As venues reopen, we look at the best film events available in cinemas, outdoors and in alternative venues, while continuing to champion online cinema either as a supplement, or for those unable to attend physical cinema spaces.
The big news this month is the reopening of HOME, Manchester’s foremost independent cinema. Returning with new safety procedures and spaced seating that go above and beyond expectations, HOME relaunches with a programme that combines new releases with much-loved classics.
Of course the most talked about title currently in cinemas in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, but more intimate titles continue to debut online. Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow is a dark, troubling exercise in existential dread, which sees a Los Angeles community succumb to the contagious belief that they have less than 24 hours to live. Less high concept is Sadaf Foroughi’s debut feature Ava, a thoughtful coming of age film that draws upon the filmmaker’s experiences growing up in Iran.
At YES meanwhile, film fans can book their free tickets to Above the Line’s socially distant pop-up in the Pink Room — this month there’s a focus on animated classics alongside films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan and Hirokazu Kore-eda.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Here are our picks
She Dies Tomorrow, online, Until 31 October 2020, from £9.99 - Book now
Amy Seimetz’s darkly fascinating film follows a group of friends in Los Angeles as they succumb to the contagious belief that they have less than 24 hours to live. Not quite horror, not quite sci-fi, this ominous new drama deserves to be seen.
Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.
Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.
Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.
Journeys Festival International presents a short documentary following an Eritrean pirate radio station.
Manchester Camerata presents a new series of films which fuse music with spoken word to paint intimate portraits of real people from the local community.
Journeys Festival International 2020 presents an exciting online premiere of three newly commissioned animations, exploring pan-European friendship and collaboration, and the shared experience of the refugee situation in Europe.
In this present moment, with its rallying cry for abolition, McQueen’s incredible cast deliver with great assurance a seminal moment in British history that also encapsulates the global Black struggle.
The premiere screening of Solomon’s Stone will be followed by a Q&A with ArtReach’s Film Programmer Reba Martin and actor and filmmaker Ramzi Maqdisi.
Journeys Festival International presents a film broadcast of Avital Raz’s My Jerusalem, accompanied by a documentary of audience reactions to the piece.