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Balloon (12A)

★★★★ – Guardian. Sex, faith and politics collide in Pema Tseden's (Tharlo) exceptional new film, set on the Tibetan plateau in the 1980s.


★★★★ – Guardian


★★★★ – Little White Lies


"★★★★ – a quiet but strong drama with moments of fascinating visual beauty" – Sunday Times


"★★★★★ – a poetic, bleak, funny and deeply humane portrait of life in rural Tibet" – CineVue


The Tue 26 Oct, 7.15pm screening will feature a pre-show talk from Dr Toby Lincoln, Associate Professor in Chinese Urban History at the University of Leicester. His research focuses on urban-rural relations in 20th century China, and the impact of WWII on cities.


A Tibetan family in the 1980s struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.


Dargye (Jinpa) and Drolkar’s (Sonam Wango) two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents’ condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage their entire village, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three children, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more.


With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages that seem to transpire somewhere between this world and the next, Balloon approaches weighty themes with beguiling brio and a sense of wonder.

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The French Dispatch (15)

★★★★★ – The Times. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) returns with his 10th film, a blissfully funny love letter to journalism, set in the final days of a magazine based in a fictional French town.


"★★★★★ – one of Anderson’s very best" – The Times


"★★★★★ – Brilliant... a brakeless freewheel through a teeming bazaar" – Telegraph


"★★★★ – Amazing visuals, lots of laughs and an A-list cast... sheer moment-by-moment pleasure" – Guardian


Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) returns with his tenth film, assembling a cast of his usual suspects and a few new faces in this love letter to journalism, set in the final days of a magazine based in a fictional French town.


As the staff of The French Dispatch – the "foreign bureau" of American newspaper the Kansas Evening Sun – convene to deliver their final issue, different stories are brought to life: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,” about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse; a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner", a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining!


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The Rocky Horror Show Live (12A)

★★★★★ – Telegraph. Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.


★★★★★ – Telegraph


"Still the sexiest & funniest shows in town" – Evening Standard


Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.


Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba as Brad and directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party and features timeless classics, including 'Sweet Transvestite', 'Damn it Janet', and of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping 'Time Warp'.


The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity.

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Thursday 28 Oct 20217:45pm Book Now

The Green Knight (15)

★★★★★ – Guardian. Back by popular demand, David Lowery's new film is a bewitching, visually stunning take on Arthurian legend that deserves to be seen on the big screen.


★★★★ – Rolling Stone


"★★★★★ – a rich and wild fantasy" – Mark Kermode, Observer


"★★★★ – Surreal, stoned, and glistening with a layer of heavy metal realness, David Lowery's medieval adventure is a chivalric romance for the ages" – IndieWire


"★★★★ – one of the best movies ever inspired by King Arthur lore" – Den of Geek


"A ravishing, unsettling fantasy" – Vulture


Back by popular demand, the new film from David Lowery (A Ghost Story, The Old Man and the Gun) is a bewitching, visually stunning take on Arthurian legend that deserves to be seen on the big screen.


Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew. After rushing into a contest against the eponymous Green Knight - a gigantic emerald-skinned tester of men - Gawain must wait a year before setting off on a daring quest to challenge him again. Along the way he will contend with ghosts, giants, thieves and sorcery; as he tries to find redemption and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and the kingdom.


The supporting cast includes Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Ralph Ineson and Barry Keoghan.


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Mystery Film (18)

Mystery Film is back! Having made a welcome return in September, come along and see what we've selected for your enjoyment this month.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately it's been necessary for us to change the date of the Mystery Film, which was originally advertised as Fri 15 Oct. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


In the age of streaming services and their endless back catalogues of film and TV, we’re almost overrun with entertainment choices. Many of us feel burned out from the options available to us, and watching at home doesn't quite capture the magic of cinema.


Join us for our very popular Mystery Film screening where we're dedicated to putting the adventure and excitement back into watching films.


