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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount, Monday 1 May, 6.15pm: YOU, THE LIVING (Roy Andersson, Sweden, 2007).
    Bristly amusing, frequently random and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, welcome to the cinema of Swedish maestro Roy Andersson, who follows his 2001 Festival hit, Songs from the Second Floor, with another darkly comic symphony on the bleak state of 21st-century existence. This time around he strikes a jauntier, less despairing tone, throwing in an out-of-place Dixieland jazz quartet (heavy on the tuba) to playfully underscore his poker-faced gags. It consists of a series of tenuously linked sketches set in a slightly surreal northern European city populated by wan grey-blue citizens blighted by loneliness, boredom, fear, anxiety, climate change, alcoholism, and nightmares about the apocalypse. Andersson is a genuine one-off, and to be treasured, not least for the precision of his pacing and his studio-shot compositions, which together contrive to make the very bleakest of scenarios at once affecting and hilarious. - Geoff Andrew, Time Out.
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  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. Screening in the Main Cinema until 29 April: ANZAC films and documentaries, including Leane Pooley's 25 APRIL (NZ 2015). Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • African Film Festival 2017 Embassy, 3 - 5 May.
  • NZIFF Autumn Events Embassy, 3 -21 May - weekends only, plus two Wednesday screenings of BURDEN OF DREAMS. The complete programme has now been released, and bookings are now available.
  • Doc Edge Festival 2017. Roxy 10 - 21 May. Schedule and Bookings now available.
  • Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Thursday 18 May to Sunday 4 June. Programmes are now available at the cinema and downloaded from the website. Book now.
  • NZ International Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Paramount, etc. 28 July-13 August. Keep these dates free.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    COLOSSAL - Anne Hathaway impresses in this brilliant genre-melting wry comedy from Spaniard Nacho Vigalondo that's part indie character study and part monster movie. That's the starting premise for this determinedly bizarre, psychologically inquisitive and in the end rather wonderful black comedy from Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo. Also Roxy.

    HANDSOME DEVIL - Irish Director John Butler's second feature is a stylish and heartwarming tale of triumph against adversity that is somewhat undermined by its predictable story and lack of guts in its final third. it's hard to not to buy into the central character's struggles, and there's a sense that film this comes from a very earnest and articulate place. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    RULES DON'T APPLY - Warren Beatty stars as Howard Hughes in his long-awaited film about the tycoon's relationships with a young starlet and her driver. This is a fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    GET OUT - First-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless - which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, this delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse Cuba.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    TABLE 19 May 04 Readings
    GET OUT May 04 Readings
    A DOG'S PURPOSE May 04 Paramount
    THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE May 04 Lighthouse
    AFTER THE STORM May 11 Penthouse


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