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Clash

Clash
  • 2016
  • 97 min
  • Directed by: Mohamed Diab
  • Cast: Nelly Karim, Hani Adel, El Sebaii Mohamed

Egypt’s Oscar contender is a tense, state-of-the-nation drama. Set in 2013, during the mass protests that toppled the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, rival demonstrators and innocent bystanders are bundled into a police van.

Sun 23 Apr
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Graduation

Graduation
  • 2016
  • Romania / France / Belgium
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
  • Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici

Eliza (Dragus) has been awarded a scholarship to study in the UK, and all she has to do is pass her graduation exams, but on the day of the first session she is attacked, and her father (Titieni) is concerned that it will affect her performance. Masterful, slow-burning drama about compromise and ambition, beautifully acted and unfussily directed.

Sun 23 Apr
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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.

Sun 23 Apr
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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
  • 2016
  • Finland/Sweden/Germany
  • 92 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
  • Written by: Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti
  • Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, John Bosco Jr

Exquisitely crafted, charming and true story about the 1962 world featherweight boxing match between Finnish challenger Olli Mäki (Lahti) and title holder Davey Moore (Bosco Jr). Mäki is the anti-Rocky: disliking the spotlight and the expectations, he just wants to be with his girlfriend Raija (Airola). It’s low on sweat-speckled montages and high on romance.

Sun 23 Apr
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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.

Sun 23 Apr
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Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 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.

Sun 23 Apr

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 23 Apr
Mon 24 Apr
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Wed 26 Apr

Moonlight

Moonlight
  • 2016
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Barry Jenkins
  • Cast: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris

The story of a young black man growing up, struggling with his sexuality and neglected by his drug-addicted mother. Astutely judged and beautifully humane sophomore feature from Jenkins, with sublime work from the three actors playing the main character (Hibbert, Sanders, Rhodes) and fine support from Ali, Harris and Monáe. Terrific.

Sun 23 Apr
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Neruda

Neruda
  • 2016
  • Chile / Argentina / France / Spain / US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pablo Larrain
  • Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro

Chile, 1948: when President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla (Castro) outlaws communism, poet and communist politican Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) has to go into hiding, with cop Oscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) on his trail. Director Pablo Larraín highlights a dark period in Chile's past, using a comical approach to add emphasis to the unsettling nature of the situation, making the film both entertaining and insightful.

Sun 23 Apr
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Nowhere to Hide

  • 2016
  • Norway / Sweden / Iraq
  • 86 min
  • Directed by: Zaradasht Ahmed

Documentary following medic Nori Sharif across five years in war-torn Iraq.

Sun 23 Apr
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A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Terence Davies
  • Written by: Terence Davies
  • Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff

Emily Dickinson (Nixon) is a quick-witted, intelligent woman living in 19th century Amherst, Mass., debating with her Catholic lawyer father (Carradine) and pious aunt (Badland). Compelling portrait of the great American poet, with brilliant work from Ehle as Emily’s younger sister and a barnstorming performance from Nixon, combining wit with vulnerability.

Sun 23 Apr
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Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 152 min
  • Directed by: Angus Jackson
  • Cast: Andrew Woodall, Alex Waldmann, Jon Tarcy, James Corrigan

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Wed 26 Apr

The Salesman

The Salesman (Forushande)
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi

Rana (Alidoosti) and Emad (Hosseini) are forced to abandon their home, but when they stay in another flat, pressure grows on their relationship. Farhadi weaves themes of professional failure and paranoia into a compelling drama about lives at the mercy of malicious forces.

Sun 23 Apr
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Seed

  • 2016
  • US
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Jon Betz / Taggart Siegel

An examination of the impact of industrial agriculture of the world's seed diversity.

Sun 23 Apr
Tue 25 Apr

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.

Sun 23 Apr
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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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