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Just the ticket . . . Movie Max cinema manager Robert Zeromson is pleased with this year's New Zealand International Film Festival Timaru programme. The festival starts today. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

It might be time to take a trip to the cinema – the New Zealand International Film Festival is back.

The festival launched its Timaru programme on August 17, starting with Kedi, a documentary about the cats of Istanbul.

Movie Max cinema manager Robert Zeromson said one of the two films he was most looking forward to was Gaylene Preston’s documentary on Helen Clark, My Year With Helen

“I expect that to be very popular.”

He also recommended cinema-goers try to see Maudie, a biopic of legendary Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, as well as The Lost City of Z, which some reviewers had described as an “instant classic”.

There would also be a question-and-answer session with the team behind Seven Rivers Walking after the film’s screening on August 27.

The film looks at the state of rivers on the Canterbury Plains from the viewpoint of the various groups that use the rivers, including fishers, rafters, trampers, Ngai Tahu, environmentalists, scientists and farming families.

Mr Zeromson encouraged those interested in particular films to pre-book, as the cinema had allocated seating, but stressed most sessions did not sell out, so there would always be door sales.

The film festival gave people a chance to see films from a variety of genres and styles that might not always make it into the usual cinema programme, he said.

“They see things they otherwise might not get to see.”

For more information on the New Zealand International Film Festival programme or for tickets, visit www.moviemaxdigital.co.nz.