Gaspar Noé Presents at FACT

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Gaspar Noé Presents at FACT, City Centre 16 May — 13 June 2022 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

To mark the release of Vortex, the new feature by France-based Argentine provocateur Gaspar Noé, Picturehouse at FACT have invited the director to programme a brand new film season. Gaspar Noé Presents is a personally curated selection of films, each relating to the narrative, formal and collaborative elements of Vortex.

Noé is known for his brand of challenging, extreme cinema, with films such as Irreversible, Enter the Void and Climax combining disturbing moments of sex and violence with phantomasgraphic, hallucinatory imagery. His latest stars master Italian director Dario Argento (in his first starring role) alongside Françoise Lebrun as an elderly couple beset by the terrors of dementia, disease, and the prospect of death.

It’s been touted as something of a departure for Noé, a sobering kind of horror dedicated “to all those whose brains will decompose before their hearts”. As such, the selection of films chosen for the film season at FACT is perhaps more varied than long time fans of the director might expect.


Gaspar Noé Presents starts on Monday 16 May with Dario Argento’s 1970 debut film, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a lurid serial killer flick which would help define the Italian giallo. Staying in Italy, Argento’s film is followed by Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 neorealist masterpiece Umberto D. (Mon 23 May), in which an elderly pensioner, alone except for his dog, strives to make ends meet during the post-war economic recovery of the 1940s.

The remaining films continue to focus on the theme of ageing. Yasujiro Ozu’s iconic 1953 Tokyo Story (Mon 30 May) is a nuanced portrait of an elderly couple ignored by their children, but embraced by their widowed daughter-in-law. While Michael Haneke’s 2012 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Amour (Mon 6 June), takes a bleaker look at a retired couple’s battle with illness.

Noé’s season concludes with one of Hollywood’s most recognisable portraits of ageing, Billy Wilder’s suffocating 1950 Tinseltown noir, Sunset Boulevard on Monday 13 June. Starring Gloria Swanson as former silent cinema siren Norma Desmond, Wilder’s film delves into darkness and decrepitude, for a tragic tale of a forgotten star.

Gaspar Noé Presents at FACT, City Centre 16 May — 13 June 2022 Tickets from £7.00 Book now

Where to go near Gaspar Noé Presents at FACT

City Centre
Café or Coffee Shop
Garden Cafe FACT

FACT Liverpool gets back to its coffee-with-creativity roots thanks to a foliage-full new café.

Food From Nowhere

Food From Nowhere is a weekly vegan cafe held in the basement space of much-loved radical bookshop News From Nowhere. It’s open every Saturday from midday to 5pm.

City Centre
Café or Coffee Shop
Bold Street Coffee

A super cool cafe at the top of Bold Street, Bold Street Coffee in Liverpool serves a range of specialist coffee, cakes and sandwiches.


Much-loved Liverpool restaurant, specialising in forward-thinking small plate dishes.

City Centre
Café or Coffee Shop
LEAF on Bold Street

Keeping Bold Street a hub of creativity, LEAF is more than a tearoom, it’s also a bar and thriving event space with a packed schedule of upcoming happenings.

City Centre
Music venue
Arts Club Liverpool

Based in Liverpool’s old Royal Institute of Arts and Science building, Liverpool Arts Club is a great spot to catch small touring acts.

City Centre
Bar or Pub
The Jacaranda Club

Originally owned by Allan Williams, The Jacaranda was the first home of the Beatles and has been an important part of the Liverpool music scene since 1958.

City Centre
Bar or Pub
The Shipping Forecast

Cooler-than-thou yet immensely comforting, this pub does it all: chilled mornings, lazy afternoons and music-filled nights.

What's on: Cinema

CinemaCheetham Hill
Jewish Culture Club

Meet new people, explore contemporary cultural works and learn about Jewish culture with Jewish Culture Club at Manchester Jewish Museum.

free entry
La Chimera
La Chimera at HOME

Josh O’Connor leads a ramshackle band of grave robbers in Alice Rohrwacher’s stunning new film, La Chimera.

from £7.95
A still from Now, Voyager featuring Charlotte Vale played by Bette Davis.
Now, Voyager at Cottage Road Cinema

Bette Davis stars as a wealthy young woman who escapes her domineering mother in this classic melodrama selected to show as part of Classics at the Cottage this June.

from £7.00

Culture Guides