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Lily works as a waitress at a fast food restaurant. Everything about her is wrong: her clothes, her walk, the things she says. Nevertheless, she has unwavering optimism and a big heart. One day, Lily has an epiphany: Jarrod, a guy that comes to the fast food every day, has an identical mole, above his lip, just like her. This is more than a sign… But Jarrod is blind to Lily’s adoration: he is a warrior in his own world, a video game champ who always seems to hit the wrong buttons. He tries very hard to impress his family and his mates, but in his loud quest to retrieve honour edges closer to becoming an unbeatable loser. Moreover he is fixated with revenging his old high school bully. When Lily loses her job, she picks up her courage and turns up uninvited at one of Jarrod’s parties. Jarrod goes back to his home town with Lily in order to face the high school bully.

Original Title EAGLE VS. SHARK
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 93'
Production Year 2006
Nationality New Zealand
Directed by Taika Waititi
Screenplay Taika Waititi
Script Taika Waititi
Director of photography Adam Clark
Editor Jonno Woodford-Robinson
Production Design Joe Bleakley
Costume Design Amanda Neale
Sound Dave Whitehead
Music The Phoenix Foundation
Main cast Loren Horsley (Lily)
Jemaine Clement (Jarrod)
Joel Tobeck (Damon)
Brian Sergent (Jonah)
Rachel House (Nancy)
Craig Hall (Doug)
Produced by Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis

eagle vs. shark regTaika Waititi

Born in 1975 in Wellington, he has worked as an actor since the end of the 90s. He founded the production company Defender Films with screenwriter Ainsley Gardiner. In 2000, he was nominated for the Nokia Award for his performance in Robert Sarkies’ feature film SCARFIES (1999). In January 2005, he attended the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs to workshop the feature project CHOICE, and was again selected in July 2005 to fine-tune EAGLE VS. SHARK. After several short films, of which TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT was nominated for an Oscar, EAGLE VS. SHARK his feature film debut. Taika is also an experienced painter and photographer having exhibited both mediums in Wellington and Berlin.


Director’s statement

“EAGLE VS. SHARK isn’t a romantic comedy rather a slightly dark, amusing tale with a little bit of love in it. When the atmosphere is tense and uncomfortable that is when we feel the need to laugh most. The sort of humour I prefer and write comes from finding the lighter side of tragic”.
“I have long been interested in those of us who struggle to survive in society; those who live in the social world yet are still on the outskirts. The characters of Lily and Jarrod are such people, not really welcomed into the circle but still tolerated”.

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