WHEN: First Friday night of each month (except Jan)

WHEN: 7.20pm for 8pm

WHERE: The Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street, Gerringong.

Cost: $10 per person or buy a personal subscription - 11 films for $60! 10-film multi-tickets also available for $75 - to share or use for yourself!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

LA BELLE SAISON Friday 7th April 2017


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Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.


A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader (Cecile de France) in this drama set in 1970s France. Catherine Corsini writer/director.

Rating:not yet rated

  • Genre:Art House & International, Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:Catherine Corsini
  • Written By:Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss

  • "The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss. It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking out."
    David Stratton, The Australian 16 Sept 2016.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    TRUMAN Fri 3rd March 2017

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    On hearing the news, ex-pat Tomás flies from Canada to Madrid to spend four days with his old friend Julián. In terms of plot there’s some bickering about the past plus a day-trip to Amsterdam to visit Julián’s son, and that’s about it. But don’t be dissuaded, Truman offers much, much more.

    This is a film about the troublesome mechanics of friendship, of ageing and the inevitability of dying. Foremost it’s about being human, about courage and generosity. And that’s what makes it so warm. At the centre of the film are two knockout performances by two of the best actors working in Spain - Javier Cámara (Talk To Her) and Ricardo Darín (Wild Tales). There’s not a moment in this film that doesn’t ring true as they reconnect the past and set about the business of the present.

    It’s not exactly easy business either as Julián finalises his will, draws a line on how much hospital intervention he wants (none), prepares funeral arrangements and most significantly, tries to find a new home for Truman the dog who will certainly outlive his owner. With Tomás looking on as non-judgementally as he can, his friend defies convention to define the terms of his own mortality. Gutsy stuff. Provocative too.

    Yet despite the rather dark world of Truman, the film beats with a surprisingly sunny and uplifting heart. Director Cesc Gay sees to that, a writer with past form revealing middle-aged men. He avoids the mawkish and the sentimental to create memorable characters who quietly deal with what needs to be done, and paradoxically find a way to enjoy themselves doing it. These are men firmly in touch with their emotions but there’s no renting of cloth and barely a tear (on screen at least) as they face the simple reality that their time – notably Julián’s – is coming to a close. Therein the courage, the generosity and power of Truman; an often funny film that shows how bitter-sweet enriches all our lives.

    // COLIN FRASER

    Previewed at Verona Cinemas, Sydney, on 28 July 2016
    STARRINGRicardo Darín
    Javier Cámara
    Dolores Fonzi
    DIRECTOR
    Cesc Gay

    WRITER
    Cesc Gay

    COUNTRY

    Spain (subtitles)
    CLASSIFICATION
    MA15+
    RUNTIME
    108 minutes
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT 3rd February 2017


    Pics and Flicks has chosen an award-winning Colombian film to begin our 17th year of great films at Gerringong Town Hall.

    Embrace of The Serpent
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    Inspired by the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grunberg (portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis), the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.
    Recalling such visionary films as Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT grips with suspense and revelation as it meditates on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen black and white cinematography and evocative sound design combine to depict the landscapes and characters with an hypnotic, mythical sense of wonder.
    At once blistering and poetic, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is truly a one-of-a-kind accomplishment with a power described by several critics as ‘Kubrickian’. It demands to be experienced on the big-screen.

    El abrazo de la serpiente
    Director: Ciro Guerra
    Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis
    Duration: 124 mins
    Country of Origin: Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina
    MMature themes and violence
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    ★★★★1/2
    “Something magical. One of the most beautiful films in a long time. Guerra directs the film with great clarity. The river sequences are simply awesome, in the beauty and power of the settings, and in David Gallego’s majestic cinematography. It is a lament for what has been lost in the Amazon, and an eye-opener for what is still there. A major achievement.”
    Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

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    Monday, December 19, 2016

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    MUSTANG 4TH NOV 2016


    Mustang
    delivers a bracing -- and thoroughly timely -- message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.





    It is early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
    Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content and a rude gesture)
    Genre:Drama
    Directed By:Deniz Gamze Ergüven
    Written By:Deniz Gamze Ergüven , Alice Winocour

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    RAMS 7th October 2016

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    Who would have thought that a tale about sheep in rural Iceland could bring tears to your eyes? Grímur Hakonarson’s RAMS does just that. Majestically shot in a spectacular, weather-swept valley, this wryly observed fable about two brothers who are more obstinate than the sheep they breed begins as a droll comedy about rural life and grows into a graceful and mythic tale about family, community and legacy.
    Siblings Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have been living side by side without speaking to each other for forty years, each tending to their pedigree ancestral flock. When communication can’t be avoided, Kiddi’s dog Somi trots between houses carrying their handwritten notes between his teeth. Kiddi is a boozer and brawler, a popular figure at community get-togethers, but it’s through the eyes of his gentle younger brother Gummi that we see him acting out.
    Their world is upended when the valley comes under threat from infection. While neighbours abandon their land, each brother tries to stave off disaster: Kiddi by taking action, and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, there’s every reason for them to set aside a lifetime of hostility to save their special breed, and their unique way of life, from extinction. But can they?
    The hugely-popular winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Film Prize at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival (awarded by a Jury led by Isabella Rossellini), and greeted with a thunderous 10 minute standing ovation at its premiere, Hákonarson effortlessly balances humour and pathos to tell a tale that feels both intimate and epic, a loving portrait of both culture and family in a place where change doesn’t come easily.
    “Tender and elegiac – a film with heart in every frame. It’s a story of great humanity, of brotherhood and of altruism. It’s no fluke and a credit to Hákonarson that when the lights came up in the theatre I was already sending a text 4,000 miles away to my brother to let him know that I love him and miss him something awful.”
    Shane Scott-Travis, TASTE OF CINEMA

    Director: Grímur Hákonarson
    Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
    Duration: 92 mins
    Country of Origin: Iceland


    Sunday, August 7, 2016

    45 YEARS 2nd September 2016

     




    In the beautifully acted drama “45 Years,” a marriage lives and dies; we watch its agonized struggle, like a butterfly impaled on a pin. It’s a quiet movie, taking place over a week in the lives of Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay), a retired British couple happily anticipating a party for their 45th anniversary. In the opening scenes, Geoff receives unexpected news: The body of his long-ago girlfriend, who died in a mountain accident years before he met Kate, has been recovered. “They’ve found Katya,” he tells Kate with a quavery desperation in his voice. “My Katya.”
    It’s a tiny bit of news, a pinprick, but it lets the air out of their marriage. Kate tries to make a little joke — Katya, she says, must still look like she did in 1962 — but Rampling lets the laugh die on her face. From there, the Mercers go about their lives as the week plays out, but something’s off, something’s festering. Unable to stop herself, Kate begins digging through boxes in the attic, trying to understand what this woman meant to her husband for so many years. Ultimately, she confronts Geoff about the ghost in their marriage: “She’s been standing in the corner of this room, all along, behind my back.”

    Writer/director Andrew Haigh (“Weekend”) knows that he has gold with the pairing of Rampling (who’s been nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film) and Courtenay, and his camera calmly watches as they tear our hearts in two. Courtenay’s Geoff has a fragility, a gentle vagueness; he doesn’t always seem to see Kate, and doesn’t know what she needs to hear. Rampling’s character, by contrast, is a slow-burn simmer.

    Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James.
    Written and directed by Andrew Haigh.
    Length: 95 minutes.
    Rated R for language and brief sexuality.