Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Year: 2015
Run Time: 101 minutes

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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 coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. –Sundance Film Festival

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Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

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Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker whose short film, "Two Cars, One Night," won multiple awards on the international festival circuit, as well as an Academy Award® nomination. His recent feature, the cult vampire comedy, "What We Do in the Shadows," has ensured him a legion of loyal fans in art-house cinema.

"Eagle vs. Shark" (2007)—31st CIFF, "Boy" (2010), "What We Do in the Shadows" (2014), HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2015)

Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Leanne Saunders, Matt Noonan

Taika Waititi

Lachlan Milne

Luke Haigh, Thomas Eagles, Yana Gorskaya

Principal Cast
Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley

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