February brings a selection of Valentine’s screenings to suit all tastes. The Village Screen takeover at Victoria Baths is the one for those of you looking to impress. The magnificent Edwardian water palace will be transformed into a pop-up cinema, with first rate street food and drinks. Meanwhile, HOME present a preview screening of Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Set in Brittany, France 1770, Sciamma’s film won the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is both a breathtaking romance and a fascinating dissection of the optics of desire. Finally, if you’re looking for something a little more downbeat, The Talleyrand have a double-bill that is inspired, and a bit bonkers.
Away from V-Day, Grimmfest have an all-day tribute to horror icon Tobe Hooper that is decidedly non-romantic. In Sheffield, celluloid fanatics will want to get over to The Abbeydale Picture House for the Reel Steel Cult Weekender, which features everything from Robocop to Studio Ghibli classics, with a number of films screening from 35mm prints. February is also the culmination of Oscar season, that period when studios release works designed to appeal to Academy voters. We’ve included some of our most anticipated titles below, but for those of you looking to watch the ceremony itself, you’ll want to book for Make A Scene’s special event.
Here are our picks
Greta Gerwig follows the acclaimed Lady Bird with one of our most anticipated titles of the year. Featuring the talents of Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern and Emma Watson, advance word is that this is something special.
Winner of the Palme d’Or, as well as top Golden Globe nominations including best director, foreign-language film and screenplay this special preview screening will be followed by a satellite Q&A with director Bong Joon Ho.
As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon ‘Videodrome’, a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit.
Derek Jarman: PROTEST! is a major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture including many works which have never been seen in public before.
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