Mercenary / Mercenaire

2017 ARCHIVE

Limited screenings!

Director: Sacha Wolff
Cast: Toki Pilioko, Iliana Zabeth, Laurent Pakinivatau, Mikaele Tuugahala, Petelo Sealeu
Country: France
Language: French and Wallisian with English subtitles
Year of production: 2016
Genre: Drama
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual references & offensive language
Duration: 103 min
Festivals: Cannes International Film Festival 2016, Directors’ Fortnight: Europa Cinemas Label

“An impressively fierce feature debut.” The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, defies his father’s authority to go play rugby in France. French, but not considered such and left to his own devices on the other side of the world, Soane struggles to get the recognition that he deserves. Driven by his thirst for freedom, he fights for his dream and his identity.

This intense and tough ‘rugby thriller’, the first feature by Sacha Wolff, is set in France and New Caledonia. The film successfully conveys the dichotomies that the main character faces through the very physical performance of Toki Pilioko and a visually adept translation into cinemascope format: the opposition between land and sea, the father and son conflict, two opposing cultures that share the same nationality. It is Soane’s wild haka cry (familiar to New Zealand audiences) that finally helps him to free himself from these dichotomies and come to terms with his own identity.

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Trailer

French trailer (no english subtitles)

Screenings

Ticket links will be added as they become available
Note that in Arrowtown tickets are only available from the cinema.


WELLINGTON
Fri 10 Mar 6:20 pm D
Sun 19 Mar 4:00 pm D

AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Sat 11 Mar 3.25 pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Sat 18 Mar 5:40 pm

NELSON
Sun 12 Mar 8:00 pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Sat 18 Mar 6:00 pm
Thu 23 Mar 8:35 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Fri 24 Mar 6:00 pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Sat 1 Apr 6:30 pm

HAMILTON
Sat 1 Apr 6:15 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Sun 2 Apr 6:00 pm

DUNEDIN
Sat 1 Apr 4:10 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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