We have been advised that the 110-minute theatrical version of Woody Allen – a Documentary promised to us by the film’s producers and advertised in our printed brochure will not be available in time to meet their commitment. In its stead they have licensed screenings of the full three-hour documentary originally broadcast on the American Masters series – which, ironically, is what we asked for in the first place!

We appreciate that the longer duration may not suit all Showcase patrons and we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment.  On the other hand what we are offering now delivers so much more vintage Woody!  (And if you are in a rush you could do much worse with your time and money than to simply watch Part One…)

Tickets already purchased for the shorter version can be applied to the full version. Refunds are available now if the new arrangements do not suit you.

Bill Gosden

See the film note page for the latest session and runtime information.

20 March 2012
Change to the runtime for Woody Allen - A Documentary

9 March 2012
International Film Composer to attend Showcase

9 March 2012
Full Programme Now Live Online

8 March 2012
Sneak Announcements

6 March 2012
Venue Change for Christchurch

2 February 2012
First Announcements for 2012



Klaus Doldinger to attend Auckland and Wellington screenings of Das Boot.
The organisers of the New Zealand International Film Festival and the annual World Cinema Showcase are working with the Goethe Institut to bring German jazz saxophonist and film composer Klaus Doldinger together with New Zealanders working in music and film.

Klaus is in New Zealand primarily to perform with his jazz group Passport at the New Zealand Jazz Festival in Tauranga at Easter. His most internationally noted film credits are Das Boot and The Never Ending Story and he will be introducing screenings of Das Boot at the World Cinema Showcase while he is here. He has also generously agreed to make himself available for half-day workshops in Auckland and Wellington.

The workshops will cover the historical, technical and creative aspects of film and TV music composing and production, but also examine practical issues such as the relationship between director and composer, copyright questions and marketing of your work. Participants have the opportunity to bring in 2 to 3 minutes of past work to be discussed. Participation is free but the size of the group is limited and pre-registration required.

The Auckland session is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday April 4 from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm at the Auckland Art Gallery.
The Wellington session is scheduled for the morning of Monday April 16 from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm at the New Zealand Film Archive

For enquiries and to register your interest in participating, please contact NZIFF at




Download our media release announcing two NZ films having their world premieres at the Showcase.




As the North Island picks up the pieces after the colossal blast of last weekend, the Festival office settles back into place after a hectic fortnight of finalising and scheduling this year's World Cinema Showcase programme. The full programme will live online on Friday and the brochure will hit the Auckland venues the same day, circulating more widely and hitting Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch in the next week.

ONE FILMMAKER, TWO FILMS Joe Berlinger, no stranger to NZIFF or Showcase audiences, is the director of two very different, equally notable documentaries at this year's World Cinema Showcase.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Produced for HBO broadcast but amply deserving this big screen showcase, Berlinger and Sinofsky’s third film vividly recaps the details and the key players in an increasingly well-known story of the 'West Memphis Three'.

Under African Skies An irresistibly joyous explosion of African pop sounds few Westerners had heard before, Paul Simon’s Graceland album was an immediate hit worldwide in 1986. Simon returns with filmmaker Joe Berlinger to South Africa to celebrate the 25th anniversary with a reunion concert.

Chico & Rita The prize for the most lushly pleasurable Oscar nominee (without a local cinema release) goes to Chico & Rita, a startlingly sexy animated musical.



The World Cinema Showcase will take place at Sumner’s Hollywood 3 Cinemas and not at Hoyts Northlands as mistakenly announced earlier. With regular Showcase venue the Rialto closed since February 22, veteran Christchurch independent Lang Masters has provided our little festival with a new Christchurch home. We appreciate that this will be welcome news for regular patrons who live in those parts, if not such a happy prospect for those to the north of the city. We hope the Hollywood’s hospitality and our lively programme will motivate you to make the drive.

We apologise for the premature earlier announcement. After lengthy discussions we were unable to reach a mutually agreeable financial arrangement with Hoyts head office. With the city so short of screens we can see that commercial opportunities are over-riding and the Showcase will never be a blockbuster. We remain hopeful that Hoyts Northlands will participate in NZIFF again this August. Hoyts were longtime hosts of NZIFF at the Regent on Worcester and did a fine job for us at Northlands in 2011.

2 February 2012 - FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 2012

This year we’re spelling out the Showcase’s relationship to the Big One, as we see it, with a simple catch-phrase, “NZIFF Selects World Cinema Showcase”. Showcase films are selected by the NZIFF programmers from the vast array of movies that we encounter every year – and which, for one reason or another, are not eligible for NZIFF screening.  Unlike the NZIFF, where the financial risk is pretty much entirely ours, The Showcase is presented in collaboration with our enterprising venue partners; longtime Showcase hosts the Paramount, Wellington and The Regent, Dunedin; and newcomers in 2012, Hoyts Northlands in Christchurch, and two of Auckland’s favourite “arthouse” destinations, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket and the Bridgeway.

We promise as energetic and energising a mix of features and documentaries in 2012 as we’ve ever assembled.

DESIGN FOR LIVING Two Showcase documentaries spotlight design – on the urban scale and the domestic – and a third provides an extremely entertaining account of what can happen when a community finds itself at odds with its elected representatives on the fraught subject of urban development.

Urbanized Gary Hustwit’s credentials as a commentator on design matters were established immediately by his Helevtica, the surprise hit of the 2007 NZIFF.  His new film Urbanized applies the same deft visual style to the subject of urban design.

The Triangle Wars Architects, engineers and city planners take the lead in Urbanized, but politicians and developers hold all the cards in The Triangle Wars, an alarming (and disarmingly funny) account of urban development closer to home.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's lavishly illustrated documentary portrait of husband and wife design team Ray and Charles Eames accommodates many readings: it’s a classic American tale of domestic talent extrapolated into international stardom; of artisanal know-how and innovation tooled for the industrial age. It’s a nostalgic evocation of a time when democratic ideals informed industrial outputs; and it’s a portrait of a creative marriage built on the shifting sands of gender equality in postwar America.

Our Idiot Brother A performance of perfect blundering innocence from Paul Rudd buoys this laugh-out-loud farce about a back-to-the-earth alternative lifestyler who disrupts the lives of his three uptight New York City sisters.

The Deep Blue Sea 2011 marked the centenary of the birth of Terence Rattigan – and an unexpected return to popularity for a prolific playwright whose once enormously successful plays had long been designated artefacts of the postwar era that they dramatized so exactly. Terence Davies’ film of his The Deep Blue Sea, illuminated by a performance of quiet intensity and subtlety by Rachel Weisz, shows just how abidingly resonant Rattigan’s observations of British anxieties about sex and class have turned out to be.

AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City The Mongolian Steppes have graced many a film festival screen, but this may be the first armchair tour of those rolling grassy expanses that you can’t sit still for.  Anda Union: From The Steppes To The City follows a band of young Inner Mongolian musicians as they traverse 10,000 km to perform for each of the ten members' far flung families.