Celebrated films from around the world at MFF2020

MFF2020 features 120 films from around the world, a short selection of acclaimed features are listed below.

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Sembradoras de Vida

SEEDS OF LIFE accompanies five women from the Peruvian Andes in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land.

In the Andean worldview, women and the land are strongly interrelated. Both the woman’s body and the earth are capable of giving life.

In a current context of industrialization of agriculture, the use of chemical pesticides and genetically modified seeds are women who, connected to the land in sorority, assume the role of protectors.

The Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary Work Long Format – imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Friday 20 March, 9:30 am
The Civic Theatre

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Alice hasn’t seen her two children in months. After a recent and difficult divorce, her ex-husband keeps them from her as they await the final custody verdict in Northern Sweden. But when her son calls her in the middle of the night weeping helplessly, Alice can wait no longer. In a last and desperate attempt, Alice arrives in the North, only to have her hopes of reconciliation with her children dashed upon arrival. Now just one path remains open to her: Alice abducts the children and heads to a charter resort in the Canary Islands. With the clock ticking, Alice does what she can to rekindle her children’s love and trust under the pressure of discovery and the risk of losing them completely.

Sundance Film Festival 2020

Friday 20 March, 6:30 pm
Ngā Purapura

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Thursday 19 March, 3 pm
Ngā Purapura

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The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open

When Áila encounters a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of a busy street, she soon discovers that this young woman, Rosie, has just escaped a violent assault at the hands of her boyfriend. Áila decides to bring Rosie home with her and over the course of the evening, the two navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.

Inspired by a very real and transformative moment in the co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather’s life, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN weaves an intricately complex, while at the same time very simple, story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.

Toronto Film Critics Association – Best Canadian Film

Vancouver Film Critics Circle – Best Canadian Film, Best British Columbia Film, Best Director of a Canadian Film

The Sun Above Me Never Set

Having quarrelled with his father, the young Altan goes to work in the remote North Arctic. He will have to spend a month alone on a deserted island. Out of the blue, an old man appears, looking to spend the last days of his life on the island and insisting Altan bury him next to his wife. Atlan discovers the old man’s daughter is missing, he talks the old man into reinvigorating his search for his daughter. In their time together in the Arctic, Altan must work every day to rouse the old man and ensure that he lives to see another day to hopefully see his daughter again.

Sunday 22 March, 6:15 pm
Ngā Purapura

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Asian World Film Festival – Best Film, Best Actor

Moscow International Film Festival – Best Film

Shanghai International Film Festival – Media Prize for Best Film, Audience Award