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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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Ailey

Ailey
  • 2021
  • 1h 22min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jamila Wignot

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. An immersive profile of ground-breaking and influential choreographer Alvin Ailey, founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sensorial and archival-rich, Ailey captures the brilliant and enigmatic man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, was determined to build one that would.

Mon 24 Jan
Wed 26 Jan

Belfast

Belfast
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe

Semi-autobiographical drama from Kenneth Brannagh, set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles in the 1960s.

Sun 23 Jan
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Boiling Point

Boiling Point
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philip Barantini
  • Written by: Philip Barantini, James Cummings
  • Cast: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham

It's the busiest night of the year at a hot London restaurant. Head Chef Andy Jones (Stephen Graham) has to manage his crew, management, his customers insane demands, a surprise visit from the health inspectors and on-top of all of this, a few personal crises headed his way.

Sun 23 Jan
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Cow

Cow
  • 2021
  • 1h 34min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andrea Arnold

CTBA

"Andrea Arnold (American Honey) takes you on a seemingly simple, yet radical journey, offering an insight into the life of a dairy cow.

This mesmerising documentary gets down and dirty with Luma, a cow on a working dairy farm. Shot with a hand-held camera and at the animal’s eye-level, we stay as close to her as possible. Much like GUNDA (screened in Studio 74 in 2021) there is no voice over just great cinematic flair.

Cow is an immersive experience; from birth, rearing, intensive milking sessions, an all too brief grazing period and, eventually, the inevitable, dreaded end. All captured by Arnold’s deeply empathetic and unwavering gaze. And throughout the film are Luma’s watchful eyes, often looking directly at us. Experiencing the world from Luma’s perspective cannot help but raise questions about our relationship to the natural world and what we take from it.

Contains scenes viewers may find distressing."

Sun 23 Jan
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Thu 27 Jan

Don't Look Up

Don't Look Up
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep

Two astronomers try to warn everyone about a comet which will destroy the planet.

Tue 25 Jan

Drive My Car

Drive My Car
  • 2021
  • 2h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima

(Doraibu mai kâ)
Dir Ryûsuke Hamaguchi/JP 2021/179 mins/Japanese wEng ST

Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima

Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi takes us on an unpredictable and self-revelatory journey in this serene yet riveting drama.

Theatre director Yusuke and his TV screenwriter wife Oto have a special bond as creative partners, sharing a life punctuated by private rituals. This is shattered by a sudden incident and the appearance of Yusuke’s new chauffeur Misaki and Koji, an actor from Oto’s TV series. As the film gradually peels back the unspoken layers of their marriage, parallels form with Yusuke’s ongoing production of Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’. As the title infers, much of the film takes place while driving, with Yusuke’s old red Saab becoming centre stage for the protagonists to reveal their innermost truths. Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe’s immaculate script, though visually austere, keeps us on the edge of our seat throughout, eagerly anticipating the next epiphany. This is an intense and sensorially rich film, sustained by great performances and bold long takes. Thoroughly engrossing across its three-hour duration, Drive My Car shows us how intimate silences can amplify the truth and become part of the intricate evolution of a life story.

Sun 23 Jan
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The Hand of God

The Hand of God
  • 2021
  • Italy
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cast: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert

The coming of age story of Fabietto Schisa (Filippo Scotti), set against the backdrop of Naples in the 1980s.

Mon 24 Jan
Thu 27 Jan

Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza
  • 2021
  • US / Canada
  • 2h 13min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie

Coming-of-age drama set it 1973.

Sun 23 Jan
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The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter
  • 2021
  • US / Greece
  • 2h 1min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley

A beach holiday takes a dark turn as a woman confronts her past.

Sun 23 Jan
Wed 26 Jan

Memoria

Memoria
  • 2021
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Giménez Cacho

A Scottish woman begins to hear strange noises while travelling in Colombia.

Sun 23 Jan
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Memory Box

Memory Box
  • 2021
  • France, Lebanon, Canada, Qatar
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
  • Written by: Fadette Drouard, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
  • Cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier

 

Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980's Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother's tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.

"Profound and moving, beautiful and intricate" The Upcoming

"Richly textured and impressively acted" TotalFilm

"exquisitely crafted … contains compassion, curiosity and joyful invention" Sight & Sound

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Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

  • 2022

Bartlett Sher’s bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy arrives in cinemas on January 29. The Tony Award­–winning director resets the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

Sat 29 Jan

National Theatre Live: Leopoldstadt

National Theatre Live: Leopoldstadt
  • 2020
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Marber
  • Written by: Tom Stoppard

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.

We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.

Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is magnificent’ (Independent) and should not be missed.

Please note that this performance has been filmed live in front of an audience and is not a live broadcast.

Thu 27 Jan

Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers
  • 2021
  • Spain
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

The story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.

Wed 26 Jan

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog
  • 2021
  • UK / Australia / US / Canada / New Zealand
  • 2h 6min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jane Campion
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy

Dir Jane Campion/GB AU US CA NZ 2021/126 mins
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons

Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns to the LFF with a beguilingly dark drama about two wealthy brothers in the America West.

Rancher Phil Burbank (a brooding Benedict Cumberbatch) is an intimidating presence to all but his brother George (Jesse Plemons). The two men run a hugely successful inherited ranch on the edge of a tiny frontier town in the early 1920s. With only the company of the rough cattlehands, George yearns for something a little more refined, while Phil is content with their mutual isolation and craves his brother’s favour and companionship. But when George brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her teenage son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil turns on his most arresting power to torment. Adapting from a novel by Thomas Savage, Campion grips you from the start and expertly ratchets the tension – with Ari Wegner’s cinematography and Jonny Greenwood’ score helping to cast an ominous spell. Often playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways. It’s a pleasure to welcome Campion back to the Festival for what is set to be an unforgettable American Express Gala.

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Torn

Torn
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Max Lowe
  • Written by: Michael Harte
  • Cast: Conrad Anker, Isaac Lowe, Alex Lowe

Documentary centred around the passing of climber Alex Lower and his families journey toward laying him to rest.

Sun 23 Jan
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • 1971
  • US / UK
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Roman Polanski
  • Cast: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis

Polanski's version of the Shakespearean classic is a blood-soaked interpretation, undoubtedly informed by the then-recent murder of his wife and friends by the Manson Family.

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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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