last of three that we saw on August 2, but it deserves its own post. What a wonderful documentary about Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who died in July 2017 and whose name we are allowed to say thanks to the decision of his clan and family members to ensure that the memory … More Gurrumul
August commenced with Eight Uneasy Pieces, the first of the short film collections that we have scheduled for this festival, and was the only cinema fixture we had for the day. It was a mixed group, with some of the offerings more resolved and/or comprehensible than others (not that comprehensible need be a criterion for … More More films
It’s now Day 7 and in a short time I will be attending my fourteenth film which, unless I book some more, will take me to the halfway point for films I am seeing at this year’s festival. I still haven’t finished writing about the films I have already seen, but will catch up soon.