Verity Batson, Marketing Intern at Picturehouse, selects five highlights from our jam-packed programme to look at for this month.
As we hurtle ever closer to the Oscars, it’s the perfect time to head to the cinema to see the nominees, as well as some documentaries and blasts from the past. Here are my top five picks of what to see at Picturehouse Cinemas this February and March.
First of all is Barry Jenkins’s much-anticipated Moonlight (nationwide from Fri 17 Feb). It was released in America last year, and we in the UK have been waiting patiently for its big release ever since – which is finally here this month! It tells the story of an African-American gay man and follows his life through three stages, with different actors taking on the main role. With a host of nominations to its name, I am sure it will shine brightly throughout the awards season.
My next pick is Dancer (Thu 2 Mar, plus live performance via satellite) which takes a unique look at the life of the bad boy of dance: Sergei Polunin. The Ukrainian became the youngest ever principal at the Royal Ballet, and at the age of just 21 he walked out. I look forward to following every step of his journey from the peak of stardom to the self-destructive agony causing his walkout.
My third pick is Things To Come on Friday 17February, showing at Picturehouse Central as part of Club Ciné. I really enjoy French cinema and can’t wait to see this performance by Isabelle Huppert ahead of her Oscar-nominated turn in Elle, out 10 March.
As a keen art fan I’m excited about Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet on Tuesday 21 February. This documentary gives new insight into the iconic artist who created Impressionism. It will surely shed light on how his troubled mind brought some of the world’s most famous art into being.
My final pick is 20th Century Women (from Fri 10 Feb), directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat and Greta Gerwig. It is another tale of a boy growing up in the United States, this time focusing on his relationship with his mother. Although I’m sure it will be very different from Moonlight, it will be an equally powerful portrayal of coming of age, love and life.
So these are my top five, from Ukrainian ballet to French paintings to growing up in Miami. Hopefully there is something for everyone to enjoy!
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