The Dunedin Film Society’s Highly Exciting 2017 Programme

Do you want to watch great movies from around the world? The Dunedin Film Society is the place to be – and everyone is welcome to join them.  2017 marks their 70th anniversary, and the programme includes two classic films by the acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, two early masterpieces by the award-winning British director Ken Loach, three pioneering films by three extraordinary women directors working under difficult conditions (Ida Lupino, Elaine May and Kelly Reichardt), two key films directed by Fritz Lang that represent both his German and his American period, one of Roy Andersson’s most celebrated surrealistic Swedish black comedies, a Fashion in Film screening focused on George Cukor’s wittily acerbic all-female Hollywood comedy The Women, along with screenings of rarely seen classic and contemporary masterworks from Colombia, Iran, China, France, Thailand, Estonia, the United States and New Zealand. Most of these films have never been shown in Dunedin or have only received a very limited Festival release.

A full waged membership (gaining its holder free admission to all 26 of their 2017 screenings) will cost $65, while a student/unwaged membership will cost just $55 (less than $3 per film, one of the best entertainment deals in town). There is no additional screening fee. Visit their website for more details:

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There are quite a few French movies in the programme, here just highlighting two of them. One quite recent from 2015 and one classic with Jean-Paul Belmondo from 1964.

Wednesday 9 August at 7:30 pm

FATIMA – Philippe Faucon│France/Canada│2015│79 mins│HD│PG coarse language

“Fatima is an immigrant from Morocco living in Lyon; separated from her husband and making a living as a cleaning lady, she struggles to connect with her two daughters, both of whom are integrating into French society and culture in ways that she isn’t. For one thing, she cannot speak French well, while her daughters – rebellious teenager Souad, and medical student, Nesrine – struggle with Arabic. On leave from work after a fall, Fatima, frustrated by her inability to express herself, starts to write in Arabic what she has been unable to say to her daughters.”- The Irish Film Institute 

Wednesday 13 September at 7:30 pm

THAT MAN FROM RIO – L’homme de Rio

Philippe de Broca│France/Italy│1964│112 mins│HD│G

“A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musée de l’Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Métro entrance and witnesses fiancée Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, killed in a car accident 3 years later) getting kidnapped herself – and then the chase begins: by motorcycle, shoe leather, flight to Rio de Janeiro sans ticket or passport, airport baggage carrier, cable car, pink car complete with green stars and a rumble seat, water skis, Amazon river boat, seaplane, jungle vine… all shot in breathtaking widescreen and color. Even as Dorléac, rescued, is kidnapped again, Belmondo performs his own blood-curdling stunts against that sugar loaf Rio skyline and across that under-construction unearthly architecture of Brasilia (even parachuting almost into the jaws of a hungry croc). Non-stop spoof of… James Bond? More like a pre-Raiders Raiders [of the Lost Ark] – but does Belmondo get back in time from that leave?”- Film Forum