Malvern Film Society

Malvern Film Society 2013 Season
screens the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm

Darfield High School
rama Room (off the carpark)
McLaughlins Road, Darfield

Secretary, c/- Malvern Community Arts Council
PO Box 1, Darfield


Badlands Jan 29, 7.30pm: Badlands More...
Terrence Malick, USA 1973, DV. R16 violence
Malick’s first film is still one of American cinema’s most powerful and daring debuts. Starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. “Transcendent themes of love and death are fused with a pop-culture sensibility and played out against a mid-western background.” – Dave Kehr

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Feb 26, 7.30pm: Cave of Forgotten Dreams More...
Werner Herzog, Canada/USA/France 2010, DV. G cert
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the miraculously preserved, oldest known pictorial creations of humankind, which may date back 32,000 years. “Herzog finds a stunning world full of art and wonder beneath France.” – The Guardian

White Material Mar 26, 7.30pm: White Material More...
Claire Denis, France/Cameroon 2009, DV. R16 violence, content may disturb
Isabelle Huppert is mesmerising as a French coffee plantation owner refusing to budge from a West Africa riven by civil war in Denis’ apocalyptic vision of the postcolonial present. “A tense, convulsive portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty.” – Village Voice

Black Sun Apr 30, 7.30pm: Black Sun More...
Gary Tarn, UK 2005, DV. PG cert
This profoundly beautiful film, which pushes the boundaries of documentary, was inspired by the experience of artist Hugues de Montalembert, who was blinded by muggers in 1978. “A film about blindness that makes us see the world hungrily, deeply, anew.” – Daily Telegraph

35 Shots of Rum May 28, 7.30pm: 35 Shots of Rum More...
35 rhums, Claire Denis, France/Germany 2008, DV. M cert
This subtle, intimate portrait of the easygoing bond between a young woman and her widower father stars Alex Descas and Grégoire Colin. “The warmth radiating from 35 Shots of Rum… reminds viewers how rarely movies capture the easygoing love embodied in a functional family.” – Variety

Nostalgia for the Light Jun 25, 7.30pm: Nostalgia for the Light More...
Nostalgie de la luz, Patricio Guzmán, France/Germany/Chile 2010, DV.
Astronomy, archaeology and history are mesmerisingly interwoven and juxtaposed in this visually breathtaking meditation on Chile’s far distant and more recent past by the remarkable documentarian Patricio Guzmán. “Electrifying and unexpected.” – Hollywood Reporter

Anton Chekhov's The Duel Jul 30, 7.30pm: Anton Chekhov's The Duel More...
Dover Kosashvili, USA 2010, DV. M violence, nudity
This superbly acted English-language adaptation of an 1891 Chekhov novella brings shrewd understanding to its ageless tale of indiscretions, infidelity, rivalry and blackmail in a summer holiday resort. “Very satisfying and tonally precise” – NY Times

Kinshasa Symphony Aug 27, 7.30pm: Kinshasa Symphony More...
Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, DR Congo/Germany 2010, DV.
“A study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavor: a symphony orchestra. A film about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa, and the power of music.” – New York African Film Festival

Twin Sisters Sep 24, 7.30pm: Twin Sisters More...
De Tweeling, Ben Sombogaart, The Netherlands 2002, DV. M violence, offensive language, sex scenes
As the Nazis rise to domination in Europe, twin sisters find themselves affiliated, inextricably, to opposite sides. This Dutch Oscar nominee is a lavish absorbing WWII historical drama adapted from Tessa de Loo’s bestseller. “Has the engrossing quality of a big historical novel.” – Variety

The Last Bolshevik Oct 29, 7.30pm: The Last Bolshevik More...
Le tombeau d'Alexandre, Chris Marker, France/Finland 1993, DV. PG coarse language
Although ostensibly about the life and works of the little-known Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Medvedkin, Chris Marker’s masterful study provides an engrossing interrogation of Soviet cinema as an expression of Soviet history. “Eloquent and mordantly witty… Not to be missed.” – Chicago Reader

NZ Short Film Programme Nov 26, 7.30pm: NZ Short Film Programme More...
M violence
The New Zealand Federation of Film Societies has curated this programme to showcase the best New Zealand short films from the last decade. Featuring Tama Tu, Turangawaewae, Taua – War Party, Run and Taika Waititi’s Academy Award-nominated Two Cars, One Night.