New Zealand Movie at 2016 Berlin Film Festival

The New Zealand movie Mahana/The Patriarch is one of the ten movies at the 66th Berlin Film Festival The Guardian is most looking forward to.

The Patriarch, set in the 1960s, was shot across 12 Auckland locations and reunites Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori with its star Temuera Morrison.

In the movie that is based on Whale Rider author Witi Ihimaera’s novel, Bulibasha,

two households, both alike in shepherding, clash on the east coast of New Zealand as the annual sheep shearing contest looms.

According to The Guardian’s description “The Patriarch (or Mahana) explores what happens when a Maori teen decides to break from tradition and cut his own path.”

The film is Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since Once Were Warriors.

Article Source: The Guardian, Henry Barnes, February 9, 2016.

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Tags: Guardian (The)  Lee Tamahori  Mahana  Once Were Warriors  Temuera Morrison  

  • Rhona M Lovegrove - 7:48 pm on February 16th, 2016
    When and where do you think this will be shown here in Pacific Northwest. I live in Keizer Oregon.
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