Film Fest fever

20:28, Jun 26 2013

Cinephiles start your engines.

The glossy brochure for the Auckland leg of the 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival has been released and tickets for the July 18 to August 4 event go on sale on Friday (Wellington's programme launches tomorrow, Thursday).

Even just a quick glance at the lineup will send festival fans into raptures as festival director Bill Gosden and his team have scoured the world to bring the best of the globe's cinematic offerings to our shores. No fewer than 18 official selections from this year's Cannes have been secured, including many prize winners, and there are plenty of homegrown flicks and a bevy of fascinating docos.

Check out for the full mouth-watering lineup but in the meantime here are six titles that I'm really looking forward to:



Behind the Candelabra - Auckland's opening-night film. Screening on television only in the US (it was made by HBO), this Michael Douglas and Matt Damon-starring biopic of the entertainer Liberace is also one of our last opportunities to see a work by Steven Soderbergh on the big screen.


Stories We Tell - Canadian actor-turned-director Sarah Polley (Away With Her) tries her hand at a documentary in this fascinating exploration of the legacy of her vivacious, chaotic mother Diane, who died when Sarah was 11. Fans of Who Do You Think You Are will lap this up.


Dial M For Murder 3D - From the first wave of 3D, the 1950s, comes Alfred Hitchcock's experiment with the medium. Grace Kelly stars as a society woman who turns the tables on her jealous husband's perfect murder plans. Wait to you see the murder sequence in stereoscope.


Maniac - Part of Ant Timpson's Incredibly Strange section; you might never look at Frodo the same way after seeing this horror. Elijah Wood slices people up while obsessing over a mannequin in this remake of a 1980s chiller. And it's virtually all shot from his point-of-view.


Much Ado About Nothing - Or what Joss Whedon did after The Avengers. Over just a couple of weeks, the Buffy creator gathered all his mates around to his place to shoot a contemporary-set version of the bard's classic cynical rom-com. And it's in black and white.


56 Up - Michael Apted's latest instalment of his long-running documentary series takes us back into the lives of those who were first interviewed at age seven for a Granada television programme.


There's probably about 40 or 50 that I really want to see, but what festival film are you most looking forward to and why?

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