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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, Monday 21 June at 6.15pm, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 1994).
    Kiarostami takes meta-narrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of his celebrated Koker trilogy. Unfolding 'behind the scenes' of the shooting of the previous film in the series, And Life Goes On... . This time he traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors - a lovelorn young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him - creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, this Pirandellian pastoral peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality. - Janus Films.
    Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
    The French Film Festival 2021, 10-23 June. Embassy, Penthouse, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone. Brochure available from the venues.
    The DocEdge Film Festival 2021, 3 June-11 July online. Selected screenings at the Roxy 17-27 June. A 72 page .pdf of the programme is available from the festival site.
    The Cinema Italiano Festival 2021, 13-27 August. Empire. A .pdf of the programme is available from the website. If you can work out how to print it out as a booklet - let me know!
    The NZ International Film Festival 2021, 4-21 November. Embassy, Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone, and Readings Porirua. Check the link for more details and the rationale for this year's delayed dates.
    If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

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    FAST AND FURIOUS 9 - Gloriously ludicrous and stridently melodramatic, this is fuelled by its own goofy energy, delivering comically grandiose chase sequences and shameless fan service all in the name of giving audiences an uncomplicated good time. Over the years, the Fast And Furious films have transformed from modest car-centric action flicks into full-blown supersized spy thrillers, never losing their sense of humour along the way. Also Empire, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2021 - Into its second and final week. A selection of recent French films, plus, in paying homage to Bernard Tavernier who passed away recently, his Journey Through French Cinema (2016), and a newly-restored A bout de souffle (Breathless), Jean-Luc Godard (1959). No individual reviews, but the "Reviews" link for the Lighthouse screenings goes their own screening information. Also Penthouse, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone.

    HERSELF - Directed by Phyllida Lloyd), from a script by Malcom Campbell and star Clare Dunne, this approaches the subject of an abusive household gracefully, and with an unexpected degree of hope. In an era when neighbors often turn on neighbors, the film's optimistic "It takes a village" perspective risks hokeyness. But thanks to Dunne's quietly powerful performance as a single mother barely treading water, the end result is an effective, affecting look at community triumphing over fear. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    DOCEDGE 2021 - The "In-Cinema" part of this year's festival opens this week, with 32 titles from the 83 availabe (the rest are only on-line). To find out what is on and at what time (each film screens only once), you will need to go to the "Website" link, search for Wellington under "Locations". Or it might be easier to download the .pdf brochure that is available from the website.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    IN THE HEIGHTS Jun 24 Readings
    THE MISFITS Jul 01 Penthouse
    BLACK WIDOW Jul 08 Readings
    Jul 08 Penthouse
    Jul 19 Lighthouse
    JUNGLE CRUISE Jul 29 Readings
    DIANA'S WEDDING Jul 29 Penthouse
    THE MOLE AGENT Aug 05 Penthouse
    FREE GUY Aug 12 Lighhouse
    STILLWATER Aug 12 Penthouse
    THE KING'S MAN Aug 20 Lighthouse
    NO TIME TO DIE Oct 08 Readings


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