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[09 Jan 15] :: Nelson Film Society 2015 - Notes on a Schedule
Our usual home, the Suter Gallery Theatre, is not available to us this, and next year, as the Suter undergoes extensive alteration.
We are grateful to the management of the State Cinemas who [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: [05 Mar 12] :: New 2015 Screening Programme online
Click here to view the short notes for the screening programme for March-October 2015.
[09 Jan 15] :: Alliance Francaise French Film Festival - 4th to15th March - State Cinema
The full 2015 festival programme will be released on 29 January 2015.
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 19th March 2015 - The Moo Man - State Cinema - 6.00p.m.
(Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier, UK, 2013, 97min)

A 97-minute vacation to a dairy farm in Southern England, Andy Heathcote's The Moo Man finds a trio of farmers struggling to [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 26th March 2015 - All Quiet on the Western Front - State Cinema 6.00 p.m.
(Lewis Milestone, USA 1930, 138min)
All Quiet on the Western Front is the definitive World War I motion picture, the best of a surprisingly small class of movies. Despite being [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 2nd April 2015 - How to Make a Book with Steidl - State Cinema - 6p.m. - Cinema 5
Cinema 5 (downstairs) seats 43 so it will be 'first come first served' but the film How to Make a Book with Steidl will be repeated next Thursday the 9th [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 9th April 2015 - How to Make a Book with Steidl - State Cinema 5 - 6.20 p.m.
6.20p.m. - Note starting time. - 6.20p.m. CINEMA 5


(Jorg Adolph and Gereon Wetzel, Germany 2010, 88min)
The title of Gereon Wetzel and [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 16th April 2015 - 5.50p.m.-The Elephant God - State Cinema 2 - 5.50p.m.
(Satyajit Ray, India 1977, 120min)

If The Elephant God (Joi Baba Felunath) is your first contact with the work of celebrated Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, you might be in for a surprise. [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 6p.m.-Charulata - State Cinema 2 - 6p.m.
(Satyajit Ray, India 1964, 117min)

In an interview with Cineaste magazine, Satyajit Ray praised Charulata, saying, "[It's] a film that I would make the same way if I had to do it [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 30th April 2015- 6p.m. - All That Heaven Allows - State Cinema 2 - 6p.m
Nelson Film Society AGM follows this film.

(Douglas Sirk, USA, 1955, 89min)
Jane Wyman plays a widow in a small New England town who needs her hedges trimmed. Rock Hudson plays [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 7th May 2015 - 5.50p.m. - A Time to Love and a Time to Die - State Cinema - 5.50pm.
(Douglas Sirk, USA, 1958, 132min)
GEN. WILLIAM T. SHERMAN'S famous comment on the fundamental nature of war is illustrated to the point of downright tedium in "A Time to Love and a Time to [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 14th May 2015 - The Big City - State Cinema 2 - 6.05 p.m.
(Satyajit Ray, India, 1963,135min)

"The Big City" is one of the most
rewarding screen experiences of our time. I
warmly encourage you to see [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 21st May 2015 - Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion - State Cinema 2 - 6 p.m.
(Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto)
(Elio Petri, Italy, 1970, 112min)

A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 28th May 2015 - Rush - State Cinema 2 - 6 p.m.
(Ron Howard UK/Germany, 2013, 123min)

Ron Howard is probably best known for making slick, well-produced, crowd pleasing motion pictures. From his early days behind the camera, with light [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 4th June 2015 - Like Father, Like Son - State Cinema - 6.20p.m.
(Soshite chichi ni naru)
(Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Japan, 2013, 120min)

A married couple sit in silence, grappling with the terrible truth they have just learned: their bright-eyed [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 11th June 2015 - 6.20pm - Purple Noon- State Cinema - 6.20pm
(Rene Clement, France, 1959, 115min)

If you've read Patricia Highsmith's novels about Tom Ripley, you know they can make your skin crawl. Ripley is a criminal of intelligence and cunning [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 18th June 2015 - I Wish - 6 p.m. - State Cinema - 6 p.m.
(Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Japan, 2011, 128min)

I Wish
The Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda - best known for "Nobody Knows," about four young brothers and sisters forced to [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 25th June 2015 - Tabu - 5.40p.m. - State Cinema - 5.40p.m.
Miguel Gomes Portugal/Germany, 2012, 119min)

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes's 'Tabu' takes its title from F W Murnau's 1931 swansong, and more besides: both pictures are divided into [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 2nd July 2015 - Accident - 6.30p.m. - State Cinema - 6.30p.m.
(Joseph Losey, UK, 1968, 131min)

Broadly speaking, the importance of 1967 to the history
of cinema has less to do with the caliber of films released that year than the sense of [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 9th July 2015 2015 - Kaddish for a Friend - 5.50p.m. - State Cinema 6 - 5.50p.m.

