418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi
Lopdell Precinct is pleased to present our 2021 Film Festival. Join us for a fun program of film catering to all ages and tastes.
Wednesday 23 June
6.45pm - Live music with Al and Emily from The Ministry of Folk and Hoop
Join us for some pre-film entertainment with this Auckland-based duo. Performing original tunes with flavours of pop, folk and country, to set the scene for our opening film, Minari.
SOLD OUT: 8.15pm - Minari (USA) 2020
PG | 1h 55min | Drama | $10
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Academy Award winner, Yuh-Jung Youn). Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Thursday 24 June
6pm - High Ground (AUS) 2020
R16 | 1h 44min | Action, Drama | $10
Set against the stunning landscapes of 1930's Arnhem Land, High Ground chronicles young Aboriginal man Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul), who in a bid to save the last of his family, teams up with ex-soldier Travis (Simon Baker) to track down Baywara – the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, who is also his uncle. As Travis and Gutjuk journey through the outback they begin to earn each other's trust. But when the truths of Travis's past actions are suddenly revealed, it is he who becomes the hunted.
8.15pm - Percy vs Goliath (USA) 2021
PG | 1h 39min | Drama, True Story | $10
In this underdog tale based on a true story, Christopher Walken plays Percy, a small-town farmer defending himself against a massive biotech company who is claiming his crops legally belong to them. As Percy speaks out against the company's business practices, he realises he is representing thousands of other disenfranchised farmers around the world, who are all fighting the same battle.
Friday 25 June
10.30am Summerland (UK) 2020
PG | 1h 39min | Drama, War | $10
Alice (Gemma Arterton) secludes herself in her clifftop study and is consumed by her work. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps, magic really does exist.
4pm Amazonia (FR/BR) 2013
G | 1h 23min | Kids & Family, Adventure | $5
A little capuchin monkey is flung from captivity into the Amazon wilderness in this live-action adventure. Stuck in a strange and hostile environment filled with predators, our tiny hero looks to brave the odds and adapt to his new surroundings. This scripted docu-drama was shot in the Amazon using its real inhabitants and is narrated by Martin Sheen.
SOLD OUT: 6pm Nomadland (USA) 2021
M | 1h 47min | Drama | $10
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern's mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
8.15pm Lucky Grandma (USA) 2019 - Subtitles
M | 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama | $10
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, a bad-tempered, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck – suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters, and soon finding herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.
Saturday 26 June
2pm Two By Two: Overboard! (IRE/LUX) 2020
G | 1h 25min | Kids & Family, Adventure | $5
Noah's ark drifts on the open seas, with best friends Finny and Leah on board. But after weeks with no land in sight, the fragile peace between carnivores and herbivores could break any second. After a series of unfortunate events, the kids find themselves inadvertently washed overboard. In a race against time, tide and terrifying tremors, Finny must rescue his friends, reunite with his family and save a whole colony from total destruction.
4pm The Pinkies are Back (NZ) 2021
PG | 1h 35min | Documentary, Sport | $10
A heart-warming documentary following a group of extraordinary Kiwi women on a journey to rebuild a dragon boating team. Although the all-woman team has a few veterans, many have never so much as touched a paddle. The Pink Dragons team is made up of breast cancer survivors, who use the sport to exercise and find a feeling of community after their recovery.
SOLD OUT: 6pm James & Isey (NZ) 2021
M | 1h 31min | Documentary | $10
Presented by the director, Florian Habicht.
Genuine New Zealand treasures, Isey and James invite us into their lives in the week leading up to Isey's 100th birthday. Florian Habicht, director of Kaikohe Demolition, captures a Northland celebration of life and aroha like no other.
8.15pm Death in Venice (IT/FR) 1971
M | 2h 10min | Drama | $10
To close the festival is a 50th anniversary (almost to the day!) screening of this award-winning film by legendary director, Luchino Visconti. Dirk Bogarde plays a composer paralysed by ennui and repressed emotion, who discovers a last vestige of beauty and emotion during a visit to Venice at the turn of the century. Death in Venice is a classic of Italian cinema; a slow and atmospheric treat of cinematography, amazingly beautiful as are most of Visconti's films.