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Anyone who is anyone….. Will be seen at Café Society and the JIFF 2016 Program Launch. Be the very first to see Woody Allen’s brand new film direct from Cannes film festival. Join us for this advanced screening and be the first to get your hands on the JIFF 2016 program before tickets go on sale on September 30th. ''Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, a charming woman who happens to be his employer's mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and begins working in a nightclub. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite, until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.''

When emotionally isolated barista Dan Duncombe starts receiving strange messages on the inside of his bedroom window, he is forced to become involved with the lives of the people around him ... and by changing their lives, he changes his own.

Each year, on the first Monday in May, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens its doors to host the biggest event on the fashion calendar, The Met Gala, the opening night party to the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, as they orchestrate the year’s most lavish party and The Met’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi offers an exclusive all-access pass to the creation of the exhibition that explores China’s substantial influence on Western fashion. Featuring legendary film and fashion creatives including Wong Kar Wai, Baz Luhrmann, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and André Leon Talley, and intimate access to contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY explores whether fashion should be viewed as art and captures the creativity, passion, and inspiration behind the exhibition and gala.

Australian documentary following Zenith Virago, an activist and educator who prompts others to engage with the harrowing reality of death through community, creativity and celebration. ``Zenith’s devotion to her work as a celebrant of marriage and death, and an activist and educator has encouraged a more communal, celebratory, and creative engagement with death and dying. A well-known identity on the North Coast, the lesbian, feminist and self-described ``deathwalker``, she has for two decades quietly challenged our core assumptions about life and helped dissolve our taboos around death. Whether marrying or burying, Zenith’s mission remains clear: to help people reclaim their most personal, profound, and vulnerable life moments from commercial forces, government bureaucracy and cultural taboos.`` (Byron Bay Film Festival)

Releasing EXCLUSIVELY with Academy Cinemas August. Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

Coming to Academy 25th August. Gonzo directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan describe Swiss Army Man as a film about a suicidal man who has to convince a dead body that life’s worth living. Others have said it’s a fusion of Cast Away and Weekend at Bernies as directed by Michel Gondry. The fact the duo, collectively known as Daniels, have managed to turn that morbid premise into something so outrageously fun and deeply affecting is a testament to their wild inventiveness. Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) plays Hank, a man stranded alone on a deserted island. When he’s about to top himself from sheer boredom, the corpse of Harry Potter himself washes up ashore. It’s not too long before Hank realises that the corpse’s extreme flatulence transforms him into a human jet-ski, sending the pair off to uncharted areas. Daniel Radcliffe plays Manny, the dead body that becomes Dano’s multi-purpose tool in discovering the joys of life; together they provide viewers with the most bonkers buddy movie of all time. Many art-lobsters who attended its Sundance premiere walked out after some hilarious, puerile moments, only to miss out on an endearing man-love tale that blossoms in some very strange and funny ways. — AT

Releasing September 15th at Academy. In Alison Maclean’s vibrant screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, a first-year acting student (James Rolleston) channels the real-life experience of his girlfriend’s family into art and sets off a moral minefield. Unpacking the dramas that energise a class of budding young actors, The Rehearsal mounts an enticing inquisition of performance, identity and moral anxiety with resonance far beyond its hothouse setting. James Rolleston vanishes into the part of Stanley, a naive newcomer drawn to the city by his passion to make it on stage. While his new best friends indulge in wilder stuff, gentle Stanley tentatively romances 15-year-old Isolde (Ella Edward). His sweet dreams may have found their nemesis in Hannah (Kerry Fox), the school’s grandstanding senior tutor. Students must deconstruct themselves, she contends, before they can play at being anybody else. Stanley gradually bends to her taunting style, until, in one of the dazzling turns that stud the film, he earns her applause with a hilarious, treacherously accurate impersonation of his salesman father. Even murkier waters await when his class decides that a sex scandal involving Isolde’s older sister should be intensively researched for their end-of-year show. With Michelle Ny, Marlon Williams and Kieran Charnock providing vivid support to the young principals, The Rehearsal carries a potent extra-textual charge: there’s enough talent in this fictional drama school to constitute a real-world new wave. Like the novel, the film (co-scripted with Emily Perkins) is as attentive to the misleading effect youthful nerve can have on the ‘mature’ as it is to the crises the teachers so blithely incite in the taught. It’s also its own sharp, original thing, a film by Alison Maclean, alive with ambiguity and cinematic verve.

