Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is well on the way to rebuilding after World War III. The central characters, Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop-outs, are members of a joy-riding motorcycle gang. In the opening scene, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble upon a secret government project to develop telekinetic humans, apparently for use as weapons. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his 'peer' Akira, the project's most powerful subject, and determines to challenge him...
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.
Apron Strings, the debut feature from Sima Urale, is a parallel story of two families and two cultures set in suburban Otahuhu, South Auckland. At the heart of the story are three women whose lives and livelihoods revolve around food. Hard working Lorna must not only deal with her unemployed stay-at-home son Barry and his chronic gambling addiction, but also reckon with a tragic past that haunts them both. For the stylish and beautiful Anita, the host of her own TV cooking show, everything comes to a head when her son Michael decides to meet her estranged sister Tara, and delve into a past that she cannot bear to face. And for the more traditional Tara, Michael’s arrival in her life opens up old wounds that challenge her seemingly peaceful life as a spinster.
In this whimsical adventure, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden with her father and mother. Arrietty and her family live by borrowing. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed from the old lady who lives in the mansion. Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever-curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a lonely 12-year-old human boy. The two begin to confide
in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom...
Based on the much-loved children’s book The Borrowers by Mary Norton, ARRIETTY is a twee fantasy adventure
directed by new Studio Ghibli talent, Hiromasa Yonebayashi , who many felt brought a fresh voice to the studio’s
catalogue in his directorial debut.
Set in 1976, Toby Jones plays a documentary sound engineer who finds himself employed by a notorious low-budget Italian horror studio. Uneasy in his new environment and surrounded by a world he finds alien, he throws himself into his work, failing to notice how life is slowly beginning to imitate art.
During the 1960s, a London photographer believes he has inadvertently photographed evidence of a murder only to have the evidence mysteriously disappear. Blow-up is a stylish study of paranoid intrigue and disorientation.
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Fools & Dreamers is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment of Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust to regenerate marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work, giving life to over 1500 hectares of native forest, waterways, and the creatures that live within them.
When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know about his plans to allow gorse to grow as a nurse canopy for self-sown native trees, the response was sceptical at best and outright angry and disparaging for the most part – one farmer stating the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”. Now considered a local hero by town and country folk alike, Hugh’s home at Hinewai overlooks a valley resplendent in native forest canopy, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow.
An inspiring, charismatic personality, Hugh’s passion and enthusiasm for his life’s project come through in every sentence he speaks. A dreamer who has made his dream come true, Hugh has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.
NZ, 2019, 30 min., Dir. Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson
On 15 November 1915, Einstein published his
greatest work: general relativity. The theory
transformed our understanding of nature's
laws and the entire history of the cosmos,
reaching back to the origin of time itself.
UK, 2015, 53 min., Dir. Jamie E. Lochhead
R13Violence, offensive language & sex scenes
Ki-taek's family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. The son Ki-woo is recommended by his friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income. Carrying the expectations of all his family, Ki-woo heads to the Park family home for an interview. Arriving at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, Ki-woo meets Yeon-kyo, the beautiful young lady of the house. But following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.
POM POKO is a tale of the clash between modern civilization and the natural world.
The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by rapid urbanisation. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. Once they perfect the ancient art of transformation, they use their power, often in hilarious ways, to try to scare off the advancement of civilization. Will it be enough?
Taking its cues from traditional folklore, POM POKO is a fun, sweet and mischievous film, but nonetheless carries a
strong environmental / urban overdevelopment issue that is as relevant today as it ever was.
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Roger Waters, co-founder, creative force and songwriter behind Pink Floyd, presents his highly anticipated film, Us + Them, featuring state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event.
Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Waters perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from his legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?
Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love.
'Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019' will feature an assortment of song performances and backstage footage from the band’s 2015 R40 40th anniversary tour. Described as an "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence"
The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen, when the first "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence" Cinema Strangiato brings Rush fans together in movie theatres worldwide. Featuring R40+, this global fan event will give audiences a special look into some of the best performances from R40 LIVE, including songs such as "Closer to the Heart", "Subdivisions", "Tom Sawyer" and more, as well as unreleased backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. R40+ also includes unseen soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite "Jacob's Ladder", exclusive new interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more. As a special bonus, fans will get a glimpse into the madness and passion that went in to the making of Geddy Lee's new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass - featuring a brand-new interview from the man himself.
US, 2019, 120 min., Dir. Dale Heslip
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
David Locke is a world-weary American journalist who has been sent to cover a conflict in northern Africa, but he makes little progress with the story. When he discovers the body of a stranger who looks similar to him, Locke assumes the dead man's identity. leading Locke into dangerous situations. Aided by a beautiful woman, Locke attempts to avoid both the police and criminals out to get him.
IT/FR/SP, 1975, 121 min., Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
David Lynch’s subversive classic about two young lovers Sailor and Lula, on the run and pursued by people who want to tear them apart.
At age 14, Mika cannot seem to stay out of trouble, so her parents send her to spend the summer with her grandmother, who runs a prestigious riding school and demands discipline from horse and students alike.
In what is supposed to be an indictment of 1960's American society, two aimless young adults try to find themselves in the California desert.
At all times freaky and far-out, Michelangelo Antonioni’s fascinating and under-appreciated 1970 film Zabriskie Point is now on re-release. Mocked and critically patronised at the time, this was a counterculture adventure with something in common with Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde. It was a midwife to the desert reveries of David Lynch, and provided an acid flashback to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Short of travelling by time machine, watching this film is the best way to visit the Los Angeles of the late 1960s, with all the streetscapes, billboards and brand names. – Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
Released in 1970 under a mushroom cloud of protest, controversy and fascination, Zabriskie Point is the story of a fugitive campus radical who steals a plane and meets a secretary in Death Valley.
US, 1970, 110 min., Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni