New November season on sale
This month we are pleased to be showcasing some high calibre features, all enjoying success at Cannes, Toronto and London film festivals, and many of which are shaping up to be early contenders for next year’s awards season.
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner, starring acclaimed British actor Timothy Spall as one of Britain’s greatest artists, explores the last 25 years of J.W Turner’s life and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. We are also screening three entries for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award – Russian drama Leviathan, Italian thriller Human Capital and Brazilian coming-of-age drama The Way He Looks. Powerful drama Leviathan, from Cannes winner Andrey Zvyagintse, is a modern reworking of the Book of Job, telling the story of a man locked in a land dispute with a corrupt mayor and has been hailed as “a new Russian masterpiece” by The Guardian. From Italy, Human Capital opens on a dark, snowy night in northern Italy beginning at the end. Director Paolo Virzí (Hardboiled Eggs) approaches three vastly different perspectives on a stranger’s tragic death and how the lives of two families, at first only loosely linked by their teenagers’ relationship, overlap in multitudinous ways to devastating effect. Winner of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Award for best LGBT feature The Way He Looks follows blind teenager Leonardo trying to become more independent despite his overprotective mother.
We also have some of the hottest new releases including David Fincher’s Gone Girl, a twisting thriller based on Gillain Flynn’s 2012 best-seller and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. After Nick’s wife goes missing on the morning of their fifth anniversary, he is singled out as the prime suspect. Courtroom drama The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and Northern Soul, a vibrant portrayal of the underground club scene in the ‘70s.
This month we have a selection of riveting documentaries, including Still The Enemy Within – a unique insight into the 1984-85 British Miner’s strike, with a pre-film talk from one of the miners featured, and Cathedrals Of Culture 3D – a stunning filmic exploration of some of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Classic films on offer include Francesco Rosi’s celebrated masterpiece Salavatore Giuliano and a selection of fantastic Cult and Sci-Fi features; Metropolis, A Clockwork Orange, Safe and Ghost In The Shell. Our ever-popular live broadcast programme continues with further screenings from New York’s The Metropolitan Opera, and two exclusive art events – Hockney: Live From LA and Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt.
Looking ahead to December we also have two exciting major releases – Maggie Smith stars in charming comedy-drama My Old Lady, whilst Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in historical thriller The Imitation Game.