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Queer Film Festival: Knife+Heart

Wednesday, 10 March from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Canterbury Film Society and Christchurch Heroes are partners in a dazzling six-film mini film festival which runs throughout Ōtautahi’s 2021 Pride Week. All events are free/koha. Most screenings are at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in Montreal Street, as well as one each at Lumiere Cinema (26 Rolleston Ave) and Alice Cinemas (corner Tuam and High Streets).
Check www.canterburyfilmsociety.org.nz to confirm film events, times and venues.
This is part of a double-feature event, both films running at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in Montreal Street. LEITIS IN WAITING will run at the earlier time of 6.30pm, followed by KNIFE+HEART at 8pm.
Please note: KNIFE+HEART is rated R18. Doors open half an hour before each screening, and drinks and home-baked goodies will be on sale in the foyer by the Canterbury Film Society hospitality team. No registration is required, but proof of age may be requested. All events are free/koha, with koha going to Canterbury Heroes.
(Un couteau dans le coeur) is a French 2018 horror-thriller directed by Yann Gonzalez, who co-wrote the screenplay with Cristiano Mangione. An international co-production of France, Mexico and Switzerland, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 1079. Giallo. Dildo Daggers. Cruising. Neon. Leather. Slasher. Voyeurism. Vanessa Paradis. Dark. Humour. If these words don’t compel you to dive headfirst into Yann Gonzalez’s mesmerising French psychodrama, this mini-festival has plenty of safer options. If they trigger you into action, then be prepared to strap one on and strap yourself in for a wild ride through a netherworld of sex and sin.
Synopsis: A third-rate porn producer’s most ambitious film yet may also be her most costly in this murderously kitschy homage to giallo, Grand Guignol and old school slasher movies. Opening with an arresting murder scene in a Parisian gay bar, and from then on rarely letting up, this beautifully skeezy ode to the pre-AIDS lifestyle is a glorious evocation of pulpy whodunits. Paradis plays Anne, a boozy bisexual auteur of gay porn who has recently snapped ties with her editor and lover, Lois. In a bravura move only a fool in love would attempt, Anne decides to mount a project so enticing that Lois has no option other than to swallow her pride and return.
A complete Canterbury Film Festival schedule may be picked up from city cafes, libraries or the Christchurch Art Gallery in Montreal Street. Or check out our online programme and sign up for updates home page.
Parking: street parking is metered during the day and weekends but free after 5pm Mon-Sat; the Art Gallery’s underground
parking is $1 per half-hour.
Enquiries to: canterburyfilmsoc@gmail.com
Let us take you further into film!
Cost: Free/Koha
Age: R18
Chch Pride COVID-19 Policy:
– It is mandatory that people scan in using the QR code, or leave contact details.
– Please switch on Bluetooth on the Covid Tracing app.
– If you (or a close contact) is feeling ill; have any symptoms; are waiting for a Covid test result; or have been to any of the locations of interest at the specific times highlighted by the Ministry of Health and have not had a negative test, please refrain from coming to the event.


Wednesday, 10 March
8:00 pm-10:00 pm
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Christchurch Art Gallery
Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City,
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