Winter is nearly upon us and as the nights draw in there’s lots to look forward to this month. Tessa Bentley from City Screen, York chooses only a handful of screenings to add to your diary.
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris.
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue. UK/USA 2017. 121 mins.
Empowerment plays central subject matter within November’s big screen biopic, as Emma Stone and Steve Carrell relay the most tremendous tennis match of the 1970s. Fighting for herself, women in sport and the liberation movement, Stone plays Billie Jean King, the era’s greatest tennis player. With a public battle for equality and a private passage in coming to terms with her own sexuality, King comes up against retired Wimbledon winner, Bobby Riggs (Carrell), a cartoonish chauvinist but a complex character. As an irrefutably relevant movie, the duo’s final courtside confrontation is a moment that transcends the realms of sport.
Battle Of The Sexes is in cinemas from Friday 24 November.
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani.
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Gheetanjali Kulkarni. India 2016. 102 mins. Hindi with English subtitles.
With tenderness, sanguinity and wisdom, writer-director Shubhashish Bhutiani debuts a humbling arthouse tale, based around the ever tricky dynamic between father Daya (Lalit Behl) and son Rajiv (Adil Hussain). The two generations embark upon a pilgrimage to Varnasi, a trip induced by Daya’s foreboding dreams regarding his own fatality.
Vibrant cinematography plays backdrop to the themes of self discovery, spirituality, and the frictions between technology and tradition within modern India, as Bhutiani supplies sincerity and wit in perfect measures.
Discover Tuesdays presents Hotel Salvation on Tuesday 21 November. Find your cinema and book tickets
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck USA 1986 103 mins
As we come to the end of our beloved succession of John Hughes screenings, do not neglect the chance to reunite with the escapades of plucky teen hero Ferris Bueller.
Renowned for penning youth angst so flawlessly, Hughes’ classic formula is naturally employed here, as adults remain peculiar and outlying creatures. With boyish charm, follow self-assured Bueller (Matt Broderick) in bypassing school for the big city glamour of downtown, in this love letter to Chicago. For anyone once smothered by the monotony of school routine this film relays the ultimate in fulfilling our teenage daydreams.
Vintage Sundays presents Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Sunday 5 November. Find your cinema and book tickets.
Broadcast live to cinemas from the National Theatre, Stephen Sondheim’s treasured musical invites us to a New York reunion of former show girls. Once members of Broadway’s sensational Weismann Follies, the performers reunite in the wake of their old theatre’s demolition. The cast remains elaborate, with the show girls and their assorted partners doubled by their younger selves on stage. The action centres around two key couples recalling past tales and triumph despite an air of regret pluming the set. Past dreams, doors and desires are evoked, in an ode to the theatre of the 1920s and 30s.
NT Live: Follies is broadcast live on Thursday 16 November. Find your cinema and book tickets.
Director: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud. USA 1986. 101 mins
There is a certain peril in revisiting any childhood favourite and the apprehension as to whether that much-loved record, haunt or story will remain quite as sweet, several years later. Fortunately these concerns fall short when it comes to a re run of Labyrinth, a film capable of binding several generations together, with the puppetry magic and imagination of director and Muppets creator Jim Henson.
As a young girl confronts mystique and menace in an endeavour to rescue her younger brother from Jareth the goblin king (Bowie), this surreal ‘80s fantasy remains a visually vivid spectacle, in a parallel and dazzling universe that never quite makes sense.
The Enchanted Screen and Culture Shock presents Labyrinth on Monday 13 November. Find your cinema and book tickets.