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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy 6.15pm on Monday 26 February:
  • FIRST COW Kelly Reichardt | USA | 2019.
    Brought together by chance in the untamed landscape of early-19th-century Oregon Territory, an itinerant Jewish chef and a Chinese immigrant soon begin concocting schemes to collaboratively earn a living. The arrival of the region's solitary cow, owned by an English industrialist, provides the two men with an opportunity for entrepreneurship through the scones they bake and sell with the aid of some ill-gotten milk. But the popularity of their wares may come at a substantial personal cost. Reichardt is one of the most exciting directors working today, beloved the world over for her minimalistic realism, - Melbourne International Film Festival.
  • Members only. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line, and pick up the membership card at a screening.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZIFF Wellington 31 July - 11 August: Embassy, Roxy and Light House Cuba only.
  • 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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    DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA - To the Hashira Training is an opportunity to see the action of fantasy anime Demon Slayer in an actual cinema, while getting to see the start of Season 4 before it lands. It's a brilliant piece of marketing as fans of the series get the chance to shift their home viewing experience to a setting that makes the grand battles feel grander. Also Queensgate, Monterey, Reading and Coastlands.

    THE ZONE OF INTEREST - Jonathan Glazer's new German-language film, which comes after a 10-year absence from features, is a devastating Holocaust drama like no other, which demonstrates with startling effectiveness the British formalist's unerring control of tonal and visual storytelling. Also Lighthouse, Monterey and Shoreline.

    BAGHEAD - When her father dies, Iris inherits the rundown pub he owned. However, she discovers that in the basement, a figure known as Baghead, one who will allow people to speak to the dead, that she is now responsible for… based on a short film that was written by Lorcan Reilly and directed by Alberto Corredor, this expanded film is also directed by Corredor. Also Roxy, Queensgate, Monterey, Reading and Coastlands.

    INSPECTOR SUN - The screenplay by Rocco Pucillo has just the right blend of suspense, comedy, action and intrigue. The dialogue brims with tongue-in-cheek humor with some banter that sparkles with wit. It moves along at just the right brisk pace without any scenes that drag, overstay their welcome or exhaust the audience. At a running time of 1 hour and 28 minutes, this is a witty, thrilling and crowd-pleasing adventure for the whole family. Also Monterey.

    DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS - This is about two lesbians: Jamie, who is upset about breaking up with her girlfriend; and Jamie's shy and reserved friend Marian, who needs coaching to open up to find love. In search of a fresh start, the two women rent a car meant for a couple of goons who follow the women to Tallahassee where Marian has an aunt, but things quickly go awry when the women cross paths with the inept goons along the way. Also Lighthouse Petone, Monterey and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    DUNE: PART TWO Feb 29 Reading
    IMAGINARY Mar 07 Reading
    HOW TO HAVE SEX Mar 07 Penthouse
    LET THE DANCE BEGIN Mar 07 Lighthouse
    THE GREAT ESCAPER Mar 07 Penthouse
    CABRINI Mar 07 Lighthouse
    THE CONVERT Mar 14 Reading
    Mar 21 Reading
    WICKED LITTLE LETTERS Mar 21 Penthouse
    THE MOUNTAIN Mar 2 Reading


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