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Tolstoy once wrote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. This collection of films doesn’t always deal with unhappy families – although like in life, not all characters are happy at the same time - but rather it looks at the peaks and troughs of any personal relationships, which do not always run smoothly. Showcasing somewhat unconventional families, some desperately trying to overcome obstacles, some with huge secrets, this collection presents some of the best films about family life and all the baggage that comes with being a part of one.
Louis Malle is one of the greatest French directors. Never recognised officially as a member of the French New Wave, Louis Malle’s feature career began at the same time and with a similar level of exuberance. After co-directing the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Silent World' with Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle made his debut with the Miles Davis-scored 'Lift to the Scaffold'. An electric jolt of a thriller, it made a star of Jeanne Moreau, who also appeared in the director’s second film 'The Lovers' which caused major controversy because of the film's sexual nature. Malle caught the craziness of the 1960s with the delightful 'Zazie dans le Metro' and made one of his most intense films of that decade with 'The Fire Within'. Over the next 30 years, he produced an eclectic body of work that spanned youth angst and the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s ('Black Moon'), social drama ('Milou en Mai') and a frequently hilarious deconstruction of the art of drama ('My Dinner with Andre'). Above all, Malle is likely to be best remembered for two of the most powerful films about occupied France. 'Lacombe, Lucien' was shocking in its time for the way it challenged assumptions about the role of the Resistance during the Second World War. While the semi-autobiographical 'Au Revoir les Enfants' is a moving tale of two boys’ – one Jewish, the other gentile – experiences under Nazi rule. This collection is the perfect place to begin a journey into this extraordinary director’s work.
Take a summer holiday with Curzon Home Cinema. From a weekend break in Paris and a fraught road trip through Tuscany to busman's holidays in Florida and an American theme park, and mysterious journeys into the heart of the Amazon, Sahara and a Philippines jungle, these films follow their characters on trips away from home, often with surprising results. What they all share, from an anonymous American hotel to the Cornish and French coastline, are stunning portraits of their worlds – visually dazzling escapes.
When it comes to sex, nothing is conventional... Let us take you on a journey to the more explicit side of intimacy. Sure, there's more than a little romance here, but in their portrayal of unbridled desire these films pull no punches. Danger lurks around the corner, but lust can be all consuming. Just be careful who you watch these with. Most importantly, turn down the lights, sit back and 'chill'.
Fancy taking the ride of your life? What makes a good thriller? The fear of being immersed in an all-too-believable situation or a world that only exists in our nightmares? To celebrate the release of Cate Shortland's taut 'Berlin Syndrome', we have curated a selection of some of the finest thrillers. They include classics both old ('Lift to the Scaffold', featuring Jeanne Moreau and a timeless score by Miles Davis) and modern (Park Chan Wook's ('The Handmaiden') 'Old Boy'). There's something of the surreal in director Denis Villeneuve's ('Arrival') 'Enemy' and more than a pinch of the baroque in Nicolas Winding Refn's ('Drive') 'Only God Forgives'. Meanwhile, Jeremy Saulnier offers up terrifying visions of rural America in 'Blue Ruin' and 'Green Room'. And if perceptions of reality are warped in 'Disorder', 'The Gift' and 'The Girl on the Train', 'Stranger by the Lake' suggests that the cat isn't the only thing at risk when our curiosity is piqued. Finally, if you like your thrills in realtime, 'Victoria' takes you on a nighttime journey through the streets of Berlin – proving that 'chilling out' in the German capital can also have a sinister meaning.
To all new customers, welcome to Curzon Home Cinema! We're really pleased that you've taken the time to register, so we'd like to offer you your first film for free. This curated selection of films showcases what we're all about and we're confident you'll enjoy what we have to offer. Choose a film from this collection and then apply the voucher code linked to your welcome email to enjoy a film for free. For more info please visit: welcome.curzonhomecinema.com
The New Black Film Collective is pleased to be partnering with Curzon Home Cinema in delving into titles from around the African Diaspora. The selection reflects the variety and complexity of the black experience but also demonstrates the common humanity that should unite us rather than divide, especially in these politically uncertain times. We take a historic journey from an Oscar-winning dramatisation of bonded oppression in '12 Years A Slave' to the present day premature death of a young black man by police that has sparked the rise of Black Lives Matter in 'Fruitvale Station'. Different flavours of Africa are beautifully and touchingly brought to screen through 'Timbuktu' and 'B is for Boy'. We are also blessed with the home grown 'fish out of water' tale of 'Gone Too Far', written and directed by British Nigerian women, which is in itself, a major leap forward for authentic storytelling, and a standout aspect of this collection. Whether it's a documentary on romance or a bio-pic on the godfather of soul, these titles will bust through the stereotypes to honour the familiar everyday lives of black people.
