An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Opening on August 24

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Stars: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump Read more

Wind River

Opening on August 31

An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Read more

My Year with Helen

Opening on September 7

By any measure, Helen Clark is an exceptional woman. Her journey from one of four children on a remote New Zealand farm to becoming New Zealand’s first elected female Prime Minister forms an outstanding and inspirational life story. In 2016, she added an even more ambitious chapter, as she at... Read more

Victoria and Abdul

Opening on September 14

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Ali Fazal Read more

Nziff: 20th Century Women

Opening on August 23

Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the the early 70's. The ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs. Living in a bohemian household shared with 3 like minded spirited people to help pay the rent, his moth... Read more

NT Live: Obsession

Opening on August 24

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino is a dr... Read more

Nziff: I Am Not Your Negro

Opening on August 24

This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin. Read more

Nziff: That's Not Me

Opening on August 24

A wannabe star is gutted by her identical twin sister’s HBO success – plus she’s dating Jared Leto – then decides to take advantage in this wry Aussie comedy of outsized fantasies and bad behaviour. Read more

Nziff: The Beguiled

Opening on August 24

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. Click on for more details Read more

Nziff: The Teacher

Opening on August 24

When accused of bartering her students’ grades for goods and services provided by their parents, a schoolteacher mounts a devious defence in this blackly funny dramedy set in the communist era. Read more

Nziff: Bpm (beats Per Minute)

Opening on August 25

A wary newcomer to the radical activist life risks his heart with one of its firecracker stars in this stirring and moving exploration of the ACT UP movement that protested government inaction on AIDS in the 90s. The personal and the political are as vitally connected as the chicken and the eg... Read more

Nziff: Lady Macbeth

Opening on August 25

Set in 19th century rural England, young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. Read more

Nziff: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Opening on August 25

This revealing tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, celebrates their little credited contributions to popular contemporary music from blues to jazz, from Hendrix to Metallica. Read more

Nziff: Summer 1993

Opening on August 25

Catalan director Carla Simón’s award-winning dramatisation of her own experience as a six-year-old orphan adjusting to a new life in the country features the most remarkable and mesmerising child performances in years. Read more

Nziff: The Party

Opening on August 25

“This sketch of an ambitious Westminster politician and dinner-party hostess (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose life comes spectacularly apart before the canapés are even served, is a consummate drawing-room divertissement, played with relish by a dream ensemble.” — Guy Lodge, Variety Read more

Nziff: Gabriel And The Mountain

Opening on August 26

Brazilian Fellipe Barbosa’s richly layered road movie retraces his friend’s Africa-on-$3-a-day travels through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, based on the fond recollections of the people he befriended along the way. Read more

Nziff: Kedi

Opening on August 26

More than just another example of cute kittens on camera, this documentary about the cats of Istanbul and the people who watch out for them exudes charm and insight that a million YouTube videos cannot match. Read more

Nziff: Unrest

Opening on August 26

Suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome but told by her doctor it was all in her head, journalist and academic Jennifer Brea started filming from her bed, contacting other sufferers via Skype, to explore the little understood condition. Read more

Nziff: Animation For Kids 8+

Opening on August 27

Each year our animation programme provides one of the best opportunities to introduce our youngest friends to the pleasures of international cinema and the NZIFF experience. NZIFF 2016 presents not one but two Animation for Kids collections – with each film guaranteed to amuse, entertain and in... Read more

Nziff: Frantz

Opening on August 27

This elegantly mounted drama explores regeneration in the aftermath of World War I through the complex relationship of a young German woman (Anna Beer) and a French soldier (Pierre Niney) brought together by shared loss. Read more

Nziff: Kobi

Opening on August 27

This warm and humorous doco about Kobi Bosshard, widely regarded as the grandfather of contemporary New Zealand jewellery, explores his philosophy of life and work, as captured by his daughter Andrea Bosshard. Read more

Nziff: The Untamed

Opening on August 27

Love triangle drama and erotic bio-sci-fi thrills meet in a truly bizarre exploration of oppressive machismo and liberating sexual abandon from Mexican director Amat Escalante. Read more

Nziff: Citizen Kane: Battle For The City

Opening on August 28

This fascinating documentary about urban planning considers the continuing relevance of the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York. Read more

Nziff: Dries

Opening on August 29

The 30-year career of prolific Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten is celebrated in this doco, which visits the designer’s atelier and home while following his production of four collections a year. Read more

Nziff: Maudie

Opening on August 30

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Read more

Nziff: Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web

Opening on August 31

As Annie Goldson’s impressively detailed documentary clearly sets out the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry, it goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age. Read more

