One of the difficulties of film programming lies in finding the balance between looking forwards and looking back. It can be a tricky to manage the mix between highlighting the new, progressive work being done today, and reminding audiences of the joys to be found in the annals of cinema history. Happily, the cinemas of Manchester and the North have struck a delicate balance this month.
Look to Manchester’s Odeon where Grimm Up North have a season featuring some of the best films of transgressive Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg. Meanwhile, over in Liverpool, FACT celebrate Martin Scorsese, with a six-film look at the New Yorker’s rich catalogue of work with muse Robert De Niro. Expect guns, gangsters and psychopaths of all stripes alongside impeccable camerawork, thoughtful critiques and sharp soundtracks.
Operating on a less violent register, is Barry Jenkins’ Oscar stormer Moonlight, which far from being a typical Best Picture winner, is actually a quiet, considered art picture that’s well worth your time. Further ahead, we preview HOME’s annual roundup of the best new Spanish and Latin American filmmaking with the return of the exciting ¡Viva! Festival.
Here are our top 10 picks
Grimm Up North present a season of the films of maverick Canadian auteur David Cronenberg at Manchester Odeon. Expect an intense mix of transgression, transformation, gore and serious ideas spread across four of the director’s best early to mid-period works.
¡Viva! returns with a roundup of the best new Spanish and Latin American filmmaking, including a huge array of UK premieres and filmmaker Q&As from ten different countries – Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
A welcome counter to the traditionally masculine western, Kelly Reichardt’s latest film is an intimate triptych that delves into the lives of three women living in the small towns of the American Northwest. One of the best new films of the year.
Screening as part of Sick! Festival, this thoughtful filmic portrait looks at the fate of a couple who have been living in isolation, without water or electricity, since they refused to leave their homes the the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.
The world premiere of Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson multimedia adaptation of apocalyptic sci-fi novel Last and First Men. Featuring the talents of Tilda Swinton and the BBC Philharmonic.