The best films of the 2011 NZ Film Festival

  • 04/08/2011

The curtains have closed on the Auckland leg of the 2011 New Zealand International Film Festival and now the films are being enjoyed in other parts of the country.

Many film lovers take the festival to the outer limits, cramming in as many films as possible during its two and a half week schedule.

The selections below are from five different film fans who each attended more than 30 screenings in Auckland and published reviews online.

Here are each of their five top film experiences from this year’s festival (each in alphabetical order):

Daniel Rutledge (www.3news.co.nz/film3, Rip It Up)
13 Assassins (Takashi Miike; Japan, 2010)
Cold Fish (Sion Sono; Japan, 2010)
How to Die in Oregon (Peter D. Richardson; USA, 2011)
Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener; USA, 2011)
Snowtown (Justin Kurzel; Australia, 2011)

Steve Austin (www.3news.co.nz/film3, fatsodvd.blogspot.com/)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog; France| UK | USA, 2010)
Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener; USA, 2011)
Nosferatu; A Symphony of Horrors (F.W. Murnau; Germany, 1922)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh; Australia, 2011)
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols; USA, 2011)

Jacob Powell (www.lumiere.net.nz/)
13 Assassins (Takashi Miike; Japan, 2010)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin; USA, 2011)
Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt; USA, 2010)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier; Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden, 2011)
Silent Souls (Aleksei Fedorchenko; Russia, 2010)

Hugh Lilly (cinefile.net.nz)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier; Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden, 2011)
Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt; USA, 2010)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh; Australia, 2011)
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr; France | Germany | Hungary | Switzerland, 2010)
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick; USA, 2011)

Doug Dillaman (www.twitter.com/dillamonster)
Aita (José María de Orbe; Spain, 2010)
The Innkeepers (Ti West; USA, 2011)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh; Australia, 2011)
Tabloid (Errol Morris; USA, 2010)
The Last Circus (Álex de la Iglesia; Spain, 2010)

The film that appears in most lists is Australian erotic drama Sleeping Beauty, which is presented by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion. Watch the Sleeping Beauty trailer.

For more information about the festival, visit the official New Zealand Film Festival website.

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