Current Films

Tickets are $15.00 across the board, unless noted otherwise

Divertimento

Rating: PG

Running time: 1hr 54mins

STARTING 18 JULY

Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Inspired by the life of Zahia Ziouani, one of the few worldwide renowned female conductors.

Classical symphonic music is everything for 17-year-old Zahia Ziouani and her twin sister, Fettouma. Nevertheless, living in underprivileged Parisian suburbs in 1995 with their Algerian background, they struggle arduously to approach their dreams – becoming an orchestra conductor and a cellist. Driven by determination, passion, and courage, they create their own orchestra, Divertimento.

French with English subtitles

The Dark Horse

Rating: M-Drug use, offensive language and violence

Running time: 2hrs 4mins

DOME SPOTLIGHT SCREENING - one night only!

Wednesday, 17 July at 6:30pm

Directed by James Napier Robertson

Filmed right here in Gisborne and starring an extraordinary New Zealand cast, The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brillant but little-known New Zealand hero and chess champion - Genesis Potini.

Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Sunshine) leads this true Kiwi story as Genesis Potini, the speed-chess prodigy from New Zealand. Battling severe bipolar disorder, Genesis finds purpose in coaching a local chess club.

After being released from a mental institution, Genesis moves in with his distant gang-affiliated brother and teenage nephew (James Rolleston). With no desire to stay in the gang house all day, Genesis joins the local Gisborne chess club where he hopes to somehow coach its youthful and diverse members to a national championship.

It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards, Best Film at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) and 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR).

Shayda

Rating: M - Adult themes

Running time: 1hr 57mins

STARTING 4 JULY

Directed by Noora Niasari

A young Iranian mother and her six-year-old daughter finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter during the two weeks of Iranian New Year (Nowrooz) which is celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth. Aided by the strong community of women at the refuge they seek their freedom in this new world of possibilities, only to find themselves facing the violence they tried so hard to escape.

Winner of the 2023 Audience Award at Sundance and selected as the Australian entry for the Best International Feature Film category for the 2024 Academy Awards.

“Heartbreakingly alive” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Zar Amir Ebrahimi gives a remarkable performance” -Screen Daily

“Quietly powerful” - Variety


English and Persian with English subtitles

The Taste of Things

Rating: M - Nudity

Running time: 2hr 15mins

STARTING 27 JUNE

Directed by Trần Anh Hùng

The great Juliette Binoche leads this historical French romance tale from filmmaker Trần Anh Hùng (Norwegian Wood), who won Best Director at Cannes 2023.
Eugenie (Binoche), an esteemed cook, has been working for over the last 20 years for Dodin (Benoît Magimel), a fine gourmet. Growing fonder of one another, their bond turns into a romance and gives rise to delicious dishes that impress even the world’s most illustrious chefs. When Dodin is faced with Eugenie’s reluctance to commit to him, he decides to start cooking for her.

The Taste of Things has been adored by critics with 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, and France’s shortlisted submission at the Academy Awards.

“A Feast For The Senses”.
Time Out UK

French with English subtitles

The Road to Patagonia

Rating: Exempt

Running time: 1hr 30min

STARTING 20 JUNE

Directed by Matty Hannon & Heather Hillier

The Road to Patagonia is a stunning, intimate and unflinching series of love letters within a documentary – firstly a love between two people, and secondly between humanity and the Earth.

We follow Matty Hannon on an incredible solo adventure, to surf the west coast of the Americas by motorbike, from the top of Alaska to the tip of Patagonia. But deep in the wilderness - alone with the wolves and the bears – Matty’s plans unexpectedly fall to pieces. After losing everything, and on the cusp of quitting he meets the girl of his dreams, a permaculture farmer named Heather Hillier who throws caution to the wind and sells her urban-farm to buy a bike of her own. Together riding south, the duo meet with Zapatista rebels, Amazonian shamans and Mapuche leaders whose salient words crack the adventurers’ cultural veneer. The theme of deep ecology underpins the entire film, visually communicated through exquisite cinematography and emotional verité sequences. Shot over 16 years, the result is an adventurous exposé on the more-than-human world, offering a physical and spiritual odyssey to better understand our place in Nature.