There are no shortage of film festivals for cinema fans to dig into this month. Organisers have had to adapt this year, but its a testament to their ingenuity that so many of our favourite festivals are returning in one form or another.
The BFI London Film Festival is up North properly this year, following last year’s wildly popular satellite screening of Peterloo at HOME. While much of the festival is available online, this time around they are also bringing a selection of brand new titles to HOME, Showroom and Everyman cinemas. Previews of the likes of Francis Lee’s Ammonite and Josephine Decker’s Shirley are amongst a host of exciting films on offer.
Sheffield Doc/Fest continues its hybrid programme, with online streaming offered alongside in-person events. Meanwhile, the local heroes behind Grimmfest have arranged an entirely online festival packed with the kinds of horrors that have made it such a success. Also online, Manchester Animation Festival returns with a programme suitable for families, animation buffs, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike.
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Here are our picks
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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.
Picturehouse at FACT presents a season of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest hits, as they invite audiences to submit to the slick charms and dark obsessions of cinema’s master of suspense.
British filmmaker Yemi Bamiro looks stateside as he surveys the Nike Air Jordan phenomenon.
Join podcaster Esther Lisk-Carew and guests as they discuss representations of race in the new wave of socially conscious black film making, within the horror genre.