WELLINGTON’S New Zealand International Film Festival will open on July 16 with new Kiwi film Predicament, based on the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson.
Directed by Wellington film-maker Jason Stutter and largely shot in Taranaki last year, the crime comedy stars Jemaine Clement, best known from Flight of the Conchords, musician Tim Finn and Rose McIver from The Lovely Bones.
‘‘To have Predicament’s first public screening in my favourite city in the world is just brilliant,’’ Stutter said. ‘‘The Wellington film family have put a lot of love into this movie, it feels right to show it at home first and to open the festival is a real honour.’’
It is the biggest movie part for Finn, who has had cameos and small parts in only a few films over the years.
Wellington-based Clement has become a sought-after actor and comedian in Hollywood.
He stars in the American comedy Gentlemen Broncos, which opens in New Zealand tomorrow, and has roles in com- edy Dinner for Schmucks with Steve Carell and animated feature Despicable Me and as a villain in Men in Black III.
A film festival spokeswoman could not confirm until nearer the premiere whether Clement and Finn would attend.
Predicament will also screen at the film festival in Auckland on July 25. The festival programme will be unveiled tomorrow.