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Cinema for the design-minded

Cinema for the design-minded

From the organisers of the mighty New Zealand International Film Festival comes the World Cinema Showcase, featuring films selected by NZIFF programmers that for whatever reason were not eligible for NZIFF screening.

Now in its 14th year, the collaboration between the NZ Film Festival Trust and exhibitors in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch will screen a mix of features and documentaries to usher in festival season.

For the design-minded, there are screeds to get your teeth into, including:

Urbanized

Gary Hustwit’s credentials as a commentator on design matters were established immediately by Helvetica, 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 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.