No one knows what the film will be until the lights go down and the credits roll – all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the film.


As we've got reduced capacity in our screens at the moment, we'll be screening the same mystery film on two consecutive nights... which means no telling if you're at the Friday screening. So the big question is, can you keep a secret?

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Friday 29 Oct 20216:20pm Book Now
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Blade (18)

Revisit this cult classic with its action-packed world of vampire and vampire hunters in stunning 4K.


Wesley Snipes (New Jack City) is half-man, half-vampire who sets out to avenge the death of his mother by taking on technologically advanced vampires as they try to summon an evil god to bring upon the end of the human race in this perfect blend of action and horror.


Adapted for screen from a comic by David S. Goyer (The Unborn) and directed by Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Blade is a ferocious on screen extravaganza that is always ripe for revisiting.


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Social Commentary and Contemporary Cinema (18)

Join tutor Connor Winterton for this one-day course that explores how allegory and metaphor are used for social commentary in cinema.

Join tutor Connor Winterton for this one-day course that explores how allegory and metaphor are used for social commentary in cinema.


Throughout the history of cinema, film has been used as a means to comment on prevalent issues in society and culture; sometimes through ‘realist’ stories and sometimes through narratives that rely on allegory, metaphor and symbolism to communicate a message.


This fascinating one-day course, led by tutor Connor Winterton, explores how metaphor, allegory and symbolism have been used as social commentary in contemporary cinema, and looks at work from different international filmmakers and cinematic periods, including Michael Haneke, Bong Joon-Ho, Jordan Peele, and case studies from queer cinema.


Course Breakdown:


10:30: Intro and ice-breakers

10:45: What are allegory and metaphor?

11:00: Bong Joon-Ho and Class Dynamics in Snowpiercer (2013) and Parasite (2019)

11:45: Jordan Peele and race relations in Get Out (2016) and US (2019)

13:00: LUNCH

13:45: Masculinity and Metaphor: American Psycho (1999 and Fight Club (1999)

14:30:  Allegories of AIDS in Safe (1995) and Stranger by the Lake (2013)

15:15: Michael Haneke and allegories of nation and national identity: Cache (Hidden) (2005) and The White Ribbon (2009)

16:00: FINISH


This course will be delivered in person at Phoenix, in our 30-seater Screen Room. Capacity is limited to 9 participants to enable social distancing.


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Saturday 30 Oct 202110:30am Book Now (Sold Out)

The Addams Family 2 (PG)

"Creepier and kookier than the first" – Variety. The Addams Family are back in this eagerly-anticipated sequel. This time, they're hitting the road, getting tangled in even more wacky adventures.


Morticia (Theron) and Gomez (Isaac) are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with "scream time."


They decide to take one last family vacation, loading Wednesday (Moretz), Pugsley (Walton), Uncle Fester (Kroll) and the rest of the Addams tribe into their haunted campervan. Travelling across America, The Addams’ meet some eccentric characters who might be just as kooky as them!


This Halloween weekend, all children coming to see The Addams Family 2 will receive a small treat* to celebrate the spooky season. Trick or treat!


*Subject to availability

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Floating Clouds (12A)

Floating Clouds is one of Mikio Naruse’s most renowned social dramas that dip into prominent topics that concerned post-WWII Japan. The film is simple and masterfully told by one of Japan’s most important directors.


Floating Clouds centres on a married forester and a young Japanese woman and their affair in French Indo-China. Ultimately once they return home, their past lives create a perfect storm in this powerful tale of love, obsession and betrayal.


Naruse is known for his unrestrained dramas centring female protagonists and portraying the quandary of womenfolk in Japanese society and post-war occupied Japan, and Floating Clouds is an early example of that fact.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk

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Wednesday 3 Nov 20217:45pm Book Now

The Doors: Live At The Bowl '68 Special Edition (12A)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of L.A. WOMAN, this special event will transform cinemas into concert venues, giving Doors fans the closest experience to being there live.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of L.A. WOMAN, this special event will transform cinemas into concert venues, giving Doors fans the closest experience to being there live.


