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"

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

Mephisto (1981)

Director: Istvan Szabo
Starring: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda

Istvan Szabo's powerful, Academy-Award winning film stars Klaus Maria Brandauer as an actor in pre-war Germany whose quest for success leads him to su... Read more

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn

Nearly two hours of dinner conversation between New York avant-garde theatre director Andre Gregory and playwright Wallace Shawn becomes a fascinating... Read more

One From the Heart (1982)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Nastassja Kinski, Harry Dean Stanton

An extraordinarily visual film examining the bittersweet romance between Teri Garr and Frederic Forrest, with support from Nastassia Kinski and Harry... Read more

Polyester (1981)

Director: John Waters
Starring: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, Mink Stole

Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey star in John Water's outrageous melodrama - the daily life of a typical American housewife (Divine) who, despite havi... Read more

Querelle (1982)

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau

The final film by Fassbinder was this searing adaptation of the controversial Jean Genet novel starring Brad Davis as a ruggedly handsome, narcissisti... Read more