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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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120 BPM

120 Bpm
  • 2017
  • France
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Robin Campillo
  • Cast: Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel

Exhilarating 90s-set drama following a group of activists who are members of an AIDS awareness group, Act Up-Paris. Campillo draws on his own experiences in the group, capturing the heady pleasures of dancing the night away in a club and the party atmosphere of a pride march, and the film as a whole is a near-tangible celebration of life and love.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Another News Story

Another News Story
  • 2017
  • 1h 24min
  • Directed by: Orban Wallace

Documentary examining the refugee crisis as well as the role journalists play in representing the crisis to the world.

Fri 27 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Sun 29 Apr

Beast

Beast
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 47min
  • Directed by: Michael Pearce
  • Cast: Jessie Buckley, Geraldine James, Johnny Flynn

On Jersey, a serial killer is targeting young girls while a young tour guide (Buckley) is struggling with her passive-aggressive mother (James). Pearce’s debut feature approaches the serial killer thriller from an impressively unconventional angle. James is brilliant as the outwardly respectable but cruel mother, Flynn is charismatic but Buckley’s achingly sensitive performance anchors it.

Fri 27 Apr

Custody

Custody
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Xavier Legrand
  • Written by: Xavier Legrand
  • Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria

Julien (Gioria) is eleven years old and his parents are splitting up. Against his will, he has to spend alternate weekends with his hated father Antoine (Ménochet). Legrand tackles the issue of domestic abuse with great skill; it’s often profoundly distressing, but that’s precisely the point.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Even When I Fall

Even When I Fall (2017) preview screening - Hereford
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kate McLarnon, Sky Neal

Former child slaves forced to work in Indian circuses reclaim their skills to from a new circus in Nepal.

Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman
  • 2017
  • Chile
  • 1h 44min
  • Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
  • Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

Nightclub singer and trans woman Marina (Vega) is very much in love with her older boyfriend Orlando (Reyes), but then he unexpectedly dies after a fall at the apartment they share. Compassionate study of mourning, with a nuanced and commanding performance from Vega as the grieving lover, battling through dehumanisation and bigotry from the authorities and the dead man’s family.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Funny Cow

Funny Cow
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adrian Shergold
  • Cast: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine

Funny Cow (Peake) is a northern woman who takes to stand-up comedy in the 70s and 80s. The film foregrounds the pain and suffering involved, from her abusive husband Bob (Pitts, also the screenwriter) and the grim reality of working men’s clubs. A fine supporting cast is largely wasted, but a great soundtrack and Peake’s fearless performance give it plenty of soul.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature
  • 2017
  • 2h 23min
  • Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
  • Cast: Liya Akhedzhakova, Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriutã

An unnamed woman (Makovtseva) living in an unspecified Russian village goes on a journey to discover why a parcel she sent to her imprisoned husband was sent back. Her quest sends her into an endless circle of hell, as corrupt officials send her to the brink and immerses the viewer into the oppressive claustrophobia of daily life. Sergei Loznitsa's feature is ambitious and unsettling, with a howl of anguish lying at its heart.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Intent to Destroy

  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Joe Berlinger

Documentary examining Turkey's refusal to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

Mon 23 Apr

The Islands and the Whales

The Islands and the Whales
  • 2016
  • 1h 23min
  • Directed by: Mike Day

An insight into the unique Nordic community who live on the Faroe Islands. For many residents hunting pilot whales is a way of life, but one that may not continue as the whales become contaminated with mercury and other chemicals PCBs.

Mon 23 Apr

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton

When the corrupt Mayor of Megasaki City sends all the dogs to Trash Island, his 12-year-old ward Atari (Rankin) goes there to find out what happened to his beloved Spots (Schreiber). Sensationally rendered stop-motion tribute to Japanese cinema, rich in detail and full of deadpan heroism and epic ineptitude. Delightful.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Andrew Haigh
  • Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny

Teenage Charley (Plummer) goes to work for grizzled horse trainer Del (Buscemi) and befriends the titular horse, before going on the road in search of his aunt. Haigh’s delicate directorial style makes a desperately sad coming-of-age tale very watchable, helped by Plummer’s appealingly understated performance.