On July 5th, 1968, The Doors lit up the storied stage of the Hollywood Bowl with a legendary performance that is widely considered to be the band’s finest captured on film. Performing on the back of their 3rd album release Waiting For The Sun and the US #1 single Hello, I Love You, the quartet had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were in absolute peak form.

 

Now, on November 4th, 2021, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Doors final studio album L.A. WOMAN (1971), The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition will transform cinemas into concert venues, giving Doors fans around the world the closest experience to being there live alongside Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, who stated, “the magic that has been done to enhance the picture and sound quality of this show will make everyone feel as though they have a front row seat at the Hollywood Bowl.”


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Thursday 4 Nov 20218:15pm Book Now

Dune (12A)

★★★★★ – Guardian. Visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) adapts Frank Herbert’s seminal, bestselling sci-fi novel into a Hollywood epic for the 21st century.


"★★★★★ – Denis Villeneuve’s awe-inspiring epic is a moment of triumph" – Guardian


"★★★★★ – science-fiction at its most majestic, unsettling and enveloping" – Telegraph


"★★★★★ – this generation’s Lord of the Rings trilogy" – Independent


Visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) adapts Frank Herbert’s seminal, bestselling sci-fi novel into a Hollywood epic for the 21st century.


Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must accompany his father the Duke Leto Atreides (Isaac) to the desert world Arrakis - the most dangerous planet in the universe.


As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of “Spice” the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


Featuring an all-star cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling and Josh Brolin, Dune is an epic fable that demands the scale and immersion of the cinema.

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The Big Hit (18)

Étienne, an often-out-of-work actor, lands a job running a theatre workshop in a prison. At first challenging, the experience turns into a richly rewarding one for both Étienne and the inmates in this rousing, feel-good comedy.


Étienne, an often-out-of-work but endearing actor, runs a theatre workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot.


When he is allowed to take the colourful band of convicts on a tour outside the prison, Étienne finally has the chance to thrive. Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?


An uplifting comedy inspired by true events.


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Friday 5 Nov 20216:00pm Book Now

The Show (18)

“★★★★ – This dense but witty film is never caught short of a flourish" – Guardian. From the visionary mind of legendary comic writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) comes this original, labyrinthine noir.


“★★★★ – This dense but witty film is never caught short of a flourish" – Guardian


From the visionary mind of legendary comic writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) comes this original, labyrinthine noir.


Fletcher Dennis (Tom Burke, The Souvenir), a man of many talents, passports and identities, arrives in Northampton on a mission to locate a stolen artefact for his menacing client, only to find himself entangled in a twilight world populated with vampires, sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes, and masked avengers.


This wild, witty nightmare of a noir is an experience you won’t quickly forget. You’ll never look at Northampton the same again!

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Detective Bureau 2-3 + Branded to Kill (18)

Join us at Phoenix for a double bill from the master of nihilistic cool Seijun Suzuki, both starring the eccentric, intense (and artificially enhanced cheek-boned) Joe Shishido.


Join us at Phoenix for a double bill from the master of nihilistic cool Seijun Suzuki, both starring the eccentric, intense (and artificially enhanced cheek-boned) Joe Shishido.


First up the fantastically titled yakuza film Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! Shishido stars as no-nonsense private detective Hideo Tajima who is enlisted to infiltrate a new secret gang who are dealing arms, but Tajima didn’t reckon on falling for the head mobster’s mistress!


We follow with Suzuki’s magnum opus, the hugely influential hitman movie Branded to Kill - the film that would finally get him fired from Nikkatsu Studios and blacklisted for over 10 years. Shishido plays Goro Hanada, the Japanese underworld's third-ranked hitman. After failing an assassination mission, Hanada becomes hunted by the phantom Number One Killer.


