<em>Stars at Noon</em>

Stars at Noon

Stars at Noon

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Fri 19 Aug 2022
  • 6:30—8:45PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: R16
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

Based on Denis Johnson’s cult novel, Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star in this heady and alluring romantic thriller from NZIFF fave Claire Denis, directing her second English-language feature.
“The genre and milieu may indicate a departure for Denis, but the veteran auteur's languid sensual signature is all over this slow-burning thriller, energised by Qualley's tremendous performance.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

Sharing the Grand Prix at Cannes this year, Claire Denis’s newest film (and second this year) is a steamy tropical reverie starring Margaret Qualley as a journalist moonlighting as a sex worker, who is stranded in Nicaragua and sees a handsome English businessman (played by Joe Alwyn) as her chance to escape.

“A slow-motion erotic thriller whose sexiness swirls off the screen like a bank of humidity in the tropics, shortening your breath and clinging to your clothes. Stars at Noon… was adapted from the 1986 Denis Johnson novel The Stars at Noon, which has been hauled forwards to a close-to-present day of trackable smartphones and half-hearted Covid mask use. 

Qualley, best known for playing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s young hippie Pussycat, is a revelation here, teasing out her character’s flaws to the point where they become addictive to watch, and imbuing her with a sometimes-nervy, sometimes-forlorn physicality that recalls a young Juliette Binoche. Many of the film’s best early passages consist of little more than watching her walk the streets of Managua to a lazily eddying improvised jazz score – perhaps Denis’s Central American riff on the famous Paris-by-night scenes in Lift to the Scaffold… Denis has crafted a film that syncs your heartbeat to its own intoxicating rhythms: a full-body immersion in uneasy pleasures.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

2022 | Drama | 135 min | Dir. Claire Denis | In English an\d Spanish with English subtitles

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