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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy at 6.15pm Monday 25 March: SHADOWS IN PARADISE (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland 1986).
    The film that set the blueprint for the Kaurismaki mode, this may run a mere 76 minutes, but one couldn't mistake brevity for slightness, despite its wisp of a narrative. A garbage collector and supermarket cashier (regular players Matti Pellonpaa and Kati Outinen) are brought together through circumstance and misfortune, their relationship tentatively blossoming in the face of dashed dreams and collective disappointments. Kaurismaki punctures the gloom of his muted palette with the occasional splash of primary colour, at once prefiguring the rigorous mise-en-scene that would become his stock in trade and the delicately negotiated possibility of a brighter future with which this beautiful miniature ends. - Matthew Thrift, Sight and Sound.
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  • Film Festivals to note:
  • 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 actively looking at alternative screening venues to bring their work to Wellington audiences.

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    DAFFODILS - A jukebox musical featuring some of this country's most-beloved tunes and one that has already wowed Kiwi and international audiences as a stage show. Writer Rochelle Bright, musical directors Steph Brown and Fen Ikner and director David Stubbs have done a fabulous job of reimagining a collection of Kiwi classics and allowing us to really listen to their lyrics in a new way. They reclaim The Swingers' Counting the Beat from jingle hell, turn Chris Knox's Not Given Lightly into a wedding anthem and even deliver a mash-up of Darcy Clay and Blam Blam Blam. This is a love letter to the Kiwi experience, our own equivalent to Once or Sunshine on Leith, and finally a crowdpleasing indigenous musical to sit alongside Don't Let it Get to You and Footrot Flats: A Dog's Tale. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Monterey, Reading Porirua, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY - Florence Pugh commands the ring in this an underdog wrestling comedy with lots of heart alongside some likeable sports-movie cliches. Based on the Bevis family, a close-knit Norwich clan bonded by their shared love of the faux-violent entertainment, the film benefits from Pugh's charismatic performance and writer-director Stephen Merchant's cheery mixture of crowd-pleasing sentiment, wry laughs and genuine sweetness. Season proper. Also Empire, Lighthouse, Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - Running through to 27 March - here it is for 2019, with a stripped down administration, and running at two venues in the Wellington region. Check the website link for details of the films, and the special French Film Festival drop down link for Lighthouse bookings. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    DUMBO [2019] Mar 28 Readings
    US Mar 28 Readings
    FIVE FEET APART Mar 28 Readings
    EIGHTH GRADE Mar 28 Penthouse
    PET SEMATARY Apr 04 Readings
    SHAZAM ! Apr 04 Readings
    VAI Apr 04 Lighthouse
    WOMAN AT WAR Apr 04 Lighthouse
    HELLBOY Apr 11 Readings
    LITTLE Apr 11 Readings
    Apr 11 Readings
    WONDER PARK Apr 11 Readings
    MISSING LINK Apr 18 Readings
    RED JOAN Apr 18 Penthouse


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