The big news this month is Manchester International Festival’s announcement that film director David Lynch will be taking over HOME as part of this year’s festival. The internationally renowned artist and filmmaker behind Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks will bring his trademark blend of dreamy menace to Manchester, with a programme of cinema, music and visual art. Full details are still to be revealed, but we take a closer look in our preview.
HOME have also launched a year-long programme dedicated to Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. In a time of #MeToo and continued underrepresentation across the board, this initiative is welcome indeed, and features a genuinely ambitious programme of films and events sourced from across the globe.
There’s also some notable genre cinema scheduled for the coming weeks too as Grimmfest present a Japenese horror double that takes us back to the turn of the millennium, while the folk over at Yes have come up with a Mother’s Day double bill that deviates from what you might expect.
Here are our picks
This year’s ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival line-up includes 21 new films, including nine new premieres, five director Q&As and seven archive film screenings.
Brace yourself for dark mysteries and wilder dreams as Manchester International Festival invite cult artist and filmmaker David Lynch to take over HOME for a season of cinema, art and music.
For its 25th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.
This April at The Lowry – imitating the dog will bring their bold and original vision to Joseph Conrad’s timely novel, Heart of Darkness.
Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back for its second year, this time featuring more than 50 events and 40 speakers over 15 days.