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Awards Season at Picturehouse

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We’re coming up to our favourite time in the cinema calendar – Awards Season. When we can look forward to the glitzy award shows and glamorous red carpets, debates over who got snubbed and who should win, and most importantly, the chance to enjoy three months of stellar film releases. Read on for a list of the upcoming releases we’re most excited about – what do you think about our picks?

The Awards Season at Picturehosue is sponosored by Vauxhall.

20th Century Women (15)

Director: Mike Mills.
Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Greta Gerwig. USA 2016. 118 mins.

Single mum Dorothea (Bening, giving an Oscar-tipped performance) asks two very different women, punk photographer Abbie (Gerwig) and 16-year-old rebel Julie (Fanning), to teach her teenage son about life, love and freedom in this warm-hearted, 1970s-set Californian tale.

Release date: Friday 10 February

A Monster Calls (12A)

Director: J. A. Bayona.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall. Spain/USA/UK/Canada 2016. 108 mins.

Twelve-year-old Conor (MacDougall) is visited every night by a monster (Neeson) who promises to help him. Bayona (The Impossible) delivers a visual spectacle rooted in truthful emotion, earning comparisons to Pan’s Labyrinth.

Release date: Sunday 1 January

Elle (Cert TBC)

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira. TBC mins.

Isabelle Huppert is Michélle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who has an unexpected reaction when attacked in her own home. Exhibiting an ingrained mistrust for authority, Michélle takes it upon herself to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at any moment may spiral out of control.

Release date: Friday 10 March

Fences (12A)

Director: Denzel Washington.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis. USA 2016. 139 mins.

Troy (Washington) and Rose (Davis) are the parents of three troubled boys in 1950s Pittsburgh. There’s much wit and affection in this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play, a hard-edged family drama about secrets and buried emotions.

Release date: Friday 17 February

Jackie (15)

Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring:Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig. USA/Chile/France 2016. 100 mins.

Seamlessly making his English-language debut, director Larraín (No) presents an intimate and quietly harrowing study of the week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as seen through the eyes of his widow (Portman, hotly tipped for an Oscar).

Release date: Friday 20 January

La La Land (12A)

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons. USA 2017. 128 mins.

A tribute to the Hollywood musical, but with a story embedded in present-day Los Angeles life, Chazelle’s La La Land is nothing short of a triumph. The transition from musical numbers to the powerful narrative is seamless, and Gosling and Stone give winning performances in this bewitching romance.

Release Date: Friday 13 January

Lion (PG)

Director: Garth Davis.
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. Australia/UK/USA 2016. 118 mins.

Five-year-old Indian Saroo gets adopted and starts a new life in Australia. Twenty-five years later, the grown-up Saroo (Patel) goes in search of his mother. This emotionally charged film is based on a true story.

Release date: Friday 20 January

Loving (12A)

Director: Jeff Nichols.
Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton. UK/USA 2016. 123 mins.

An interracial couple (Negga, Edgerton) face down racist laws and bigoted attitudes in 1950s Virginia. Director Nichols (Mud) delivers a moving tale of quiet courage.

Release date: Friday 3 February

Manchester By The Sea (15)

Director: Kenneth Lonergan.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler. USA 2016. 137 mins.

When lonely janitor Lee (Affleck) hears that his brother has died, he reluctantly heads to his home town, Manchester By The Sea, where he must finally face up to his own past. One of the must-see dramas of awards season, articulating profound themes of grief, anger and forgiveness.

Release date: Friday 13 January

Moonlight (TBC)

Director: Barry Jenkins.
Starring: Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders. USA 2016. TBC mins.

Never less than riveting, Moonlight is the story of an African-American gay man growing up in a USA that is perhaps more intolerant than ever. Three different actors brilliantly portray the same character at different ages.

Release date: Friday 24 January

Silence (15)

Director: Martin Scorsese.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson. Italy/Mexico/USA 2016. 161 mins.

Set in the 17th century, Silence follows two young Portuguese Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who face terrible danger in a Japan where Catholicism is banned and Christians persecuted. This dramatic tour de force is an obvious Oscar contender.

Release date: Sunday 1 January

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