08 Mar / Kobi
In a modest workshop in a remote Central Otago landscape, Swiss goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, now approaching 80, and regarded as the grandfather of contemporary New Zealand jewellery, continues to produce works characterised by a simplicity and timelessness treasured by the thousands who wear them. “The work we do comes out of the life we live,” he tells his apprentice, “so we have to have a life to start with.” Through the eyes of his daughter, filmmaker Andrea Bosshard, we watch Kobi in his lifelong commitment to the daily practice of his craft. Trusting in the ability of his hands, he moves through life without hurry, immersing himself in the everyday rhythms around family and work. Including old Super 8 home movies, archival footage and family letters, this very personal film is both a meditation on growing up and growing old, and a glimpse into the humour and warmth of this father/daughter relationship.
15 Mar / The Death of Stalin
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
22 Mar / Mary Magdalene
Directed by Garth Davis, director of NZ Box Office hit Lion and from the producers of The King’s Speech. Starring Academy Award-nominated Rooney Mara, as Mary, and Academy Award-nominated Joaquin Phoenix, as Jesus.
Set in the Holy Land in the first century, Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small fishing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she finds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity. Mary Magdalene brings a unique and fascinating character to the fore and places her at heart of the greatest origin story of all.
1 Mar –18 Apr / AF French Film Festival
Celebrating 12 years of bringing the best of French cinema to New Zealand, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has unveiled the full programme for the 2018 Festival.
With a line-up of 37 films, the 2018 programme features several award-winning festival titles including the Academy Award-nominated Faces Places (Visages, Villages) by Agnès Varda and JR, Cannes Grand Prix and Queer Palm winner BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) by Robin Campillo, Cannes Critics’ Week Nespresso Grand Prize winner Makala by Emmanuel Gras, and Cannes Camera d’Or winner Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Jeune Femme) by Léonor Serraille. Films featuring bold visionaries, auteurs of cinema and iconic songstresses prove the arts are well and truly alive in the programme with biopics such as Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) by Michel Hazanavicius, Barbara by Mathieu Amalric and Rodin by Jacques Doillon taking centre stage.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival will run from 1 March – 18 April 2018 in 13 cities across New Zealand. For full programme details including screening times, ticket information and dates and venues, visit www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz