22 January, 2010

February Film Highlights from Tom Vincent

February is a great time to wallow in films here at the Museum: Up in the Air, a sharp, very entertaining satirical comedy with a fascinating George Clooney performance, starts on 29 January in Pictureville. The following week we’re playing A Prophet, a storming, far-reaching prison drama from the director of The Beat that My Heart Skipped. Most famous for Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animation Ponyo, playing from 12 Feb, makes a great half-term film for kids. Then rounding off February we have A Single Man, the story of a grieving man played by Colin Firth in 1960s L.A.

There are also a whole brace of wonderful movies playing more occasionally throughout the month. Identity of the Soul on 13 Feb, is a unique, 5-screen presentation that combines archive film and a host of other media; not to be missed If there are many new films as good as Still Walking released this year I’ll be very happy. It’s in the very fine tradition of Japanese ‘home drama’, and to highlight this we’re playing two films by one of the greatest of all directors, home drama master Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story and Late Autumn). Rounding off the month we have a window onto the world of ordinary Israeli and Palestinian lives in our Dreams of a Nation season.


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