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Knife+Heart - Canterbury Film Society

Knife+Heart - Canterbury Film Society

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  • Wed 10 Mar, 8:00pm – 9:50pm


Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal St, Christchurch



Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

To Film Enthusiasts city-wide.

This screening is part of our dazzling six-film Queer Film Festival running during Pride Week in collaboration with Christchurch Heroes. This four-day mini festival is open to the public, ie non-CFS members, with free entry to all Christchurch Art Gallery screenings (koha/donations always appreciated) on a first-to-arrive basis. Limited free (or one cent) tickets must be booked in advance to the Alice ( and Lumière ( cinema screenings (8pm 7 March and 4pm 9 March); small fee may apply.

This screening is director Yann Gonzalez's ‘Knife+Heart’. (Please note R18 designation.)

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 whodunnits. Vanessa 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.

'Knife+Heart' exhibits a refreshingly playful and affectionate approach towards all its characters, no matter how slimy they come across. Meanwhile, as the production of Anne’s magnum opus nears its climax, the performers start getting killed off, one by one. “Yesterday, we came. Tomorrow, we die,” espouses one prospective murder victim. Truer words were never spoken. - Ant Timpson, NZIFF

A France/Mexico/Switzerland production, 2018, 102 minutes.

The Canterbury Film Society meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the 178-seat Phillip Carter Auditorium at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, with breaks for public holidays and the International Film Festival. We’ve made joining easy and there are membership prices to suit every pocket: choose one of our 12-month memberships or a Flexi-Pass that gives access to any three films of choice, may be shared amongst friends and has no expiry date. New members are warmly welcome and asked to come earlier than 7:30pm to speak to our membership team. (Downloading a membership form from our website and filling it in before you come is helpful.) Doors open at 7 pm for socialising and for sales of food ($2) and drink ($2–$5). Please assist us by bringing in no outside food or drink. Thank you! (For special screenings at other times, the door open half an hour early.)

VENUE: During this time of changing COVID-19 levels please visit the CFS website prior to attending each screening to check for any special instructions relating to level two or higher.

For more information about our 2021 programme and membership options, or to request text or email reminders about our weekly or special events, go to our website – link above.

CFS brochures may be uplifted from the Christchurch Art Gallery, city libraries, WEA, Lumière and Alice Cinemas, and Addington Coffee Co-op.

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Canterbury Film Society Team

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