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July Movie Guide

Entangle yourselves in a web of adventure and tribal musical as Event Cinemas unveils another stellar blockbuster lineup.   Take advantage of free morning teas, advanced screenings and anniversary screenings in the links below!

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Piranhas: Innocence Lost – the legacy of Naples’ mafia families (Review)

Media Screening
Feautre Film (Italy)
Duration: 110 minutes

The story charts the controversial rise of a gang of Neapolitan youngsters – known as the paranza – who were originally recruited to act as hitmen by the Camorra.   Fifteen years old fearless boys with innocent nicknames, branded shoes, normal families, names of girlfriends tattooed on their skin, no trust in school or institutions.   Teenagers with no tomorrow, no hope, not afraid of jail nor death.   Their only chance is to bet on everything they possess right now.  If they want money, they need to go out and get it. They go off on their scooters, take over the drug market, shoot satellite antennas, defy the godfathers of Naples, spread terror and fear in the city’s streets.
These power-hungry adolescents are as trigger happy with a real AK-47 as they are on their PlayStations.  Paranza is a term that belongs to the sea: fishing boats with lights tricking small fishes with no hope to survive. This is a tale of kids darting through life, through adolescences  “tricked by light” as a paranza.
Saviano enters relentlessly in this reality of today, opening and shading light over it with a wonderful tale of innocence and subjugation.

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Vai: One Character played by 9 different indigenous actresses in 7 Pacific countries

Feature Film (New Zealand)
Duration: 90 minutes

A film about female empowerment that spans the breadth of the Pacific telling the story of one woman’s life in eight separate moments from the perspective of eight different pacific island cultures.  

Vai’ is a portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water.

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