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The Batwoman & Santo and Dracula’s Treasure -Double Feature at The Astor

PLUS Live Mexican Wrestling from Melbourne’s own LUCHA FANTASTICA

 

Director Rene Cardona Mexican Cult Classics AND Live Mexican Wrestling at The Astor Theatre

The Batwoman AND Santo and Dracula’s Treasure DOUBLE FEATURE

CTC | directed by Rene Cardona| 1968 & 1969 | Mexico | 80 & 84 mins

Thursday August 5 at 730pm.

THE BATWOMAN. A mad scientist (who else?) tries to breed a mutant being between fish and wrestlers!!! To see how it works drops a Ken doll in a fish tank where a goldfish swims happily and nothing happens. […]

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

CTC | directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | 121 Mins

WINNER of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY explores three female-centred short stories thematically linked by coincidence, regret, and imagination.

“In the place where dialogue and words usually end, the dialogue of this film only begin. That’s when they go deeper, […]

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

CTC | directed by Radu Jude | 2021 | Romania | 106 Mins

WINNER of the Golden Bear for Best Film –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Schoolteacher, Emi, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender.  Radu Jude (director) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humour and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies.

“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. […]

Three Summers

PG | directed by Sandra Kogut | 2019 | Brazil | 94 mins

A charming, funny and biting comedy from Brazil. Over the timespan of three Christmases, Three Summers charts the progress of an irrepressible housekeeper as the fortunes of her rich and corrupt employers fail. A film for everyone who loves to see the rise of the underdog.

In Cinemas June 24.

VICTORIA
Cinema Nova, Carlton
Classic Cinema, Elsternwick
Theatre Royale, Castlemaine from July 7

NEW SOUTH WALES
Palace Chauvel, […]

The Cliff – TV Series (MA15+)

Rated MA15+ | Directed by Reynir Lyngdal | Iceland | 8 x 45 mins

The Cliff is a dramatic mystery about a Reykjavik Crime Detective who is sent to a small rural community in Iceland to help a young local policewoman investigate a suspicious accident. Together they unravel a mystery that involves bizarre incidents and unexplained deaths, happening against the backdrop of a controversial hydroelectric project in Iceland.

The Reykjavik crime detective, Helgi Marvin Runarsson is assigned to work with the local police at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, […]

Citizen Kane

Rated PG | directed by Orson Welles | 1941 | 119 mins

Lauded as the #1 GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, […]

Wild Things: A Year on the Frontline of Environmental Activism

WILD THINGS follows a new generation of environmental activists hell-bent on saving their futures from the ravages of climate change.

(M) | directed by Sally Ingleton | 2020 | 89 mins

Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco-warriors are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying, enough.  From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap.

Against a backdrop of drought, […]

The Trouble With Being Born

(M) Dir. by Sandra Wollner, Austria/Germany 2020. 94 min | Drama/ Sci-Fi

Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. She can recall memories of beach holidays and anything else he programs her to remember. […]

During the day they drift through the summer and at night he takes her to bed. Designed to resemble one of his memories, she seems very much alive -sometimes, she even seems to dream and yet, she remains a machine, a container for those memories that mean everything to him and nothing to her.

Let The Child Be The Guide

The seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, the Montessori way.

Curious to see how the Method works first hand, filmmaker Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6) and observes. The teacher remains discreet.  Alexandre was warmly welcomed in a surprisingly calm and peaceful environment, filled with flowers, fruits and Montessori materials. He met happy children, who were free to move about, working alone or in small groups. Some children were reading, […]

It Must Be Heaven (M -AU) (PG -NZ)

Rated M in Au and PG in NZ | directed by Elia Suleiman | 97 mins | Comedy | Palestine 2019

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find
that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a
comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something
always reminds him of home.

REVIEWS

★★★★ 1/2
Absolutely beguiling.. Superbly done!

-GRAEME BLUNDELL- SCREEN

★★★★

-DAVID STRATTON RECOMMENDS

★★★★

-FOXTEL ARTS- […]

“A profound burlesque comedy”