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Everything We Loved to Premiere at Palm Springs

New Zealand Film Everything We Loved to Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Friday 20th December 2013

Writer/director Max Currie directs his leading lady, Sia Trokenheim, who plays Ange in Everything We Loved.

Announced today in Palm Springs, New Zealand feature film Everything We Loved will have its World Premiere in the New Voices/New Visions section of the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. New Voices/New Visions showcases 12 first feature films from talented new directors which have impressed the festival with their original, fresh perspectives and strong, creative approaches to the medium.

The films selected for this competition section are all US premieres, and currently without US distribution. An invited jury of US distributors will attend the festival, consider the films and choose a winner, providing an important platform for these innovative new films to be seen and enjoyed by American buyers and audiences.

Everything We Loved is the delicately immoral, debut feature for writer/director Max Currie. “I’m fascinated by good people doing bad things,” says Max of his directorial debut. “At the start of the film we meet this playful, loving couple - and yet as the story unfolds they do something most parents would find unthinkable.”

The film stars Brett Stewart (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Perfect Creature) as a shy magician who coaxes his once happy wife back to life with his greatest illusion - a little boy. But the loving family they create is threatened when they become hunted as child abductors. The film also stars Sia Trokenheim and New Zealand’s youngest movie star - five-year-old newcomer Ben Clarkson.

Everything We Loved was financed through the New Zealand Film Commission’s Escalator scheme, an initiative set up to help identify New Zealand’s next wave of filmmakers and boost them into their first feature film. Producers are Tom Hern (I’m Not Harry Jenson, Lambs, Genesis) and Luke Robinson for New Zealand production company Four Knights Film, in association with Park Road Post.

Mladen Ivancic, Acting CEO for the New Zealand Film Commission, said “It’s outstanding for a low budget Escalator film to be selected to screen in such a prestigious, world-class film festival. The Palm Springs Film Festival is one of the largest in the US, famous for bringing together Hollywood industry reps and executives from nearby Los Angeles, and filmmaking talent from around the world.”

Everything We Loved will be released in New Zealand in mid-2014. Discerning French sales company Celluloid Dreams are handling world sales of the film.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held from the 3rd – 13th January 2014.

The trailer for the film can be viewed here.


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