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 1st May

Pietra Brettkelly | New Zealand | 2015 | 91 mins | HD | Exempt

In Dari with English subtitles

One man’s journey to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in post-Taliban Afghanistan uncovers the very nearly forgotten history of his ravaged country.

“A poetic tribute to a fragile cinema culture and its committed guardians.”

– Variety


Screening 8th May

Roy Andersson | Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/Norway/Japan | 2007 | 95 mins | HD | M sex scenes

In Swedish with English subtitles

In a similarly surrealistic vein to Songs from the Second Floor, this series of tenuously linked sketches is set in a gloomy Scandinavian city blighted by loneliness.

“A very funny film – though in the darkest way possible.”

– The Guardian

Black Girl + Borom Sarret

Screening 15th May

Ousmane Sembène | Senegal/France | 1966 | 65 mins | DCP | b&w | M content may disturb

In French with English subtitles

A young Senegalese woman is led to a dramatic act of resistance in this debut feature, hailed as the foundation of African cinema.

“At once powerfully of its moment and permanently contemporary.” – AO Scott.

Screens with Sembène’s first short film:

Borom Sarret

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence 

Screening 22 May

Roy Andersson | Sweden/Germany/Norway/France/Denmark | 2014 | 100 mins | HD | M content may disturb

In Swedish with English subtitles

In the final part of Roy Andersson’s deeply eccentric trilogy he muses on humanity’s inescapable absurdity.

Golden Lion, Best Film, Venice Film Festival 2014.

“It shines with a hyperreal beauty – and it made me laugh until I wept.” – Telegraph


Screening 29th May

Naji Abu Nowar | Jordan/Qatar/UAE/UK | 2015 | 100 mins | HD | M violence

In Arabic and English, with English subtitles

Set in 1916, this suspenseful historically freighted Jordanian film concerns a watchful young Bedouin obliged to guide a British officer through the spectacular desert of Wadi Rum. Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee 2016.

"A classic adventure film of the best kind" - Variety


Screening 6th June

Fritz Lang | Germany | 1921 | 98 mins | HD | Silent, tinted | PG cert In German with English subtitles

The newly restored, first major production from German maestro Fritz Lang takes us on a journey to an Arabian Nights-style Baghdad, Renaissance Venice and Imperial China.

“Fantastic and dreamlike!” – Film Journal International


Screening 12th June

Damián Szifron | Argentina/Spain | 2014 | 122 mins | HD | R16 violence, offensive language & sex scenes

In Spanish with English subtitles

A surprise sensation from Argentina, Wild Tales is a compendium of six lavishly produced shorts united by a theme of vengeance.

“Wickedly delightful… for pure viewing pleasure, the one wild card in the Cannes competition this year is unlikely to be beaten.”

– Jay Weissberg


Screening 19th June

Maren Ade | Germany | 2009 | 119 mins | HD | M sex scenes

In German and Italian, with English subtitles

Breakthrough film from the director of festival favourite Toni Erdmann.

“A delicious, acutely observed dissection of the mercurial emotional and psychological ties between two young lovers.”

– Hollywood Reporter


Screening 26th June

Joseph H. Lewis | USA | 1956 | 86 mins | HD | b&w | PG cert

Famous for its audacious bank robbery sequence shot in a single take, this exhilarating noir classic stars Peggy Cummins as a carny girl who leads dim-witted gun buff John Dall into a life of crime.

“Its intensity borders on the subversive and surreal.” – Time Out


Screening 3rd July

Jean-Paul Rappeneau | France/Italy | 1975 | 105 mins | HD | PG cert

In French, English and Spanish, with English subtitles

Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand star as a pair of ill-matched lovers flung together in this exotic screwball homage set in Venezuela.

“An awful lot of fun… Deneuve and Montand are a joy to watch.”

– This Week in New York


Screening 10th July

Jia Zhangke | China/France/Japan | 2015 | 131 mins | HD | M low level offensive language

In Mandarin, Cantonese and English, with English subtitles

This epic from Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke leaps from the recent past to a speculative near-future.

“Staggeringly ambitious piece of work from a filmmaker who creatively is evolving before our eyes.”

– The Guardian


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