We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis - and fiction cinema.
The makers of THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA return with THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY. Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey into the heart of ideology – the dreams and beliefs that shape our common practices
England during the Civil War. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler.
O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.
In 2012 a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years. With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, Made Of Stone is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history.
Acclaimed filmmaker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humour and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearsed for their much-anticipated reunion, which culminated in three triumphant homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park in front of 220,000 adoring fans.
A witty and bittersweet cross-generational comedy-drama, LIBERAL ARTS sees writer/director Josh Radnor play Jesse, a 30-something university admissions officer who is jaded in both his career and his personal life. When he is invited to attend the retirement dinner of his favourite professor at his old university, Jesse jumps at the chance to take a trip down memory lane, and over the course of the weekend he meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), a zestful sophomore some 16 years his junior.
While gently poking fun at youth’s obsession with self and significance, LIBERAL ARTS is ultimately an elegy to the raw passions of such halcyon days, perfectly capturing the tension between the untainted ideas of those starting out and the realities and compromises of adult life. Contains moderate sex references.
In 1994 the disappearance of 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay rocked his Texan town to its core. Without any clue to his whereabouts, the ensuing search looked like a lost cause. But his family kept hoping and praying and, more three years later, they got their miracle. Nicholas was found halfway around the world, living on the streets in Spain, leading to the most unlikely and emotional of reunions. But all was not as it seemed. Nicholas looked and sounded decidedly different. Stranger still – why did his family seemingly not notice these glaring inconsistencies? It is only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even more extraordinary turn.
With its jaw-dropping twists and revelations more reminiscent of film noir than documentary, THE IMPOSTER rivals 2010’s CATFISH for pure unscripted thrills, while evoking classic identity thrillers such as THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY.
Director Yves Caumon's elegant character study focuses on reclusive Anne (Kiberlain), who lives alone in a tiny flat in Bordeaux, seemingly cut off from the rest of the world.
Withdrawn, aloof with her co-workers and estranged from her friends, Anne spends her evenings at the cinema or in her flat, apparently resigned to a solitary life. But with the arrival of an uninvited avian houseguest, Anne is forced to question her introverted existence and confront a profound grief that hangs over her.
Driven by Kiberlain’s astonishingly committed, nuanced performance and a subtle filmmaking style that is at once exquisitely minimal and rich in emotion and ambiguity, THE BIRD moves towards a quietly devastating conclusion that is at deeply moving and resolutely optimistic. A must-see for fans of quality art-house cinema.
WITNESS meets ALMOST FAMOUS by way of early Gus Van Sant in this gleefully odd, dazzling coming-of-age tale. The film follows young Mormon virgin Rachel (Garner), who awakens one day to find herself inexplicably pregnant after secretly listening to a forbidden tape of The Nerves’ classic hit Hanging on the Telephone. Facing shame in her community and a forced marriage, Rachel flees and, accompanied by her stern cousin Mr Will (Aiken), hits the road in search of the singer on the tape - the man she is convinced has made her pregnant through music. Lost in Las Vegas, the oddball pair fall in with a bunch of slacker skater punk-rockers led by dreamy lost boy Clyde (Culkin), and are thrown into a very different new world full of music, romance and possibility.
IN CINEMAS - 4 MAY 2012
One of our favourite natural history subjects, the good old dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary. Based on cutting-edge palaeontology and the latest fossil records, DINOTASIA presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs – both familiar faces and some we have only found out about in the past ten years. The film uses CGI to bring the stories to life, but draws on animation’s birth in silent film and early Disney to create proper, traditional visual storytelling. Werner Herzog narrates, reuniting with the team behind GRIZZLY MAN and CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS.
IN CINEMAS - 18 May 2012
THE SOURCE is set in a small village somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East. For as long as anyone can remember, the women of the community have fetched water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. Leila, a young new bride, urges the other women to go on love strike: no more sex until the men run water to the village.
IN CINEMAS - 2 DEC 2011
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW writer-director July returns in typically charming fashion with a contemplative indie gem about confronting the stark realities of adulthood. After weighing up all the pros and cons, thirtysomething couple Sophie (July) and Jason (Linklater) decide to take the next big step in their relationship: they are going to adopt a cat called Paw-Paw. With the big day marked on the calendar, our couple soon begin to fret over the consequences of their commitment. This mog’s going to tie them down; they will be trapped in a round-the-clock routine for years to come. So, in a last-ditch bid to taste freedom, Sophie and Jason quit their jobs, cut off the internet and embark on a journey of self-discovery.