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Hunt for the Wilderpeople
March 2021

"Even when it dispenses with realism altogether, Hunt For the Wilderpeople conveys important truths about the will and sheer endurance it takes to make a family."-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post 

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
March 2021

"Watching this lovely little lark from New Zealand, you may feel like a happy camper on a twisty trail blazed by a cockeyed comic prodigy."-Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
March 2021

"Taika Waititi works fast, setting a bright, light comic mood that owes something to Wes Anderson but is organically his own."-Manohla Dargis, NY Times

- Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
March 2021

"Taika Waititi works fast, setting a bright, light comic mood that owes something to Wes Anderson but is organically his own."-Manohla Dargis, NY Times

- Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
March 2021

"Taika Waititi works fast, setting a bright, light comic mood that owes something to Wes Anderson but is organically his own."-Manohla Dargis, NY Times

- Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Date: March 7, 2021

Location: Virtual


Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand) is a 2016 adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, whose screenplay was based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play "Uncle" Hector and Ricky Baker who become the targets of a manhunt after fleeing into the New Zealand bush. The film has received widespread critical acclaim. The film was certified "fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes, after it scored a rating of 97%, based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. 

 

The Video presentation and discussion are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021 (virtual)

A video presentation by a film scholar takes place on the Sunday date listed above, after viewers watch the film on their own during the week prior to each presentation and online discussion.  Supplemental material about the context of each film, along with other interesting information related to each, will be available to attendees.   Films are available free to Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders (and many other libraries and universities) via Kanopy or similar databases.  Individuals can also find many of the films on commercial streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others.  In lieu of an in-person reception following the event, we're excited to partner with area restaurants to provide discounts on takeout/delivery items reflecting regional cuisine of the film's origin.  

Video Commentary for Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Film Introduction/Moderator: Kerri VanderHoff

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 15th Season

2021 Series Theme: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past

Due to Covid19, Chiaroscuro is going virtual!  We embrace this opportunity to celebrate 15 years of exceptional international cinema and cultural exchange.

We've selected five popular films from our archives, if you didn't see them the first time around, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you know how good they and are likely ready to experience them again!

All films are available for viewing online.  We look forward to each presenter's video introduction and commentary about the films, made available on the website, and lively online discussion with our engaging patrons every other Sunday via social media.  In this unusual time, one thing remains the same for fifteen years straight:  the 2021 series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world. 

 


Reviews

"Even when it dispenses with realism altogether, Hunt For the Wilderpeople conveys important truths about the will and sheer endurance it takes to make a family."-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post 

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Watching this lovely little lark from New Zealand, you may feel like a happy camper on a twisty trail blazed by a cockeyed comic prodigy."-Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

"Taika Waititi works fast, setting a bright, light comic mood that owes something to Wes Anderson but is organically his own."-Manohla Dargis, NY Times

- Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Official Trailer

Chiaroscuro thanks our sponsors and community partners:

 
 
 
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Steelcase
 
Swift Printing
 
UICA