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  • All Covid 19 health and safety restrictions have been removed, except for wearing masks when visiting health, disability and aged care facilities. Mask wearing is now voluntary, but please be considerate to those who still prefer to use them.

  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 27 March:
  • MANDABI Ousmane Sembene, Senegal 1968.
    Sembene ranges widely through private and public settings in the capital city of Dakar to satirize corruption born of misrule. The film is centered on the sixtysomething Ibrahima, the long-unemployed husband of two wives and the father of seven children, who receives a money order from a nephew in Paris. He's supposed to cash it for the young man's mother but, lacking the necessary documents, must endure a bureaucratic odyssey of bribery and favoritism to fulfill his duty. Sembene looks ruefully yet tenderly at the ruses and wiles of the poor, whose desperate struggles - with the authorities and with one another - distract them from political revolt. - Richard Brody, New Yorker.
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2023 Wellington:18 May - 5 June. Details late April.
  • NZIFF 2023 Wellington: 27 July to 13 August. Returning to its regular format, two weeks running across three weekends of winter.
  • If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

    This site relies on the various cinemas having their own websites up to date to access their screening times. The paragraphs describing the films starting this week are in most cases adapted from the linked reviews.

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    JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 - Bigger, badder, bolder, longer, and featuring nearly more spectacular set pieces than one movie can comfortably handle, this epic action film practically redefines the stakes. If at times it's hard to avoid the feeling that the excessive mayhem is coming dangerously close to overkill, that seems suitable for a film series featuring body counts higher than some wars. Also Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey, Coastland and Shoreline.

    RED, WHITE AND BRASS - A film that's bursting with enthusiasm and honesty from every pore, this is a New Zealand true story that deserves to be embraced by the country, warts and all. What emanates from the screen is nothing but passion and energy, which overcomes some of the first time director Fepulea'i's work. Mixing the feelgood vibe of practically every sports underdog film there ever was, it actually succeeds in its honest intentions. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    REDEMPTION OF A ROGUE - Mixing very dark comedy with a distinctly Irish quirkiness, this will be altogether too much for some viewers, but if it works for you then it's likely to entertain you a good deal. Its a roundabout way to look at depression and the real reasons people become cut off from their roots. This is a much smarter film than its often lowbrow humour would have you believe. The story meanders a bit but the characters carry it through, and it's full of great little surprises. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    Mar 30 Readings
    THE PORTABLE DOOR Mar 30 Lighthouse
    AIR Apr 06 Readings
    THE POPE'S EXORCIST Apr 06 Event
    ALLELUJAH Apr 06 Lighthouse
    DRIVING MADELEINE Apr 06 Penthouse
    MAFIA MAMMA Apr 13 Penthouse
    TO LESLIE Apr 13 Penthouse
    EVIL DEAD RISE Apr 20 Readings
    HUDA'S SALON Apr 20 Lighthouse
    Apr 20 Penthouse


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