By Adam Ray Palmer
Each month, Cineroom takes a look at what films and/or events are occurring at our favourite independent cinema; the Phoenix in Leicester.
This month, we are looking at a couple films and their big annual film festival...
Kathryn Bigelow returns to the big screen after a five-year break from her last feature length film, Zero Dark Thirty. This time around, she’s back with the ultimate batch of fresh talent. Joining Bigelow in Detroit is John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie. Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men are murdered at the Algiers Motel. Kathryn’s re-telling of the Detroit events is powerful, raw and gut-wrenchingly tense. Boyega is quickly making a huge name for himself and Detroit is another beauty to add to his canon. However, it’s the mightily impressive Will Poulter who takes the plaudits here. He’s at the top of his game here and for his performance alone, this movie cannot be missed.
Detroit screens at the Phoenix from Fri 25 Aug – Thu 7 Sep – certificate 15
When attending the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, I went to see Final Portrait knowing very little about it in all honesty; but hearing a lot of buzz. My week in Germany ended with this movie being the second-best film I caught at the festival (my number one if you’re wondering, Tiger Girl – see that too!).
Final Portrait tells the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush, in sublime form). The movie documents the last few years of Alberto’s life as he interacts with the most important people a few years before his death. Those people are an American writer James Lord (Armie Hammer), escort Caroline (Clémence Posey), his partner Annette Arm (Sylvie Testud) and his brother Diego (Tony Shalhoub). This movie is a punchy, little beauty and crafted expertly by Hollywood legend Stanley Tucci. If there’s 90 mins of film to catch in August, it’s this.
Final Portrait screens at the Phoenix from Fri 25 – Thu 31 Aug – certificate 15
The Short Cinema Festival
The Short Cinema is an annual short film festival held at Phoenix, showcasing established and emerging talent from across the world with a strong focus on Midlands makers.
The Leicester-based festival offers a variety of filmmakers the chance to showcase their movies irrespective of genre or budget. If you have passion and talent, your film could be on the big screen.
The festival provides filmmakers with an opportunity to meet and discuss their work with their peers, strengthening bonds with the Midlands filmmaking community alongside screenings curated by partners such as ICA, FlatPack and Random Acts.
I attended the festival last year for the main competition on the Saturday night; it was an absolute ball. The films on show varied from tear-jerkers, tense thrillers and the laugh-out-loud comedies. It’s extremely cheap too. Where else can you get a festival ticket, a drink and see 10+ films for under tenner?! Yeah, thought not. Get down to the Phoenix and support the up and coming talent!
The Short Cinema Festival runs Wed 23 – Sat 26 Aug 2017