★★★★ – Guardian. Elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough, Luxor) uses brain-implant technology to take control of unsuspecting strangers’ bodies in order to execute high-profile targets. When something goes wrong, Tasya finds herself trapped inside a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own. Part of our Virtual Cinema programme, where a percentage of your rental fee comes directly to Phoenix.
“★★★★★ – Stunning” – Time Out. Eva Mulvad’s award-winning documentary offers a heartbreaking portrait of an Iranian couple who are forced to flee as their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Taking refuge in Turkey , they dream of a new life in Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family. Part of our Virtual Cinema programme.
“★★★★★ – poignant, powerful and timely” – inews. Steve McQueen’s superlative film anthology continues with the true story of Leroy Logan. Having seen his father assaulted by police officers, Leroy (John Boyega) gives up a promising career as a scientist to join the Met with the aim of tackling racism from within. Despite being an exemplary police officer, he faces family disapproval and a barage of abuse from colleagues.
Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ifrah (Aja Naomi King, How To Get Away With Murder) is trafficked to Ireland where, as an asylum-seeking refugee, the extent of her mutilation as a child is revealed. Based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, one of the world’s foremost global activists against FGM and gender-based violence, the film won the Cinema for Peace Woman’s Empowerment Award at the Berlin Film Festival 2020. Part of our Virtual Cinema programme.
★★★★ – Observer. BIFA award winner, Rachel Tunnard’s feature-length version of her 2014 short Emotional Fusebox stars a pre-Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. As her 30th birthday approaches, Anna is living in her mother’s shed, making videos that star her thumbs (!) and struggling to get over the death of her twin brother. Quirky, warm and witty, Adult Life Skills is “a low-budget Brit triumph” (Empire). Part of our New British Cinema: Astonishing Debuts season.
“★★★★★ – Kapadia compels you to care, whether you like football or not” – Telegraph. With the shock announcement of the death of this footballing legend, we revisit Asif Kapadia’s thrilling biopic. Constructed from over 500 hours of unseen footage – including material from Maradona’s personal archive – the film dives into his exploits on and off the pitch, to reveal the troubled genius hailed as a god by his fellow Argentinians.
★★★★ – Guardian. The director of 2014 gem Lilting returns with this thoughtful film starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) as Kit, a British Vietnamese man returning to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years, after his family fled during the Vietnam War. No longer familiar with this country and unable to speak his native language, Kit journeys from Saigon to Hanoi in search of a place to scatter his parents’ ashes.
Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut is an emotional drama exploring the complexities of the parent/child relationship. John (Mortensen) lives with his partner in California, while his father Willis lives alone on the family farm. Willis is finding life increasingly difficult due to his advancing dementia, so John brings him to California with the intention of a permanent relocation. But his father has other ideas. Part of our Virtual Cinema programme.
“★★★★★ – beautiful and mysterious” – Guardian. Alice Rohrwacher’s award-winning drama centres on good-natured Italian peasant Lazzaro, who works on a tobacco plantation owned by a cantankerous and exploitative artistocrat, Marchese Alfonsina De Luna. Tired of her behaviour, the Marchese’s son hatches a plot to get his own back on his mother, and Lazzaro finds himself drawn into the plan. [Italian with English subtitles.]
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