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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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Black Code

Black Code
  • 2016
  • Canada
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Nick de Pencier

Documentary on the internet's role in free speech, piracy and activism.

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Sat 27 May
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Frantz

Frantz
  • 2016
  • France
  • 113 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner

In a small German town after WW1, Anna (Beer) mourns her fiancé Frantz who was killed, when she meets Frenchman Adrien (Niney), who claims to have been his friend. Touching, mournful and beautifully crafted tale, with a fine performance from Beer as just one of the many impressive elements.

Sat 27 May
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Hafu

  • 2013
  • Japan / Ghana / Mexico
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Megumi Nishikura / Lara Perez Takagi

Documentary on the mixed heritage experience in Japan.

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Wed 31 May

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden
  • 2016
  • Korea
  • 144 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
  • Cast: Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-Hee, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong

Thief Sook-Hee (Tae-ri) is hired to pose as a maid to wealthy heiress Hideko (Min-hee) as part of a con trick, but then maid and heiress discover mutual passion. This loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's Fingersmith is bravura filmmaking, but while the emotion between the two women is vibrant, an extended sex scene is exploitative, and the plot is too convoluted.

Sat 27 May
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The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Jencks
  • Cast: Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Russell Tovey, Emily Berrington

Ted Wallace (Allam) is a failed poet and bitter crtic who is asked by an old friend to investigate miracle cures on a country estate. A half-hearted mixture of Poirot-like sleuthing, Wodehouse-styloe hijinks and slapstick, only partially redeemed by Allam’s ebullient performance as the withering Ted.

Sun 28 May

I Am Not Madame Bovary

I Am Not Madame Bovary
  • 2016
  • China
  • 139 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Xiaogang Feng
  • Cast: Fan Bingbing, Dong Chengpeng, Fan Wei

Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing) and her husband (Li Zonghan) pretend to have divorced so that they can have a dream apartment available only to singles; then he meets someone else. Talk, formal and slow dramedy about a woman’s search for justice, which is engagingly eccentric and, despite the mannerisms, beautiful.

Sat 27 May
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I am Not Your Negro

I am Not Your Negro
  • 2016
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Raoul Peck

Documentary examining race relations in America, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which is told through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King. Director Raoul Peck makes use of Baldwin's writing over archive footage, news clippings and vintage photographs, excellently balancing Samuel L Jackson's narration with relevant imagery to produce a thought-provoking and affecting piece of work.

Mon 29 May

Inversion

Inversion
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 83 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Behnam Behzadi
  • Cast: Sahar Dolatshahi, Alireza Agharkhani, Roya Javidnia

Niloofar (Dolatshahi) is an independent, confident businesswoman who is starting to look for a husband when the Tehran pollution threatens her mother’s health. Downbeat story of familial duty and the limits it places on female autonomy, claustrophobic but with an intense performance from Dolatshahi.

Sat 27 May
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Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower

Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower
  • 2017
  • Directed by: Joe Piscatella

Teenager Joshua Wong took on the power of the Chinese Communist Party with an army of teenage activists to help protect Hong Kong's autonomy.

Sat 27 May
Sun 28 May
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Wed 31 May

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William Oldroyd
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie

Katherine (Pugh) is a young bride shackled to a middle-aged man; when left alone in the grand manor house she begins an affair with a stable-hand (Jarvis) and it all goes downhill. Restrained, compulsively watchable debut feature with a chilling, droll performance from Pugh as the wicked but compelling Katherine.

Sat 27 May
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Letters From Baghdad

Letters From Baghdad
  • 2016
  • US / UK / France
  • 95 min
  • Directed by: Sabine Krayenbühl / Zeva Oelbaum

The story of Gertrude Bell and her influence on Iraq after World War I.

Sun 28 May

The Levelling

The Levelling
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 83 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hope Dickson Leach
  • Written by: Hope Dickson Leach
  • Cast: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Following the death of her brother, veterinary student Clover (Kendrick) returns to her flood-damaged family home and her father (Troughton) in denial, living in a caravan. Sombre, deeply moving Dardenne-ish drama set after the 2014 floods, with fine performances, especially from Kendrick.

Sat 27 May
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Lost in Lebanon

  • 2016
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Georgia Scott/Sophia Scott

The story of the war in Syria, following four Syrians whose life in Lebanon becomes impossible. The film questions what will happen to the 12 million people that have been displaced.

Sat 27 May
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Tue 30 May

Machines

Machines
  • 2016
  • India/Germany/Finland
  • 75 min
  • Directed by: Rahul Jain

With rare access to the guarded world of sweatshops, Rahul Jain brings us into one of the thousands of textile mills in heavily industrialised Sachin, India.

Sat 27 May
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Manhattan

Manhattan
  • 1979
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Written by: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
  • Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne

Woody wanders through the female jungle of New York in search of a perfect soulmate after the demise of his marriage. Sublime comic delight with a soulful Gershwin score.

Sat 27 May
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National Theatre Live: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

National Theatre Live: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Macdonald
  • Written by: Edward Albee
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway, Imogen Poots

Martha and George are a bitter married couple who have a charged relationship, fuelled by their excessive consumption of alcohol. When Martha invites the new professor of the college and his wife for some after-party drinks, the young couple are caught up in Martha and George's games, leading to some devastating truths.

Sat 27 May

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope
  • 2017
  • Finland/Germany
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kousmanen, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen

Syrian asylum-seeker Khaled (Haji) meets travelling salesman-turned-restaurateur Wikström (Kuosmanen), and after an awkward start, a beautiful friendship is born. Kaurismaki is back and at the top of his game, with a melancholy, gorgeous-looking, sometimes screamingly funny exploration of the kindness of strangers. How we’ve missed him.

Sat 27 May
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The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle
  • 2016
  • France / Belgium / Japan
  • 80 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michaël Dudok de Wit
  • Cast: Emmanuel Garijo, Barbara Baretta, Tom Hudson (voices)

A man washes up on a desert island; when he tries to build a raft, it’s destroyed by a mysterious red turtle. Breathtaking debut feature by Dutch writer, director and animator, a stunning, life-affirming tale of man’s relationship with nature, entirely worthy of the Ghibli name (the studio co-produced it.)

Sat 27 May
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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending
  • 2017
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ritesh Batra
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer

Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy old git who’s on good terms with his ex wife (Walter); when he’s bequeathed the diary of an old friend, he is prompted to relive his schooldays. This adaptation of a Julian Barnes novel feels hokey and safe, although it has a nice cast and the scenes between Broadbent and Walter are among the few highlights.

Sat 27 May
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War Machine

War Machine
  • 2017
  • 120 min
  • Directed by: David Michôd
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Topher Grace, Meg Tilly

General Glen McMahon (Pitt as a character based on real-life General Stanley McChrystal) is put in charge of leading US forces in Afghanistan, where he thinks he can fix the unfixable. A sometimes sophisticated critique of US warmongering is badly undermined by Pitt’s mannered performance, part Popeye, part Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds.

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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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