A special selection of brave, fearless tales from some of the LGBT community's best loved, funniest and most provocative filmmakers. This collection explores the blood, sweat and substance of modern gay life, as well as looking back at the weirdos and outcasts who fought fabulously for the freedom that queer people, and queer cinema, enjoy today. Exclusively curated by Peccadillo Pictures.
Cult Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is internationally-renowned for his distinctively spare yet heartfelt character studies of society’s underdogs. Characterised by their sardonic and humanist power, this collection seeks to celebrate the deadpan, ironic and idiosyncratic works that have established Kaurismäki as one of contemporary European cinema’s most accomplished directors.
This collection of films focuses on filmmakers who have used cinema as a vehicle to criticise, satirise and give voice to an otherwise under-represented concern, and on the individuals who play vital role in effecting change. Often challenging the motivations of certain establishments comes at great personal risk, and here we pay homage to the enduring spirit of activism and the powerful role cinema plays in reaching audiences.
British cinema has never been so exciting. Gone are the days when audiences could only expect to see country houses or council estates in a British film. A new age of filmmakers, writers and actors around the country and from all walks of life have made British cinema more vibrant and diverse than it's ever been. Whether you're after a western that opens in the Scottish Highlands (from debut Scottish director John Maclean), a comedy set on the welsh border (directed by Jamie Adams and featuring Alice Lowe), a family drama located in the heart of the fens (from newcomer Martin Radich), an unsettling account of life in a 1960s girls' school (directed by Carol Morley and featuring Maisie Williams), or even a British-produced chiller set in a 1980s Iranian apartment block (from extraordinary debut director Babak Anvari), this new generation of filmmakers crosses genres and styles as they reveal the full spectrum of life in Britain...and beyond.
From established auteurs to exciting up-and-comers, this collection showcases the boundary-pushing films made by cinema’s most talented women. With a variety of themes, a plethora of complex characters, and an assortment of technically outstanding cinematographic techniques, these female directors will rekindle your love for great on-screen stories. It's important to note that these are only a handful of the compelling films we have to offer from women directors in the Curzon Home Cinema catalogue.
Whether it's Iran or Australia, Hungary, Taiwan or the US, the special and distinctive relationships between fathers and daughters are explored on film in a myriad of ways. It can be the basis for examining the complexities of an Australian family – via the Swedish source of an Ibsen play – in 'The Daughter', or seeing a father attempting to regain his status within the family unit in the biting satire 'Force Majeure'. We discover a father and daughter bond through the love of a dog in the extraordinary 'White God', while in 'Me and Me Dad', a daughter reflects on her father and filmmaker John Boorman. Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Faradi looks at the role of the father in both Tehran and France in 'A Separation' and 'The Past' respectively, while in Ang Lee's majestic 'Eat Drink Man Woman' an ageing patriarch has to cope with a rapidly changing world and the shift in values held dear by his three, very different daughters. And if 'The Brand New Testament' takes this relationship into previously uncharted celestial spheres, Forest Whittaker's replacement guardian in Jim Jarmusch's hugely entertaining 'Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai' shows that you don't have to be biologically related to be the perfect father figure.
Since their international breakthrough with 'Rosetta' (1999), Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have cemented their position as chroniclers of the dispossessed. With each riveting, heartfelt drama, they have created tenacious female characters willing to fight their cause and defend their way of life. This selection of films picks from the best of the Dardenne's work, but also champions films by other directors whose focus on unflinching and dedicated female protagonists makes for compelling cinema. Whether its Jennifer Lawrence's breakthrough role in 'Winter's Bone' (2010), Emily Blunt hunting down drug smugglers in 'Sicario' (2015), a housekeeper driven to crime in Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Elena' (2011) or Agnès Varda's distraught heroine facing up to reality in the classic 'Cléo from 5 to 7' (1962) - these films all offer us fierce and determined female characters who are all completely committed to their own unique missions, whether self-assigned or bestowed upon them.
