Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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New Zealand | 2016 | 93 minutes | Taika Waititi

July 7 - August 28, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | through Aug 25
SIFF Film Center | Aug 26–28

The latest from New Zealand director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is a heartwarming adventure comedy about a "bad egg" foster kid (breakout star Julian Dennison) who triggers a manhunt when he escapes into the forest with his cantankerous new guardian (Sam Neill).

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 buddy comedy, coming-of-age story, and survivalist film, with high-octane performances from newcomer Julian Dennison and veteran Kiwi actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a perfect blend of backwoods zaniness and true sentiment.

  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Principal Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English