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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy at 6.15pm Monday 27 May: THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Maren Ade, Germany 2003).
    Maren Ade's fantastic debut feature, winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, is a compactly-crafted, disarmingly-honest account of an idealistic young teacher drifting comically out of her professional and personal depths. That it was Ade's thesis project as a student at the Munich Academy for Film and Television - completed when she was just 26 - makes its maturity and directorial aplomb all the more impressive. Melanie is a mousey twentysomething hoping for a fresh start in southwest Germany after being offered a teaching post mid-year. She begins to unravel when her progressive but undisciplined teaching style fails, her colleagues ostracize her, and her disastrous misreadings of a trendy neighbour's social cues jeopardize a desperately sought-after female friendship. Shot on digital video in Ade's hometown of Karlsruhe, the film has a lo-fi, home-movie quality that adds to its intimacy, unease, and unexpectedly sublime denouement. - The Cinematheque.
    Screened in co-operation with the Goethe Institut. Public admitted by way of donation (notes please) at the door. Film Society members free. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Doc Edge Film Festival 2019. Roxy 13 - 23 June. Bookings now open.
  • NZ International Film Festival - 2019. 26 July - 11 August.
  • 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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    African Film Festival 2019 - Runs until Sunday 26 May. A short programme of 10 titles to bring a taste of African cinema to local audiences.

    ALADDIN [2019] - From Guy Richie comes a shot for shot remake of earlier animated Disney classic. This time starring a blue Will Smith and the pink Power Ranger. YouTube review. Also Empire, Roxy, Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    Architecture and Design Film Festival 2019 - 23 May to 9 June. Now in its eighth year, this has grown to be one of the largest architecture and design film festivals in the world. 18 programmes with several screenings each to remind us just how much a positive impact architecture, design and colour have on our everyday lives.

    THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT - A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal. This hummingbird soars. It has that based-on-a-true-story feel, with all the urgency and verisimilitude of a real-life tale. A sad and visceral indictment of our society under the guise of a thriller, Kim Nguyen's rousing cinematic elegy will sneak up on you, like its titular moth. Also Lighthouse Cuba.

    THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE - Terry Gilliam's famously cursed project bears many visible scars from its tortured 25-year-plus gestation and an open wound in the shape of a disclaimer title card referring to its ongoing legal proceedings. But it is otherwise definitely, positively a film, ready to be unleashed on the world in a flurry of windmills and whimsy. Neither as bad as you fear nor as good as it deserves to be given the sheer effort of will that went into getting it made.

    GLORIA BELL - In Sebastian Lelio's 2013 drama Gloria, Chilean actress Paulina Garcia played a 58-year-old divorcee who mostly enjoys her life, blending nightclub outings with a stable job and cozy family time, until a misguided romance disrupts that careful balance. Here, Julianne Moore, in Lelio's English-language remake, turns the story into the cinematic equivalent of a new theatrical staging for a beloved play. Moore's compassionate performance confirms the strength of the original and its beloved heroine's universal appeal. All Lighthouse.

    BRIGHTBURN - Your run of the mill horror with a superhero twist. Jackson A. Dunn (Brandon) certainly carries this film single handedly. He's got the creepy look nailed down to a tee and everyone else is a spectator in this mass destruction that occurs. Brandon seems just an ordinary (if albeit strange) kid on the outside but wind him up and you'll see what he's capable of. Also Reading Porirua.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    ROCKETMAN May 30 Readings
    May 30 Readings
    ONE LAST DEAL May 30 Penthouse
    TOLKEIN Jun 06 Readings
    X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Jun 06 Readings
    NEVER LOOK AWAY Jun 06 Lighthouse
    WILD ROSE Jun 13 Readings
    Jun 13 Readings
    LITTLE WOODS Jun 20 Lighthouse


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