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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW

The Black Hen

The Black Hen
  • 2015
  • Nepal, France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Min Bahadur Bham
  • Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya

During a temporary cease fire two friends of different caste and social creed (Nepali and Rokaya) travel together from their village in Northern Nepal to find a hen they raised. The young actors are charming and watchable and although extended dream sequences slow down an already weighty narrative, it's a moving portrait of the ravages of war.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet
  • 1986
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean Stockwell

In small-town Middle America, would-be boy detective MacLachlan finds a severed ear on some waste ground. When the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of his own. A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare, B-movie detection and brutal sex to deconstruct our complacent vision of normal society. This is filmmaking of remarkable imagination and skill.

Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq
  • 2015
  • US
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: Teyonah Parris, Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett

Lysistrata (Parris) formulates a plan to end gang war in Chicago by persuading her female cohorts to withhold sex from their boyfriends and husbands. Bold and passionate hip-hop musical, exploding with energy, slick rhymes and heady ideas. Lee's contempt for wilful ignorance and political corruption explodes through the characters.

Thu 8 Dec
Sat 10 Dec

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

  • 15

An assemblage of conversations with and live footage of Frank Zappa; the results are surprisingly open and erudite, with Zappa coming across as remarkably straightforward. Schütte gives Zappa a free pass on his more questionable sentiments about women and homosexuality, but this is a valuable and permanent record of the man himself, even if his music is too diverse to be covered in detail.

Thu 8 Dec

Forever Pure

Forever Pure
  • 2016
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: Maya Zinshtein
  • Written by: Maya Zinshtein

A documentary about Israeli football team Beitar Jerusalem FC and the racist campaign as a result of their decision to sign two Muslim players.

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Fri 9 Dec

Francofonia

Francofonia
  • 2015
  • 88 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Written by: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth

A meditation on the most iconic of museums: the Louvre. Sokurov's roving camera, restless ghosts and emphasis on history as being alive and kicking evokes his masterpiece Russian Ark but the focus on the Louvre gives it unique character. A true conversation with the past.

Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

Gimme Danger

Gimme Danger
  • 2016
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, James Williamson

Affectionate if ramshackle tribute to Iggy and the Stooges, the Michigan-spawned outfit Jarmusch believes to be the greatest rock & roll band ever. There are plenty of anecdotes about the band's use of narcotics, etc., but the real star is the music.

Thu 8 Dec

Homo Sapiens

  • 2016
  • Switzerland / Germany / Austria
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Documentary charting forgotten places and buildings that have been abandoned.

Sun 11 Dec

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty and unfairness – is sadly more relevant than ever.

Thu 8 Dec
Sat 10 Dec

Life, Animated

Life, Animated
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
  • Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind,

At the age of three, Owen Suskind was diagnosed with severe autism and stopped talking. His parents finally realised that his passion for Disney animated movies gave him a way of communicating. Williams doesn't shy away from complex issues such as the limitations of interacting with the world via Disney, but incredibly, as Owen gradually learns to negotiate once impossible-seeming challenges.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec

Magnus

Magnus
  • 2016
  • Norway
  • 78 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Benjamin Ree

Documentary about child chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen.

Sun 11 Dec

Metropolitan Opera: L'amour De Loin

  • 2017

Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (Love From Afar), has its Met premiere this season. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Sat 10 Dec

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Ford
  • Written by: Tom Ford, Austin Wright
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan (Adams) is a successful but bored LA gallery owner who is sent the manuscript of a book by her ex Edward (Gyllenhall), the titular Nocturnal Animals, which we see unfolding along with Susan's story. Ambitious, ravishingly shot tale exploring the engrossing impact of fiction; tense, intriguing and strange.

Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

Paterson

Paterson
  • 2016
  • US/Germany
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. who lives with his partner Laura (Farahani). Jarmusch's latest film is an off-kilter ode to prose and poetry and a tribute to the titular city, presenting a unique and intricately crafted world.

Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

Starless Dreams

  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 76 min
  • Directed by: Mehrdad Oskouei

Documentary about teenage girls ordered to Iran's Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre.

Thu 8 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec

The Unknown Girl

  • 2016
  • Belgium
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardienne
  • Cast: Adèle Haenel, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Jenny (Haenel) is a brisk, kindly GP beloved of her patients. After a rare moment of carelessness, she is compelled to investigate the death of a young black woman. Haenel is compelling, and the story has plenty of resonance, but the surprisingly conventional narrative doesn't quite add up and it's worthy rather than inspired.

Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
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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