Our March Opening consists of four films:
Mini Opening Festival – Screens first 4 Tuesdays in March
2nd Mar The Blue Angel, Von Sternberg (
The film that launched one of the most famous director / star partnerships in the cinema. Dietrich, star of the sleaziest nightclub in screen history.
9th Mar Waydowntown, Gary Burns (Canada 2000)
A group of young employees bet a month's salary, winner take all, on who can last the longest without going outside.
16th Mar Magik & Rose, Vanessa Alexander
23rd Mar A programme of Queenstown home movies. A slice of Queenstown’s history on 16mm. Some views of Queenstown in the 60’s and images from the Coronation. Dress in period and enjoy. Non-members welcome with gold coin donation.
Main Programme – Screens every second Tuesday from April
6th Apr Policewoman,
20th Apr Grill Point, Dresen (Germany 2002) Chris and Ellen launch an affair. It is quickly discovered. Suddenly, no one is complaining about a dull life. The shock of this affair causes each character to examine the stagnation of his or her existence. Reactions run in extremes…
4th May Days of
Heaven, Malick (
18th May The Son, Dardenne (Belgium/France2002)
Just out of prison for killing Gourmet's son in a robbery five years ago, Gourmet appears to be making the extraordinary gesture of taking the boy into his pastoral care without revealing the truth to the authorities or to the boy himself.
.1st Jun Chimes at , Welles (1966) There's the triangle: the prince, his king-father, and Falstaff, who's a kind of foster father. Essentially the film is the story of that triangle. Opposed to Falstaff, the king stands for responsibility.
15th Jun The Franc A poor musician, finds some money and is immediately tackled by a dwarf who forces him to buy a lottery ticket.
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun Feisty and fearless Sili sets out to earn a living hawking the newspaper ‘Le Soleil’ (‘The Sun’), the only girl in a sea of boys.
29th Jun The Law, (
13th Jul Xala, Ousmane Sembene (
A comic satire and
a deadly accurate polemic against the black bourgeoisie of
27th Jul Woman of the Dunes, Teshigahara (Japan 1964) The extraordinary visual appeal of the film lies in the fascinating textures it conjures up out of sand, sea and human flesh, and in the pictorially striking and emotionally suggestive patterns of contrasts, and also of weirdly disturbing resemblances, it creates.
10th Aug Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992) Famously closeted Rock Hudson returns from death (and 'outing') to explain what was really going on in all those frothy comedies with Doris Day.
+ Bruce and His Things
24th Aug Tokyo Story, Ozu
7th Sep Blowup,
Sep The Lady Eve, Sturges (
5th Oct Animals, Philibert (France1995) For
30 years the Zoology Hall of the
19th Oct To be and to have, (France 2002) In a one-room schoolhouse in rural France, Georges Lopez, a handsome, slightly monkish teacher in his late middle years, works with his pupils, who number less than a dozen and range from kindergartners to preteens.
2nd Nov Sullivan’s Travels, Sturges (USA) A film that movingly searches the grim depths of poverty, prisons, and chain gangs; and a film that is, in the end, a hilarious exposé of its own well-established concern. While Sullivan's Travels prefigures Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers, it remains unique in American cinema.
16th Nov Intimate Strangers Berliner (
Nobody’s Business Berliner (
According to Lightning
Marc and Anne Life
and culture of
Yum Yum Yum Vibrancy of Cajun and Creole cuisine
14th Dec Flight of the Albatross, Werner Mayer (NZ1996)
teenager comes to