Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

One of the great pleasures of cinema is the variety of forms in which greatness can appear. Great cinema seldom comes in the form of the stuffy, awards-baiting dramas that dominate screens during this time of year – although Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea are both well worth seeking out this January. As an alternative to all of those cynically green-lit Oscar candidates stinking up the multiplexes, we’ve tried to highlight some of the more disreputable treasures, and genuinely ambitious pieces of film art that are screening near you in the coming weeks.


Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Film Season: David Cronenberg

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    David Cronenberg Season at ODEON Manchester Printworks, City Centre, 16 February–30 March 2017, from £7.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 2. The Liverpool Kino Kabaret (A Filmmaking Challenge)

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    The Liverpool Kino Kabaret (A Filmmaking Challenge) at Liverpool Small Cinema, Liverpool, 19–21 February 2017, from £15.00 - Book now

    The Kino Kabaret is a filmmaking challenge, with a difference. Participants will be working against the clock, making films non-stop for three days, day and night, before a public screening on Tuesday 21st February.

  • 3. New Release: Moonlight at HOME

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    Moonlight at HOME, Manchester, 10–23 February 2017, from £5.00 - Book now

    Barry Jenkins’ dazzling new film is both a potent, street-level depiction of African American life in a poor Florida neighbourhood and a sensual love story told with grace and feeling.

  • 4. Paul Auster: Man of Cinema at HOME

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    Paul Auster Man of Cinema at HOME, Manchester, 5–19 March 2017, from £5.00 - Find Out More

    Paul Auster has a long association with cinema, as source material, screenwriter and also as a film director in his own right. This March, Home presents an Auster-inspired film season with titles chosen by the novelist himself.

  • 5. Berlin: Zvizdal

    Berlin: Zvizdal at The Lowry, Manchester, 22–23 March 2017, from £12.00 - Book now

    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.

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