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.
7:00pm – WINTER SLEEP
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2014) 194 mins M
Ceylan’s exquisite but divisive Palme d’Or winner is a “huge, sombre and compelling tragicomedy” (Peter Bradshaw) set against the indifferent grandeur of Turkey’s Anatolian steppe. Inspired by a Chekhov short story, “The Wife”, the narrative centres on a conceited retired actor and the people he comes into contact with while running the provincial hotel he has inherited. Isolated by snow, the claustrophobic location allows Ceylan to mount a philosophical disquisition on alienation and emotional disappointment. The director’s terrifically alert camerawork, brilliantly lensed by Gökhan Tiryaki, and editing facilitate a deeply empathetic film that is both epic and intimate in it’s scope.
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 with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.
Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross and Cerise Howard, with Associate Curator Michelle Carey
Supported by Film Victoria, RMIT University & The City of Melbourne
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MAY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
NOTICE: The committee of The Melbourne Cinémathèque wishes to make some changes to our constitution, however, to do that we now have to conform to the model constitution in the 2012 Act, so a number of other changes are also required.
Here is a copy of the constitution with the changes on RED.
We wish to pass these changes at the AGM on Wednesday May 30, at 6:40pm.
Please read the RED stuff and consider. It won’t take long. Then come along to the AGM.