*Please note there are no ads or trailers and the films will start promptly at the times below:


Running order

7.15pm - Doors open

7.30pm - Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!

9pm - Break (25mins)

9.25pm - Branded to Kill


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk


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Saturday 6 Nov 20217:30pm Book Now

Spartacus (12A)

Huge in scale and spectacular in effect, Spartacus is a true tour de force of a ballet, set to Aram Khachaturian’s superb score.


In Imperial Rome led by Crassus, Spartacus and his wife Phrygia are reduced to slavery and are separated by slave dealers.


His love for her and his desire for freedom lead him to revolt against the Roman army with the help of the other captives. But the treacherous Aegina, who seeks to conquer Crassus and gain power, will get in the way of Spartacus’s plan.


Huge in scale and spectacular in effect, Spartacus is a true tour de force of a ballet, set to Aram Khachaturian’s superb score.


With an incredible display of might from the four leading dancers to the entire corps de ballet and its passionate pas de deux, Spartacus is the ultimate spectacle of virtuosity and lyricism born at the Bolshoi Theatre.


Music Aram Khachaturian

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after the novel by Raffaelo Giovagnolli, ideas from Nikolai Volkov's scenario)

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Balle


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Sunday 7 Nov 20213:00pm Book Now

Frida: Viva La Vida (12A)

The two sides of Frida Kahlo's spirit: on one side the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and on the other, the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented relationship.


Frida Kahlo, the artist who more than any other was able to build an autobiography through pictures, could tell her story with such intensity: physical pain, her miscarriages, the tragedy of love and betrayal, and her political commitment.


After her death, Frida became a pop icon who could draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to exhibitions dedicated to her, as well as inspire books, comics, songs, films and even fashion shows. But who was Frida in real life? And how much energy and vitality are released from her paintings even when they portray pain and suffering?


Frida. Viva La Vida, the new documentary directed by Giovanni Troilo presents the six chapters of a journey in search of Frida, into the heart of Mexico, amid cactuses, monkeys, deer and parrots, alternating exclusive interviews, with period documents, evocative reconstructions and works by Kahlo herself.

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The Last Duel (18)

★★★★ – The Times. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator), The Last Duel is a gripping tale of betrayal and vengeance set against the brutality of 14th century France.


"★★★★ – All hail one-man film-making phenomenon Ridley Scott" –The Times


"★★★★ – Comer is quietly tremendous" – Telegraph


"A perfectly engrossing slice of historical intrigue" – Independent


"A starry, brutal epic" – Entertainment Weekly


The new film from Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) is a gripping tale of betrayal and vengeance set against the brutality of 14th century France.


With a Rashomon-style screenplay by Damon, Ben Affleck and filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, The Last Duel unfolds from multiple perspectives centering on a dispute between two knights.


When Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris (Driver) of rape, Marguerite’s husband Jean (Damon) demands satisfaction from Le Gris - a duel to the death to prove who retains their honour.


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Monday 8 Nov 20218:00pm Book Now
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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (12A)

A rare screening of the first film in Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai series, as part of the BFI's Japan 2021 season. Introduced by Dr Lin Feng, University of Leicester.

This screening is introduced by Dr Lin Feng, lecturer in film studies and Director of Studies of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester.


Join us for a rare screening of the first film in Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai series.


In this first part of the epic trilogy, Toshiro Mifune thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character. When we meet him, Miyamoto is a wide-eyed romantic, dreaming of military glory in the civil war that is ravaging the seventeenth-century countryside.


Twists of fate turn him into a fugitive, but he is saved by a woman who loves him and a cunning priest who guides him to the samurai path.


Though the opening instalment of a series, this film stands on its own. Lushly photographed in colour, it won an Academy Award for the best foreign-language film of 1955.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk


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Wednesday 10 Nov 20217:45pm Book Now

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2021 (18)

After a two-year pause, we’re delighted to announce the return of Visible Bits Audible Bytes, once again bringing an international selection of genre defying audio-visual art to our cinema screens.


