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Art on screen . . . Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, which won him the Cannes Best Director award, is the closing night film of the Timaru NZIFF programme, following two musicians caught between East and West. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

Family dynamics, fashion and recent world history are just some of the topics to entertain Timaru audiences next month.

The programme for Timaru’s section of the New Zealand International Film Festival was announced earlier this week. It will screen from August 16-26 at Movie Max.

The South Canterbury programme starts with Loveling, about motherhood, co-written by director Gustavo Pizzi and his wife and lead actress Karine Teles, on August 16 at 12 noon.

Fashion focus . . . New Zealand director Petra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth) returns to the big screen with Yellow is Forbidden, a documentary on Chinese designer Guo Pei. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The first evening film is Leave No Trace, starring New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as 13-year-old Tom living off the grid with her war veteran father (Ben Foster) in Portland, in the United States.

Other films in the line-up include surprise Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, about a family in Tokyo struggling to make ends meet, New Zealand documentary Celia, about the late activist Celia Lashlie, and documentary film McQueen, on British designer Alexander McQueen.

Fashion is also the focus of several other films in the programme, including New Zealand director Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden, about Chinese designer Guo Pei, who made fashion headlines around the world when Rihanna wore her massive canary yellow gown to the Met Gala in 2015, and Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, about Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Two acclaimed LGBT-centred films have also made the list.

Rachel McAdams stars as Esti Kuperman and Rachel Weisz as Ronit Krushka in DISOBEDIENCE, a Bleecker Street release..Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street.

In Disobedience, which stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, Weisz’s character returns to her London Orthodox Jewish home and rekindles a forgotten, unacceptable relationship with her childhood friend, played by McAdams.

The other film is a drama, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, as Chloe Grace Moretz’s Cameron is sent off to a gay conversion camp in remote Montana.

Dogs take a starring role in two films on the programme, first Italian director Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, based-on-fact drama of a timid dog lover driven to terrifying extremes when he hitches his star to a human beast he cannot control, while Pick of the Litterprovides a less-dramatic account of puppy love, focusing on the training of service dogs to become guides for the visually impaired.

For more information on the Timaru screenings during the New Zealand International Film Festival visit www.nziff.co.nz/2018/timaru. Tickets go on sale on Friday.