Showroom Cinema: July Preview

[wide]BLANCANIEVES Sinopsis copy1 | Showroom Cinema: July Preview[/wide] July sees Showcomotion come to the Showroom. The highlight is a screening of the new Studio Ghibli film From Up On a Poppy Hill. A full preview of the festival is here:

It’s also a fascinating month of film.


The Artists proved a huge hit, and proved there was still a market for silent films. Blancanieves is a skewed take on the Snow White fable, set in 1920s Seville and focussing on a female matador. It’s a homage to silent film, a remarkable feat of imagination and a visual treat.

“This gorgeous silent film is an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema.” –

“A sensual and sophisticated retelling of a beloved fairytale re-imagined as a homage to European silent cinema, Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger’s black-and-white Blancanieves will leave you transfixed.” – Toronto Star

Frances Ha

Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale) is back with an offbeat leftfield take on modern life in New York. Indie heroine Greta Gerwig plays Frances, a girl mired in contradictions who throws herself in everything despite the disappointing results.

“Occasionally inspired, frequently charming and always watchable.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“The film may be small, but it’s really good.” – Chicago Tribune

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

A new documentary from the acclaimed director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets.. details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

“A sprawling, ambitious, major work — a gripping exploration of power, personality, technology and the crushing weight that can come to bear on those who find themselves in its combined path.” – LA Times

Other films worth catching

Wadja -Wadja is a young girl growing up in Saudi Arabia and struggling with cultural conventions.

Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer – Following the trial of the highly publicised court case in Russia, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer focuses on the defendants and the Russian judicial process.

The Bling Ring – group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Breathe In – From the director of Like Crazy, and starring Felicity Jones again, a story of a foreign exchange student in New York, who alters the perceptions and relationships of the family she is living with.

The Wall – A contemporary female Robinson Crusoe story, based on Marlen Haushofer’s best-selling novel of the 1960s, the film is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival.

Paradise: Faith – The second film in the “Paradise” trilogy, “Faith” delves into the world of the ultra-religious, focussing on what it means to have unconditioned belief.

Easy Money – An atmospheric Swedish crime thriller about student hard up student, JW, who lives a double life within the wealthy Stockholm elite. He falls in love with an upper class girl and is soon lured into a world of crime in order to maintain his duplicitous lifestyle.

Speaking of Scandinavian crime drama, the Showroom has a short season of films. All three are good: The King of Devil’s Island, Jar City & False Trail.

The Deep – Based on a true story, The Deep tells of the crew of a fishing boat that capsizes in treacherous seas. Its crew is quickly lost except for one man, Gulli, alone and adrift in the pitch blackness, miles from shore, he attempts the impossible and tries swimming to safety

Mario Bava Season – Cult Tuesdays will be bringing you a selection of Mario Bava’s best films throughout July.

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