Releasing at Academy Cinemas 1st September. Currently rated 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

An uplifting documentary about Ireland`s superstar drag queen Panti Bliss as she rises from ‘giant cartoon woman` to one of the highest-profile activists in the LGBTIQ community. Within mainstream media, Rory O`Neill and his drag alter-ego Panti Bliss are commentators on the fringes, standing on the outside, looking in and saying the unsayable. Conor Horgan`s five years in the making documentary follows Rory`s journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of Ireland`s 2015 referendum on marriage equality. From dancing on stage with Cyndi Lauper in Japan in 1994 to becoming a national scapegoat, to causing a global online sensation at the Abbey Theatre in 2014, Panti Bliss has constantly defied neat categorisation. Instead, Rory forges a powerful, persuasive and hugely popular new voice in Irish society at the exact moment the LGBTIQ community – and the entire country – needed it most.

Screening 30th September 6:30pm. TICKETS ARE FREE. You can reserve seats over the phone or at the box office 09 373 2761 .The Auckland Underground Film Festival is fast approaching and it’s packed with challenging and entertaining video works from New Zealand and around the world. Head underground to the Academy Cinemas on Friday September 30th to witness the kind of films you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. From comedic docos and chilling drama to glorious abstraction, we’ll send you on a journey through the minds of thirteen independent filmmakers and artists. We’ll be announcing the line-up through our website and Facebook page over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Whether you’re an experimental film aficionado or just feel like seeing something different on your Friday night, come on down and revel in underground cinema with us.

Release August 18th at Academy Cinemas. While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry and Gail, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent.

GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. Together with a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) they must battle murderous white supremacists to survive.

The Little Mountain Boy is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland to New Zealand. Screenies has financial assistance from the NZ Film Commission. In the Swiss Alps, just above a small town, lives Ursli with his parents, their animals, and his best friend Sereina who often comes to visit. He is a real mountain boy and has a special gift for caring and understanding animals. When late summer arrives, Ursli and his parent make their way down to the village, transporting their harvest by horse carriage. Suddenly, an accident occurs and they lose it all over a cliff. In order to survive the winter they now must make a deal with the unfriendly but wealthy store owner in the village, which puts them into debt. Ursli also has to give up his beloved goat to the rude son of the store owner. And as if things could not get any worse, Ursli receives the smallest bell of all kids for “Chalandamarz” and the kids make fun of him. “Charlandamarz” is a mountain ritual for which the kids chime the bells to banish winter and welcome spring. Ursli finally decides to take matters in his own hands…to help is parents and to find the biggest bell… which is hidden in a cabin on top of the mountain. The adventure is on! Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at Seattle International Children’s Film Festival 2016 In Swiss & German with English Subtitles

Handsomely shot for the giant screen, this story of feuding brothers in a remote valley in Iceland begins as an oddball comedy about sheep farming and grows into a moving tale about a priceless rural heritage under threat. Releasing at Academy Cinemas August 4th. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton's Film Festival, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. In a secluded valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi's sheep, all the animals in the area are culled to contain the outbreak, with many farmers abandoning their land. But the brothers don't give up so easily-and each tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, they will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations-and themselves-from extinction.

