Auckland Film Society

71 years after the first film society was founded in Wellington, the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies continues its dedication to broadening your film-going options.

Your local Film Society is a link in New Zealand’s only alternative non-profit network of film exhibition. As a predominantly voluntary organisation the Film Society plays an important role in bringing a variety of international cinema to this country’s screens.

Film society is held once a week between the 6th March and 13 November with the full lineup listed below. 

Film Society membership is available to everyone, entitling you to free admission to all Film Society screenings throughout the year, anywhere in New Zealand.  Please note that most screenings will be open to members only. 

Membership details listed below. These can be brought on the night from the AFS comittee and will soon be available to purchase online. 

$180 for all screenings. 

$35 for any 3 screenings. 

Each Film Society is run by a committee of volunteers elected from the general membership at its AGM. Visit the official website for more info


Screening 7th August

Asghar Farhadi | Iran/France | 2009 |119 mins | HD | PG violence & coarse language

In Farsi with English subtitles

This gripping mystery from award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat.

“Outstanding... Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense.”

– The Observer


Screening 14th August

Kenneth (Ken) Loach | UK | 1967 | 101 mins | HD | M cert

Newly restored debut feature from Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) stars Carol White as a downtrodden wife and mother who finds a new lease of life when her husband is jailed.

“A time-capsule character study of great warmth and compassion.”

– Time Out


Screening 21st August

Philippe Faucon | France/Canada | 2015 | 79 mins | HD | PG coarse language

In French and Arabic, with English subtitles

Winner of the 2016 César for Best Film, Fatima is a beautifully nuanced portrait of an immigrant single mother giving everything to better the lives of her two very different teenage daughters.

“A small miracle of a film.” – NY Times


Screening 28th August

Kenneth (Ken) Loach | UK | 1969 | 110 mins | HD | PG coarse language

Ken Loach’s breakthrough film follows a tormented young boy whose bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life.

“A masterpiece! More luminous, more impassioned than ever!”

– The Guardian


Screening 4th September

Emmanuelle Bercot | France | 2015 | 120 mins | HD | censor's rating tbc

In French with English subtitles

Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel star as a family court judge and a social worker who try to save a violent young delinquent (Rod Paradot in a stunning debut) from spending the rest his life behind bars.

“Compelling and intensely moving.” – Upcoming


Screening 11th September

Wim Wenders | West Germany | 1974 | 110 mins | HD | b&w | PG cert

In German and English, with English subtitles

The first of Wim Wenders’ road movies, which brought him to international prominence in the ’70s. Rüdiger Vogler plays a German journalist whose American trip is disrupted when he is forced to take care of a young girl.

“An emotionally generous and luminously shot odyssey” – Criterion


Screening 18th September

Wim Wenders | West Germany | 1975 | 103 mins | HD | PG cert

In German with English subtitles

This adaptation of a novel by Goethe again stars Rüdiger Vogler as a writer on a journey, searching for an escape from a creative funk.

“As the writer gropes for the language he can’t speak, the filmmaker reports about … the excitement of carrying on, being alive.”

– James Robinson


Screening 25th September

Ismail Basbeth | Indonesia | 2015 | 80 mins | HD | PG supernatural themes & violence

In Indonesian with English subtitles

Based on Indonesian legends, this dreamy fantasy unfolds without any spoken dialogue. The daughter of a shaman escapes her mother’s clutches by hiding deep in the forest with her lover.

“A strangely alluring form of sensual fairy-tale.” – Hollywood Reporter


Screening 2nd October

Rithy Panh | Cambodia/France | 2013 | 92 mins | HD | R13 content may disturb & violence

In French with English subtitles

This Academy Award-nominated doco from Cambodia draws on many media to recount the terrible legacy of the Khmer Rouge.

“A profoundly personal meditation… moving and remarkably resonant.”

–Sight & Sound


Screening 9th October

Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Thailand/UK/Germany/France | 2015 | 122 mins | HD | M adult themes

In Thai with English subtitles

A hospital full of sleeping soldiers is haunted by matters both historical and intensely personal in this gentle and entrancingly beautiful enigma from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

“A film whose unforced lyricism could scarcely be more graceful or inviting.”

– Variety


Screening 16th October

Josef von Sternberg | USA | 1928 | 88 mins | HD | silent, b&w | PG violence

An ex-Russian general down-and-out in 20s Hollywood clashes with an old adversary from the revolution.

“One of the strangest, greatest, and cruelest films about Hollywood during the silent era.”

– Janet Bergstrom


Screening 24th October

Wim Wenders | West Germany | 1976 | 175 mins | HD | b&w | R16 cert

In German and English, with English subtitles

Roving film projector repairman (Rüdiger Vogler) rescues a depressed psychologist (Hans Zischler) from himself and together they set out on the road around rural Germany.

“A love letter to the cinema, a moving and funny tale of male friendship, and a portrait of a country still haunted by war.”

– Criterion


Screening 20th October

Fritz Lang | USA |1944 | 86 mins | HD | b&w | PG low level violence

Ray Milland stars in this ultra-noir adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel about Nazi saboteurs in wartime London, perhaps Fritz Lang’s most Kafka-esque work.

“A tour de force of paranoia.” – Cinematheque Ontario


Screening 6th November

George Cukor | USA | 1939 | 133 mins | HD | b&w | PG cert

A venomous Hollywood comedy featuring an all-star, all-female cast (Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer) as spoiled, scheming, idle rich matrons of Park Avenue.

“A camp, full-on drag queen production… the only women you are likely to meet nowadays who look or act like this are men.”

– Jeanette Winterson


Screening 13th November

Zaza Urushadze | Estonia/Georgia | 2013 | 87 mins | HD | M violence & offensive language

In Russian and Estonian, with English subtitles

This poignant and slyly witty drama set in the war-torn, former Soviet Republic of Georgia was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015.

“Magnificent… Remarkable piece of anti-war cinema.” – Wall Street Journal