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NZIFF - While at War


Sun 26 Jul 2020, 2:00pm–3:50pm
Wed 29 Jul 2020, 2:00pm–3:50pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: PG

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (Adult): $18.94 ($17.50 + $1.44 fees)
  • Friends of MTG / Senior Citizen: $13.33 ($13.00 + $0.33 fees)
  • Student / Nurses / Community Services Card: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Child (15 years & under): $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
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Listed by: MTG Hawkes Bay

The acclaimed director of The Sea Inside returns with his most handsomely mounted film yet, an expansive yet deep-focus drama detailing events around the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco’s fascist dictatorship.

In Alejandro Amenábar latest film, celebrated Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno becomes a lens through which a critical moment in the country’s history is refracted back to our unstable political present. Building meticulously to Unamuno’s famous speech of protest, While at War chronicles the consequences of complacency – and how easily tyrants can ascend to power – with chilling majesty.

“It is 1936 and the Spanish Civil War is in its infancy. We quickly learn that Unamuno – the dean of Salamanca University – has vacillated between sides in terms of his writings, although he would say it is other people, rather than his philosophy that has shifted. Now elderly – and played thoughtfully and soulfully by Karra Elejalde – Unamuno enjoys a small intellectual bubble with friends, a priest Atilano (Luis Zahera) and Salvador (Carlos Serrano-Clark), a young and feisty Marxist, but is dismissive of their fears of the rise of fascism. Meanwhile, in Morocco, in scenes threaded through with inky humour that recalls The Death of Stalin, we see Franco [Santi Prego] carefully and almost imperceptibly manoeuvring his way to the top.” — Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Producers: Domingo Corral, Hugo Sigman, Alejandro Amenábar

In Spanish with English subtitles
107 minutes/CinemaScope
Censors rating PG Violence & coarse language

Tickets are available online through Eventfinda and from the front desk at MTG. Door sales will also be available at the MTG Century Theatre one hour prior to the screening.

Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival.

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