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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 23 July, L'INHUMAINE (Marcel L'Herbier, France 1924).
    Marcel L'Herbier's most ambitious and perhaps greatest film centers on a celebrated diva whose romantic whims drive a young admirer to suicidal despair. A platform for opera star Georgette Leblanc and for the cinema-specific techniques championed by L'Herbier and his fellow cineastes, L'Inhumaine is most of all a showcase for '20s French modernism. The spectacular set design, costuming, and mise en scene were created by a who's who of artists and designers, including Robert Mallet-Stevens, Fernand Leger, Rene Lalique, Paul Poiret, and soon-to-be directors Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara. These bizarrely artificial elements frame a melodrama that shifts into a quasi science-fiction paean to technology and humanity. Restoration by Lobster Films. - Patrick Friel, Film Comment, May/June 2016.
    Anyone can join the Film Society in the half hour before the film starts, or immediately on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema this month; Sci-Fi July, notable New Zealand science-fiction films. This week includes: Derek Pearson's EVENT 16 (2006), Alex Galvin's ETERNITY (2013), David Copeland's NIGHT OF THE RED HUNTER (1989), and Christian Nicolson's THIS GIANT PAPIER MACHE BOULDER IS REALLY HEAVY (2015). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival - Wellington 2018. Embassy, Readings, Nga Taonga and suburbs, 27 July - 12 August. A number of sessions are selling fast and some have even sold out. Check the link here. At the foot of that link there is information about extra sessions and extra days in Wellington.
  • German Film Festival - 2018. Wellington dates 29 August - 1 September. More details on 1 August when the programme will be launched.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN - This is a prequel-sequel hybrid, though there's not much in the way of plot to either of its timelines taken separately. In flashback, we see the romantic oat-sowing events leading up to the mystery pregnancy that fuels the plot of the original, with Lily James playing the young Donna. In the present day, Donna is dead (!) and Amanda Seyfried's Sophie is reopening her mother's villa as the Hotel Bella Donna, an endeavor that is somewhat soured by her husband Sky's absence and some inclement weather. That's basically it. The main twist is that, having exhausted most of the most universal ABBA hits in the original musical, writer Catherine Johnson and the rest of the filmmakers must dig deeper in the crates, and do contortions around less instantly recognizable fare. Also Penthouse. Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    THE EQUALIZER 2 - The sequel to 2014 action thriller, with Denzel Washington returning as former-secret-agent-turned-assassin Robert McCall. Director Antoine Fuqua is also back. In this installment (which is Washington's first-ever sequel!), McCall's retirement as defender of justice and the oppressed is cut short when a new threat targets his loved ones. No reviews yet. Also Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE 2: IN ACTION - As of a few years ago, it was technically illegal to work as a private detective, tattoo artist, or chiropractor in South Korea, but people did so anyway, because where would film noir be without those three professions? A cop and a civilian who recently helped him solve a case are convinced the law will soon change, so they have started their own agency to get in on the ground floor. That first case will take its sweet time walking in their door, but when it does, it also brings some serious danger with it in Lee Eon-hee's film.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    OCCUPATION July 26 Readings
    SUPERFLY July 26 Readings
    WHITNEY July 26 Penthouse
    FUNNY COW July 26 Lighthouse
    Aug 02 Readings
    THE WIFE Aug 02 Penthouse
    INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE Aug 02 Lighthouse
    THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME Aug 09 Readings
    THE MEG Aug 16 Readings
    THE DARKEST MINDS Aug 16 Readings
    BOOK CLUB Aug 16 Penthouse
    BLACKKKLANDSMAN Aug 16 Lighthouse
    CRAZY RICH ASIANS Aug 30 Readings


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