With a programme sure to delight, stimulate, and move us - there's filmic experience aplenty for children and adults alike at the 2010 New Zealand International Film Festival. Square Eyes is delighted to present two feature length films during this years programme. We hope to see your Square Eyes at these screenings in both Auckland and Wellington.


Czech Republic/Slovakia/Japan,
Jirí Barta
2009, 74 mins
In Czech with English subtitles
Recommended ages 8 to adult


Legendary Czech stop-motion animation master Jirí Barta’s first feature in over 20 years is a diabolically inventive tale; described by the New York International Children's Film Festival as "four parts Toy Story and one part David Lynch".

In a dusty attic full of discarded junk, Buttercup, the fairest doll in the land, lives in an old trunk together with her friends. There’s Schubert, the lumpy clay-animated ball, with a body of plasticine and a bottle-top on his head; Sir Handsome, a Quixotic marionette who speaks in verse and imagines himself a dragon-slaying knight; and Teddy, the worse-for-wear station master, who’s clearly had more than his fair share of powerful hugs. However, in this enchanted world where every day is a birthday, danger is lurking. When Buttercup is snatched and taken off to the Land of Evil, ruled by the villainous Head, her pals undertake an epic quest to save her. But as they embark on their trek to the darkest reaches of the attic, they find themselves in rough terrain full of dangerous traps, an army of mechanical, mustachioed cockroaches and a creepy all-seeing spying eye.

"Director Jirí Barta’s latest wicked brew is a welcome reminder of why stop-motion fans consider him one of the few true masters. Barta’s previous works, including THE PIED PIPER (1985), have been notable for their distinctive aesthetics and a knack for exploring deep, daring themes. These qualities energise IN THE ATTIC, a grand, ingenious fairy tale about friendship and standing up to tyranny. Barta’s inventive and original world of misfit toys is a fully realised fantasy realm that will delight the young and the not-so-young alike." Matt Bolish

"Both a spooky children’s fairy tale and Soviet-era allegory, IN THE ATTIC marks a career highpoint for Barta, who along with Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay made stop-motion animation an art form, and paved the way for modern hits like THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, CORALINE, and FANTASTIC MR. FOX." The New York International Children's Film Festival

Please Note: Contains some dark scenes which may prove frightening for youngest audiences.


UK/Austria/Germany, Nick Stringer
2009, 80 mins
Recommended ages 6 to adult


TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY is a stunning documentary-film, about the life and travels of one little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary voyages in the natural world.

Born on a beach in Florida, she rides her life current, the Gulf Stream, up towards the Arctic and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic before returning to the beach where she was born. But the odds are stacked against her making it; just one in ten thousand turtles survive the 25-year journey. We watch as she grows into a strong-willed adult braving the six-thousand mile journey that has been the species' perilous ritual for millions of years. Her epic journey is one of immense beauty – from swimming with great pods of humpback whales to witnessing the greatest celebration of life in the Azores; but it is also a story of change as powerful forces are altering her ocean world. When she finally returns to the shores of Florida, over two decades have passed have passed. But will her beach still be there?

"Critically acclaimed for visually resplendent nature footage on par with PLANET EARTH or MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, TURTLE features sweeping aerial shots and vast, majestic underwater seascapes that help underscore the epic scope of the journey with a survival adventure as tense as any Hollywood thriller." The New York International Children's Film Festival

"Narrator Miranda Richardson does for turtles what Morgan Freeman did for penguins" Seattle Times


Various, 2009
72 mins, G cert
Recommended ages 5 to 9


Once again the festival offers up a superb collection of outstanding animation from all corners of our big wide world, selected to engage, inspire, and nourish the imagination.

See our 2011 Film Festivals programme here.
See our 2009 Film Festivals programme here.
See our 2008 Film Festivals programme here.
See our 2007 Film Festivals programme here.
See our 2006 Film Festivals programme here.

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