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This is an Auckland Film Society screening for Auckland Film Society members. For info on how to join, see below.
'For any sufferers of fireworks fatigue, Viktor Jakovleski’s euphoric debut BRIMSTONE & GLORY should swiftly restore a sense of childlike awe. In a lean, loaded 67 minutes, Jakovleski captures the week-long celebration of San Juan de Dios, a dazzling pyrotechnics festivity that consumes the Mexican town of Tultepec yearly. The events are dedicated to a patron saint who supposedly rescued people from a burning hospital without a single scar or burn. Now, as one town kid tells us, to receive such an injury from the explosions is considered a sacred mark from the saint himself.
Dispensing with talking heads (and deploying minimal exposition), Jakovleski opts for complete immersion, centering on the two biggest spectacles of the celebration, the Castles of Fire and the Burning of the Bulls. With fluid, kinetic camerawork that weaves us throughout the chaos, BRIMSTONE & GLORY is an utterly jaw-dropping blow-out that demands to be seen in a communal setting (and ideally on the largest screen available).'
Film Society membership is available to through the Academy Cinemas website, or at the counter. A year long membership entitles you to free admission to all Film Society screenings throughout the year, anywhere in New Zealand. A three-trip pass entitles you admission to three Film Society screenings. Please note that most screenings will be open to members only. Visit www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/auckland for more info.
In many areas membership also allows you generous concessions at the NZ International Film Festival, and to local cinemas.