NZ Film Festivals

Throughout the year two major Film Festivals circuit New Zealand. The years listed to the left are an amalgam of the offerings that have made it to Video or DVD from the World Cinema Showcase (a.k.a. The Canterbury Film Festival) and The International Film Festival. Right: Scene from the extraordinary "Osama"

Blood Wedding (1981)

Director: Carlos Saura
Starring: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos

This story of murderous passion and revenge is told entirely through dance, without dialogue. A young bride (the explosive Cristina Hoyos) runs off fr... Read more

Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)

Director: Francesco Rosi
Starring: Gian Maria Volonte, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny

Rosi's BAFTA-winning epic stars Gian Maria Volonte as Carlo Levi, an artist and political exile banished to a southern Italian village by Mussolini's... Read more

Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Sandy Dennis, Cher , Karen Black, Kathy Bates

Once again Robert Altman has assembled a superior cast for this story of a 20 year reunion of a James Dean fan club. Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black a... Read more

Creepshow (1982)

Director: George A Romero
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, E G Marshall, Fritz Weaver, Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen

George A Romero directs a screenplay by Stephen King that is a ghoulish comic tribute to EC Comics. Five tales of the macabre are offered. E.G. Marsha... Read more

Diner (1982)

Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Ellen...

Nostalgic, funny, personal memoir of a group of young men in their early 20's, hanging out at their favourite diner in Baltimore, 1959. This was the t... Read more

Diva (1981)

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Frederic Andrei

A breathtaking series of visual images in this stylish romantic thriller; at the heart of the film is an opera-intoxicated 18-year old mail carrier wh... Read more

Genocide (Simon Wiesenthal Collection) (1982)

Director: Arnold Schwartzman
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Narrated by, Orson Welles

Giving an overview of anti-Semitism from Biblical times through to the 20th Century, this moving documentary shows the history of a persecuted people... Read more

Hammett (1982)

Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner

The atmospheric and exciting tale of young Dashiell Hammett, who really lives the hard-boiled life he writes about. Wenders explores the central tensi... Read more

Laura (1979)

Director: David Hamilton
Starring: Maud Adams, Dawn Dunlap, James Mitchell

"The sensually provocative images of internationally acclaimed photographer David Hamilton again move and breathe in 'Laura'. A gossamer journey throu... Read more

Melvin and Howard (1980)

Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jason Robards, Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen

This gem tells the offbeat true story of a chance encounter between eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and an unsuspecting labourer named Melvin Dumm... Read more