This year’s NZ International Film Festival offers those interested in fashion and/or museums some real treats.
Look out for the following:
PRIX DE BEAUTÉ (Miss Europe) : France 1930 : Director: Augusto Genina – The dazzling Louise Brooks stars in a rags to riches tale of a vivacious young office worker who enters a beauty competition. (In Auckland, Live score played by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra)
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Beauty and the Beast) : France 1946 : Director: Jean Cocteau – Sumptuous costumes, sublime sets and magical cinematography in this fairytale for adults
YVES SAINT LAURENT : France 2014 : Director Jalil Lespert – An intimate study of a fashion genius in a biopic that spans 20 years, from Saint Laurent’s arrival at Dior to the founding of his own YSL label. The clothes used in the film are Saint Laurent originals!
DIOR AND I : France 2014 : Director: Frédéric Tcheng – An elegantly poised and charming study of a fashion house that follows designer Raf Simon’s first collection for Dior (2012) from concept to catwalk. Includes archival footage of and quotes by Christian Dior!
AND, FOR MUSEUM LOVERS…Don’t miss these two gems!
THE GREAT MUSEUM (Das grosse Museum) : Austria 2014 : Director: Johannes Holzhausen – An enthralling, multi-layered portrait of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, shot over a year while sections of the vast classical building were closed for renovation.
NATIONAL GALLERY : USA/France 2014 : Director: Frederick Wiseman – Another wonderful ‘hands-off’ documentary from Wiseman who turns his camera on the Old Master paintings, the people who lecture before them, those who conserve them, and the staff dedicated to preserving the museum’s reputation as one of the greatest art collections in the world.
For more information go to the NZIFF website: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/