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Under Snow

Ulrike Ottinger | 2011 | 108 mins | Germany | M | Documentary

In Echigo, a mountainous region of Japan, heavy snow blankets entire landscapes and villages for more than half the year. Under Snow captures the unique customs, festivals and religious rituals of communities isolated by their wintery environment and blends in a Kabuki retelling from ‘Snow Country Tales.’


Open Event screened in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut - entry free/koha.


Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet

Open Event screened in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

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The Canterbury Film Society provides a carefully curated programme of films to captivate, inform and inspire film enthusiasts as well as those on the hunt for alternatives to mainstream cinema. ​ We screen films on Monday nights over nine months of the year from February through October at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.


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