Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

The Innocents

29 July 2016–2 August 2016

ITR Auditorium


France/Poland 2016
Director
: Anne Fontaine

In French, Polish and Russian, with English subtitles

Anne Fontaine’s (Coco avant Chanel) compelling and affecting drama The Innocents illuminates events that occurred in Poland in the aftermath of World War II, placing women’s experiences of war very much at its centre. Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a young doctor with the French Red Cross, is entreated by a desperate young nun to make a secret visit to a nearby abbey. She arrives to find another young sister in labour. Mathilde is soon drawn into the intensely private world of the nuns as they confide the nightmare of the ‘liberating’ army that led to their predicament. Severely traumatised, some have refused to admit even to themselves that they are pregnant.

Concealing her involvement from the Red Cross, Mathilde seeks allies in the convent where many remain cowed by a grim hierarchy determined to suppress all evidence of their ‘shame’. She also enlists the support of a colleague, a Jewish doctor whose hopes of impressing her must outweigh his bitter scepticism about Polish Catholic piety. Elegantly shot and superbly, Fontaine’s war film eschews graphic depictions of violence to delineate and uphold the common humanity of those who foster renewal in its wake.

“Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years observes the crises of faith that emerge in a war-ravaged Polish convent.” — Justin Chang, Variety

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 116 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts


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