(Leo Khasin, Germany, 2010, 94min)
Oh no, you may think judging by the synopsis, not another film that explores the [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 16th July 2015 - 6.15p.m. - Kaddish for a Friend - State Cinema 6 - 6.15p.m.

Yes, it is the same film as last week. See "Notes on a Schedule" at the head of this list.
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 23rd July 2015 - The Servant - 6.10p.m. -State Cinema - 6.10p.m.
(Joseph Losey, UK, 1963, 112min)

Could "The Servant" be the coldest film ever made? Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 30th July 2015 - Billy Liar - 6.20p.m. - State Cinema - 6.20p.m.
(John Schlesinger, UK, 1963, 94min)

British cinema in the early 1960's pulsed with the ambitious energy, on the screen and off, of young men, not angry necessarily, but certainly [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: 5th - 26th August - 39th Nelson New Zealand International Film Festival
5th - 26th August - 39th Nelson New Zealand International Film Festival
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 27th August 2015 - The Man Who Will Come - 5.50p.m. - State Cinema - 5.50p.m.
The Man Who Will Come
(Giorgio Diritti, Italy, 2009, 115min)

Between September 29 and October 5 1944 from Monte Sole, an area of the Appenine Mountains near Bologna, a Nazi SS. [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 3rd September 2015 - The Great Beauty - 6.05p.m. - State Cinema - 6.05p.m.
(Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2013,142min)

The first time you see Jep Gambardella, the Roman sensualist magnificently, poetically adrift in "The Great Beauty" [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 10th September 2015 - Gloria - 6.30p.m. - State Cinema 1 - 6.30p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: "Gloria" was scheduled to play last week and "The Great Beauty" this week.
Things have changed.

(Sebastian Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013, [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 17th September 2015 - A Trip to the Moon + The Extraordinary Voyage - 6.35pm - Cinema 2
A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune)
(George Melies, France, 1902,16min)

Let's pause at the start to recognize that Georges Melies - [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 24th September 2015 - Van Gogh - 5.35pm - State Cinema - 5.35pm
(Maurice Pialat, France, 1991, 159min)

Haggard, exhausted and on the verge of wasting away, the Vincent Van Gogh of Maurice Pialat's biopic is more [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 1st October 2015 - The Earrings of Madame de - 6p.m. - State Cinema 6 - 6p.m.

(Marcel Ophuls, France, 1953, 107min)

One of the greats, and in the opinion of many the greatest, has been [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 8th October 2015 - The Earrings of Madame de - 6.10p.m. - State Cinema 4 - 6.10p.m.

(Marcel Ophuls, France, 1953, 107min)

One of the greats, and in the opinion of
many the greatest, has been restored. Max [...continue]
[09 Jan 15] :: Thursday 15th October 2015 - Fantail - 6.15pm - State Cinema 2 - 6.15pm
(Curtis Vowell, New Zealand, 2013, 81min)

Evolving from a one-woman theatre piece to a debut feature, Fantail takes flight, turning a myth into a movie musing on unease, identity and [...continue]
[16 Dec 14] :: Thursday 22nd October 2015 - Black Coal, Thin Ice - Bai ri yan huo - State Cinema 2 - 6 pm
(Diao Yinan, China, 2014, 106min)

Diao Yinan's disarming frozen noir begins in 1999 in northern China, where we follow the progress of a [...continue]
[16 Dec 14] :: Thursday 29th October 2015 - Safety Not Guaranteed - 6pm - State Cinema 2 - 6pm
(Colin Trevorrow USA, 2012, 86min)

The joys of teen nostalgia are cleverly repurposed for this charming tale of a man looking to go back in time.
This film is not based on a real life [...continue]
[28 Jan 14] :: New 2015 Screening Programme online
Click here to view the short notes for the screening programme for March-October 2015.
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