Nziff: New Zealand's Best 2017

Opening on August 31

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector Gaylene Preston, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 83 entries. For this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McD... Read more

Kiki, Love To Love

Opening on September 1

Anyone for harpaxophilia? How about somnophilia? In five intertwined mini-romcoms, a scorching summer heatwave intensifies the very particular desires of a collection of Madrid lovers. A major hit at the Spanish box office. Read more

Nziff: Animation For Kids 4+

Opening on September 2

We’ve searched all around the world and back again to shape this eclectic collection of imaginative and engaging animated short films – terrific viewing for both the very youngest of filmgoers and animation admiring grown-ups. — NM Read more

Nziff: Faces Places

Opening on September 2

88-year-old Agnès Varda, working in collaboration with the young photo-muralist JR, reminds us that big themes can live in small places – and that every life yields something to celebrate. As the two travel across France, looking up old friends and creating artworks from photographs of the peo... Read more

Nziff: 100 Men

Opening on September 3

100 Men reflects on 40 years of gay history via a countdown of Kiwi filmmaker Paul Oremland’s most memorable shags, featuring candid and moving interviews with past lovers. Read more

Nziff: Happy End

Opening on September 3

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the failing patriarch and Isabelle Huppert his daughter in this satirical dissection of a powerful French construction dynasty from Austrian director Michael Haneke (Amour, Caché). Read more

Nziff: Swallows And Amazons

Opening on September 3

“The four Walker children have finally convinced their parents to let them set off on their own for a sailing adventure during summer vacation. Their summer of freedom quickly turns into a fierce turf war when they learn their island camp has been claimed by the boisterous Amazons, and find the... Read more

Nziff: The Farthest

Opening on September 3

The incredible journey of the Voyager spaceship is retraced by the women and men closest to the action in this exhilarating big-screen documentary. Read more

Nziff: Brigsby Bear

Opening on September 4

In this inventive, Gondry-esque comedy, Saturday Night Live’s earnest goofball Kyle Mooney is a man obsessed by the only TV show he’s ever seen, a little-known series about a magic bear saving the world. James (Mooney) has lived in a bunker for 25 years. His only contact is with his parent... Read more

Nziff: A Date Of Mad Mary

Opening on September 5

Sent only a single invitation, dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary (marvellous Seána Kerslake) sets out to find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this barbed and funny Irish romcom. Read more

Nziff: A Monster Calls

Opening on September 5

A visually spectacular and unabasedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmothe... Read more

Nziff: Call Me By Your Name

Opening on September 5

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify... Read more

Nziff: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Opening on September 5

The highly anticipated drama The Killing of a Sacred Deer reunites director Yorgos Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken unde... Read more

Nziff: Blue

Opening on September 6

BLUE is a film about how the oceans are broken. Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. And by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollu... Read more

Nziff: Risk

Opening on September 6

Dramatically revised since its 2016 Cannes premiere, Laura Poitras’ years-in-the-making, all-access documentary about Julian Assange provides a deeply revealing portrait of a man who would change the world. Read more

Nziff: The Workshop

Opening on September 6

Laurent Cantet (Human Resources, The Class) makes an enthralling return to form, drawing topical debate and socially conscious thrills from the true story of a writer intrigued and disturbed by a troubled student. Read more

Nziff: A Ghost Story

Opening on September 7

With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns ... Read more

Nziff: My Life As A Courgette

Opening on September 7

This soulful and subversive Oscar-nominated feature uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of an orphan named Courgette. From the key animator on Fantastic Mr Fox, and adapted for the screen by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma. Read more

Nziff: The Midwife

Opening on September 7

Catherine Frot stars as a conscientious midwife reluctantly reconnecting with Catherine Deneuve as the flamboyant step-mother who absconded 30 years earlier, in this lively drama from writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine) Read more

Nziff: Good Time

Opening on September 8

In this adrenalised Cannes sensation from guerrilla-filmmaker siblings Josh and Benny Safdie, Robert Pattinson is riveting as a small-time criminal on a frantic nocturnal odyssey to break his brother out of custody. “This eyes-open-to-the-world NYC crime thriller from filmmaking brothers Ben... Read more

Nziff: Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika Shorts 2017

Opening on September 8

Check out the latest and best M?ori and Pasifika short films as selected for NZIFF by Leo Koziol, Director of the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi, Director of the Pollywood Film Festival. MANNAHATTA An ancient spirit tries to send a message to a recent immigrant in the city that ... Read more