After a two-year pause, we’re delighted to announce the return of Visible Bits Audible Bytes, once again bringing an international selection of genre defying audio-visual art to our cinema screens.


See how artists and composers from around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audio-visual worlds and explore new relationships between sound and the moving image.


Curated by Prof Bret Battey from De Montfort University’s Institute of Sonic Creativity, this year’s screening will include works by Asher Arnon (Israel), Myriam Boucher (Canada), Marinos Giannoukis (Greece), Sebastiano Gualtieri (Italy), Andrew Hill (UK), João Pedro Oliveira (Portugal/USA), and Jean-Philippe Pierre-Louis (Canada).


Still image from Output2 © 2020 Sebastiano Gualtieri


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Friday 12 Nov 20218:15pm Book Now

Ibrahim (18)

Involved in an ill-fated shoplifting scam, teenager Ibrahim is busted by security and lands his father with an unexpected and sizeable debt, pushing their relationship to breaking point in this finely-acted father-son drama.

Teenage dreamer Ibrahim lives in a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris with his serious, reserved father, Ahmed, with whom he has a difficult relationship. Involved by his best friend Achille in an ill-fated shoplifting scam, he is busted by security and lands his father with an unexpected and sizeable debt, jeopardizing his father’s career plans and dreams of regaining dignity. Now Ibrahim is prepared to do whatever it takes to make amends and – at last – to gain his father’s respect.


In order to better understand the complexity of father-son relationships and the difficulty of expressing emotions, Samir Guesmi (working as actor and director) has chosen to create a quiet and modest film that invites the viewer to discover the characters through their gestures and daily lives.


Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers.


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Saturday 13 Nov 20216:00pm Book Now

Artists’ Film Night - selected by Beth Kettel (18)

A series of artist films selected by Beth Kettel and relating to her exhibition The Sound of Someone Changing Their Mind.


A series of artist films selected by Beth Kettel and relating to her exhibition The Sound of Someone Changing Their Mind.


This event has been generously supported by Leicester Art Week and made possible by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Tuesday 16 Nov 20218:30pm Book Now

Script to Screen (18)

Film is a collaborative medium – words are written by somebody, and are then translated by somebody else into the images we see on screen. So how exactly does a script become a film? Join tutor Kenton Hall for this exploration of how classic films made the journey from script to screen.

Film is a collaborative medium – words are written by somebody, and are then translated by somebody else into the images we see on screen. So how exactly does a script become a film? And what compromises are made along the way?


Join tutor Kenton Hall for this fascinating 4 week course looking at the work of four distinct sets of writers and directors and examining their different approaches and processes when making the journey from ‘Script to Screen’.


Course Breakdown:


Week 1: Brazil

Week 2: State and Main

Week 3: Whiplash

Week 4: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


This course will be delivered in person at Phoenix. Capacity is limited to 9 participants to enable social distancing.


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Wednesday 17 Nov 20217:00pm Book Now

Tokyo Mighty Guy (12A)

Reminiscent of an Elvis film, Tokyo Mighty Guy is a charming action-comedy musical about a charismatic chef who ends up in hot water when he opens a new restaurant.


Akira Kobayashi, a mega star in Japan at the time, stars as Jiro in this high-spirited story about a chef opening up a French restaurant in a busy part of Ginza.


While his charismatic charm and culinary skills get the women coming back for seconds, he soon starts attracting unwanted attention. The plot starts to boil over once a corrupt politician tries to take over his girlfriend’s business.


Unlike other Nikkatsu films which dabbled in gangster tropes, Tokyo Mighty Guy seems to almost parody that and embrace the inherent weirdness.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk



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Wednesday 17 Nov 20217:45pm Book Now

Paris, 13th District (18)

Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) relocates the bittersweet short stories of acclaimed comic artist Adrian Tomine to youthful, urban Paris in this intersecting tale of love and sex.

