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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 Chartreuse Sisters who have created specialty dessert items reflecting regional cuisine of the film's origin. Desserts created for each film will be delivered the date of the virtual film introduction listed above, so you can enjoy these delicacies while learning more about each film and culture presented.  

Desserts are limited so place your order right a way at https://chartreusesisters.square.site/chiaroscuro-collaboration. Complimentary and contactless delivery. Chiaroscuro Sampler Goodie Box is available too!