Film Auckland Morgan Leigh Stewart and Ngaire Fuata heading to Berlinale
A record number of New Zealand women directors are among the filmmakers to have films selected for the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.
In total there are ten New Zealand films in official selection with a delegation of 28 New Zealand filmmakers attending. This includes two New Zealand filmmakers chosen for Berlinale Talents, one as the New Zealand NATIVe Fellow and one presenting in the co-production market. Two New Zealand short films, both directed by women, Hush and Ani will screen In Competition in the festival’s Generation section.
Film Auckland Executive Office, Morgan Leigh Stewart has been chosen to attend Belinale Talents.
Film Auckland Board Member, Ngaire Fuata produced the short film Lili in the NATIVe section which this year focuses on films from the South Pacific region.
NZ Features Vai and For My Father’s Kingdom will have their world premieres at the festival, as will short films Liliu and Toa’ipuapugā Strength in Suffering. Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen will follow its international premiere at Sundance with a European premiere in Berlin. One Thousand Ropes, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2017, will screen as a retrospective along with short films Snow in Paradise and Va Tapuia.