French films at the 2021 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival [fr]

NZIFF is coming back to the cinemas, from 29 october to 5 december 2021, with a selection of over 10 French films!

The New Zealand International Film Festival is a non-competitive national event bringing a variety of new films from the international circuit to the screens of New Zealand. It screens films that might not otherwise be brought to New Zealand and promotes widespread discussion of these films.


In 2021, le festival is taking place in:

Note: the festival was cancelled in Auckland due to the current lockdown restrictions in place.

Vive le cinéma !

French films in 2021

Beau travail (2000) by Claire Denis
This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

Bergman Island (2021) by Mia Hansen-Løve
Cannes 2021 Official Selection
A couple retreat to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

Calamity (2020) by Rémi Chayé
1863, a convoy in the American West, Martha Jane needs to learn how to take care of horses to drive the family wagon. Except she ends up wearing pants and cutting her hair. The scandal that its stark character provokes will force to face all the dangers in a gigantic and wild world where everything is possible.

Honey Cigar (2021) by Kamir Aïnouz
Selma, 17, who lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber family. When she meets Julien in college, she realizes for the first time the impact of patriarchal rules on her intimacy.

Summer of 85 (2020) by François Ozon
Cannes 2020 Official Selection
French teenager Alexis’s boat capsizes, and he is rescued by David, who ends up as his boyfriend.

Happening (2021) by Audrey Diwan
An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s eponymous novel, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.

Marona’s Fantastic Tale (2020) by Anca Damian
After an accident, a little dog remembers all the different masters she’s had successively and loved unconditionally.

Gagarine (2021) by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh
Cannes 2020 Official Selection
Yuri fights to save his home town - which he shares with his namesake, Yuri Gagarin - from demolition

The Restless (2021) by Joachim Lafosse
Cannes 2021 Official Selection
Leila and Damien struggle with his bipolar disorder.

Mandibules (2021) by Quentin Dupieux
When simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to train it in the hope of making a ton of cash.

Paris, 13th District (2021) by Jascque Audiard
Cannes 2021 Official Selection
Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses paths with Amber. Three girls and a boy - They’re friends, sometimes lovers and often both.

The Monopoly of Violence (2020) by David Dufresne
A group of citizens question and confront their views on the social order, and the legitimacy of the use of violent police force.

Titane (2021) by Julia Ducournau
Cannes Festival, Palme d’Or 2021
Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.


Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is operated by the New Zealand Film Festival Trust, a non-profit, registered charitable trust.


Dernière modification : 28/10/2021

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