Berlinale 2019 celebrates New Zealand and Australia!

With an impressive list of Australian and New Zealand films at the Berlinale 2019, DUB will be there to cheer them on!

As per usual, the Berlinale Film Festival has been drip-feeding information to the public about their 2019 line up and it's getting us all hot and bothered. BUT, the full program is online this week! (Jan 29th) so get to it, people!

The Down Under Berlin Film Festival and blog are no strangers to the Berlinale Film Festival. We LOVE it! Especially when there are some spectacular films representing the land down under. Australian and New Zealand film have rated highly in the Berlinale over the years, and this year is no exception. Especially this year in The NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema special series. Running since 2013, this section of the festival is dedicated to the cinematic storytelling of indigenous peoples from around the world and focusses on a different region every two years.

Opening The NATIVe this year is the new offering from the filmmakers who brought you 'Waru' which was screened to a wonderous response at Down Under Berlin 2018.

We are pretty excited to see some of the same team of women filmmakers back behind the camera to present 'Vai' in this world premiere. Using the same concept as 'Waru', these vignettes revolve around a topic which binds the stories together through intergenerational ties and the strength of female kinship. Told with passion and expertise, do NOT miss this one.

'Vai'  -  New Zealand 2019 - Directors: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki / 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina McCartney / Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Celeste / Nicole Whippy

Other feature or documentary selections for the NATIVe section are.....

'She who must be loved' by Erica Glynn (Aus 2018), 'Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen' by Heperi Mita (NZ 2018), 'For My Fathers Kingdom' by Vea Mafile'o, Jeramiah Tauamiti (NZ 2019), 'One Thousand Ropes' by Tusi Tamasese (NZ 2017), 'Tana' by Bentley Dean, Martin Butler.

And the shorts....
'Blackbird' by Amie Batalibasi (AUS 2018), 'Liliu' by Jeremiah Tauamiti, (NZ 2018), 'Snow in Paradise' by Justine Simei-Barton, Nikki Si'ulepa, (NZ 2011), 'Toa'ipuapuagā Strength in Suffering' by Vea Mafile’o, (NZ 2018), 'Va Tapuia (Sacred Spaces)' by Tusi Tamasese, (NZ 2009).


Feature films to be screened outside of the NATIVe program are the documentary '2014' by 'That Sugar Film' creator Damon Gameau, and the drama 'Buoyancy', by Rodd Rathjen.

There are many Berlinale events on throughout the festival, like the awesome Straight 8 x Berlinale Special: The Best Super 8 Short Films. It's not just film events though, other organisations jump on board to promote their Berlinale event. Hop around on Facebook and you are sure to stumble across a few.

But in between your screenings, you can also eat your fill at the official Berlinale Street Food Market 2019, which runs from Feb 7 to 17. Yum yum!

Head to the Berlinale Website to see what's on. Enjoy your 69th Berlinale DUB fans, and we'll see you at the movies!

Header image: ©New Zealand Film Commission

Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin.

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