RELEASE DATE 26th MAY ~ Investigative Sundance documentary following New Zealand journalist David Farrier whose look into a bizarre and troubling world of competitive tickling takes him down a rabbit hole of abusive emails, law suits, and alternate agendas... Special Q & A Screening on Thursday 26th of May at 6pm with Producers David Farrier and Dulan Reeve. Tickets on sale now.

Two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

The characters in these short films are all hiding something. Featuring a sordid night out, a thirst for vengeance, guilt, loneliness, sexual indiscretion, rock ‘n’ roll and a heist gone wrong. The suppression or revelation of their secrets will play out to deliver high drama, action, comedy and surprises. To what lengths will they go to hide or uncover the truth? Are the rumours true? Estimated total run time: 98 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. THE EVENT Comedy, 10 mins, NZ Dir: Eddy Fifield Writ: Dominic Hoey Prod: Hazel Gibson Set in Auckland’s infamous K R’d, the morning after. Seff is trying to find his keys while battling a vicious hangover and a sordid rumour. LONG TIME COMING Drama, 12 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Tom Augustine Prod: Puteri Raja Ariff, Rebekah Ngatae, Sarah Hall When Alice’s friend is the victim of a disturbing crime, she seeks help getting revenge as she grapples with grief and anger. BREAK IN THE WEATHER Drama, 16 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Aidee Walker Prod: Alexander Gandar Jamie unexpectedly finds herself being the live-in nurse for the person she despises most – her father. Can the pop hits of the 90s help her overcome the betrayal from her past? FRACT Drama, 14 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Georgina Bloomfield Prod: Dave Mark A teenage outcast discovers the cast on her broken arm can be a way to make new friends. WAIT Drama, 14 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Yamin Tun Prod: Vicky Pope, Daniel Higgins This award winning short film tells the story of a Chinese migrant family in 1980s New Zealand that is at the point of breaking apart. LOVE IS BLIND Comedy, 7 mins, UK (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Dan Hodgson Prod: Elizabeth Brown When Alice’s husband James returns home early to try and fix their marriage, Alice is in the arms of a her lover. A comedic quest begins as she attempts the reconciliation while simultaneously negotiating the lover’s escape. HOMEBODIES Comedy, 13 mins, Australia (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Yianni Warnock Prod: Charles Williams Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Meanwhile her husband Andrew takes a bath wrapped in Christmas lights. A hilarious and shocking tale of two lost souls looking for solace in the wrong places. SHOUT AT THE GROUND Comedy, 11 mins, NZ (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Joe Lonie Prod: Leela Menon, Robin Scholes Trapped in a speeding van, a Kiwi rock band succumb to travel sickness while deconstructing the heist that robbed them of an entire weekend’s door take.

An old Maori proverb asks: He aha te mea nui o te ao? (What is the most important thing in the world?) He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. (It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.) This selection of short films brings together interesting people from Aotearoa and abroad. We meet Kiwis Anna, Stevo, Chelsea Jade and a group of flatmates re-shuffling their living arrangements. Journey from the snowy mountains of Kyrgyzstan, via an animated train, through war-torn landscapes, to a bathtub in Germany where three brothers are comically re-united. Estimated total run time: 96 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. CHELSEA JADE – LOW BROW Music video, 4 mins, NZ Dir: Alexander Gandar Prod: Billie Ruck A bold rendition of Chelsea Jade’s pop banger ‘Low Brow’ performed by the artist with her unique visual style and presence. STEVO Documentary, 15 mins, NZ Dir/Prod: Heather Hayward Prod: Lesley Parker, Michelle Savill Stevo lives his life between Wellington city where he works as a security guard, and his home in the Urewera forests. He bridges the two worlds with the help of traditional Maori trade and barter. SEIDE Drama, 14 mins, Kyrgyzstan (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Elnura Osmonalieva Prod: Charlotte Rabate The breathtaking beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s snowy mountains are only just eclipsed by the powerful performances in this gentle tale of a girl forced into an arranged marriage. HOME Drama, 20 mins, Kosovo (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Daniel Mulloy Prod: Chris Watling, Scott O’Donnell, Tim Nash, Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti As thousands of refugees attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday… MOVING Drama, 12 mins, NZ Dir/Writ: Leon Wadham, Eli Kent Prod: Molly O’Shea, Ruby Reihana-Wilson In the wake of a painful break-up a group of friends band together to help the former couple move out of their old room. ANNA Drama, 9 mins, NZ (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Harriett Maire Prod: Phoebe Jeurissen Anna is a young woman on the Autism spectrum. When someone takes her seat on the bus, she must cope with this unexpected change in her routine. UNE TETE DISPARAIT (THE HEAD VANISHES) Animation, 10 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Franck Dion Prod: Richard Van Den Boom, Julie Roy Jacqueline is an elderly woman who has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, she has decided to take a train trip to the seaside by herself. DIE BADEWANNE (THE BATHTUB) Comedy, 13 mins, Germany (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Tim Ellrich Writ: Dominik Huber Three brothers try to dive back into their idealised past through an old family picture of them in a bathtub.

