Catch the 2012 New Zealand Film Festival, February 23 to 28

A first in Manila: catch A-class full-length and short films from New Zealand.

For the complete lineup, synopses, and schedule, click for more.



( A cinematic and cultural feast showcasing the best full-length and short films from New Zealand will run from February 23 to 28 at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.


Take a peek into New Zealand’s culture through their films: Eagle vs. Shark tells the tale of two misfits who come together to overcome their shortcomings and discover the inner beauty. In My Father’s Den narrates the journey of a war photographer who returns to his New Zealand hometown to face his haunting past.


The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls chronicles the lives of the world’s only comedic, country-singing, dancing, and yodeling twin sisters. In Sione’s Wedding, four immature guys attempt to change their ways to find their perfect match.


A young woman is denied her rightful place as a tribal chief in Whale Rider, while a wedding ceremony is in peril because of a mother’s bargain-hunting obsession in Second-Hand Wedding.


Boy shows a young boy who idolizes Michael Jackson and his absent father. No. 2 narrates the tale of Nanna Maria, an old woman who demands that her grandchildren give her a lavish feast on the day she’s expected to name her successor.


The lineup of short films include: Coffee and Allah, a story of a young Muslim woman who overcomes relocation by connecting with people through her faith, love for coffee, and badminton; Noise Control, an animated feature about a rooster who pays the price for keeping his neighbors awake; Tama Tu, which shows soldiers trying to distract themselves from the reminders of war surrounding them; and Take 3 features three Asian actresses who find themselves playing uncomfortable and stereotypical Asian roles.


Admission is free. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.


For inquiries, contact 633-7851 local 113 or log on to Like Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook for updates.

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