THE RED HOUSE receives March cinema release
Following a successful run at the 2012 NZ International Film Festival, Toi Whakaari MTA graduate and director Alyx Duncan’s award-winning feature film debut The Red House opens in theatres across New Zealand this March.
Beautifully photographed over three-and-a-half years in China and New Zealand, The Red House tells the story of Lee (Lee Stuart) and Jia (Meng Jia), a couple in their 60s who have transcended the barriers of language and culture to build a life and love together – in a red house, tucked away in the bush, filled with 20 years of mementoes from their shared journey. When duty calls Jia back to her homeland to care for her aged parents, both Jia and Lee must face what it means to move beyond the place they call home.
Combining international scope with stunning intimacy, The Red House fluidly moves between the urban and the rural, exploring the differences between and the change within both worlds while always staying close to the heart of its central, deeply-felt love story. By using her childhood home as a location, and her father and step-mother in the lead roles, Duncan brings a persuasive authenticity to the narrative.
NZIFF director Bill Gosden, who selected the film for the festival, described the film as “a thing of quiet wonder”, just one of the many glowing notices the film has received en route to winning Best Self-Funded Film at the 2012 New Zealand Film Awards.
Now, a wider audience will have the chance to experience The Red House with its nationwide release in March. It’s currently scheduled for the following venues:
From 7 March
Christchurch: Alice Cinematheque
From 14 March
Matakana: Matakana Cinemas
Auckland City: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, the Bridgeway
Waiheke Island: Waiheke Community Cinema
Rotorua: The Basement Cinema
Tauranga: Rialto Tauranga
Napier: The Globe Theatrette
Waikanae: Shoreline Cinema
Fielding: Focal Point Cinema
Wellington: The Paramount
From 21 March
Nelson: State Cinemas
Dunedin: Metro Cinema
Watch the trailer for The Red House