Awards season means that cinemas are full of prestigious new dramas and weighty biopics. HOME is our pick of Manchester’s venues for those of you keen to catch up with the big films of the year, and we’ve rounded up the titles into a handy guide for you.
Also this month, film programmers Bigger Than Life present the UK’s first retrospective of the films of emerging queer filmmaker, Stephen Cone. Screening at Manchester Met’s Number 70, Oxford Street, this is your chance to see the work one of American independent cinema’s brightest new talents, on the big screen for the first time.
February also brings Valentine’s Day, and as always, the movies make a perfect date. For those of you looking for something a little more upmarket than the local multiplex, The Village Screen present a weekend’s worth of films in Victoria Baths. Decked out as a candle-lit cinema, the Grade-II listed swimming pool is an impressive place to watch a film, and there’ll be street food and booze to help calm any early-romance jitters.
Here are our picks
Bigger Than Life and Research in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met present the first UK retrospective of the films of American independent film director Stephen Cone, at No. 70, Oxford Road this February. Audiences can expect queer-themed films with a focus on community and sexuality, friendship and spirituality.
When pastor’s son, Henry Gamble (Cole Doman) invites secular friends and members of his close-knit Evangelical community to celebrate his 17th birthday by the family pool.
Inspired by a true story, Mimi Leder’s On The Basis of Sex follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones, A Monster Calls) as she teams up with her husband Marty (Hammer, Free Fire) to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. In the year of the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s appointment to the Supreme Court, the film offers hope and inspiration to a new generation.
Winner of the Jury Award at Cannes, writer-director Nadine Labaki (Caramel) returns with a stunningly realised drama that charts the journey of children on the edges of society who find hope in spite of the challenges of their everyday lives. Featuring a host of astounding performances, this is a powerful and thought-provoking tale of hope.
Rosamund Pike stars as war correspondent Marie Colvin in director Matthew Heineman’s fact-based film that follows Colvin and photojournalist Paul Conroy (Dornan) to the front lines of conflicts around the globe, culminating in a fateful trip to the besieged Syrian city of Homs in 2012.
This screening will be introduced by film historian Peter Krämer. Peter Krämer is the author or editor of ten books, several of which deal with American cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. His latest book, the edited collection The Hollywood Renaissance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), includes a chapter on Barbra Streisand and Funny Girl.
To coincide with month of Valentine’s, Cinema Palestino and Creative Interruptions have curated a programme of three Palestinian films that explore love and desire under conditions of occupation and dispossession.
A queer coming-of-age film set over the course of one hot Chicago summer, the laidback Princess Cyd follows teenager Cydney’s (Jessie Pinnick) extended visit with her novelist aunt, Miranda (Rebecca Spence).
Film curators Bigger Than Life present a 35mm screening of The Seventh Victim with an introduction by Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley of Manchester Met and Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies.