MENA titles among Cannes highlights at NZ International Film Fest

New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) announced an impressive line-up of acclaimed films direct from Cannes Film Festival 2022 that are set to feature in its 2022 programme, and among those are a few gems from the Region.
MENA titles among Cannes highlights at NZ International Film Fest

The New Zealand International Film Festival will take place this year from 28 July to 31 August, in cities around NZ.

“NZIFF is bringing the very best from Cannes to New Zealand audiences and we’re thrilled to present an outstanding line-up of major award winners and nominees from celebrated filmmakers from around the globe. Audiences can look forward to a diverse range of cinematic experiences this festival,” said NZIFF Head of Programming Michael McDonnell.

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is run by a charitable trust to enhance local appreciation of, and engagement with, global art and culture by providing access to a diverse range of high-quality film.

Among twelve titles in this year's line up coming straight from the Festival de Cannes, are Best Screenplay winner Boy from Heaven / Walad min al janna by Tarik Saleh, which deftly explores the tangled state of modern-day Egypt through his firebrand thriller set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar University the country’s most respected religious teaching institution.

And Un Certain Regard title The Blue Caftan / Le Bleu du Caftan, by Moroccan filmmaker Maryam Touzani. The second film by the talented Touzani, it stars Saleh Bakri and Lubna Azabal in the story of a master tailor’s wife who watches on as her closeted husband falls in love with his apprentice.

Other titles include lauded Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s eagerly anticipated satire on the mega-rich, Triangle of Sadness will be the festival’s closing night film, screening in all centres. Jointly awarded Grand Prix winners Close, directed by Lukas Dhont, and Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon, also join the line-up. And from Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook comes Decision to Leave, the black-widow noir romance for which he was awarded Best Director.

Also, from Cannes’ Un Certain Regard selection, is writer-director Marie Kreutzer's lushly decorated and costumed Corsage, featuring Best Performance winner Vicky Krieps as Sissi, the Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

For the full line up and to know more about NZIFF, check out their website.

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