Past Event29 Jul 2016

Midnight Special

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The Civic


Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher star in this dazzling, genre-defying sci-fi/chase movie from the director of Mud and Take Shelter.

“Jeff Nichols is a distinctively Texas filmmaker; his work is giant yet personal, tackling huge ideas on an intimate scale. His latest is a masterful blend of road adventure, family drama, and science fiction, in which two estranged parents, the goons of a Jeffs-like cult leader, and the federal government are all after a remarkable child with inexplicable powers. As with his earlier Take Shelter, Nichols is using his large canvas to ask pressing questions about faith and belief, all the while acknowledging his story’s loudly ticking clock and relentless momentum. The matter-of-fact effects and bluntly efficient action beats are marvels, but the real power here is in the connections between parents and child, and the tenderness of their interactions. Nichols does so many things so well, and all at once, that it sort of takes your breath away.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Midnight Special

USA 2016
112 mins

Director/Screenplay: Jeff Nichols

Producers: Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Photography: Adam Stone

Editor: Julie Monroe

Production designer: Chad Keith

Costume designer: Erin Benach

Music: David Wingo

With: Michael Shannon (Roy), Joel Edgerton (Lucas), Kirsten Dunst (Sarah), Adam Driver (Sevier), Jaeden Lieberher (Alton), Sam Shepard (Calvin Meyer)

Festivals: Berlin, SXSW 2016


For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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