NZIFF 2019 at Lumiere

Here are all the films being shown at the Lumiere Cinemas as part of the 2019 New Zealand International Film Festival.


until Wed 21 August 2019

Beyond Bob Marley, "Inna de Yard" dives deep into the soul of reggae music, the die-hard singers and songwriters who were there from the beginning, and the Jamaican sound and spirit.


until Wed 21 August 2019

Argentinian actor-turned-director Ana Katz helms this Brazilian family holiday comedy that strikes deeper chords in its exploration of independence, marriage and aging, at a beach paradise.


until Fri 23 August 2019

From America’s satanic panic to the battle of the Baphomet monument, Hail Satan? is an eye-opening comedic romp exploring the good – and sometimes not so good – work of The Satanic Temple.


until Sun 25 August 2019

The NZIFF's longstanding animation programmer Malcolm Turner, also head honcho at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, offers a selection of the best and brightest from this year’s Animation NOW! Festival.


until Wed 21 August 2019

Two women go from being friends to maybe something more until one of them meets a stranger who needs a place to stay the night in Martin Sagadin’s naturalistic Christchurch-set feature debut.


Wed 21 August 2019

An intimate, inspirational portrait of Helen Kelly in the last year of her life, Together tells the story of a woman whose advocacy and generosity changed the lives of countless New Zealanders.


Wed 21 August 2019 to Mon 26 August 2019

Evidence of a deceased wife’s affair tips a grieving ex-cop in remote Iceland over the edge, leading to a shocking spiral of events in search of the truth.


until Wed 21 August 2019

Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy) who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.


until Sat 24 August 2019

Driven by his deep faith in God and Tongan culture, pensioner Saia Mafile’o carefully navigates not only the rough streets of South Auckland, but also his sometimes-fraught relationship with his New Zealand-born son Robert, who struggles to accept his father’s commitment to a Kingdom that tore their family apart.


until Fri 23 August 2019

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots’ goal of becoming homeowners veers into strange and sinister territory in this smart and unexpected sci-fi horror, as they find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses.


until Sun 25 August 2019

Set in Bogotá, Colombia, Franco Lolli’s excellent character study focuses on a lawyer struggling to care for her young son and ailing mother amidst a developing scandal at work.


Thu 22 August 2019

Sport and politics most definitely do mix in this gripping look back at a brutal and turbulent time for New Zealand rugby, told from the point of view of the players themselves, including David Kirk and Buck Shelford.


until Sat 24 August 2019

Darkly poetic and visually arresting, Swedish duo Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s sci-fi film follows the fate of a marooned colony vessel and its doomed passengers.


until Thu 22 August 2019

Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Academy Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino, who returns to cinema in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europe’s most infamous politician.


until Thu 22 August 2019

A man's obsession with his deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime in director Quentin Dupieux’s latest cinematic oddity, destined for cult status.


until Sat 24 August 2019

A poignant, intimate portrait of Yves Saint Laurent in his twilight years takes us behind the scenes of the fabled fashion house and of the couturier’s complex relationship with business partner Pierre Bergé.


until Thu 22 August 2019

In 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little does she know that her hidden desires will take her by surprise and force her to make a choice between living in safety and being free.


until Fri 23 August 2019

Deadbeat slacker Andrew Garfield delves into the labyrinthine mysteries of La La Land on the hunt for a missing girl in David Robert Mitchell’s oddball neo-noir thriller.


until Thu 22 August 2019

With a crisp, kinetic visual style and a surplus of tension, Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen skewers the corrupt politicos of his home country with this razor-sharp suspense thriller.


until Mon 26 August 2019

This vivid portrait explores M.C. Escher’s life and imaginative world through his own words and visions. Narrated by Stephen Fry.


until Fri 23 August 2019

A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.


until Fri 23 August 2019

Actor Jonah Hill directs with dead-on authenticity and unruly spirit this throwback to ’90s skate culture, based on his teenage years as a troublemaking skater in downtown LA.


until Sun 25 August 2019

"Inventing Tomorrow" follows six teenage scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today - right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research they will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of the Society for Science & the Public.


until Mon 26 August 2019

Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat are thirty-something best friends in Dublin, where partying hard is still their way to have fun, but the reality of getting older is getting harder to ignore.


until Sat 24 August 2019

With an enchanting attention to oceanic detail and the mysteries of the deep blue sea, this blissfully moody anime follows the journey of a teenage girl spirited away on a fantastic aquatic adventure.


Sat 24 August 2019

Big themes and existential musings alternate with essential hilarity in this showcase of terrific animated shorts for ages 8+


until Sat 24 August 2019

Meet New York’s legendary-yet-unlikely street art photographer who influenced a whole generation of graffiti artists – and at the age of 75, is still capturing beauty on the fringes, with verve.


until Sat 24 August 2019

Four years after Waterloo a different kind of battle was fought on British soil, Mike Leigh delivers a passionate and forceful historical drama about the time when the working class began to fight for their rights.


until Sat 24 August 2019

PJ Harvey gathers lyrical and musical inspiration in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC, an unorthodox collection of raw material fused together in a London studio for her 2016 album, "The Hope Six Demolition Project."


until Sat 24 August 2019

What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.


until Mon 26 August 2019

Gangland subterfuge tumbles into a dazzling nocturnal manhunt in Chinese director Diao Yinan’s film noir par excellence – a modern genre classic in the making.


until Sun 25 August 2019

"The Miracle of the Little Prince" profiles dedicated translators who use Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless and overwhelmingly emotional novella to help keep dying, frequently less spoken and documented languages alive.


until Sun 25 August 2019

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti…


until Sun 25 August 2019

A city slicker couple turned progressive eco-farmers transform a barren orchard into a thriving landscape in this inspirational sustainability documentary.


until Sun 25 August 2019

Good things come in small packages in this impressive three film anthology from Studio Ponoc, highlighting the creative power of short-form animation – and showcasing Japan’s finest animators at work.


until Sun 25 August 2019

Ron Mann’s absorbing documentary portrays a week in the life of old-school guitar maker Rick Kelly and his Greenwich Village workshop with its devoted clientele of rock royalty.


until Mon 26 August 2019

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to Mikhail Gorbachev - arguably the world’s greatest living politician.


until Sun 25 August 2019

A love for wild dogs and a love for wild kids inspire Australian Bernie Shakeshaft’s remarkable programme to transform the lives of both, intimately observed over two years in Catherine Scott’s acclaimed documentary


until Sun 25 August 2019

A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.


until Mon 26 August 2019

The classic, quintessentially British comedy of bad manners returns in a superb digital restoration. With Dennis Price as the most elegantly murderous of social climbers and Alec Guinness as all eight of his victims.


until Mon 26 August 2019

Francis Ford Coppola’s classic "Apocalypse Now" in a new, never-before-seen restored version, remastered in 4K Ultra HD.


Mon 26 August 2019

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.


until Mon 26 August 2019

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector Jane Campion, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 91 entries.


Fri 30 August 2019

In the dystopian future of 1997, New York City is a walled maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane. But when Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists and crashes into Manhattan, wise-cracking federal prisoner Snake Plissken is given 24 hours to rescue the President of the United States. Kurt Russell stars in this special 4K restoration of John Carpenter's 1981 cult classic.