Adapted from acclaimed The New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine’s collection of graphic short stories Killing and Dying, the new film from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) revolves around the intertwined lives of four young Parisians.


Audiard, who co-wrote the adaptation with Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Léa Mysius, trains his lens on the brutalist housing towers of the 13th arrondissement,  home to Camille and Émilie, whose lives and loves are about to intersect.


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Saturday 20 Nov 20216:00pm Book Now

An Actor's Revenge (12A)

A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution.

A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution.


Set in the cloistered world of 19th century kabuki theatre, the film charts a female impersonator’s attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men.


Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero’s fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic colour, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk


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Wednesday 24 Nov 20217:45pm Book Now

Titane (18)

★★★★ – The Times. Julia Ducournau's (Raw) Palme d'Or-winning thriller follows the story of Alexia, whose life and psyche are dramatically re-shaped by a car accident when she is a young girl.


★★★★ – The Times


★★★★ – Culture Whisper


"Twists horror, erotica, and psychological thrills into something completely new, confounding, and captivating" – Rolling Stone


"The wildest Palme d’Or winner ever" – IndieWire


A girl is injured in a car accident as her father explodes at her for humming too loudly. To save her life, surgeons insert a titanium plate into her head, which seems to give her a metal fetish. As a grown woman, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle in her first film role) is an exotic dancer at car shows, sexually aroused by the cars themselves. Also, she's a serial killer.


Titane, loaded with graphic horrors, surprisingly won this year's Palme d'Or, the highest honour at the Cannes Film Festival, only the second film directed by a woman Julie Ducournau to have done so. Ducournau already had one cult hit with the cannibal movie Raw, and with Titane's success, she has established herself as a horror auteur.


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Friday 26 Nov 20218:45pm Book Now

Anything Goes - The Musical (TBC)

"★★★★★ – The show of the year" – Telegraph. Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast.


"★★★★★ – The show of the year" – Telegraph


"★★★★★ – A fizzing tonic for our times" – Guardian


"★★★★★ – The musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another" –  The Times


"★★★★★ – a joyously shipshape revival" – Observer


Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney, alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family), Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) and beloved West End Legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago).


A heart-warming romance with good old-fashioned farcical fun, spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s most memorable songs.


When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.


This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic, directed by the multi-award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, features Cole Porter’s joyful score, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and the show stopping Anything Goes.

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Sunday 28 Nov 20213:00pm Book Now
Wednesday 1 Dec 20217:30pm Book Now

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin (PG)

Exhibition on Screen tells the fascinating story of a visionary Danish collector of Impressionist art, with exclusive access to a sell-out exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, bringing an extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious high-definition.


For many years no-one was interested in the art of the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and Renoir were vilified, attacked, and left penniless as a result.


Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of collectors emerged and, before long, they were battling to acquire any work by these new, radical artists that they could find. Amongst them was the visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary moment in art history; full of drama, intrigue and subterfuge.


Some collectors we may recognise and some we may not, but Hansen amassed a remarkable collection housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Exhibition on Screen tells his fascinating story and, with exclusive access to a sell-out exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, brings the extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious high-definition.


From Hansen’s beautiful house and gardens at Ordrupgaard to the streets of bohemian Paris, this film takes you on a journey to discover some of the best examples of 19th-century French art ever collected.


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Tuesday 30 Nov 20216:30pm Book Now
Sunday 5 Dec 20214:30pm Book Now

Christmas with Andre (U)

The King of the Waltz brings you a festive spectacular from his newly created Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht.


The King of the Waltz brings you a festive spectacular from his newly created Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht.


Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season while singing and dancing away to lovely Christmas carols, romantic waltzes and beautiful melodies like Jingle Bells, O Holy Night, Hallelujah, a show-stopping performance of Walking in the Air and many more!


