The Strength of Water

"Childhood, sudden death, Maori culture and rugged New Zealand scenery make a potent mix, compellingly handled by Armağan Ballantyne in her debut feature The Strength of Water"
Jonathan Romney - Screen Daily

"Ballantyne crafts a thoughtful depiction of how a tragedy reverberates and the ways individuals cope with their grief. From a cast of newcomers, the performances are superb, anchoring the deeply affecting story. Beautifully shot, taking advantage of atmospheric scenery, which is a character in itself... a beautiful and moving film about enduring bonds."
Empire Magazine

"Powerful local debut is a remarkable achievement. Modest in scale and ambition but with a heart the size of the Hokianga where it is set, the best local release of the year so far.
Don't miss it"

Peter Calder - New Zealand Herald

"The Strength of Water is engrossing, touching, and occasionally entrancing" As the story gathers momentum, Ballantyne's grip on her film's pace and its characters becomes ever surer.
The cast are collectively astonishing. Do go and see it.

Graeme Tuckett - The Dominion


In competition:
Berlin Film Festival (Generation section)
Rotterdam Film Festival
Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Youth section)
Won the Prix du Public at Annonay Film Festival, France
Won 1st Prize at Cinema Public, Paris
Won Best Feature at the Wairoa Awards, New Zealand
Selected for Sydney, Trondheim, Seattle, Mill Valley, and Hawaii Film Festivals

The Strength of Water was selected for the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs.


Paproa Kimi

Melanie Mayall-Nahi

Isaac Barber

Pare Paseka

Nancy Brunning

Jim Moriarty


Armağan Ballantyne

Briar Grace-Smith

Fiona Copland
Karl Baumgartner
Raimond Goebel