Film Hub Fortnightly – January Part 2
For the second half of January, there are many titles, old and new, at play across the independent cinemas of Northern Ireland.
At the Newcastle Community Cinema, they’re showing Wildfire (2020), an Irish border drama about two estranged sisters, on the 22nd and Even Mice Belong In Heaven (2021), a family-friendly animation, on the 30th. While at the Fermanagh Film Club in the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, you can see Balloon (2019), a Tibetan coming-of-age drama, on the 19th.
At the Queen’s Film Theatre, you can still see one-take, culinary thriller Boiling Point (2021) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s new 70s set comedy Licorice Pizza (2021) until the 20th. There also a few screening dates left for The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021), which will play on the 18th, and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021), on the 18th and 19th.
Until the 19th, there will be screenings of The Humans (2021), a comedy about a feuding family of Manhattanites gathered for Thanksgiving, starring Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yeun. Running up to the 20th, A Hero (2021) is the new drama from acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, about a man’s desperate attempt to free himself from a debtor’s prison.
The end of January will see the release of several big arthouse titles, including Belfast (2021) which runs from the 20th to February the 3rd. Starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Ciaran Hinds and Judi Dench, this new film from Kenneth Branagh is about a boy growing up in the late 60s and on the cusp of The Troubles.
Playing from the 21st to the 25th and again on the 27th, Memoria (2021) is the new surreal film from the great Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul, starring Tilda Swinton as a florist living in Bogotá who finds herself troubled by a mysterious noise. Cow (2021), a documentary from Andrea Arnold that observes the day-to-day of the animal, will play from the 21st to the 23th and then again from the 25th to the 27th.
While on the 27th, there will be a special Lumi Presents panel discussion, hosted especially for its members, between journalists Leila Latif and Helen O’Hara on the state of film criticism. Playing from the 28th to February 3rd, Doineann (2021) is an Irish-language thriller starring Bríd Brennan, and Parallel Mothers (2021) is the new film directed by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and starring his frequent collaborator Penélope Cruz.
At the Strand Arts Centre, you will also be able to see Belfast from the 21st and can currently see Licorice Pizza, the new iteration of Scream (2022), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and West Side Story (2021). Nightmare Alley (2021), the new gothic film from Guillermo Del Toro starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette, will play from the 21st and on the 20th, there will be a one-off, anniversary screening of The Pianist (2002), the WW2 drama starring Adrien Brody and directed by Roman Polanski.
At Movie House Cinemas, Belfast will be running from the 21st at all four locations. Currently you can see The Matrix Resurrections (2021), The King’s Man (2021), Encanto (2021), Scream, West Side Story and Licorice Pizza, among other titles. While from the 28th, you will be able to catch Sing 2 (2021), the sequel to the 2016 musical animation.