Showroom Cinema – June Preview

[wide]before midnight | Showroom Cinema   June Preview[/wide] It’s my favourite time of the year with Sheffield Doc/Fest coming to town, but there are some other exceptional films on show this month at the Showroom.

Before Midnight

If you asked me what my favourite films are, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset would both be up there. I fell in love with Richard Linklater’s beautiful romantic comedy about an American tourist and a French student falling in love after a chance meeting on a train. He didn’t disappoint with his follow-up 9 years later. Before Midnight follows Celine and Jesse, now with a family, another 9 years on.

“If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I’d want it to be this one. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I’d see it twice.” – Time

” ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset’ and ‘Before Midnight’ are modest, charming movies that together add up to the great romantic epic of a generation defined…” New York Times

The Act of Killing

Medan, Indonesia. When the government was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters to death squad leaders. In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers.

“Almost every frame is astonishing.” – Guardian

“One of this decade’s most important and most harrowing documentaries, The Act of Killing is a shattering take on the nature of evil.” – Twitch

Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley’s first documentary focuses on her parents: Canadian actor and casting director Diane and British-born actor Michael. Like any married couple, they experienced their share of happiness and disappointment. Polley’s riveting investigation becomes an exploration of the role of memory, questioning its ownership and also the veracity of recollection.

“Sarah Polley’s documentary is a startling mixture of private memoir, public inquiry, and conjuring trick.” – New Yorker

“After you see it, you’ll be practically exploding with questions – and with awe.” – Philadelphia Enquirer

Much Ado About Nothing

Whether you love him or hate him you have to admit that Joss Whedon’s work is never boring. This time he takes on Shakespearian comedy with his modern offbeat retelling of the story using the original text. Follow the many perils, pitfalls and joys of love.

“…utterly delightful… utterly successful…. There is something warmly homemade about this film, which is sparkling and skilfully executed but also amiably loose…” – NPR

“…makes the leap to screen in perfect focus…. Whedon stays true to the comic-romantic genre and the play’s silly title, but he doesn’t slight the dark undertones.” – New York Magazine

Journey to Italy – Rosselini’s tale of a bored English couple who travel to Naples to dispose of a deceased uncle’s villa starring George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman.

The Gatekeepers – Documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Paradise: Love – On the beaches of Kenya they’re known as “Sugar Mamas” — European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. A 50 year Austrian woman learns that love is just a business.

Behind the Candelabra – Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted – Soderbergh directs.

Byzantium – Neil Jordan’s unique take on the vampire genre is a tale about 2 women who seek shelter in a seaside hotel.

Populaire – Sweet French romantic comedy about a young woman in the late ‘50s who has to win a national typing competition to fulfil her dream of becoming a secretary.

My Neighbour Totoro – Arguably Miyazaki’s greatest film reaches 25, and is perfect half term magic for any children young or old.

Grave of Fireflies – A strikingly different Ghibli film celebrates 25 years. Take tissues, you’ll need them.

Something in the Air – In the months after the heady weeks of May ’68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning.

Like Someone in Love – In Tokyo, a young prostitute develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

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