Nziff: Big Time

Opening on September 9

BIG Time gets up close with Danish architectural prodigy Bjarke Ingels over a period of six years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the Manhattan skyscraper W57 and Two World Trade Center. Read more

Nziff: The Other Side Of Hope

Opening on September 9

A Syrian stowaway lands up in Helsinki and finds refuge working in the worst restaurant in town in this funny, gorgeously filmed new tragicomedy from Finland hangdog maestro, Aki Kaurismäki. Read more

Nziff: Loveless

Opening on September 10

Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) won the Cannes Jury Prize for his stark and gripping tale of a divorcing couple caught in a missing-child procedural. “After four films, including the brilliant Leviathan, we are almost prepared for the crystalline perfection of Russian genius Andrey Zvyagintse... Read more

Nziff: Mountain

Opening on September 10

Introducing Mountain – an epic cinematic and musical collaboration between BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom, climber and cinematographer Renan Ozturk, writer Robert Macfarlane and Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of world-renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra. Only three... Read more

Nziff: A Fantastic Woman

Opening on September 11

Rising Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) celebrates the endurance of a woman under suspicion of murder in a film that heralds a stellar debut for transgender actress Daniela Vega. Read more

Nziff: I Am Not A Witch

Opening on September 11

Set in Zambia, the birthplace of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, this strange, engrossing feature addresses the continuing marginalisation of ‘witches’ and revolves around a nine-year-old girl accused of witchcraft. Read more

Nziff: The Lost City Of Z

Opening on September 11

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientif... Read more

Nziff: Heal The Living

Opening on September 12

A catastrophic accident leaves one family in ruins and bestows another with precious hope in a hospital drama immeasurably enhanced by the delicate sensitivity of Katell Quillévéré’s script and the poetic force of her direction. Read more

Nziff: Ethel & Ernest

Opening on September 13

This animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic memoir of his parents’ lives is both humble and profound, with gorgeous renderings of Briggs’ justly famous lines. Featuring the voices of Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn. Read more

Nziff: Pop Eye

Opening on September 13

This quietly charming, slightly surreal road movie features a bromance between an over-the-hill architect and his long-lost pet elephant as they escape Bangkok and head back to their village hometown. Read more

Nt Live: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Opening on September 14

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Mac... Read more

Nziff: House Of Z

Opening on September 14

The meteoric rise, fall and rise again of the prodigiously talented fashion designer Zac Posen is documented with sympathy and a little suspense in a many-storied documentary, packed full of his splendid creations. Read more

Nziff: Patti Cake$

Opening on September 15

PATTI CAKE$ introduces Australian actress Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big tim... Read more

Nziff: Step

Opening on September 16

Fighting the tough realities of their disadvantaged neighbourhood, Step follows three irrepressible young women in an enlightened Baltimore school as they prepare for college – and rehearse for step dance glory. Read more

Nziff; No Ordinary Sheila

Opening on September 16

In Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring doco, his cousin, writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retraces a long life dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history. Read more

Nziff: A Woman's Life

Opening on September 17

In a literary adaptation styled with striking immediacy, Stéphane Brizé relates the tragedy of an adventurous young 19th-century noblewoman harshly judged for an unfortunate marriage. Read more

Nziff: Born In China

Opening on September 17

The visual splendour of the natural world and its extraordinary creatures is captured on a grand scale in this true-life adventure from Disneynature – ideal for young animal lovers. In an epic tale of four seasons, we follow some of the animal families that populate various corners of China... Read more

Nziff: The Square

Opening on September 17

“The Square [is] a sardonic, darkly funny picture about a dashing museum curator whose dysfunctional institution is a microcosm of the larger world. Can art, or the tools used to promote it, cross the bounds of moral responsibility? What does it take to jog the upper classes out of their comfor... Read more

Nziff: An Insignificant Man

Opening on September 18

With exceptional access, this documentary about the rise of India’s newest parliamentary party, the Common Man’s Party (AAP), and the divisive, charismatic man at its heart, makes for riveting viewing. Read more

Nziff: Let The Sunshine In

Opening on September 18

Juliette Binoche lights up every frame of Claire Denis’ frank and rueful dramedy of romantic hope springing eternal, written in collaboration with the controversially confessional novelist and playwright Christine Angot. Read more

NT Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Ap

Opening on October 5

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Thi... Read more

NT Live: Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika

Opening on October 12

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Th... Read more

Met Opera Elektra

Opening Soon

Strauss’s blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge comes to the Met in the final opera production by the legendary director Patrice Chéreau, who died in 2014. Esa-Pekka Salonen, who made a riveting M?et debut leading Chéreau’s production of Janá?ek’s From the ... Read more