Our feelings about the word homeland have a special charge. It’s more than where we live, but a part of us we carry around, shaping who we are. So when we’re homesick, we can feel a physical pain or emptiness. The characters in these short films are all very different: astronauts, explorers, a shepherd, a mother, and a lovesick coffee table. Some of them are far from home, others are trying to create or maintain one, or get back to theirs. The thing they have in common is a deep yearning for the warm hearth of their homeland. Estimated total run time: 95 minutes. Censorship rating to be advised. Please contact your cinema for details. CRADLE watch trailer Sci-fi, 16 mins, NZ Dir: Damon Duncan Writ: Hugh Calveley Prod: Luke Robinson Eade is a 14yr-old girl returning to Earth on the spaceship Cradle when an explosion cripples the spacecraft and injures her dad. She must try to outwit the computer that refuses to perform the operation needed to save his life. ZERO M2 watch trailer Drama, 19 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Matthieu Landour Writ: Nicolas Bovorasmy Prod: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, Laurent Baujard After a series of unsuccessful flat-hunts in Paris, Paul finally moves into a nice affordable studio. He soon notices something amiss with his neighbours´strange behaviours and dubious noises during the night. HA THE UNCLEAR – SECRET LIVES OF FURNITURE Music video, 4 mins, NZ Dir: Simon Oliver Prod: Sadie Wilson An entire lounge of furniture comes to life in this inventive music video about a coffee table infatuated with its owner. IN THE DISTANCE watch trailer Drama, 8 mins, Germany (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Florian Grolig It’s calm and peaceful above the clouds in this serene animation observing a man living isolated at the top of a tall building. But in the distance is war, and night by night the chaos advances. PARVANEHA (BUTTERFLIES) watch trailer Drama, 3 mins, Iran (world premiere) Dir/Writ/Prod: Adnan Zandi Any mother can relate to this short story of an Iranian woman searching for somewhere private to feed her hungry baby. 9 CHEMIN DES GAUCHOIRS watch trailer Animation, 13 mins, France (NZ premiere) Dir/Writ: Lyonel Charmette Prod: Jean-François Sarazin A shepherd follows a wayward goat onto a mysterious cable car, where each carriage has been converted into an elaborate room from a house. Where are the owners? ICARUS watch trailer Sci-fi, 20 mins, USA (world premiere) Dir/Writ: Tom Teller Writ: Andrew Guastaferro Prod: Michelle Evans When a Mars colony comms satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee-jerk decision to go after her.

Amy (Mila Kunis) has a great husband, overachieving children, beautiful home and successful career. Unfortunately, she's also overworked, exhausted and ready to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other stressed-out mothers (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) to get away from daily life and conventional responsibilities. As the gals go wild with their newfound freedom, they set themselves up for the ultimate showdown with PTA queen bee Gwendolyn and her clique of seemingly perfect moms.