Join us at the IFI in 2017 to discover a whole new world of cinema.
La La Land (Out Now)
Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash has been breaking records at awards ceremonies all year and deservedly so – it’s a spectacular show which brings back the magic of old school musicals with a twist of jazz. Add in the sparkling chemistry of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and you have a new classic for the ages.
Manchester by the Sea (Out Now)
Casey Affleck leads the cast in this powerfully emotional drama. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan builds up an impressive character study of a man broken by tragic events, but adds in layers of humanity with subtle humour and heartbreak.
Loving (Feb 3rd 2017)
The director of Take Shelter and Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols, returns with a timely true story of a court case which changed American law forever. A mixed race couple in 1960s Virginia, played by Joel Edgerton and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga, are forced to fight back when their marriage is declared to be unlawful.
Toni Erdmann (Feb 3rd 2017)
Maren Ade’s story of a businesswoman and her estranged father, Winfried, may sound like a drama but the comedy escalates to epic proportions as his alter-ego Toni Erdmann intrudes on her daily life. Multi-award winning and totally unique.
Fences (Feb 17th 2017)
Superstar Denzel Washington steps behind the camera for the third time to adapt August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play. Washington also stars as a powerful patriarch in 1950s Pittsburgh. The drama soon pulls at the bonds between him and his wife and sons, to devastating effect.
Moonlight (Feb 17th 2017)
Meet Chiron, a black child living in Miami and the whirlwind which takes him through adolescence and into adulthood. Barry Jenkins latest feature is a startling examination of race and sexuality against an oppressive social and cultural background, anchored by a string of incredible performances including Oscar nominees Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, and the trio of actors portraying Chiron.
Certain Women (March 2017)
Meek’s Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt reteams with Michelle Williams for the third time in this acclaimed film told in three parts across the wilds of Montana. Filled with subtle drama and simmering emotion, as well as strong performances from Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart.
Aquarius (March 2017)
A 65 year old woman refuses to leave her apartment, kicking off a cold war with real estate developers. Clara won’t leave the Aquarius building, and director Kleber Mendonça Filho uses her character to create a study of determination and resolve in the face of ageing and modernization, with a powerful performance from Sonia Braga.
The Secret Scripture (March 2017)
Sebastian Barry’s award-winning 2008 novel comes to the screen with Jim Sheridan as director. This tale of early 20th century Ireland it told through the lens of Rose, a old woman in a mental hospital who reveals the past through her writings. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Eric Bana and Aidan Turner.
A Quiet Passion (April 2017)
Cynthia Nixon stars as American poet Emily Dickinson in this acclaimed biopic. English director Terence Davies mines drama from Dickinson’s tragic life, but also weaves in plenty of humour, brought to life by a cast including Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine.
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