Bellbird is a 2019 New Zealand dramedy directed by Hamish Bennett (Directorial Debut), starring Marshall Napier, Annie Whittle, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House, Stephen Tamarapa, and Kahukura Retimana. It premiered in June last year in the Official Competition of the Sydney Film Festival.
A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.
The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
A shell-shocked photojournalist, haunted by what he has witnessed on assignment in Africa, returns home on the eve of becoming a father. When one of his photographs threatens to destroy a Sudanese refugee's new life, the two men are reunited by nightmare events from the past.
Sunday, December 8 at 3pm with a glass of sparkling & macaron on arrival
Following the global success of Cannes Palme d’Or-Winning Shoplifters, THE TRUTH (PG) is Kore-eda’s wry and charming new dramedy, pairing beloved Academy Award® nominees Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for the first time as a celebrated actress and her estranged daughter, whose tentative reunion offers an opportunity to either repair or irrevocably fracture their relationship.
Fabienne (Deneuve) is a much-loved icon of French cinema. When she publishes her memoirs, her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Binoche) returns to Paris from New York for the occasion, with her struggling actor husband Hank (Ethan Hawke) and their inquisitive young daughter in tow. As Lumir begins to read Fabienne’s book it becomes clear it is riddled with omissions and embellishments, especially when it comes to the great artistic rival of Fabienne’s past. The combination of Kore-eda’s vast knowledge and love of French cinema, coupled with his signature tenderly observant style, makes for a hugely enjoyable film.
Fabienne herself has no time for explanations and small talk; she’s preparing for her next film, a science-fiction drama, cast alongside a rising new talent (Manon Clavel) touted as ‘the next Sarah Mondavan’. When Fabienne’s long-suffering assistant unexpectedly quits, she and Lumir are reluctantly forced into an awkward working relationship, with Lumir revisiting the same film studios where she spent countless hours as a child. As the on and off-set worlds begin to amusingly – and movingly – intertwine, suppressed emotions can no longer be kept in check.
Premiering to great acclaim as the opening night of the 2019 Venice Film Festival, THE TRUTH is a very special cinema experience: a gentle and moving exploration of reality and fiction, family, performance, and the great spectacle of life. It’s a love letter to mothers and daughters everywhere.
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