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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 23 April: 24 WEEKS (Anne Zohra Beerached, Germany 2016). This second feature from Anne Zohra Berrached addresses one of the most difficult decisions that a woman may have to make in her life. Astrid (Julia Jentsch) must choose whether or not to have a late term abortion when she discovers that her unborn child's health is severely compromised. It's a highly emotive subject and Berrached does not give her characters an easy ride. Through a combination of unflinching, high quality performances and some assiduous button-pushing, Berrached has put together a wrenchingly affecting picture. - Wendy Ide, Screendaily.
    Screened in co-operation with the Goethe Institut. Public admitted by donation (notes only) at the door. Anyone can join the Film Society in the half hour before the film starts, or on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema, in celebration of New Zealand dance week, a selection of six different film or TV shows that are all about the joy, creativity, drama and sheer hard work that dancers and choreographers put into creating great dance moments. Details here. As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • DocEdge Festival 2018. Roxy 9 - 20 May.
  • Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2018, Embassy 24 May - 10 June.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    s t a r t s   t h i s   w e e k!

    I FEEL PRETTY - The majority of the jokes surrounding Amy Schumer as Renee are about this idea of how women who usually are made to feel othered would act if they believed they were attractive. Especially with memories of how life used to be. And in that, you may find Renee's actions and dialog funny, but as you come to realize how much of her actions are based off living this fantasy she thought magic would have to be involved to have, it is heartbreaking a little bit. Also Penthouse, Empire, Readings, Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastlands.

    FACES PLACES - Film director Agnes Varda and photographer JR team for a heartwarming road trip through France. The duo share a puppy dog energy and curiosity about the world that is evident in every frame of this utterly charming road movie documentary. As they travel across France, an ode to their friendship blossoms into a joyful celebration of the urge to create art and the duty to celebrate life. From the NZIFF. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    SUPER TROOPERS 2 - Sixteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel you're not sure you wanted in the first place. This is roughly what those fans are waiting for: a loose, goofy string of antics featuring the Broken Lizard comic troupe and a surprisingly still-game Brian Cox. Though less funny than the first, it will play well to those who are in the mood.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    Apr 26 Lighthouse
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Apr 26 Readings
    LAST FLAG FLYING Apr 26 Penthouse
    ISLE OF DOGS May 03 Readings
    THE BREAKER UPPERERS May 03 Readings
    TRUTH OR DARE? May 03 Readings
    MR STEIN GOES ONLINE May 10 Penthouse
    TULLY May 10 Lighthouse
    CHAPPAQUIDDICK May 10 Penthouse
    CROOKED HOUSE May 10 Penthouse
    SWAGGER OF THIEVES May 18 Readings
    THE BOOKSHOP May 24 Lighthouse
    SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY May 24 Readings
    KODACHROME May 31 Penthouse


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