Since Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' showed that documentary could compete with blockbusters, a rich array of documentary films have passed across our screens. We've picked a selection of the very best that entertain, provoke and open a window on worlds far and near. From mountaintops to high-wire acts, a life in photographs to the fashion bible, the thrill of the stage to the various stages of religious induction and corrupt cops to soldiers on the edge, this selection offers some of the best documentary features from around the world.
Many biographies have been given a filmic adaptation, and whether the subject is famous and adored or notorious and vilified, here we select the standout biopics that really put the audience in the time and place of the historical figure. Some may draw on historical accuracy whilst others revert to hyperbolic fictionalisation, this collection highlights the narrative variety of how to re-tell a person’s life story on screen.
We’ve gathered a selection of outstanding masterpieces that have won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival over the past few decades, considered by many cinephiles as the world’s most prestigious filmmaking award.
Iran has produced a wealth of extraordinary films, often in the most restrictive circumstances. If 'Taxi Tehran' and 'Closed Curtain' director Jafar Panahi's much publicised incarceration highlights the threat many Iranian filmmakers work under, the 26-year journey 'The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood' had in reaching our screens shows the resilience of these filmmakers in fighting for their work to be seen around the world. This selection features those films as well as Oscar winners 'A Separation' and 'The Salesman', BAFTA winner 'Under the Shadow' and the Cannes-winning 'Taste of Cherry'. Along with 'Sonita' and 'Women Without Men', this is the best of world cinema and an insight into a world that is more complex and diverse in thought and belief than most mainstream media would have us believe.
This collection of films all feature stories that candidly and beautifully explore the complexities of what it means to fall into or be in love with another person. From one night stands to life long partnerships, from the unrequited and unobtainable, to those who are obviously made for each other.
We're highlighting vibrant cinematic characters and stories whose sheer energy bring dazzling colour to the monochrome imagery they're shot in. Though black and white film harks back to the early days of cinema, it's never completely gone away, often used as a stylistic choice in contemporary features that aligns them with the classics. Join the vivacious female protagonist in 'Frances Ha', a hypnotic Amazonian shaman in 'Embrace of the Serpent', and the captivating 'Ida' in this eclectic monochrome mix.
To celebrate sixty years of the Foreign Language Oscar award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and Curzon are partnering to present a selection of films that have won the prestigious award. If our cinemas programme, showing in Soho and Bloomsbury from 14 May - 2nd July, leaves you wanting to explore even more award-winning titles, you can also enjoy Curzon Home Cinema's complementary programme from the comfort of your own home.
Born in The Bronx, New York in 1935, Woody Allen's career as an actor, comedian, filmmaker and playwright spans more than 50 years. This Collection dips into a period of Allen's filmmaking career in the late nineties as well as a must see documentary giving a comprehensive portrait of Allen's astonishing life and work.
The best years of your life. That's how school is described. But does it differ in other countries? This selection of films presents school life from the perspective of pupils, parents and teachers around the world. Whether its the pangs of puberty in 'Gregory's Girl', 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' and 'Sing Street', understanding the importance of friendship in 'Little Men' and 'The Selfish Giant' or the day-to-day challenges of teaching in 'The Class', 'Happy-Go-Lucky' and 'The Lesson', these films highlight the thrill and the universal experience of life at school.
