NZIFF announces first films as requested by popular demand

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today revealed five films from the highly anticipated 2019 programme, which will screen in Auckland from 18 July, and in Wellington from 26 July.

A 59-minute 3D tracking shot, Southern California neo-noir mystery, suicide space mission, Colombian Lord of the Flies style thriller, and a deep dive into our flourishing NZ wine industry feature in the line-up. 

 “We’re excited to finally announce our first titles for 2019. A Long Day’s Journey into Night and Under the Silver Lake will make their long-awaited NZ premieres at NZIFF after premiering at Cannes last year. We’ll also be presenting two of the most striking films from the past year, High Life and Monos, which premiered at

Toronto and Sundance respectively and the world premiere of David Nash’s NZ wine documentary A Seat at the Table.” NZIFF Programme Manager Michael McDonnell


Titles for NZIFF 2019:

High Life

A forbidding spaceship carrying death row inmates hurtles towards oblivion in Claire Denis’s long-awaited, intensely hypnotic sci-fi opus.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Part film noir, part dreamscape, this oneiric love mystery – acclaimed for its hour-long 3D sequence shot in a mesmerising unbroken take – intoxicatingly captures romantic obsession in southern China.


Like Lord of the Flies by way of Yorgos Lanthimos, this bold, bizarro Sundance sensation takes the feral power struggles of youth gone wild to the misty mountains and lush jungles of Colombia.

A Seat at the Table

Savour 100 minutes of eye-popping camera work, picturesque vineyards and gratuitous grape-fondling shots in this glorious toast to the talent and the stories behind New Zealand’s world-famous wine industry.

Under the Silver Lake

Deadbeat slacker Andrew Garfield delves into the labyrinthine mysteries of La La Land on the hunt for a missing girl in David Robert Mitchell’s oddball neo-noir thriller.

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available from Tuesday 25 June for Auckland, Friday 28 June for Wellington, Tuesday 9 July for Dunedin, and Tuesday 16 July for Christchurch. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 18 July, Wellington from 26 July, Dunedin from 1 August, and Christchurch from 8 August in 2019.