The winter blues are real, but what better way to banish them than to cosy up at your local Picturehouse this February. Here’s just some of the great films you should look out for next month!
A 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes film festival and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to boot. There’s no need for me to convince you that Capernaum is a must-watch. But I’m going to anyway.
Nadine Labaki, writer and director of Capernaum, worked on the idea of the film for three years, which included 6 months shooting and nearly 2 years of editing the first cut (coming in at an epic 12 hours long). The film tells the story of Zain, a headstrong Lebanese boy living in Beirut, surviving amidst a neglected environment, who sues his parents for giving him life despite their ineptitude to provide him and his siblings with a healthy upbringing. Through her poignant film, Labaki aims to put forth and give a voice to the story of the millions of forgotten children who live under those same harsh conditions. The brilliant acting and beautiful cinematography are guaranteed to trigger all your emotions. Hands down the most heartfelt, brutally honest, and thought-provoking film I’ve seen in recent years – I highly recommend it to everyone.
Capernaum is in cinemas from 22 February.Find your cinema and book tickets
Dream team Viggo Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings and The Road) and Mahershala Ali (Academy Award winner for his moving role in Moonlight) star in Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly and inspired by true events. Green Book is set in the 1960s deep south. Don (Mahershala Ali), an African-American pianist headed on tour is seeking a new driver, ultimately hiring Italian-American bouncer Tony (Viggo Mortensen). In an era of high racial division, confronted by their differences, the two form a powerful friendship along the way in what is one of the most touching portrayals of friendship on screen this year.
Green Book is in cinemas from 1 February.Find your cinema and book tickets
Based on a memoir written by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased, directed by actor/director Joel Edgerton, features Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as the parents of the character played by talented young actor Lucas Hedges (known for his breakthrough role in Manchester By The Sea).
The story follows teenager Jared Eamons, raised in a conservative community and the son of an American Baptist pastor, who is sent to a gay-conversion therapy program by his parents. Boy Erased unveils the tough reality queer youth face in an oppressive environment and fights for the verbalisation of their repressed identity.
Boy Erased is in cinemas from 8 February.
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant will woo you with their perfect chemistry in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, directed by Marielle Heller. The film portrays the life of biographer Lee Israel (McCarthy), who after a successful career finds herself ostracised from her own field, unable to get published. Lee Israel decides to revive her literary career by forging letters from famous deceased writers with the help of her partner in crime Jack Hock (Grant). Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant transport us into their newfound love for a crime-ridden life through witty humour and portrayal of larger-than-life characters.
Want to hear more? Check out our Podcast for a special conversation with Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant about their experience working together and the meaning behind their roles.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is in cinemas from 1 February.
Barry Jenkins has created yet another gorgeous and profound film to follow up his first masterpiece Moonlight. If Beale Street Could Talk is set in Harlem in the 1970’s and tells the story of a young African-American couple, Tish and Fonny, whose love life is wrenched from them when Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Jenkins perfectly illustrates the racial divide in America through a timeless story which has been portrayed in several works of art such as the great novel An American Marriage written by Tayari Jones. And if that’s not enough, Nicholas Britell, composer of Moonlight’s superb soundtrack, has once again teamed up with Barry Jenkins to create a score to remember. A film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
If Beale Street Could Talk is in cinemas from 8 February.Find your cinema and book tickets