The 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival has launched this evening at Auckland's Civic Theatre with the world premiere of The Dark Horse.
Starring Cliff Curtis as the little-known but brilliant chess champion from Gisborne Genesis Potini, the film is described as a provocative, emotionally-charged drama about a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities.
James Rolleston (Boy) and Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune) also star in The Dark Horse, which is written and directed by James Napier Robertson.
"It's great that a really significant New Zealand film, as I believe The Dark Horse will prove to be, chooses to have its world premiere in New Zealand and doesn't wait for what I think are inevitable overseas invitations," festival director Bill Gosden told 3 News.
More information about the film and the rest of the festival is available on the official NZFF website.
I was at the launch of the film festival and spoke to Curtis and Rolleston - watch the video report.
source: newshub archive