Jeune Femme (dir: Léonor Serraille, 2017, cert 15)
A stunning debut from young French director Léonor Serraille, which won the Caméra d’Or prize at last year’s Cannes, recalls classic New Wave and features a breathtaking performance from Laetitia Dosch. Dosch’s portrayal of the deeply troubled Paula’s unravelling life is unforgettable.
Mon 18 Jun to Thu 21 Jun at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
My Pure Land (dir: Sarmad Masud, 2017, cert n/a) + discussion
Masud’s film is an ingenious reimagining of the Western genre, transposing the action from the gun toting American frontier to rural Pakistan and a triumvirate of tough machine gun wielding women protecting their home from bandits. If you think that sounds far fetched it’s based on the true story of Nazo Dharejo, a villager woman who fought bandits in the village of Qazi Ahmed. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including the man responsible for the stunning cinematography of My Pure Land, Haider Zafar.
Wed 20 Jun 6.30pm at Impact Hub, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NR £5 impacthub.net
Lost In Translation (dir: Sofia Coppola, 2003, cert 15)
Beautifully realised meditation on existential ennui or facile heap of pretentious cobblers? Though the film has split critics, not least because of its reduction of Japanese culture to cartoon stereotype, Coppola’s vision is undeniably stylish and Bill Murray’s world weary Bob Harris is a delight.
Thu 21 Jun 8pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £2 veezi.com
American Shorts at Artefact
Neighbourhood Shorts have collated another high quality collection of films with which to tease, delight, shock and undermine your senses. Breaking with the tradition of spreading works across several countries this time round all movies are from the USA. Free but all your lovely donations will be going to support the Let’s Feed Brum charity.
Fri 22 Jun 7.30pm at Artefact, 1464 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B30 2NT www.facebook.com
My Son Is Gay (dir: Lokesh Kumar, 2017, cert 12A)
The Birmingham Indian Film Festival begins with a screening of Lokesh Kumar’s poignant My Son Is Gay, the first ever gay themed Tamil film. Anupama Kumar is Lakshmi, who initially disowns her son after discovering his sexuality but then sets out to find him. It’s a brave first feature from young director Kumar that deliberately challenges the usual staid comic representation of gay characters in Indian cinema.
Sat 23 Jun 8pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
2001: A Space Odyssey (dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1968, cert U)
Beautifully restored under the direction of Christopher Nolan, the greatest sci-fi film ever made returns to the big screen fifty years after its original release. Kubrick’s masterpiece is an astonishing spectacle and under Nolan’s methodical care it is as close to the legendary director’s original vision as ever. The bliss of experiencing 2001’s perfection on the big screen is revelatory and unforgettable.
Sat 23 Jun & Sun 24 Jun at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
The Exorcist (dir: William Peter Blatty, 1973, cert 18) director’s cut
The best horror film ever made? Probably! Blatty’s original shocker has lost none of its compelling power in the four decades since its release. Distressing and eminently quotable, Linda Blair’s demon possessed infant Regan is a potty mouthed death dealing horror icon. This is the extra chilling director’s cut that includes the spider walk scene excised from the original. A genuinely creepy and disturbing vision.
Sat 23 Jun 11.30pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir: Blake Edwards, 1961, cert PG) outdoor screening
Audrey Hepburn and that little black dress in one of the most enduring and iconic images of the twentieth century. As Holly Golightly, Hepburn divided audiences between perceiving her as an empowering female figure or simply as a little girl lost in the big city. Sweet and much slighter than Truman Capote’s original source novel, Capote hated Hepburn’s performance, the film is endearing, charming and comes with the warm fuzzy glow all the best romantic comedies engender.
Sun 24 Jun 7pm at The Archway, Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £10 ticketlist.co.uk
Published on: Tue 17 Apr 2018