Queenstown Film Society
Frank Capra, USA, 1934, 105 mins (PG) A feisty runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) and a cynical newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) meet cute in this racy Depression-era romp. “Every line of dialogue is calculated bliss, the chemistry between the leads is magnificent.” – Time Out
Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 2017, 115 mins (M violence, nudity) The brilliant Argentinian auteur delivers a feverish period piece about a Spanish bureaucrat relegated to colonial South America. “Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical” – New York Times
Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, 110 mins (PG) Fledgling screenwriter William Holden stumbles into the mansion of faded silent-film superstar Gloria Swanson in Wilder’s poison pen letter to Hollywood. “The blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.” – Time Out
David Lynch, France/USA, 2001, 147 mins (R16 violence, sex scenes) An aspiring actress, a beautiful amnesiac and a hotshot director at the mercy of the mob. “Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium.” – Criterion
Agnès Varda and JR, France, 2017, 94 mins (M) Octogenarian French director Varda takes to the road with the young photo-muralist JR to create new artworks around France in this charming doco. “A joyful celebration of the urge to create art and celebrate life.” – Screendaily
Gerard Johnstone, NZ, 2014, 107 mins, (R13 violence, horror scenes & offensive language) Delinquent heroine Morgana O’Reilly finds more than she bargained for when she is placed under home detention. “A marvellously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy” – Variety
Volker Schlöndorff, Germany, 2000, 103 mins (M violence, sex scenes & nudity) The riveting true story of a 70s West German terrorist who escapes to the East with the help of the Stasi. Entry to public by donation.“Dramatically gripping…Superbly played by a cast mostly of unknowns” – Variety
Raoul Peck, France/USA, 2016, 93 mins (M violence & offensive language) This Oscar-nominated documentary is an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.
Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, Australia/Vanuatu 2015, 104 mins (M violence, offensive language) Two Australian filmmakers collaborate with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.
Petra Volpe, Switzerland, 2017, 96 mins (M sex scenes, sexual references) A young housewife campaigns to organise the women of her town to petition for the right to vote (in 1971!). “A crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure” – Variety
William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes) Florence Pugh is mesmerising as she transmutes from nervous bride to femme fatale in this bracing British period drama based on a 19th century Russian classic. “A barbed feminist fable of class, cruelty and sexual power” – New York Times
Rosemary Myers, Australia, 2015, 77 mins (M offensive language) A weird and wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in 70s suburban Australia. “An effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone” – Screendaily
Alain Resnais, France/Japan, 1959, 90 mins (R16) A French actor (Emmanuèle Riva) falls for a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while on shoot in Hiroshima. “A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time.” – Criterion
Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2018, 141 mins (R13 violence) This epic gangland romance is set against China’s relentless modernisation in the 21st century. Screens in cooperation with the Confucius Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. “Clever, subversive and hugely ambitious” – Slant
Sofia Coppola, USA, 1999, 97 mins (R16 sexual themes, content that may disturb) A dream vision of 70s teenage girlhood unfolds in a languorous haze as the boys who knew them attempt to puzzle together the mystery of the lives – and deaths – of the five Lisbon sisters.
Lake Bell, USA, 2013, 93 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes) Lake Bell writes, stars and directs this sharp and hilarious satire on sexism in the film industry set amongst the curious world of Hollywood voiceover artists. “As surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking” – Denver Post
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.