When thinking about reopening, at Phoenix we’re keen to see it as a bit of a restart for us – an opportunity to restate our principles, to reaffirm what we are about as a cinema and arts venue, and what it means to us to be part of the great city of Leicester.
We want our cinema programme to have something for everyone. To celebrate new voices in film, to support local filmmakers and their work as much as we can, screen films that challenge the status quo and demand our attention, offering Leicester a diverse programme with homegrown micro-budget films sitting alongside Hollywood crowd-pleasers and everything in-between.
Cinema for us has always been about providing a place of safety, a chance to escape for a few hours (no phones, no emails, no Amazon deliveries) and reset, recalibrate and relax. We can’t wait to welcome you back through our doors to enjoy some quality cinema, and we’ve got so much to look forward to in the next few months!
Here’s just a snippet of what we have coming up over the next few months. Be sure to check our website for up-to-date programme and show-time information, and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
In the first few weeks of October, we’ll be playing catch-up with a few titles that we missed over the summer, as well as some recent re-releases.
Make sure to look out for Gemma Arterton in the beautiful World War II drama Summerland, a 4K reissue of Mathieu Kassovitz’s excoriating La Haine plus its heir apparent in new French thriller Les Misérables (anyone expecting the musical will be in for a shock).
We also have Alfre Woodard on fantastic form in US death row drama Clemency; ‘saviour of cinema’ Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet, which we hope to screen from 35mm film; as well as local filmmaker Nick Hamer’s elegiac Outside the City which went down a storm on its release.
Later in October, Kenneth Branagh returns as Poirot in new Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile, packed with a star-studded cast. Expect bad things to happen to beautiful people.
The brilliant Morfydd Clark leads October new release Saint Maud – an intoxicating and deeply unnerving seaside horror-thriller following a young woman’s increasing madness and religious fervour. We also have Herself, the latest film from Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia, The Iron Lady) starring Clare Dunne in a Ken Loach-esque tale of a young mum trying to provide a home for her daughters and deciding to build one herself after being refused help from her local council.
COMING LATER IN 2020
Looking further ahead, a trio of British productions arrive.
First, the director of On Chesil Beach returns with The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a Cold War spy trying to end the Cuban Missile Crisis. Staying on the theme of spies, the final(?) outing for Daniel Craig as Bond arrives in November with the delayed release of No Time to Die. We’ll be sad to see Daniel go but if it frees him up to take on more roles like his delicious turn in Knives Out then all the better!
Finally, we’re looking forward to The Duke in November – arriving on a wave of critical praise (including 5 stars in The Guardian and Telegraph). With a cast of British acting royalty including Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Sian Clifford (Fleabag), the film is based on the real-life story of a cabbie who stole a painting from the National Gallery in 1961 and held it hostage, demanding the government invest more in care for the elderly!