september, 2019

201926sep7:45 pmStrayDustin Feneley| NZ | 2018| Drama | 104min | English| German Premiere7:45 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DramaPremiere Status:GermanFilm Tags:Festival Opening,Followed by Reception,With Introduction

Film Info

In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts.

Jack, a young man on parole for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run, and Grace, a woman just released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland, cross paths in the cold and remote landscape of Central Otago. Bonding in a complex relationship, their capacity to trust and heal is put to a test.


“One of the very best films ever made in New Zealand” – The Dominion Post

“A hauntingly sparse modern classic… A fascinatingly austere, powerful portrait of isolation and redemption” – The New Zealand Herald

“Astonishing lead performances… Some of the best cinematography New Zealand has ever seen… A minimalist tour-de-force” – Stuff

“Remarkably shot, quietly powerful and totally uncompromising in its vision” – TimeOut, The New Zealand Herald

“Beautiful and rigorous” – New Zealand International Film Festival

The stunning cinematography and sparse dialogue in Dustin Feneley’s feature film debut makes the inner life of his two protagonists visible and tangible. The inhospitable yet beautiful winter landscape of Central Otago functions as a reflection of their two souls. 

Featuring the talents of Kieran Charnock (The Rehearsal, Cleaver ) and Arta Dobroshi (Lorna’s Silence) AUS-NZ director Dustin Feneley’s first feature Stray was made independently and holds the record for the highest amount ever raised through donation based crowdfunding for a New Zealand film ($125,000). So far, it has won several prestigious awards including the Australian Directors Guild Award 2019 for Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under 1M) and the Silver Saint George Award 2018 for Best Actor when it premiered at the 2018 Moscow International Film Festival.

Dustin Feneley’s former shorts films as writer and director (Night, Snow, Hawker, Eskimo Kiss) have won numerous awards and screened at over one hundred film festivals, including official selections at Cannes, London, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2006, his short film Snow premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation selection. Snow was further honoured that year by exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Arta Dobroshi is the first Kosovar actress in history to have starred in films that have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and be nominated for a European Film Award.

Cast: Kieran Charnock, Arta Dobroshi
Director: Dustin Feneley
Writer: Dustin Feneley
Producers: Desray Armstrong, Dustin Feneley
Cinematographer: Ari Wegner
Production Designer: Sophie Durham
Editor: Dione Chard
Associate Producers: Sez Niederer, Alix Whittaker

Contact: Oration Films

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Additional Info

Followed by the festival’s opening night reception.

Festivals & Awards

Australian Directors Guild Awards 2019 – Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under 1M)

Moscow International Film Festival 2018  – Silver Saint George Award – Best Actor

New Zealand International Film Festival 2018

Brooklyn Film Festival 2019 – Best New Director

Rivne International Film Festival 2018 – Best Feature Film & Best Production Design

Festival des Antipodes 2018  – Best Actress

Brisbane International Film Festival 2018

Cinéma des Antipodes – Cannes Cinéphiles 2019

Oxford International Film Festival 2019

Jaipur International Film Festival 2019

Tirana International Film Festival 2018

Golden Eye Festival 2018 – Grand Prix – Best Cinematography

Portoviejo Film Festival 2019 – Best Feature Film