In 2017 all movies are moving to Friday evenings. Doors now open at 7pm and movies begin at 7.30pm. Depending on length, most nights we will show a short film before the feature.
Persepolis Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi | France/USA | 2007 | M offensive language | 1hr36min
Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up during the Iranian Revolution, this animated feature is more richly populated, vigorous, succinct and shrewdly funny than many a flesh-and-blood drama. “Alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit” – NY Times
Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra | Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina | 2015 | M violence & content that may disturb | 2hr5min
This breathtaking festival favourite from South America delves deep into the mysteries of the Amazon. “A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism.” – Hollywood Reporter
Lost in Wonderland Zoe Mcintosh | New Zealand | 2009 | 52 min
A documentary about Rob Moodie, a man who turns up in court to defend himself on contempt charges calling himself Miss Alice and wearing the frock to prove it. We see that his fearlessness bespeaks a principled confidence about who he is, which is miraculous considering his difficult upbringing and the many different lines of work – farmer, mechanic, detective, trade unionist, barrister – to which he has successfully put his hand since. Professional associates and family members fill out this fascinating encounter with a one-of-a-kind self-made man.
Our Little Sister Kore-eda Hirokazu | Japan | 2015 | PG | 2 hr8min
Three sisters in their 20s get to know their teenage half-sister in this charming family drama, beautifully accentuated with the flavours and sensations of its unmistakably Japanese setting. “Full of quiet joy and simple pleasures” – The Telegraph
Tangerines Zaza Urushadze | Estonia/Georgia | 2013 | M violence & offensive language | 1hr27min
This poignant and slyly witty drama set in the war-torn, former Soviet Republic of Georgia was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015. “Magnificent… Remarkable piece of anti-war cinema.” – Wall Street Journal
About Elly Asghar Farhadi | Iran/France | 2009 | PG violence & coarse language | 1hr59min
This gripping mystery from award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. “Outstanding... Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense.” – The Observer
Marti: A passionate eye Shirley Horrocks | New Zealand | 2004 | 1hr13min
Arriving downunder from London in 1958, Marti Friedlander began photographing New Zealand, partly as a way of coming to terms with what she saw as its foreignness. In the process she captured aspects of Aotearoa that familiarity had made invisible to its inhabitants.
On My Way Emmanuelle Bercot | France | 2013 | M violence, sexual references & offensive language | 1hr56min
Catherine Deneuve stars as a former beauty queen who takes to the road in a moment of personal calamity and unexpectedly finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. “A ready-made crowd pleaser” – Screen Daily
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Roy Andersson | Sweden/Germany/Norway/France/Denmark | 2014 | M content may disturb | 1hr41min
In the final part of Roy Andersson’s deeply eccentric trilogy he muses on humanity’s inescapable absurdity. Golden Lion, Best Film, Venice Film Festival 2014. “It shines with a hyperreal beauty – and it made me laugh until I wept.” – Telegraph
A Flickering Truth Pietra Brettkelly | New Zealand & Afganistan | 2015 | 1hr36min
One man’s journey to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in post-Taliban Afghanistan uncovers the very nearly forgotten history of his ravaged country. “A poetic tribute to a fragile cinema culture and its committed guardians” – Variety
Crossing Rachmaninoff Rebecca Tansley | New Zealand | 2015 | 1hr19min
A winning portrait of Italian-born Auckland concert pianist Flavio Villani, as he returns to Calabria for his concert debut, scaling one of the summits of the Romantic repertoire. “Emotionally compelling” – The Standard