2009 Schedule of Films

All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pm

Mon 2 March:
BASQUIAT
Dir. Julian Schnabel (USA 1996)
Mon 9 March:
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY
Dir. Lech Majewski (USA/Poland 1992)
Mon 16 March:
MAUVAIS SANG
Dir. Leos Carax (France 1986)
Mon 23 March:
Special Guest: Lech Majewski!
GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Dir. Majewski (UK/Italy 2004)
Monday 30 March: No Screening - World Cinema Showcase, Members get discounted tickets!
Mon 6 April:
ANGELUS
Dir. Lech Majewski (Poland 2000)
Monday 13 April:
No Screening - Easter Monday
Mon 20 April:
MOOLAADE
Dir. Ousmane Sembene (Senegal/France 2004)
Mon 27 April:
DIVA
Dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix (France 1981)
Mon 4 May:
DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE
Dir. Herbert Sauper (Austria/France/Belgium 2004)
Mon 11 May:
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
Dir. Jennifer Baichwal (Canada 2006)
Mon 18 May:
LA SENTINELLE
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin (France 1992)
Mon 25 May:
MALA NOCHE
Dir. Gus Van Sant (USA 1985)
Monday 1 June:
No Screening - Queen's Birthday
Mon 8 June:
I WAS NINETEEN
Dir. Konrad Wolf (East Germany 1968)
Mon 15 June:
THE ARCHITECTS
Dir. Peter Kahane (East Germany 1990)
Mon 22 June:
FLANDERS
Dir. Bruno Dumont (France 2006)
Mon 29 June:
BERLIN-SCHOENHAUSER CORNER
Dir. Gerhard Klein (East Germany 1957)
Mon 6 July:
MY BELOVED HOMELAND / BRIDE OF GALILEE
Dir. Basel Tannous (Palestine 2006)
Mon 13 July:
INFERNAL AFFAIRS
Dir. Andrew Lau & Alan Mak (Hong Kong 2002)
Mon 20 July:
GASLIGHT
Dir. George Cukor (USA 1944)
Mon 27 July:
BROKEN WINGS
Dir. Nir Bergman (Israel 2002)
Mon 3 August:
NO SCREENING - International Film Festival, Members get discount tickets!
Mon 10 August:
NO SCREENING - International Film Festival, Members get discount tickets!
Mon 17 August:
YOU THE LIVING
Dir. Roy Andersson (Sweden 2007)
Mon 24 August:
NOI THE ALBINO
Dir. Dagur Kari (Iceland 2003)
Mon 31 August:
CINEVARDAPHOTO
Dir. Agnes Varda (France 2004)
Mon 7 September:
CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORTS - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT
14-16 September:
Belladonna Short Film Festival
Filmsoc members get free entry to all screenings
Mon 21 September:
AGNES VARDA: PARIS
Shorts, Dir. Agnes Varda (France 1958-2003)
Mon 28 September:
ATTACK THE GAS STATION
Dir. Kim Sang-jin (Korea 1999)
Mon 5 October:
LEAVE ALL FAIR
Dir. John Reid (NZ 1986)
Mon 12 October:
OCCUPATION 101
Dir. Abdallah & Sufyan Omeish (Palestine)
Mon 19 October:
RAIN
Dir. Christine Jeffs (NZ 2001)

Attack the Gas Station

Screening: Monday 28 September, 6:30pm

Kim Sang-jin | Korea | 1999 | DV | M medium level violence

An anarchic and surrealist satire about a gang of bored youths who rob a Seoul petrol station and then take over the place for the evening. The plan descends into chaos as they’re besieged by hostile customers, delivery boys and gangsters. “A Molotov cocktail disguised as a movie.” – Cinema Asia

“A gas station in a city is like an island. In this isolated space I tried to show, in a funny way, the attempts of alienated young people to overturn the existing order of the world.” Kim Sang-jin’s fourth feature was a sensation on Korean release, and there’s no reason to believe that its anarchic, anti-authoritarian humour won’t be to foreign tastes too.

Four disaffected young men (flashbacks eventually clarify their quite legitimate grievances against Korean society) have already once raided and trashed a gas station in Seoul. One bored evening, purely for kicks, they decide to go back and do it again—only to find that the manager now takes the precaution of emptying the till well before closing time. And so they take the joint over for the evening, humiliating the duplicitous manager (how many times can a man repair the same phone?), confining the staff (and any customers who have the temerity to complain about the service), ordering Chinese takeout food and finally provoking a huge pitched battle between gangsters, delivery boys and police on the forecourt.

Along the way every stitch in the social hierarchy is torn apart. And the bravura, star-making performances are matched at every turn by unexpected inventions in the script. Thrillingly directed with an organic sense of mischief, this is as funny as the best of Tashlin — but with a hard political edge. — Tony Rayns

(113 minutes, In Korean with English subtitles, DVD)

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