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Culture November 2, 2016

Movie Review // November





Directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine) and starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive story of love and sacrifice, based on the bestselling Australian novel by M.L. Stedman.


In the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel begin their life together on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the only inhabitants of Janus Rock, the couple live a quiet life, blissfully in love and sheltered from the rest of the world. Then one day, a mysterious rowboat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying baby girl. Reeling from a recent loss, Tom and Isabel decide to raise the child as their own, setting off a chain of decisions – some impetuous, others wrenching – that unravel with shattering consequences.


Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content

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JIFF will tour to Auckland, with a curated selection of 15 features and documentaries; screening on November 10, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at the Academy Cinemas.


Lights go down, curtain opens and then the fresh, magic moment that never fades. What is going to happen? Where will I go? Who will I meet? I have searched every nook and cranny of world cinema over the last 12 months watching over 300 films and the excitement is as palpable as it was for the first film I ever watched. It is a privilege to share with you these 68 new award winners and crowd pleasers that show life through the Jewish looking glass. Films by and about people trying to make sense of our crazy, beautiful world. See you at the movies. —  Eddie Tamir, Artistic Director


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Straight from its Cannes Competition berth, Pedro Almodóvar’s new film is a dramatic, emotional story of a woman’s loves and regrets told in the master’s distinctive style.


Adapted from Alice Munro’s short stories, Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) is about to leave Madrid to live in Portugal when she runs into Bea (Michelle Jenner), the childhood friend of her daughter Antía. This chance meeting sets off a range of emotions in Julieta, and she begins to write a long and revealing letter to her daughter – one filled with regret, guilt and love. With a sense of mystery, an expressive score and his trademark use of vibrant colour, Almodóvar has made a film of spellbinding beauty.


Rating: M Sex scenes.

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He was an Oxford-educated African king, while she was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), is the subject of a new period drama starring Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.


Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, who in 1965 became independent Botswana’s first president. He was also kgosi (king) of the Bamangwato people, having been crowned at the age of four in 1925. Pike stars as Ruth Williams, who would go on to be the first lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980.


View trailer here.


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