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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy at 6.15pm Monday 15 July: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais, France/Italy 1961).
    Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais' epochal film has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled chateau they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais' investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story. - Criterion.
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  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival - 2019. 26 July - 11 August. screening at the Embassy, Te Papa Soundings, City Gallery, Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone, Readings Porirua. Tickets are now available on line. Physical booking office at the Embassy.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

  • The Nga Taonga Sound and Vision cinema has closed. Archive employees are moving to 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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    CAMINO SKIES - Fergus Grady and Noel Smyth's poignant look at a group of "broken" Kiwis aiming to rediscover a zest for life while walking more than 800km together. Each of the sextet has been affected by some kind of trauma. While it won't be an absorbing watch for everyone, there will be some likely to consider it ideal heartwarming viewing for the depths of winter. Season proper. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    LOST AND FOUND - Written and directed by Liam O Mochain, this is an anthology film, a collection of seven interconnected stories that will not fail to make you smile. All in all, the characters are no smarter or luckier than they need to be, and their travails and coincidences manage to be just comic and human enough to make us happy for the time we spend together.

    OPHELIA - Daisy Ridley gives Shakespeare's tragic heroine from Hamlet a provocative do-over. Director Claire McCarthy and adapter Semi Chellas give us an Elsinore Castle and its court that's handsomely mounted, but they cleverly tweak the proceedings to make us reexamine key moments from an entirely different angle. It's a tragedy that has played out countless times, but it feels fresh and powerful in this telling.

    CRAWL - Efficient, scary, funny, (okay, okay, kinda dumb), and with an exhilarating sense of cosmic hopelessness, where everything that could possibly go wrong does, which makes for a really good time in the theater. Definitely a film to see with a crowd. Also Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    STUBER - "I really think the action in buddy comedies pulls punches today and I hate that and didn't want to do it," Michael Dowse, the director of this SXSW-debuting film said empathetically during the world premiere of his new buddy comedy and action film. And it's clear the filmmaker took his own advice, probably a little too well, and possibly overcompensating as he crafts a comedy that's really quite hyper-violent, a little nasty in tone, and never as funny as it should be. Also Reading Porirua.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE LION KING Jul 18 Readings
    RORY'S WAY Jul 18 Penthouse
    BOOKSMART Jul 25 Readings
    LATE NIGHT Jul 25 Readings
    THE KEEPER Jul 25 Lighthouse
    HOBBS AND SHAW Aug 01 Readings
    SUPPORT THE GIRLS Aug 01 Penthouse
    MIDSOMMAR Aug 08 Readings
    DIEGO MARADONA Aug 08 Penthouse
    PALM BEACH Aug 08 Penthouse
    Aug 08 Lighthouse


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