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In this blog for the Herald, I go through the ten films I’m most excited to check out at this year’s International Film Festival.

Like many Aucklanders, I relish the annual International Film Festival as much for the opportunity to spend a lot of time in The Civic as I do for the actual movies themselves.

I’ve never been inside a building more conducive to generating movie-watching pleasure — the interior spaces of The Civic ensure anybody present is as open to being carried away by a movie as they can possibly be.

Here are 10 films from the festival that I am particularly excited about. They’re not all showing in The Civic, but you can't have everything…