“When I’m faced with an extensive list of films, most of them seen many years ago, I discover that the ones that stay with me are those that aroused in me the most powerful emotions (positive or negative), the films that deeply moved me, or unsettled me, changed me, disturbed me. I believe in cinema as a form of catharsis, a sensorial physical experience which brings us back to life, to the madness and beauty of feeling alive.” - Katell Quillévéré
"Like all art, cinema is at its best not only when it entertains and inspires, but also when it provokes. This is a list of films that, for me, do all of those things brilliantly, albeit in their own singular way. As an actor, I am naturally drawn to films that employ performance as their primary engine, but I also love cinema whose focus is sometimes more abstract or distant – metaphysical even. Empathy on the part of the filmmaker is key to the power of these films. The people who have made them seem to be unified in their awe both at and of the world – its endless facets, faces, challenges and mysteries. These films are great expressions of how to love, how to laugh and how to live. But also asking how we can be better at all of those things. I hope they inspire you in the way they have me." - Harry Macqueen
Retribution has motivated characters in stories since people first started telling them, and in turn is a finely honed cinematic genre. This collection of films are all testament that this genre can still be fresh and intriguing and whatever guise revenge comes in, it really is a dish best served cold.
A filmmaker whose strong visual style is as bold as is his engagement with society past and present, Pablo Larraín has rapidly risen to the top rank of world cinema. After attracting acclaim for his 2005 debut ‘Fuga’ - new to and only on Curzon Home Cinema - about a classical composer driven to madness, ‘Tony Manero’ skilfully explored contemporary Chile life through the eyes of a man obsessed with John Travolta’s anti-hero from ‘Saturday Night Fever’, even down to his wearing that flared white suit. If his subsequent ‘Post-Mortem’ presented an intimate account of the 1973 coup that brought Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to power, the Oscar-nominated ‘No’ detailed the movement that led to his being democratically deposed. Like all of his work, ‘No’ balanced drama with a satirical edge, shifting seamlessly between docudrama and outright farce. ‘The Club’, an account of what might happen to disgraced priests when they are removed from their diocese, is arguably Larraín’s most fully realised film to date – a searing indictment of corruption in the Catholic church and an extraordinarily beautiful drama. It as shot on the Southern Chile coastline, which exudes an eerie uneasiness. Returning once again to history, Larraín’s most recent films explore a more personal side to history. Shot back-to-back, ‘Jackie’ gives us a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy’s coming to terms with her husband’s death and the wholesale upheaval of her world in the days following JFK’s assassination, while ‘Neruda’ is a playful exploration of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet’s escape from his country in the 1940s. Both films excel at imagining the interior lives of their characters – flawed human beings made immortal by the trappings of fame. As well as directing films, Larraín has producing credits on 'Nasty Baby' and 'Gloria'.
Historically, Cinema has often done a poor job of portraying both the lives and characters of older people in an accurate and interesting way, often slipping into clichés. These films, however, are some of the exceptions; telling stories in which their central characters are often adventurous, energetic, strong, funny and, importantly, completely central to the narrative. As these films show, growing old can be as novel and perplexing as growing up, and equally as entertaining.
The inimitable French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than a hundred films over the past four decades, honing an unparalleled talent. As well as gathering numerous accolades including a BAFTA and Best Actress Awards in Cannes, she has worked with an astonishing array of directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke, and Claire Denis. Huppert has a unique flair for bringing to life complex, interesting, and three-dimensional women characters. Her onscreen intensity and strength have firmly cemented her as one of the most beguiling actors of her generation.
To celebrate the release of the gripping and formidably intelligent 'Graduation', we're joined by guest curator and revered auteur Cristian Mungiu, who's picked his favourite films from the Curzon Home Cinema catalogue in this exclusive collection. Discover some of his favourite moments in cinema history, as well whom he considers among the greatest filmmakers working today . . .
Pedro Almodóvar may be the first filmmaker people think of when asked about Spanish cinema. But his is just one rich and colourful voice across a wide landscape of films that encompass every genre, balance mainstream and arthouse, run the gamut from heated passions to cool emotions, and entertain, engage and thrill. From the Spanish mainland to Central and South America, Spanish-language films have dominated cinema since the introduction of sound. (Even before it – many silent Spanish films outdid their Hollywood competitors in the 1920s). We've gathered a collection of some of the finest contemporary Spanish-language dramas, thrillers and documentaries here to show just how exciting this cinema is.
Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky is spoken of in the same sentence as Bergman, Antonioni and Dreyer. To Lars Von Trier, he is simply a God. For many others, he is cinema’s poet laureate – a filmmaker whose work transcends categorisation. He explored the essence of our being and grappled with the meaning of existence. His body of work is slim – just seven features - but they are key films in cinematic history. Now restored, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky are a must-see for anyone with an interest in cinema.
It's not always what we learn in class that defines who we become. Although all the films in this curated collection feature scenes in the schoolroom, it's often what happens outside – even the other side of a classroom door – that forges who we are. And not just students – teachers and parents too. From the turbulence of inner-city life, and more sedate but no less incendiary country schools, to dealing with the challenges that are unique to each student, these films are unique, provocative, sometimes funny and always enlightening.
For three decades, maverick indie auteur Jim Jarmusch has cut his own path across American cinema. It includes his debut 'Permanent Vacation' – all verve and punk attitude. 'Stranger Than Paradise', 'Down By Law' and 'Mystery Train' are classic Jarmusch road movies, replete with his trademark deadpan humour. Then there are the inspired offbeat projects: 'Night on Earth' which features hilarious stories of taxi drivers around the world; the perfect collision of Mafioso, Gangstas and a samurai-inspired hitman in 'Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai'; the neo-Western masterpiece 'Dead Man', and a unique take on the vampire genre with 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. The documentary 'Gimme Danger' finds Jarmusch rhapsodising over his own heroes, the Stooges. And if you want to see an appearance by the great man himself, we've included Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki's cult classic 'Leningrad Cowboys Go America'.
Ever the hotbed for innovative and uncompromising film making, we celebrate the independent spirit of American Cinema with this eclectic selection of films.
Dance has always featured on the Cinema screen, from Hollywood to the Avant Garde. This selection of films all demonstrate how pertinently it has been used by filmmakers to express an array of emotions and narratives. From Wender's moving homage of the late Pina Bauch, to Dario Argento's portrayal of a terrifying ballet school in cult classic 'Suspiria', these films all pay tribute to movement in some form, and to those who dedicate their lives to performing it.
This collection of films celebrate the darker side of the fairy tale. From Dickens & Bram Stoker to distinctly more modern-day twisted tales, these atmospheric films range from the surreal to the spine tingling.
Although Love - falling into and out of - is a Cinema staple, Marriage often doesn’t feature until just before the credits role. These films are some of the exceptions and although dramatically different in their portrayal of married life they all address head-on the wonderful complexities of sharing your life with another person. Like all great storytelling what is seemingly one thing at the start is, by the end, something else entirely.
Lurking in the shadows of mainstream cinema, this collection of films have acquired fame and influence thanks to their ultra-committed cinephile followers, revelling in their genre-bending, boundary-pushing and explicit content. Whether you are eager to experience the thrill of watching a long-lost favourite or making your first underground discovery, you’ll experience the same strange and wonderful feeling after hitting the play button.
To celebrate the release of his dazzling 6th feature 'It's Only the End of the World', we're joined by guest curator and prodigious Québécois auteur Xavier Dolan who's picked his favourite films exclusively for Curzon Home Cinema. "I have a lot of admiration for films that know how to tell stories and tell them right without huge detours into showing how good the director is. The more I tell stories and make films myself, the closer I try to get to that style where story is really at the centre of everything. No idea is more powerful than the idea of storytelling." - Xavier Dolan
With Xavier Dolan's 6th film, 'It's Only The End of the World' now in cinemas and exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema, we look back at the director's oeuvre to date. To see such a strong body of internationally-acclaimed and award-winning films from a filmmaker as young as Québécois auteur and actor Xavier Dolan certainly carves him out as a bold and unique talent. His provocative, daring, emotionally-raw and visually-striking films pose fundamental questions about sexual identity, the boundaries of love, and the obsessive nature of desire.