Sun 29 Apr

Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In
  • 2017
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Philippe Katerine, Xavier Beauvois

Isabelle (Binoche) is a powerfully sexy middle-aged woman who for some reason can’t find a half-decent mate; on this farcical plot, Denis hangs an idiosyncratic, empathetic and intimate comedy, adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse with a wonderful sense of the absurd. Binoche is self-deprecating and achingly human.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Metropolitan Opera Live: Cendrillon

  • 2018
  • 2h 47min
  • Directed by: Bertrand de Billy

For the first time, Massenet’s version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly.

Sat 28 Apr

My Generation

My Generation
  • 2017
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: David Batty

British film icon Michael Caine narrates and stars in documentary about the cultural revolution of the 1960s.

Wed 25 Apr

Never Steady, Never Still

Never Steady, Never Still
  • 2017
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Kathleen Hepburn
  • Cast: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway

Judy (Henderson) is a woman suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, living in wintry British Columbia with husband Ed (Campbell) and their son Jamie (Pellerin). Hepburn nicely balances Judy’s battle against her shrinking world with Jamie’s journey towards maturity, in a rigorously unsentimental yet sensitive drama. Melancholy but impressive.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens

  • France
  • 1h 17min
  • Directed by: Clémentine Deroudille

Portrait of photographer Robert Doisneau told via unseen images, footage and interviews.

Tue 24 Apr

Safari

  • 2016
  • Austria
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Ulrich Seidl

Documentary following German and Austrian big game hunters.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

The Square

The Square
  • 2017
  • Sweden / Germany / France / Denmark
  • 2h 22min
  • Directed by: Ruben Östlund
  • Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West,

Christian (Bang), the curator of a modern art museum, is scammed and robbed of his wallet, phone and cufflinks, and as a result tracks his phone and leaves threatening letters where he thinks it might be. At its best it mixes sly, Swiftian satire with an almost Ballardian view of human nature, but it’s sprawling and overstuffed.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Western

Western
  • 2017
  • Germany / Bulgaria / Austria
  • 1h 59min
  • Directed by: Valeska Grisebach
  • Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov

Valeska Grisebach's slow-burning drama about a laconic man (Neumann) who is part of a group of German workers that arrive in a small Bulgarian village to construct a water plant. Tension begins to show between the workers and villagers as the language barrier and the legacy of WWII are keenly felt. A thought-provoking and sparse film of beauty.

Mon 23 Apr
Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 18min
  • Directed by: Lorna Tucker

Archive footage, interviews and reconstructions telling the life story of iconic fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Tue 24 Apr
Wed 25 Apr

Without This World

  • 2017
  • Germany
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Nora Fingscheidt

Documentary about a Mennonite community in Northern Argentina, who live their lives without modern technology.

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Fri 27 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Sun 29 Apr

The Wound

The Wound
  • 2017
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: John Trengove
  • Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay

Xolani (Touré) is a factory worker in Queenstown, South Africa who returns to his home village to see childhood friend Viiami (Mantsai) and to care for city boy Kwanda (Ncovini) who is about to undergo the ritual circumcision. A measured consideration of race, class and shifting notions of masculinity, not without melodramatic and predictable elements.

Sun 29 Apr
Curzon Bloomsbury

This is a six screen Curzon which has undergone a major refurbishment (re-opened in spring 2015) with Sony 4K projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems.

The redesign of Curzon Bloomsbury was completed by architect Takero Shimazaki who acknowledged the influence of filmmakers Peter Greenaway and Andrei Tarkovsky. The new furniture was designed by Eileen Gray.

This cinema, previously called the Renoir, hosts many premieres of Artificial Eye movies.

Russel Square is the nearest tube, and buses 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188 pass nearby.

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