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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount, Monday 28 August, 6.15pm: FATIMA (Philippe Faucon, France/Canada 2015).
    This richly deserving winner of the Cesar (the French Oscar) for best film, is an acute and moving depiction of mother-daughter relationships. Fatima, is a divorced Algerian woman bringing up two teenage daughters in Lyon, working as a cleaner to pay for their education. The oldest, 18-year-old Nesrine, is the embodiment of her mother's aspirations, determined to make it to medical school and batting off all potential distractions in the meantime. Souad, 15, could hardly be more different, resentful of the sacrifices made for her older sister, and contemptuous of their mother's apparent servility. The embattled Fatima finds herself defending both girls against the criticisms of conservative Arab neighbours, fearing the worst for them and hoping for the best. This quiet, modestly realised film accumulates considerable emotional power before leaving us at a moment of exquisitely nuanced satisfaction. - Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2016.
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  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This week in the Main Cinema: David Farrier's TICKLED, (NZ 2016). Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • German Film Festival 2017. Nga Taonga Sound and Vision 13 -16 September. Free Admission
  • Japanese Film Festival 2017. Paramount 14-17 September. Free Admission. But you can reserve a seat through Eventfinda.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    AMERICAN MADE - Doug Liman's brash, busy CIA pilot adventure may be based on the life of Barry Seal, but it's most importantly a Tom Cruise star showcase. Based on a true story or otherwise, it winds up simply as another sharp, spit-shined Tom Cruise jet, and not a bad one at that: The genius of Cruise's superstardom may be that he can make even the scuzziest American scoundrel seem untouchably heroic. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    STUDIO GHIBLI FILM FESTIVAL - A celebration of all 22 Studio Ghibli animated films. Runs until September 20. No individual reviews. Also Roxy.

    AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER - Ten years after An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore brings the news on climate change again in a doc that's anything but hot air. The new movie takes the form of a wide-ranging, visually graphic exploration of where, exactly, the planet is now, with Gore as our scientist/preacher/tour guide through everything from surreal weather patterns to the world political stage to the moving issue of photographing the Earth from space. Also Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD - Ryan Reynolds tries to convince Samuel L. Jackson he needs protection in Patrick Hughes' late-summer action-comedy, which offers more than enough shoot-'em-up to keep multiplex auds munching their popcorn, but sharper talents behind the camera might have made it considerably more enjoyable. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Reading Courtenay, Monterey and Coastlands.

    GOD'S OWN COUNTRY - A closed-off young Yorkshire sheep farmer gets jolted out of his emotional numbness when an intense relationship develops with a Romanian itinerant worker in Francis Lee's debut feature. Lee and cinematographer Joshua James Richards make skillful atmospheric use of the rugged hill country, which looks gloomy even in spring, creating a melancholy mood and a somber canvas for the spontaneous eruption of desire between the two strangers. From the NZIFF.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Aug 31 Readings
    WIND RIVER Aug 31 Readings
    GIRLS TRIP Aug 31 Readings
    MY YEAR WITH HELEN Aug 31 Lighthouse
    THE BEGUILED Aug 31 Lighthouse
    IT Sep 07 Readings
    6 DAYS Sep 07 Penthouse
    A DATE FOR MAD MARY Sep 07 Penthouse
    AMERICAN ASSASSIN Sep 14 Readings
    VICTORIA AND ABDUL Sep 14 Readings
    MOTHER ! Sep 14 Lighthouse
    TOMMY'S HONOUR Sep 21 Penthouse
    THE EMOJI MOVIE Sep 21 Readings
    THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Sep 21 Readings
    KEDI Sep 21 Lighthouse
    I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Sep 21 Lighthouse


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