Monday, 19 July 2010

Waitati Film Society Programme Aug-Dec 2010

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY

Waitati Film Society half-year memberships are now available at $35.
See drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a warm,
pleasant environment with convivial company. Membership allows you
free entry to Film Society screenings as well as discounts at Film
Festivals and some Dunedin cinemas.

For more information, ring Leonie 4822 508 or look at our website:
www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday Aug 10

LEN LYE: ART THAT MOVES

NZ 2009

A compilation of movies from experimental film-maker, poet, painter,
kinetic sculptor, eccentric and ebullient personality, Len Lye, one of
New Zealand's most widely-known modernist artists. He was driven by a
life-long passion for motion, energy and the possibility of composing
them as a form of art. He moved to London and then New York, where he
became known as an intensely creative filmmaker and kinetic sculptor.
Born in 1901, he died in 1980. 90min.

Tuesday Aug 17

LIFE IS A MIRACLE

Serbia 2004

In 1992, before the vicious conflict, engineer Luka worked on the
completion of a railway line between eastern Bosnia and Serbia.
Afterwards, as a stationmaster with a family of an unstable wife and
athletic son, he chooses to ignore the signs of looming war in
Croatia. But inevitably all three individually become engulfed in the
war. 155min.

Tuesday Aug 24

OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES

France 2006

In 1955, OSS 117, a 1950's French comic forerunner of James Bond, is
sent to Egypt by the French Foreign Secret Service to investigate the
death of an agent and "make the Middle East safe". Though suave, OSS
117 is about as competent as his real life contemporaries who blew up
the Rainbow Warrior. 99min.

Tuesday Aug 31

NO MAN'S LAND

Bosnia 2001

During the confusion of battle, two soldiers, one a Bosnian the other
a Serb, find themselves in a trench in No Man's Land. With them is a
third, unconscious Bosnian soldier who has had a mine placed under him
by the Serb. The United Nations Protection Force is of no use as their
mission orders compel them to remain mere bystanders. An English
reporter is hoodwinked into believing the situation has been resolved,
but has it been? 98min.

Tuesday Sept 7

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

USA 1945

Humphrey Bogart plays Harry, a crusty fishing boat captain in the
Caribbean during the German Occupation of France. He just wants a
quiet life with his girlfriend, an American pickpocket (Lauren Bacall)
and piano-playing friend (Hoagy Carmichael). But the leader of the
Free French persuades him to smuggle two resistance agents between
islands. 100min.

Tuesday Sept 14

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

USA/Argentina/Chile/Peru 2003

In 1952, two young Argentinians boarded a battered Norton 500 and set
off on a road trip that inspired a revolution. Both Che Guevara and
Alberto Granado were from privileged upbringings, but their
experiences during their 8-month trip from Buenos Aires to Venezuela,
shaped their outlook on the realities of life. This enactment of the
journey perhaps gives an understanding of what moulds someone into a
charismatic revolutionary. 126min.

Tuesday Sept 21

THE ITALIAN

2005

During his brief years of life, Vanya has been abandoned by his
Russian parents, then given the privileged option of adoption by a
wealthy Italian family for a life of Mediterranean comfort. Yet his
roots call and he feels that he would like to be re-connected with his
birth mother. It's decision time for a six-year-old boy. 99min.

Tuesday Sept 28

DANCER IN THE DARK

Denmark 2000

This musical centres around the life of Selma, a Czech immigrant in
Washington State in 1964. She lives in poverty with her son in a
trailer home. Her work in a factory is tedious so she escapes to the
local cinema to watch Hollywood musicals despite her increasing
blindness. She also frequently escapes into daydreams of songs
incorporating everyday sounds of factory machinery. 140min.

Tuesday Oct 12

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

USA 2007

Fermina abandons her innocent, youthful affair with Florentino for
marriage with the less romantic but practical Juvenal, a doctor
dedicated to the eradication of cholera, who puts his public
importance and reputation above all else. If romantic love is a
disease like cholera, Juvenal has the knowledge and wherewithal to
cure it. But opportunist Florentino has not entirely disappeared from
Fermina's life. 139min.

Tuesday Oct 26

BEYOND THE DARK SIDE

NZ 2004-08

A collection of recent short films that continue the tradition of New
Zealand's Cinema of Unease.

Nature's Way (Jane Shearer, 2006, 11 mins)

The Lethal Innocents (Kirsty Cameron, 2006, 9 mins)

Cargo (Leo Woodhead, 2007, 12 mins)

Undergrowth (Grant Major, 2009, 10 mins)

Ride (Stephen Sinclair, 2004, 15 mins)

Brave Donkey (Gaysorn Thavat 2009, 12 mins)

Tuesday Nov 9

Asta Nielsen: The Abyss & The Ballet Dancer

Denmark 1910-11

Actress Asta Nielsen is arguably the earliest (silent) movie star and
was very famous in Europe, but not USA, from 1910 through into the
early 20's

ABYSS: Camille is an actress and ballerina with a hopelessly
complicated love life. She loves a playwright but it is a painter who
really loves her.

THE BALLET DANCER: Full of the comings and goings of occasional
lovers, meetings and mix-ups. Within such a tangle of loving and
fussing, there is a tragic final ending for one of the characters and
an illuminating and even happy outcome for another. 35min.

Tuesday Nov 23

SEX AND LUCIA

Spain 2001

Poor Lorenzo has writers' block and waitress/ girlfriend Lucia cannot
break his despair. But his depression, subsequent revelation of a
child from a previous liaison as well as other more recent interwoven
relationships, provide him with subject matter for his latest novel.
128min.

Tuesday Dec 7

RAIN OF THE CHILDREN

NZ 2008

Vincent Ward further explores the subject of his earlier film In
Spring one Plants Alone when, as a young film student in 1978, he
travelled to the Ureweras and documented the lives of an elderly Maori
woman, Puhi, and her schizophrenic son. In this updated account, Ward
revisits to unravel the mystery of who was Puhi. 102min.

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