This is the membership site for the  Wellington Film Society.  A 12 month membership gives you entry to our program of around 30 movies worth of international cinema on the big screen at The Embassy Theatre.  This is the place to find out more about us and join or renew  your membership. We welcome your questions about any aspect of membership, and you can contact us at [email protected]

Take a look at what’s coming up on our schedule below. Each film’s page is set up so that you can quickly email it to a friend and add its details to your personal online calendar. And each has a link to a page of in-depth reviews and notes.

See you at the movies!

22
August
6:15 pm - 7:05 pm

Alice Guy – 13 short films

There is a decidedly modern sensibility to her films as she playfully discovers comic and dramatic potential in the social mores of gender and class ...

29
August
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Under Snow

Kabuki poetry and the reality of present-day life in Japan’s wintry far north are drawn together in this beautiful documentary from one of world cinema’s most original artists ...

5
September
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Pickpocket

Robert Bresson’s brilliantly pared-down and powerfully austere study of a compulsive pickpocket Michel (Martin Lassalle), who achieves an unlikely redemption through the love of a sympathetic woman ...

12
September
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Rafiki

The first Kenyan film to be selected for Cannes, Rafiki was banned in its home country last year – not for its lesbian content per se, but for its tone of hopefulness ...

19
September
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Dance, Girl, Dance

Dorothy Arzner brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the-footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition ...

26
September
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

You Will Die at 20

Beautifully composed and boasting the kind of sensitivity to light sources and color tonalities usually ascribed to top photographers, the film lovingly depicts the remote east-central region of Sudan as a quasi-magical place ...

3
October
6:15 pm - 7:35 pm

L’Argent

Set in contemporary France in an unidentified city that sometimes seems to be Paris but probably isn't, L'Argent is a serenely composed film that tells a ruthless tale of greed, corruption and murder without once raising its voice ...

10
October
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Faust

One of the great classics of German expressionist cinema. This screening will be accompanied by a new score arranged and played by Te-Whanganui-a-Tara musicians, Erika Grant, Isaac Smith, Rosie Langabeer and Neil Feather ...

17
October
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle brings together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis ...

25
October
6:15 pm - 8:50 pm

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Inspired by the works of Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien... Exquisitely photographed, the film builds a slow-burning portrait of a community in which modernity and tradition coexist ...

31
October
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Thelma

Superbly directed and written,the story of a sheltered young woman who discovers she has an inexplicable power that materializes when she feels desire for a female student at her university ...

7
November
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Utu Redux

In 2013, the "enhanced and restored" cut of the 1983 original won rave reviews at the Wellington opening night of the Film Festival ...

14
November
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The Killers

Robert Siodmak's noir is as good as it gets.... populated by slang-slinging tough guys with tilted fedoras and dangled cigarettes and gorgeous dames who are not to be trusted ...

21
November
6:15 pm - 8:20 pm

Thieves Like Us

Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall star as young lovers in this Depression-era tale of bank-robbing Mississippi convicts portrayed as innocents all at sea in an uncaring world ...

28
November
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Criss Cross

Burt Lancaster plays another in his late 40s line of doomed losers (cf Siodmak's The Killers, 1946), in this powerful thriller where illicit passion, greed, robbery and murder collide ...

5
December
6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

King of Jazz

George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, performed here on a fantastic set, with a piano so big that it fits the full orchestra inside it ...

12
December
6:15 pm - 8:55 pm

Nashville

4K restoration of Robert Altman's 1975 masterpiece. "The narrative, seemingly as chaotic as reality, is supremely subtle and complex in its interweaving of events, relationships, themes and moods" ...

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