Paramount 13th-19th October
25 Courtenay Place,
PROGRAMME 13th October-19th October
DARK WATER (M) 127 minutes
Daily: 1.30pm, 3.45pm, 6.05pm, 8.20pm (not Sunday & Monday)
CONCIENCIOUS OBJECTOR (doco) 110 minutes
From the Auckland season of DOCNZ
Thurs-Sun: 6.40pm Tues: 6.40pm
THE TAKE (M) 94 minutes
Thurs & Fri: 3.15pm, 5.00pm Sat & Sun: 5.00pm
Mon: 4.15pm Tues: 3.15pm, 5.00pm
KEKEXILI:MOUNTAIN PATROL (M) 99
Daily: 2.15pm, 6.30pm
DIG! (R16) 112 minutes
Daily: 4.15pm, 8.30pm (not Sunday & Monday)
YOUNG ADAM (R18) 105 minutes
Thurs-Sat: 1.15pm, 8.40pm Sun: 1.15pm
Mon: 2.15pm Tues: 1.15pm, 8.40pm
DUTCH LIGHT (doco) 90 minutes
The hit of the Wellington DOCNZ season
Two screenings only!
Sat & Sun: 3.15pm
ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING
KISS ME FIRST (M) 83 minutes
WELLINGTON FILM SOCIETY SCREENING (members only)
THE TAKE The Take is a documentary about factory workers in Argentina who take over plants left idle by profit-hungry owners made by activists Naomi Klein (author of No Logo) and Avi Lewis. The film shows the effects of Argentina's 2001 economic collapse where factories and businesses all over the country closed down after ridiculous measures taken by the government to comply with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). More than half Argentina's population were forced below the poverty line. The Take makes the plight of the Argentinian people accessible through the story of one man: Freddy Espinoza. Before the collapse Espinoza was comfortable, middle class with a wife and two kids. When the auto parts factory he works at is closed down, his wife must chose between feeding the kids and paying the bills. Unlike other filmmakers who are content to merely point out the flaws in the system and the victims of these flaws, Klein and Lewis come up with viable alternatives to the problems and their journey takes them to an abandoned factory where the workers, unemployed for years, have re-opened their workplace themselves, and are producing products of as high quality as before.
THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR From the Auckland season of DOCNZ comes this fascinating film about Desmond Doss, a devout Seventh Day Adventist who managed to save dozens of lives during WWII. He won the Medal of Honour despite spending the Sabbath in prayer and never bearing arms.
DUTCH LIGHT The hit of Wellington’s DOCNZ season, this film is part art appreciation and part science as it explores the idea that Holland’s light was exceptional and responsible for the country’s extraordinary artwork and that reclamation has changed the quality of that light.
KEKEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL Based on real life events, Kekexili tells the story of a journalist from Beijing sent to cover the story of a group of citizens who banded together to try and protect the endangered Tibetan antelope from poachers. Highly prized for their pelts, the antelope were relentlessly hunted until the population was decimated. Journalist Ga Yu arrives in Kekexili and is introduced to the patrol leader, Ritai, who takes him out on one of their missions after they receive information on the whereabouts of the poachers. As they travel through the wilderness tracking their quarry, the incredible odds facing the volunteers become apparent, as they battle not only a well-armed and ruthless enemy, but the unforgiving forces of nature itself.
DIG! Narrated by Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor, DIG! documents the divergent careers of that band and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Filmaker Ondi Timoner spent seven years filming the two bands and shot over 1,500 hours of footage, watching the Dandy Warhols make it big in the cut throat music world while the Brian Jonestown Massacre essentially massacres itself, victim of its disturbed frontman Anton Newcombe's obsessions. The two bands start off as friends and soulmates, linked by the same vision and ambition, but as one becomes a success, friendship turns to rivalry and questions of art vs commerce are raised. Never before has the line between cult idol and pop star been so clearly invoked and DIG! looks likely to become a cult in its own right.
YOUNG ADAM Ewan McGregor plays Joe, a seemingly harmless young man who prefers reading a book to drinking at the pub. He is currently employed by husband and wife Les and Ella (Mullan and Swinton) on their barge that they pilot through the rivers and canals of Scotland. The film opens with Joe and Les dragging the scantily clad body of a woman from the water. Within hours Les is down the pub boasting about the find, which has made the local papers. Joe stays on the barge with the intention of seducing Ella. The pair are soon embroiled in an intensely sexual relationship which leads to Ella announcing her intention to divorce Les. Joe then cools their relationship and turns his attentions to Ella’s newly widowed sister. Meanwhile the investigation into the body Joe and Les discovered takes an unsettling turn.