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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy at 6.15pm Monday 24 June: TANNA (Bentley Dean/Martin Butler, Australia/Vanuatu 2015).
    Filmed on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, this stunningly photographed film tells the star-crossed story of Wawa, a young woman who has fallen in love with her chief's dashing grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war breaks out with a neighbouring community, the young lovers are forced to choose between their own happiness and the common good. Mythic in its simplicity, the film is based on a true story that took place in 1985 and carried significant ramifications for the evolution of tribal society. A ravishing cinematic expression of traditional culture. - Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2016.
    Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival - 2019. 26 July - 11 August. The venues have now been announced: Embassy, Te Papa Soundings, City Gallery, Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone, Readings Porirua. The programme will be launched Thursday 27 June.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

  • The Nga Taonga Sound and Vision cinema has closed. Archive employees are now located in office space within the National Library building on Molesworth Street and are looking at alternative screening venues to bring their work to Wellington audiences.

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    s t a r t s   t h i s   w e e k!

    THE IDEAL PALACE - "Le Palais ideal du Facteur Cheval" was built, stone by stone, in 33 years by a postman who used to walk thirty kilometers a day to deliver his mail in the Drome, near Romans. This palace was conceived by a simple man after he saw photographs of Angkor Vat in a magazine. The chef d'oeuvre was dedicated to his young daughter Alice. Nils Tavernier has directed a film about this unpredictable hero with such fantastic actors (Jacques Gamblin and Laetitia Casta) that the film is a winner. Also Shoreline.

    SCOTCH: A GOLDEN DREAM - Whisky making is an art form, from the barley grown as close as a shout away to the blending and the choice of barrels. Director Andrew Peat uses talking heads - writers and blenders and people of note - which, for once, are worth listening to, with a genuine feeling for the subject and a sense of responsibility that never settles comfortably into the safely of cliche. Also Monterey.

    TOY STORY 4 - If you were a kid in the prime of your toy-playing years when the original Toy Story was released back in 1995, you're old enough to have little ones of your own - and if you do, they'll love this as much as nearly all of us have loved every entry in this timeless, enchanting, generation-spanning franchise. These are kids' movies for adults, grown-up movies for kids, instant animated classics rich in material and character and vibrant visuals. Advance screenings this week. Also Empire, Lighthouse, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    BREAKTHROUGH - Based on an actual incident, directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Grant Nieporte, this is one of the more authentically moving entries in the medical miracle film genre, fueled by a gripping lead performance from Chrissy Metz. While the power of prayer is certainly praised, one can't help but be truly struck by the strength of a fierce mother who practically wills her son back to health.

    CHILD'S PLAY [2019] - No reviews yet. This is a remake of the 1988 horror movie about a demonically possessed doll named Chucky. The original Chucky movies had lots of gory violence, but the visual effects from the '80s and '90s now seem almost comical. This reboot will likely have more realistic violence, as well as strong language. Also Monterey and Reading Porirua.

    LITTLE WOODS - Nia DaCosta's remarkable writing and directing debut, which premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. This is not simply one of the finest films to explore the unique challenges that beset women in rural parts of the country where men outnumber them two-to-one. It is also one of the only to illustrate the devastating social impact of the war against women and their reproductive rights that has been waged by statehouses across the nation. All Lighthouse.

    ANNA - No reviews yet. English-language French action thriller film written, produced and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Sasha Luss as the title character, with Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Helen Mirren also starring.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    ANNABELLE COMES HOME Jun 27 Readings
    TOY STORY 4 Jun 27 Readings
    YESTERDAY Jun 27 Readings
    PARASITE Jun 27 Lighthouse
    SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Jul 04 Readings
    CRAWL Jul 11 Readings
    STUBER Jul 11 Readings
    CAMINO SKIES Jul 11 Lighthouse
    OPHELIA Jul 11 Penthouse


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