THE DUNE / LA DUNE

2015 ARCHIVE

Director: Yossi Aviram
Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lior Ashkenazi, Emma de Caunes, Guy Marchand
Country: France, Israel
Year: 2014
Genre: Drama
Duration: 87 minutes
Rating: M

“An uncommon film of great sensitivity. Beautifully understated, this is elliptical filmmaking at its best, and every character exudes a complex interior as well as likeability.”

Variety 

Synopsis

A secret history lies at the heart of Yossi Aviram’s exquisitely filmed and richly rewarding mystery about two disparate men whose lives become inextricably linked.

Middle-aged Hanoch (Lior Ashkenazi, Footnote) is a laconic bicycle repairman in a small Israeli desert town, seemingly more committed to playing chess with his buddy than he is to his pregnant girlfriend. Meanwhile in Paris, missing-persons detective Rueven − portrayed by the phenomenal Niels Arestrup − experiences a setback after tracking down disappeared famous author Moreau (The Blue Room’s Mathieu Amalric).

Rueven prepares for his retirement and searches for a new apartment with his longtime life partner Paolo (Guy Marchand), but when Hanoch is discovered on a beach in southern France, mute, without ID, holding only an article about Moreau, questions arise, and Rueven reluctantly accepts the call to investigate…

Aviram’s sensitive direction guides his intriguing protagonists, each wonderfully played by the stellar cast. With its profound meditation on the passing of time, reckoning with the past, and basking in simple pleasures, The Dune is a deeply wise and satisfying debut by a very promising filmmaker.

Trailer

Sorry, French trailer only

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Wed 25 Feb 12:30 PM
Sun 1 Mar 7:45 PM
Fri 6 Mar 10:30 AM

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Sat 21 Feb 2:30 PM
Mon 23 Feb 6:30 PM

CHRISTCHURCH
Sat 7 Mar 4:45 PM
Wed 11 Mar 8:30 PM

NELSON
Tue 10 Mar 1:30 PM

TIMARU
Mon 9 Mar 5:30 PM

WELLINGTON
Sun 15 Mar 8:30 PM D
Wed 18 Mar 6:30 PM D
Tue 24 Mar 2:00 PM D

DUNEDIN
Sat 28 Mar 2:20 PM

HAVELOCK NORTH
Mon 23 Mar 6:30 PM

PALMERSTON NORTH
Sun 19 Apr 5:30 PM

HAMILTON
Wed 29 Apr 11:15 AM

D Deluxe Theatre

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