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Cannes films for NZIFF 2018

This year’s winner of the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival is one of 30 films from Cannes that will screen in Wellington at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival.

Shoplifters, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest film about an unconventional family making ends meet on the margins of Tokyo was a surprise winner at Cannes.

Also coming to Wellington from 27 July to 12 August will be the Jury Prize winner from Lebanon, Capharnaüm, and both of the tied Best Screenplay winners: 3 Faces (Iran, from ban-defying director Jafar Panahi) and Happy As Lazzaro (Italy).

Two of French cinema’s premier provocateurs are also in the mix: Gaspar Noe mixes up sex, drugs, dance and dread in the psychotropic dance movie Climax, while always-divisive 87-year-old auteur Jean-Luc Godard looks at the world and does not like what he sees in The Image Book.

And local audiences will be able to see why critics and audiences from Sundance to Cannes are raving about the performance of Wellington schoolgirl Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, with her debut feature film lead in Leave No Trace, the new film from Deborah Granik (Winter’s Bone).

The full Wellington programme will be online from 7pm on Thursday 28 June,with print copies available the next day. Tickets go on sale from 5 July.