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Season's Greetings!

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Pics and Flicks is looking forward to a wonderful, restful and joyous summer break!

We hope your festive season brings you and yours everything you hope for.
Our next film is Ali's Wedding, to be screened on 2nd February 2018.

A MAN CALLED OVE 1st December 2017

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Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing apartment-block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life.  Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. 'A Man Called Ove' is written and directed by Hannes Holm and is rated PG 13.
This is the final Gerringong Pics and Flicks film for 2017, and we would like to wish everyone season's greetings and a peaceful and happy 2018.   Our first f…

NERUDA 3rd November 2017

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Starring:Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco Director: Pablo Larrain Summary:Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.[The Orchard]

LAND OF MINE 8th October 2017

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In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark. Directed by Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
Rating: R (for violence, some grisly images, and language) Genre: Art House & InternationalDrama Directed By: Martin Zandvliet Written By: Martin Zandvliet
Runtime:

Critics Consensus: 110 minutes

Land of Mine uses an oft-forgotten chapter from the aftermath of World War II to tell a hard-hitting story whose period setting belies its timeless observations about bloodshed and forgiveness.

DEAN SPANLEY 1st September 2017

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After attending a talk on reincarnation by a visiting swami (Art Malik), sickly Horatio Fisk (Peter O'Toole), who is still grieving over the death of his eldest son, and his youngest son, Henslowe (Jeremy Northam), meet the charismatic Dean Spanley (Sam Neill) and the businessman Wrather (Bryan Brown). Horatio and Dean become fast friends and meet up frequently for dinner. Dean, though, is no ordinary guest. He claims to be the reincarnation of a dog, which only intrigues Horatio more. Director: Toa Fraser ScreenplayAlan Sharp Adapted form a short story byEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

PATERSON 4th August 2017

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Paterson


Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus:Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.
David Stratton SMH Dec 2016: Who would have thought that a film a…

MAHANA Friday 5th May 2017

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Pics and Flicks is proud to present
Mahana An engrossing narrative on a grand scale

From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s. Director:Lee Tamahori Writers:John Collee (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel) Stars:Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning
Mahana is the story of a powerful rivalry between two Maori families who make their living as shearers around Gisborne, on the east coast of the north island, in the early 1960s. In the history of Maori films, it is a landmark – it succeeds as an engrossing narrative on a grand scale about quotidian lives. It's neither paean to Maori spirituality (although there is a little of that), nor a film about the white oppression of Maori culture (although there's a little of that too). So much for what it isn't. What it …

LA BELLE SAISON Friday 7th April 2017

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Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.


A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader (Cecile de France) in this drama set in 1970s France. Catherine Corsini writer/director.
Rating:not yet rated
Genre:Art House & International, Drama, Romance Directed By:Catherine Corsini Written By:Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
"The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss. It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking out."
David Stratton, The Australian 16 Sept 2016.

TRUMAN Fri 3rd March 2017

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On hearing the news, ex-pat Tomás flies from Canada to Madrid to spend four days with his old friend Julián. In terms of plot there’s some bickering about the past plus a day-trip to Amsterdam to visit Julián’s son, and that’s about it. But don’t be dissuaded, Truman offers much, much more.

This is a film about the troublesome mechanics of friendship, of ageing and the inevitability of dying. Foremost it’s about being human, about courage and generosity. And that’s what makes it so warm. At the centre of the film are two knockout performances by two of the best actors working in Spain - Javier Cámara (Talk To Her) and Ricardo Darín (Wild Tales). There’s not a moment in this film that doesn’t ring true as they reconnect the past and set about the business of the present.

It’s not exactly easy business either as Julián finalises his will, draws a line on how much hospital intervention he wants (none), prepares funeral arrangements and most significantly, tries to find a new…

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT 3rd February 2017

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Pics and Flicks has chosen an award-winning Colombian film to begin our 17th year of great films at Gerringong Town Hall.

Embrace of The Serpent
Inspired by the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grunberg (portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis), the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.
Recalling such visionary films as Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT grips with suspense and revelation as it meditates on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen black and white cinematography and evocative sound design co…