Apoc­a­lyp­tic vi­sions ig­nite NZFF

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For My Health. Ben’s pick:

Me­lan­cho­lia, Den­mark/Swe­den/ France/Ger­many (2011)

It was pretty clear to any­body who saw Lars Von Trier’s last ef­fort, An­tichrist, that the imp­ish Dane made it in a very dark frame of mind.

A bleak yet beau­ti­ful hor­ror film for adults, An­tichrist gave the 2009 New Zealand Film Fes­ti­val its most con­tentious high­light.

Me­lan­cho­lia prom­ises to leave a sim­i­lar foot­print on this year’s fes­ti­val, if its re­cep­tion at Cannes is any­thing to go by.

Best Ac­tress win­ner Kirsten Dunst plays a trou­bled woman from a priv­i­leged Amer­i­can fam­ily, strug­gling to main­tain her san­ity on her wed­ding day.

As if her nup­tials aren’t stress­ful enough, she also has the end of the world to con­tend with as a newly dis­cov­ered planet, Me­lan­cho­lia, threat­ens to col­lide

Ain’t In It with Earth. These apoc­a­lyp­tic vi­sions are stun­ningly evoked to the strains of Wagner while the tense scenes at the wed­ding re­cep­tion bring back mem­o­ries of the 1998 Dogme clas­sic Festen.

As al­ways, Von Trier teases a strong re­ac­tion from his fe­male lead with Dunst giv­ing a ca­reerbest per­for­mance.

Love him or hate him, it’s dif­fi­cult to ig­nore Von Trier.

Go de­cide for your­self de­serves all the at­ten­tion.

Screen­ings: Em­bassy (Au­gust 11, 3.45pm, Au­gust 13, 9.15pm). Priyanka’s pick: A Cat In Paris, Bel­gium/France (2010)

I’m a Fran­cophile so this was al­ways go­ing to be on my list.

Plus its old-school an­i­ma­tion moved it a cou­ple of spaces up on the pri­or­ity list.

This is direc­tors Alain Gag­nol

if he and Jean-Loup Fe­li­ci­oli’s first fea­ture-length movie, and while it’s aimed at kids (nine-plus), the themes ap­pear more ma­ture.

Dino the cat is a best friend to Zoe, who lives with her mother Jeanne and nanny Clau­dine in Paris. Jeanne is the city’s po­lice com­mis­sioner, which makes her a dis­tracted mother, not least be­cause she’s on the trail of gang boss Vic­tor Costa, who mur­dered Zoe’s dad.

At night, Dino plays stealthy com­pan­ion to cat bur­glar Nico, a dar­ing Robin Hood of the rooftops.

When the cat and the cat bur­glar get caught up with the Costa gang, it takes the fe­line to put one and one to­gether and per­suade Jeanne and Zoe that the good­hearted crook is ide­ally placed to help them.

The trailer for A Cat in Paris shows a won­der­ful hand-drawn vi­sion of Paris by night, ac­com­pa­nied by a retro jazz score.

At just over an hour with English sub­ti­tles, the movie should keep young chil­dren and their par­ents en­gaged. There are very few seats left for the week­end ses­sions so get in quick.

Screen­ings: Em­bassy (Au­gust 13, 11am – sub­ti­tled); Para­mount Bergman (Au­gust 14, 1pm and 3pm – both dubbed in English). Matt’s pick: Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film about Levon Helm, United States (2010)

Not old age nor throat cancer could keep Levon Helm from mak­ing mu­sic for long.

The man, who kept the beat and bore the South­ern soul of the leg­endary roots rock­ers The Band, has long been revered for his con­tri­bu­tions to Amer­i­cana mu­sic in the heady late 1960, early 1970s, but be­came mu­si­cally rel­e­vant

Plan­ets col­lide when Alexan­der Skars­gard and Kirsten Dunst seek blessed union in again fol­low­ing the re­lease of 2007’s Dirt Farmer and its fol­lowup Elec­tric Dirt.

Ain’t In It For My Health is billed as an in­ti­mate chron­i­cle of Helm over a three-year pe­riod, cen­tred on his fam­ily, his mu­sic and his pas­toral life in Wood­stock – an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion for any lover of Amer­i­cana or Amer­i­can mu­sic his­tory. His ‘‘ Mid­night Ram­bles’’, gigs hosted at his home stu­dio, are the stuff of le­gend.

You will strug­gle to find a mu­si­cian more au­then­tic and in­step with their rep­u­ta­tion than Helm. He em­bod­ies old-fash­ioned ru­ral sen­si­bil­i­ties, and re­mains a crit­i­cal con­nec­tion to the rock ’ n’roll wind­change of 1967-68, when Bob Dy­lan, The Band and The Byrds headed for the sticks and came back with coun­try-rock.

Screen­ings: Sound­ings Theatre, Te Papa ( Au­gust 12, 4.30pm; Au­gust 13, 3.30pm).

Zoe gives Dino a A Cat In Paris.

Weird wed­ding:


Time­less: Coun­try-rock le­gend Levon Helm re­ceives a mov­ing por­trait in

Cud­dle time: hug in

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