Ken Loach’s films shine a light on injustice and exhibit a profoundly humane need to highlight the plight of the downtrodden. Over more than 50 years, he’s won a loyal following amongst audiences and critics, winning his second Palme d’Or for ‘I, Daniel Blake’ at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. To celebrate him, we’ve curated a collection of films that echo the spirit of Ken Loach’s wide-ranging filmography. His engagement with the past can be found in ‘Lore’ and Joseph Losey’s ‘King & Country’, as well as recent Oscar-nominee ‘Tangerines’. The plight of those under the yolk of fascism, such as ‘Land and Freedom’ and ‘Carla’s Song’ is echoed in the devastating ‘Timbuktu’ as well as in ‘Wadjda’. Loach’s empathy for his characters, often disadvantaged but always resilient, is present in ‘Gloria’ and ‘Las Acacias’, while ‘Sacro Gra’ and ‘London Road’ remind us that injustice should never be accepted. But alongside these important themes, films like ‘Looking for Eric’ revealed the rich vein of humour in the director’s work, represented here by the delightful and utterly British ‘Gregory’s Girl’.
This selection of films all take unique perspectives on the process of filmmaking and most compellingly give an insight into the people who make them.
The director of 'Love and Friendship' (2016), 'Metropolitan' (1990) 'Barcelona' (1994) and 'The Last Days of Disco' (1998) has handpicked an exclusive collection of his favourite films for Curzon Home Cinema. "The Curzon Home Cinema catalog is impressive - in fact, intimidatingly so - but one could also add that it is not, precisely, a "barrel of laughs". Here is my list of what I would consider the less 'daunting' titles." - Whit Stillman
You may have heard that the iconic independent cinema on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue - Curzon Soho - is under threat. The site has recently been declared a 'surface of interest' by Transport for London, meaning that the much-loved cinema could be demolished to make way for Crossrail 2. Fortunately the Save Curzon Soho campaign (part of the wider campaign to Save Soho http://savesoho.com/), set up to lobby against the demolition plans, is gaining momentum – the petition has so far been signed 39,000 times. You can add to this number here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-curzon-soho In the spirit of Save Curzon Soho, we look back at some of the most popular films to be screened over the years at the cinema - an important cultural hub in the history of the Soho community and beyond. These films are synonymous with the Curzon Soho programme, one that is renowned for championing the best of Independent cinema by some of the most exciting directors both past and present. “Curzon Soho is a rare gem in the heart of London, showcasing the best in independent and world cinema” - Benedict Cumberbatch, founder member of the Save Soho campaign group.
"My early 90s equivalent of film school was the Scala cinema, Alex Cox's Moviedrome on BBC2 and Artificial Eye VHS tapes. Films by Robert Bresson, Satyajit Ray, Yasujirō Ozu and Andrei Tarkovsky were what made me associate Artificial Eye with personal, visionary and uncompromising cinema. The catalogue has grown significantly over the years with an emphasis on finding enduring films from all corners of the world. These are just a few of my favourites." - Peter Strickland
"These twelve films all have one thing in common: each is a film in which the filmmaker never fully disappears. And for me, this is what makes this eclectic mix exciting to share. You know that from the first frame of each film you’re in the hands of an artist with perspective and vision, and a deeply personal and expressive command of cinema. These movies succeed in making the argument that auteur cinema is alive and well in contemporary times – as should be the case – because what emerges are singular films with an extraordinary and resonant impact. For me, however, the best art films are not about the director – style doesn’t overwhelm the importance of content – but are movies in which our most human struggles are given deep respect and attention. These are art films because they teach us something about ourselves, through the powerful use of the medium. These are films which have become a part of my memory, and of life’s deepest experiences." - Ira Sachs
Identity plays such an important role in our lives, defining who we are. Sometimes it's not so straightforward, or society's rules aren't flexible enough to accommodate the nuances of each and every person. In the case of 'Stranger by the Lake', knowing who someone is can be dangerous or with 'Goodnight Mommy' the past is such a blur that the present isn't what we think it is. 'Author: The JT Leroy Story' is an exploration of a real-life case of forged identities, while 'Tomboy' hints at a desire to be something else. Each of these films finds characters challenged, wary, and excited by identity. And like us all, they're unique in their own way.
In his writing, John Hull always sought to bring blind and sighted people closer together. In the spirit of John’s work, ‘Notes on Blindness’ aims to be an inclusive and rewarding experience for all audiences. The 'Notes on Blindness collection' houses the original version of the acclaimed documentary, as well as two audio-described versions - one performed by actor and well-known voice over artist Steve Mangan - and an enhanced soundtrack version of the film for the blind and partially sighted. The audio-described versions use a spoken description to relate what's happening outside of the dialogue. The enhanced soundtrack version uses more original narration from John and Marilyn to tell the story, along with extra sound design and music. It’s a version that evokes the action, rather providing a literal description.
