Nominated for multiple Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes (and taking home her share of wins), Gena Rowlands is a legend forever. Across her extensive career, she’s worked with Jim Jarmsuch, Paul Mazursky, William Friedkin, Terence Davies — and John Cassavetes, with whom she had one of the greatest ongoing actor-director collaborations in film history.
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
An analysis of the integration of Turkish culture in Germany follows the story of a family headed by patriarch Hussein, who emigrated to Germany in the '60s.
A U.S secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.
11-year-old Michi lives in a children's home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids, till the day he finds his real dad, Tom - who happens to be a dwarf, even shorter than Michi is, the opposite of his idea of manliness and strength. When the kids find out, Michi's life becomes hell and he flees.
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice finds a young girl, Sheeta floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle Laputa and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won’t be easy however. There
are air pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth - and from each other.
The first film to be officially released by Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Laputa is a decidedly more adventure driven, and somewhat light-hearted story, however retains much of the strange & wondrous world-building Miyazaki established in Nausicaa.
Twin gynaecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
UK, 1966, 112 min., Dir. Francois Truffaut
This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag control over their race. Will the Oms and the Draags find a way to coexist? Or will they destroy each other?
When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
US, 1980, 121 min., Dir. John Cassvetes
Hiding Behind The Green Screen is an innovative, experimental and creative documentary aimed at heightening awareness around the marijuana culture amongst youth in New Zealand. Four young men are given the opportunity to be mentored by two accomplished New Zealand musicians - Frances Kora from the band Kora and Rio Hemopo from the bands Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy's Drop. Together they embark on a journey of self-discovery where honest discussions are shared concerning the negative impact marijuana has had on their lives. The young men are challenged about their previous life choices and are encouraged to break free from drug addiction by realising their creative potential through their passion for music.
When Ventura becomes lost in the woods, the people of Fontainhas search for him.
John Cassavetes Classic
After the death of a common friend, three married men leave their lives together, seeking pleasure and freedom and ultimately leaving for London.
Following a break-up, Minnie Moore, a museum curator, becomes disillusionedby love and meaningful relationships. But after a chance encounter, she meets Seymour Moskowitz, a parking-lot attendant and falls in love.
US,1971, 110 min., Dir. John Cassavetes
Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.
When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.
A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.
"La Locanda dei Girasoli" (The Sunflower Inn) in Rome serves great food. But there is one difference from other Roman pizzerias: most of the staff have Down's Syndrome. This 40-minute film observes a special corner of the Italian capital where ordinary human beings achieve the extraordinary. We witness a life-giving experiment in integration - moving, funny and somehow heroic. We enter into the interior worlds of the characters to share their joys, sorrows and dreams for the future; dreams that sooner or later will be confronted with the realities of the outside world.
MViolence & offensive language
Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled in to a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.
Journalist Kim Webby's Price of Peace is a portrait of Tūhoe activist Tame Iti, whose family Webby has known for 20 plus years. After the 2007 police raids, Iti was one of four to go on trial, accused of plotting terrorist activities. Webby’s film ranges widely from early land grievances to modern-day jail cells — and a police apology. NZ Herald reviewer Peter Calder praised the result for balancing a personal focus on Iti, with “a powerfully affecting” examination of the 2007 raids, which placed the raids in "the wider context of Tūhoe history and the process of reconciliation”.
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
UK/US, 1980, 143 min., Dir. Stanley Kubrick
Documentary detailing the experiences of the poets who served in the Battle of the Somme, including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg and JRR Tolkien.
With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II.
Based on the Raymond Briggs classic book.
UK, 1988, 84 min., Dir. Jimmy T. Murakami
Shizuku Tsukishima is a bit of a book-worm, spending her last summer vacation in junior high school reading and translating popular foreign music into Japanese. With aspirations to one day become a writer, Shizuku can’t help but notice that the name Seiji Amasawa appears on every one of the books she borrows from the library.
Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet Seiji and discovers he has dreams of becoming a famous violin maker in Italy. While their life-long goals pull them in two different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their strong feelings for one another.
A delightful romantic comedy that has all the classic Ghibli hallmarks of reality meets fantasy. Plus, perhaps most
importantly, a talking German cat statuette called The Baron. The first, and sadly, only film to be directed by Studio
Ghibli up-and-coming talent, Yoshifumi Kondou – who passed away only a few years after its release.