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NZIFF 2021 to open with Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’

NZIFF 2021 to open with Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’


Lauded New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion has taken the 2021 Venice Film Festival by storm with her powerful western-family drama The Power of the Dog, with Campion winning coveted Silver Lion award for Best Director.

And now it’s with great excitement that we can confirm that The Power of the Dog will be this year’s opening night event cinematic presentation for The NZIFF 2021 season and will premiere to audiences in Auckland on Thursday 28 October, Christchurch the following night, and Wellington and Dunedin follow the week after.

Following its exclusive NZIFF premiere, Transmission Films will release the film theatrically across the country on 11 November, and globally on Netflix on December 1.

Based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, two sons, edging into their 40s and unmarried, run the family’s successful cattle ranch. A long-established routine is disrupted when gentlemanly brother George unexpectedly brings home new wife Rose and her studious son Peter. Rough-hewn, toxically male brother Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) lashes out relentlessly, tormenting mother and son as unwelcome interlopers.

Watch the intense first trailer for The Power of the Dog below:

The Power of the Dog is brought to life with a star-studded line-up including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee as well as Kiwi actress, Thomasin McKenzie.

Made for Netflix with additional financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission, The Power of the Dog was shot entirely at South Island locations in 2020.

The Power of the Dog joins 12 other Aotearoa-made films including the much anticipated Fiona Clark: Unafraid (Lula Cucchiara), There is No I in Threesome (Jan Oliver Lucks) and Mothers of the Revolution (Briar March).

Tickets to this year’s NZIFF 2021 will be available in October. To learn more about the festival click here.

Image: Transmission Films