Born in Buenos Aires, acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero initially attracted acclaim with his riveting, Neorealist-inspired feature debut 'Crane World' (1999). His emergence coincided with the rise of the ‘Argentinian New Wave’ alongside Lucretia Martel ('The Holy Girl', 'The Headless Woman') and Lisandro Alonso ('Liverpool', 'Jauja'). His status as a filmmaker of world-renowned cinema was cemented with ‘Lion’s Den’ (2008), which was nominated for a Palme d’Or. He followed it with ’Carancho’ (2010) and ‘White Elephant’ (2012), ambitious projects that balance the attraction of genre – most notably the thriller – with powerful social criticism. ‘The Clan’, which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice 2015, went onto break Box Office records on its opening weekend in Argentina. In the exploration of Argentine life, Trapero's films reveal a country divided, with characters limited in their ability to overcome larger forces at play. In exploring issues on an ever-growing canvas, Trapero skillfully enmeshes his social critique with penetrating character study and acerbic satire, yet never relinquishing hope in the ability of individuals to make a difference, no matter how small.
These films portray invaluable moments of childhood - from seeing the world with wide-eyes to having the guts to challenge the rules imposed by adults. Here we see children embodying their characteristic naïveté, but also as complex beings who embrace or rebel against the uncertainties of youth - tackling challenging themes such as friendship, love, war and politics as a preamble to their onward journey towards adulthood.
A presence at film festivals over the course of its lengthy existence, Curzon Artificial Eye has championed films that have attracted acclaim and reaped the rewards of prizes handed out by juries, as well as some of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the film world. Over the course of seven decades, Curzon Artificial Eye has championed countless Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, César, Donatello, Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Berlin winners. They range from audience favourites to critics' darlings, the pinnacle of narrative sophistication to the most heartfelt or cutting edge documentary. They have helped shape cinema and audience tastes and cemented Curzon Artificial Eye's position as the discerning label for lovers of every kind of film. This collection showcases just a small selection of Curzon Artificial Eye's films awarded top honours internationally.
A mouthwatering selection of films, celebrating all things edible from across the globe. From seducing with Sushi to family feasting (and even a celebrity Chef), there’s not many themes that go unexplored with the collective enjoyment of food.
From gripping dramas to fascinating documentaries, this season celebrates Irish cinema in all of its diverse glory. With a wealth of recent new talent both in front of and behind the camera, Ireland's cemented reputation for producing quality cinema is a trait that resonates with audiences both within Ireland and beyond.
In Cinema at least, the road has always been the mankind's great leveller. Synonymous with virtually all styles and genres, the Road Movie never ceases to reinvent itself, often powerfully reflecting the times in which it was made.
Here we celebrate the perfect cine-marriage of Sound and Film. Whether composed specifically for the film, a filmmakers mixtape, or in some instances a homage to the very idea of making sound for films, all these masterful films have particularly interesting and atmospheric soundscapes and highlight how important sound is to filmmakers - and how emotive it is for their audiences.
Truffaut started out as a passionate critic for influential french film magazine, Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s, vilifying the French film industry’s conservatism and calling for the Director to be redefined as the ‘Auteur’. Spanning the next three decades Truffaut directed over 20 films, and collaborated with many of the French New Wave filmmakers, most notably with Jean-Luc Godard on the screenplay for Breathless (À bout de souffle). Continually displaying an unceasing love for both cinema and life, his own life was cut tragically short at the mere age of 52.
One of the greatest comic actors of all time, Charlie Chaplin brought joy and laughter to audiences young and old from across the world with his hilarious visual gags, mimes and slapstick routines. This collection contains a selection of Chaplin’s greatest works, from his iconic silent masterpieces to his ‘talkies’ during the advent of cinema sound and dialogue. From his humble London origins to his Hollywood stardom, Charlie Chaplin is not only an invaluable British figure but one of the greatest icons in the history of cinema.