Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.

We hold screenings at The Australian Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.


March 1

7:00pm – LOULOU
Maurice Pialat (1980) 101 mins M

This work of fearless, self-exculpating semi-autobiography is one of Pialat’s most painful and revealing films. Taking, at its base, his failing relationship with regular screenwriter Arlette Langmann (here credited as co-writer), Pialat constructs a bruisingly specific, yet freewheeling anatomy of co-dependent romantic immaturity through ferociously committed star performances by Huppert and Gérard Depardieu.

Tortured and tender, this is a key work of “wild realism” from one of the luminaries of the “Second New Wave,” a group that also includes Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel and Jacques Doillon.


Claire Denis (2009) 106 mins MA

Denis’ intense and disturbing collaboration with the fearless Huppert is a brooding and sobering survey of tension, dissolution and violent revolution in an unidentified region of postcolonial West Africa. Ostensibly centred on the futile efforts of Maria (Huppert), an obstinate plantation owner, to avoid displacement, the film’s expansive focus deftly illustrates the struggle of a startling panorama of figures including wayward rebel fighters, groups of workers and servants, Maria’s own disintegrating family, and a troupe of orphaned child soldiers, ensnared in the inchoate and uncertain climate of an escalating land conflict.

With Michel Subor, Isaach De Bankolé and Christopher Lambert.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

CTEQ Annotation:
White Material by Marcin Wisniewski.



The Melbourne Cinémathèque started out as the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) in 1948 and changed its name to Cinémathèque in 1984.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created and as closely as possible to screen films the way they would have originally screened (i.e. big screen, celluloid prints, not video or DVD).

Programmes include a diverse selection of classic and contemporary films showcasing director retrospectives, special guest appearances and thematic series including archival material and new or restored prints.

We have on occasion hosted numerous seminars featuring renowned film scholars such as David Bordwell, Adrian Martin and Ian Christie. We are also dedicated to providing new annotations on the films we screen via the CTEQ annotations, hosted as a part of the quarterly online film journal Senses of Cinema.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered and membership-driven relying on support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding to maintain its high standard of excellence. If you would like to be involved, or to offer donations or sponsorship, please contact us.

Presented by The Melbourne Cinémathèque and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Michelle Carey, Adrian Danks and Eloise Ross with assistance from Cerise Howard.

Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.


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MARCH 16, 7:00PM Douglas Sirk’s ALL I DESIRE to be replaced by Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY as part of the Barbara Stanwyck program.