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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"

Candyman - The David Klein Story (2010)

Director: Costa Botes
Starring: Robert Klein

The story of the rise and fall of David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans. Read more

Diagnosis Death (2009)

4.7/10
Director: Jason Stutter
Starring: Raybon Kan, Jessica Grace Smith, Suze Tye, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement

Two people meet as guinea pigs in a weekend drug trial. Andre (an unethical high school teacher) and Juliet (a bookish teenager) soon discover their l... Read more

Querelle (1982)

6.9/10
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

One From the Heart (1982)

6.8/10
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

Creepshow (1982)

6.9/10
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

Hammett (1982)

6.5/10
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

Diner (1982)

7.2/10
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

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

7.8/10
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

Mephisto (1981)

7.9/10
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

Polyester (1981)

7/10
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