1000 Richmond Ter. Staten Island, NY 10301
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Hunt For the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi | New Zealand | 101 min.)
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.
Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard. In theaters June 24.
TAIKA WAITITI (Director/Writer/Producer) is an award-winning actor, director and writer best known for his hit feature films Boy, Eagle vs Shark and What We Do in the Shadows.
Boy holds the title of New Zealand’s highest-grossing local film of all time. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival’s in the World Cinema section, and won awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 2010 New Zealand Film Awards. Boy went on to win numerous international awards, including Grand Prix–Best Feature Film Generation K Plus at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010 and Best International Feature Film at the 2010 AFI Film Festival.
Waititi’s third and most recent feature film, What We Do in the Shadows, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in with Jemaine Clement, was a low-budget vampire mockumentary. It had a hugely successful release in New Zealand, as well as, the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany and Japan. It has picked up a series of prestigious awards along the way, including being named “Best Reviewed Comedy of the Year” by Rotten Tomatoes, the web’s leading aggregator of movie and TV reviews by professional critics.
Waititi’s additional writer/director credits include the 2005 Academy Award®-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night, and the short film Tama Tu, which picked up festival prizes at the Sundance, Indianapolis, Stockholm and Berlin film festivals. He has written and directed multiple episodes of several television series, including Flight of the Conchords, Super City and the U.S. adaptation of The In betweeners.