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New Zealand Films To Get Their Day

January 17, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lot 47 films, in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, will present ″2001: A New Zealand Film Odyssey,″ featuring ``new, rediscovered and undiscovered″ New Zealand films. The festival will run from Feb. 7-13.

The opening film is Harry Sinclair’s ``The Price of Milk,″ which explores the boundaries of relationships. The festival also includes Sinclair’s first feature, ``Topless Women Talk About Their Lives,″ about five dysfunctional friends whose lives intersect.

Other films to be shown: the uncut version of Geoff Murphy’s ``Utu,″ a New Zealand classic about a Maori warrior who swears revenge on the British colonizers who killed his family and tribe; Gaylene Preston’s documentary, ``War Stories: Our Mothers Never Told Us,″ a look at seven elderly women whose lives are changed by events connected to World War II; Peter Jackson’s uncut version of ``Braindead,″ an over-the-top horror film; Robert Sarkies’ ``Scarfies,″ a comedy-thriller; and ``What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?″ directed by Ian Mune, the follow-up to ``Once Were Warriors.″

The film festival will also include a short film program that highlights original works coming from New Zealand.

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On the Net:

2001: A New Zealand Film Odyssey: http://www.lot47.com/nzfest.html

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