Showroom Cinema: April Preview

[wide]this is not a film jafar panahi | Showroom Cinema: April Preview[/wide]April boasts a ludicrously good line-up at the Showroom; with almost every film is a must-see, picking out a selection is incredibly difficult. I may just pitch-up a tent in their roof allotment to save on the travel costs.

This is Not a Film (In film nist)

This will undoubtedly be one of the most important films released this year. Smuggled out of Iran and into France in a cake, Jafar Panahi’s documentary , which was made under house arrest and a film-making embargo in Tehran, follows the day-to-day life of someone living under a constant threat.

“How did Mr. Panahi do this? I’m at a bit of a loss to explain, to tell you the truth, since my job is to review movies, and this, obviously, is something different: a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist.” – New York Times

“…at first appears to be a haphazard visual diary of Panahi’s daily life… But by the time ‘This Is Not a Film’ is over it becomes something quite different, something almost impossible to describe…” – Salon

Damsels in Distress

Walt Stillman, the director of Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco, has kept us waiting 13 years for Damsels in Distress. It’s an offbeat comedy, focussing on three female students who set out to revolutionise their male-dominated university using a plethora of irregular methods.

“…a feel-good, laugh-a-minute confection that combines ‘Heathers’ (there is, in fact, a character named Heather) and ‘Clueless’ with a sizeable helping of ‘Animal House’ and a dash of the 1937 Fred Astaire musical ‘A Damsel in Distress’ alluded to in the title.” – Boston Phoenix

A Cat in Paris (une vie de chat)

In terms of family films this Easter, it was a toss up between this and Aardman’s Pirates!, however the impressionist animation style and often adult sensibilities, make A Cat in Paris the winner. Dino (our feline hero) leads a double life: a family pet by day and the companion of a big-hearted cat burglar by night.

“Funny, heart warming and highly acrobatic, this is a film for cat lovers.” – TVbomb

Le Havre

Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki’s film throws together a young African refugee (Idrissa) with an old bohemian (Marcel Marx) in a bitter-sweet comedy drama set in the titular city. Marx thwarts the authorities at every turn as they try and deport the youngster.

“…[a] story of timely issues and timeless values…. one of the finest films of the year, a comedy of unusual compassion and generosity that can get away with its most fanciful contrivances because its style is so simple and its tone so gentle and forgiving.” – Washington Post


Kevin McDonald was given unprecedented access to the Marley family archives which provides previously unseen footage of the musical legend. Marley celebrates the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley, one of the most iconic musicians of the last century.

“Up there with No Direction Home and The Filth and the Fury, Marley is one of the greatest ever historical music documentaries.” – Digital Spy


Tiny Furniture – Written, directed and starring newcomer Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture is an offbeat indie comedy about a post-graduate trying to find her place in life.

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! – Aardman’s latest animation follows the enthusiastic Pirate Captain as he endeavours to become the pirate of the year.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra’s celebrated novella of love and literature is brought to the screen by quirky director Cristian Jimenez.

Headhunters – An adaptation of Jo Nesbø bestselling thriller from the producers of the Millennium Trilogy.

Into the Abyss – Werner Herzog’s documentary tackles Capital Punishment.

Iron Skies – SPACE NAZIS

Mozart’s Sister – The speculative story of Mozart’s talented older sister as she finds her aspirations thwarted by the sexual and gender politics of the day.

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