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“In a remote valley a farmer dies. In his wake comes a hunter. The farmer's daughter watches him. He starts a relationship with her mother and helps her grandfather to build a strange new invention.

To the child he is a predator. She must expel him from her valley

“VIGIL is the first ever film from New Zealand to compete in Cannes (1984). Winner of the Best Film award at the Madrid Film Festival it is the first feature film of 30 year-old Vincent Ward. Vigil is a powerful atmospheric drama set in a primeval valley where four characters live and farm in an uneasy coexistence. The story unfolds through the eyes of the central character Toss, an 11 year-old girl caught up in the tragedy of her father’s death and the arrival of a stranger, Ethan. Ward spent five years making this mystical testimony to the beauty and immutability of nature's laws and the circle of life and death. 

“Festival/Awards: In Competition, Cannes; Madrid, Best Film.” - New Zealand Film Commission;; 30/01/2014.

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Year 1984

Reference number F1056

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:30:00

Production company John Maynard Productions

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Credits Director: Vincent Ward Producer: John Maynard Executive Producer: Gary Hannam Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger Writer: Vincent Ward Writer: Graeme Tetley Editor: Simon Reece Sound: Graham Morris Music: Jack Body Cast: Bill Kerr , Fiona Kay , Frank Whitten , Gordon Shields , Penelope Stewart Assistant Screenwriter: Fiona Lindsay Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission Production Design: Kai Hawkins Production Manager: Bridget Ikin;

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