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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 19 March, UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME (Jean-Luc Godard, France 1961). One of the director's more accessible works. Never heavy-handed, the film defies genre-placement. This subversive musical celebrates female empowerment and takes sly jabs at Hollywood film conventions. Godard pokes fun at film tropes such as the inconsequential supporting players when two detectives inexplicably invade the home of Angela (Anna Karina) and her boyfriend Emile (Jan-Clause Brialy). The film's absurd underpinnings are heightened by Emile's need to ride around his apartment on a bicycle. When he refuses to impregnate her, Anna turns to Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to do the job. Godard is a man who loves women but has never really understood them though you'd never know it from watching this. Angela's emotional turmoil is flatteringly complimented by Godard's formal yet airy compositions. - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine. Bonus screening in partnership with the French Film Festival. Limited seating for Film Society members - but you can always book for the Festival seating. Anyone can join the Film Society, at the door before the film starts, or on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema until 17 March: The New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival, devoted to bike riders of all persuasions, from hard-core mountain bikers to leisurely eBikers and their support crews. As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • French Film Festival 2018. Embassy 7 - 28 March. Check the website for details, or pick up a brochure, you'll find there are 38 films to choose from!
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    THE DEATH OF STALIN - Russia, 1953. When Joseph Stalin has a fatal heart attack, it creates a power vacuum inside the highest levels of government. Cue a pile-up of plotting, as his subordinates scramble to take control. Armando Iannucci's brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results. The Lives Of Others with laughs. It's farcical, frightening and a timely reminder that things could always be worse. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse and Monterey.

    FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - The 12th edition of this annual Festival runs in Wellington until 28 March. There are 28 films to choose from - so there is something for everyone. The 'Website' link takes you their website. Click on their 'Films' link for details of each film.

    TOMB RAIDER [2018] - Ultimately this is a guilty pleasure that delivers. Fans of the video games will recognize the callbacks, while those looking for an adventure flick that doesn't rely too much on CGI can just sit back and enjoy a new name in adventure. The finished product will leave you wanting more, which is just nice because the conclusion of the film clearly sets it up as the first chapter in a longer story. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    HUMAN FLOW - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei travels the globe to make sense of the current refugee crisis in this sober, enlightening survey of a world in trouble. He aims to unpack not one, or a few, of these localized nightmares, but the entire global horror of the current reality of being a refugee. This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore.

    MARY MAGDALENE - For 14 years, the heathens of Hollywood have struggled to build on the lightning-strike success of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, with its bizarre combination of torturous piety and throat-grabbing showmanship. What's missing here is anything much of Gibson's passion, which, however wayward or inflammatory, might just have pepped up those stretches that become indistinguishable from sermons or unleavened bread: manna for believers, perilously dry for everyone else. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Empire, Monterey and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    PACIFIC RIM UPRISING Mar 22 Readings
    THE SQUARE Mar 22 Lighthouse
    PETER RABBIT Mar 29 Readings
    EARLY MAN Mar 29 Readings
    BLOCKERS Mar 29 Readings
    LOVE, SIMON Mar 29 Readings
    READY PLAYER ONE Mar 29 Readings
    THE DIVINE ORDER Mar 29 Penthouse
    WALKING OUT Apr 05 Penthouse
    LOST IN PARIS Apr 05 Lighthouse
    A WRINKLE IN TIME Apr 12 Readings
    SWEET COUNTRY Apr 12 Penthouse


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