Marvel at the magnificent palace decorations including 150 beautiful chandeliers, over 50 Venetian candelabras and huge arched windows revealing a joyous wintery landscape including ice rinks and ice skaters. Christmas with André is guaranteed to warm your hearts and get you in the festive spirit.


Join André for his inaugural Christmas concert all from the comfort of your local cinema. An unforgettable festive treat for the whole family.


“Christmas is my favourite time of the year and nothing could be better than spending it with my friends, family and fans in my hometown. I want to invite my cinema audiences on this beautiful journey to Christmas wonderland” - André Rieu

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Saturday 4 Dec 20217:30pm Book Now
Wednesday 8 Dec 20217:30pm Book Now

Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (18)

Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s gorgeous, affecting drama centres on a single mother and her pregnant teen daughter as they seek an abortion in a country where it is technically legal but impossible to access.


Thirty-year-old Amina, a practicing Muslim, lives alone with her only child, fifteen-year-old Maria. When Amina learns Maria is not only pregnant but wishes to abort the child, the two women face an impossible situation in a country where abortion is legally and morally condemned.


Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun plumbs the depths of the bonds among women, gradually revealing how far they will go to protect themselves and one another in this affecting drama that tackles the realities of abortion within a Muslim culture - a subject rarely broached in cinema.


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Monday 6 Dec 20216:00pm Book Now

Josep (18)

This stunning animated film recounts the life of the Catalan republican cartoonist and exile Josep Bartolí, who was detained by the Gestapo and sent to various concentration camps after crossing the border into France to flee the Spanish Civil War.

French illustrator Aurel investigates the life of the Catalan republican cartoonist and exile Josep Bartolí, who was detained by the Gestapo and sent to various concentration camps after crossing the border into France to flee the Spanish Civil War.


Told through the memories of a dying elderly gendarme who encountered him in the French concentration camp, it follows Bartolí’s arrival in Mexico after jumping from a train transporting him to another camp, where he met Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, before living and working in the United States.


With the voices of Sergi López and Sílvia Pérez Cruz, it won prizes at the Tokyo Anime Awards, Anima and the European Film Awards, a best animated film César and was a Cannes official selection last year.


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Thursday 9 Dec 20218:15pm Book Now

The Nutcracker (12A)

This timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magical score is a true Christmas institution, beloved by all ages.


On Christmas Eve, Marie and her whole family are gathered around the tree in celebration of the holiday. She receives a magical gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer and soon enough this Christmas Eve will take an unexpected turn for her. Marie's new doll comes alive and carries her into a whirlwind adventure.


The exceptional score by Tchaikovsky, brought to life by the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in The Nutcracker, delights the hearts and ears of all generations of music lovers.


Experience this festive classic with the whole family through the eyes of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince on the big screen.



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Sunday 19 Dec 20213:00pm Book Now

Bill Murray: New Worlds (TBC)

On a glorious Greek evening, screen legend Bill Murray and world renowned cellist Jan Vogler rock the Acropolis with a timeless mix of music, literature and poetry.


On a glorious Greek evening, screen legend Bill Murray and world renowned cellist Jan Vogler rock the Acropolis with a timeless mix of music, literature and poetry. Captured on film by director Andrew Muscato, Murray and Vogler are joined by the dazzling Mira Wang (violin) and dynamic Vanessa Perez (piano).


The international quartet enchants the Athenian audience from the 2,000 year old stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with musical reflections on love, hope and heartbreak. Spanning from Bach to Van Morrison, Whitman to West Side Story, the wildly entertaining, humorous and deeply touching program is infused with the one-of-a-kind charm of Bill Murray.


The ‘New Worlds’ project emerged from a chance encounter between Murray and Vogler, who met on a flight from Berlin to New York in 2013, with Murray amused that Vogler’s cello was taking up the window seat. The pair forged a strong friendship founded upon a deep curiosity for each other’s artistic worlds.

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Wednesday 2 Feb 20228:15pm Book Now