New Zealand International Film Festival 2022: Top 3 films

Several continents might separate us, but that doesn’t make us any less excited about the fantastic programme of NZIFF! Starting July 28th in Auckland, the festival runs throughout various cities until the 31st of August. With a programme ranging from Māori and Pasifika shorts to Cannes favourites, there’s something for everyone. Whether based in Tauranga or Dunedin, make your way to the New Zealand International Film Festival!

Still from Piggy (Cerdita), 2022.

For all our friends who are in the area, make sure to keep an eye out for the following films:


dir. by Julie Zhu, Asuka Sylvie, Michelle Ang, Nahyeon Lee, Yamin Tun, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, HASH, Angeline Loo

Concluding a riveting trilogy (also including Waru and Vai), Kāinga is certainly one to watch. In the anthology film, eight female Asian filmmakers show the challenges of the immigrant experience in Aotearoa.  An isolated Japanese mother, a Tamil Eelam sister looking for memories; These are just 2 of many viewpoints in the film.  Though focusing on difficulties, the filmmakers never forget to show all the love and joy within Asian cultures.

Playground (Un Monde)

dir. by Laura Wandel

Still from Playground (Un Monde), 2021.

In her feature-length debut, Laura Wandel tells the story of 7-year-old Nora. She gets caught in a loyalty conflict after her brother is brutally bullied at school. Playground is a powerful film, exploring the harsh reality of playground politics.

Piggy (Cerdita)

dir. by Carlota Pereda

Are you in for some Spanish horror? Let’s hope you have a strong enough stomach for Piggy! In the film, a bullied teen witnesses her tormentors get abducted by a mysterious stranger. Carlota Pereda’s slasher delivers both sharp social commentary and bloody mayhem. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Make sure to check out the full programme here! All (edited) synopses and images were taken from the website of NZIFF.

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