Showroom Cinema: October Preview

Like Father, Like Son

Hirokazu Koreeda, the director of such brilliant films as Nobody Knows, Still Walking and After Life, is back with a film which won the Jury Prize at Cannes.  Like Father, Like Son follows a successful businessman who must make a life-changing decision when he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth.

Broken Circle Breakdown

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. They come together over their common love of Bluegrass, but when their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.  Felix Van Groeningen’s film won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant is the new film from Clio Barnard, director of the wonderful documentary about Andrea Dunbar – The Arbor. Expanding on Oscar Wilde’s short story of the same name, she stays close to her roots with this tale of two young boys who become involved in the illegal scrap metal trade. The Selfish Giant follows in the great traditions of British Social Realism mastered by Ken Loach and Shane Meadows.

How I Live Now – Oscar nominated Kevin Macdonald’s tale of a young American girl on holiday in rural England when World War III suddenly breaks out.

Sunshine on Leith – The all-singing and dancing tale of a couple of squaddies who return to their native Leith after serving in Afghanistan.

There are three cracking films on this month to celebrate Black History Month. The Stuart Hall Project and Muscle Shoals were both hits at this year’s Doc/Fest. The former tells the story of one of Britain’s most influential post-colonial left-wing thinkers and the founding figure of contemporary cultural studies. The latter celebrates the founder of FAME Studios, Rick Hall, responsible for some of the most creative and defiant American music.  Nothing But a Man is a uniquely truthful depiction of black life in early 1960s Alabama.

For Those in Peril – Sole survivor of a strange fishing accident, Aaron becomes a scapegoat for the local villagers.

The Wolf Man – An early 1941 incarnation of the werewolf genre with Lon Chaney, Jr. as the eponymous “Wolf Man”.

Le Week-End – A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Starring Jom Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum and Lindsay Duncan.

Captain Phillips – It’s the start of Oscar season, and Tom Hanks gets in early with the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of a US ship by Somali pirates.

Alien – Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic gets the Midnight Marauders treatment. Sit back, have a drink, and forget Prometheus ever happened.

Little Miss Sunshine – The indie favourite gets a welcome screening.

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