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  • The Wellington Film Society 6.15pm Monday 13 July at the Embassy: MODEL SHOP (Jacques Demy, USA 1969). Like a traveler who falls in love with a place without really knowing why, Jacques Demy's first and only American film lilts around late-sixties Los Angeles looking for beauty and connection in some simple, profound ways. An emotionally lost young man (Gary Lockwood) follows a weary European model (Anouk Aimee) into the amateur studio where she gets paid to let customers take boudoir photos of her. Voyeurism, consumerism, and war are all discussed as the long smoggy day and endless auto trips across town begin to shift the course of their alienated, wistful lives. Demy captured Angelino locations galore for this heavy-hearted romance, and following his gaze across the newly minted city (the real star of the film) has all the swooning nostalgia of an old hippie travelogue from the peak of an era. - New Beverly Cinema
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  • The NZ International Film Festival 2020 will be online from 24 July -2 August. You will be able to screen the NZIFF programme at home. Full information on the programme and details on viewing films online have now been announced. If you sign up now you will have time to check your setup with the Festival Trailer to make sure all is working well before your first film. A few films will be in local cinemas. Scroll to the bottom of the list for the Roxy and City Gallery.

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    A BUMP ALONG THE WAY - Written by Tess McGowan and directed by Shelly Love, and set and filmed in Derry, Northern Ireland, the film follows Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher) and Allegra (Lola Petticrew), a mother and daughter who share a tense relationship only to be tested even further when after a boozy night out Pamela becomes pregnant. The integration of the small community that is the context for this story and the important locations even within the family home alongside the narrative only further show the thought and care taken to tell this honest, hilarious and heartwarming Derry drama. Also Lighthouse, Monterey and Shoreline.

    GOD OF THE PIANO - Anat is a young woman who will let nothing get in her way, least of all accidents of nature, in this tightly-scripted and quietly chilling first feature from Israeli director Itay Tal. Prepare to be shaken and stirred. It brings to mind the sort of mothers who are too focused on ambition and achievement to care about the real well-being of their family and dependents, as long as everything goes successfully and according to plan. And sadly these characters often come from high-performing backgrounds, and such is the case with concert pianist Anat. Also Lighthouse.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    RADIOACTIVE Jul 16 Penthouse
    THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND Jul 16 Lighthouse
    Jul 16 Penthouse
    SHIRLEY Jul 23 Penthouse
    BEL CANTO Jul 23 Penthouse
    UNHINGED Jul 30 Readings
    BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE Jul 30 Lighthouse
    THIS TOWN Aug 06 Readings
    TENET Aug 13 Event
    MULAN Aug 20 Penthouse
    A QUIET PLACE PART II Sep 03 Event
    WONDER WOMAN 1984 Oct 01 Event
    BLACK WIDOW Oct 29 Readings


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