Queenstown Film Society
Tuesdays 8.15 pm at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtownfrom 1 May 2018
Coming up in 2018
1 May 2018Ex Machina
Alex Garland, UK/USA 2015, 108 mins, R13 (nudity, offensive language, content that may disturb)
A reclusive AI genius builds the eerily bewitching android Ava to test the boundaries of creation. Academy Awards for screenplay and visual effects. “The new heroines [are] totally hot, bracingly cold, powerfully sovereign – and posthuman.” – NY Times
8 May 2018The Illusionist
Sylvain Chomet, France/UK 2010, 80 mins (PG violence)Based on a script by Jacques Tati, this animated feature from the director of The Triplets of Belleville is the sweet and funny tale of a magician travelling in Scotland and the impressionable young girl who adopts him as her dad.
15 May 201824 Weeks
Anne Zohra Berrached, Germany 2016, 102 mins (M)
Julia Jentsch stars as a comedian who is six months pregnant and confronted with a heart-wrenching decision. “Meticulous and quietly forceful…follows a track that feels at once implacable and unpredictable.” – Film Comment
Public screening, non-members welcome by koha
22 May 2018Akira
Otomo Katsuhiro, Japan 1988, 124 mins (M violence)A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo in Otomo’s groundbreaking anime. This restored version makes it as striking now as it was 30 years ago.“One of the most impressive feats of animation ever committed to the screen” – Film School Rejects
29 May 2018The Brand New Testament
Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium/France 2015, 114 mins (M nudity, offensive language, sexual content)There’s the Old Testament, the New Testament and now this Brand New one in which God’s 10-year-old daughter is on a mission to liberate humanity. “A surreal comedy whose endless visual imagination matches its conceptual wit” – NY Times
5 June 2018The Selfish Giant
Clio Barnard, UK 2013, 91 mins (R13 offensive language) This feature debut from the director of The Arbor is the tale of two boys who fall in with a dodgy scrap metal dealer. “Heartfelt and passionate, fluent and supremely confident…this is a heart-wrenching movie.” – Guardian
12 June 2018Mon Oncle
Jacques Tati, France/Italy 1958, 117 mins (G)Monsieur Hulot is let loose in Villa Arpel, the ultramodern and gadget-packed home of his brother-in-law. Academy Award for best foreign language film. “Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant” – Time Out
19 June 2018Listen to Me Marlon
Stevan Riley, UK 2015, 103 mins (M offensive language)Brando in his own words. With never-before-seen photos, audio and film footage, British documentarian Stevan Riley delivers an enthrallingly intimate look at the brilliant, troubled and always charismatic Marlon Brando.
26 June 2018Mustang
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Turkey 2015, 97 mins (M violence, sexual references)In this Oscar-nominated film, five sisters in a small, socially regressive Turkish coastal town come of age against a backdrop of secrets and sexual suppression. “[A] heartfelt, beautifully performed debut feature.” – Indiewire
3 July 2018Neither Heaven Nor Earth
Clément Cogitore, France/Belgium 2015, 100 mins (M animal slaughter, offensive language)A company of French soldiers mysteriously disappears in a remote Afghan valley. Is it the Taliban or a more existential threat? “A contemporary ghost story that’s both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy” – Slant
24 July 2018Paris, Texas
Wim Wenders, West Germany 1984, 145 mins (PG)Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American southwest in a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard. Best film at BAFTAs and Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Public screening, non-members welcome by koha
31 July 2018Of Horses and Men
Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland 2013, 78 mins (R13 sex scenes, offensive language, content that may disturb)
In a rugged valley in Iceland, people and horses have lived together for centuries. This collection of tales tall and true explores their curious, complicated bonds. “Clever, funny and shocking.” – Financial Times
7 August 2018Gilda
Charles Vidor, USA 1946, 110 mins (PG)
In this film noir Rita Hayworth plays the femme fatale as the much lusted-after wife of a mob boss and ex-flame of his bitter henchman. “Cynical, pessimistic and thrilling” – Sheila O’Malley, criterion.com
14 August 2018Seconds
John Frankenheimer, USA 1966, 106 mins (M nudity)
A secret organisation offers wealthy clients a second chance at life in this startlingly modern 60s face-swapping thriller. Restored version, featuring a paranoiac symphony of camera angles courtesy of cinematographer James Wong Howe.
21 August 2018Le Quattro Volte
Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy 2010, 84 mins (G)
A rustic village in the mountains of Calabria is the setting for this wonderful film, a wordless yet spellbinding take on a way of life as old as the elements. “Fresh and ravishingly poetic” – LA Times
28 August 2018After the Storm
Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan 2016, 117 mins (M adult themes)
A once successful novelist tries to reconnect with his ex-wife and young son in this affectionate, shrewdly observed drama of family life. “Such intelligence and delicacy…such wit and understated humanity” – Guardian
4 September 2018Inside North Korea
Steve Wilde, New Zealand 2017, 83 mins (unrated)
Queenstown former journalist Steve Wilde toured North Korea in 2017. His hotel room was bugged, he was locked inside at night, but he came away with a doco and the feeling North Koreans deserve respect. Steve will do a Q&A afterwards.
11 September 2018Baden Baden
Rachel Lang, Belgium/France 2016, 98 mins (M sex scenes, offensive language, nudity)
An utterly distinctive and lively coming-of-age comedy about a flaky French twenty-something searching for meaning in her life. “Very fresh and often very funny” – NY Times
18 September 2018Fireworks Wednesday
Asghar Farhadi, Iran 2006, 102 mins (M violence, offensive language)
From two-time Oscar winner Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman). “This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned.” – Time Out
25 September 2018Cover Girl
Charles Vidor, USA 1944, 107 mins (PG)
In this vibrant Technicolor musical laced with wartime escapism, Rita Hayworth stars as a bombshell nightclub dancer who wins a modelling contest and becomes the ultimate cover girl. Also starring Gene Kelly.
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All screenings at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown, at 8.15 pm. The programme is subject to change without notice. Admission is members only; we cannot sell single tickets. There are no bookings, so get there early to be sure of a seat. French films are screened in cooperation with the Institut Français and the Embassy of France. German films are screened in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.