Towner Cinema: September programme tickets now on sale!
Posted on 31/08/2021
We’ve loved reintroducing you to Towner Cinema in the past month and hope the thrill of the big screen has been a welcome form of escape.
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that tickets for our September programme are now on sale.
Here’s a taste of what we’ll have on offer this month!
Another Round, Thomas Vinterberg, 2021
Occupying some space between prosaic realism and abstract dreaminess, Another Round has a sometimes disorienting atmosphere that emphasises the desires of its main characters to remedy their stale and repetitive lives through experimental alcohol consumption.
The four friends become intrigued by the theories of psychiatrist Finn Skarderud, which suggest that a consistent blood alcohol content of 0.05% increases happiness, encouraging creativity, and boosting energy. Though when embarking on this experiment, the group is careful to set out strict rules, their infatuation with living life at the mercy of this knife-edge realm is bound with adversity and complication.
Mads Mikkelsen shines in this daring but revealing drama, and it’s through his character Martin that the themes of balancing depression with desires and the mundanities of daily life come through most strongly. If not worth watching for its exploration of that very human craving for something more at the edge of total descent – or an urge to jump that affirms the urge to live – then at the very least for Mikkelsen’s breathtaking jazz ballet sequence!
Saturday 28 August, 1:00pm
Sunday 29 August, 1:00pm
Thursday 02 September, 1:00pm
Thursday 02 September, 4:00pm
Saturday 04 September, 4:00pm
Saturday 05 September, 4:00pm
The Father, Florian Zeller, 2021
Anthony Hopkins plays the titular character in The Father, the defiant and mischievous 80-year-old Anthony, stoically battling his own mind as he slowly finds his grip on reality loosening. His identity and image of himself remain critical to him as he rejects carers suggested by his daughter Anne (Olivia Coleman).
The Father gets interesting when Florian Zeller begins to bring the audience into Anthony’s very personal battleground, changing sets and actors to shift perspectives and attempt to craft a story from within. Zeller based the script on his own experiences caring for his grandmother and hoped to create something that resembled an active exploration of the emotions, unease, and disorientation that come along with dementia.
Originally written as a play in Zeller’s native French, the director set out to create something totally new for the big screen. It’s clear watching this piece that the tools of cinema language are being fully realised and the result is something truly memorable, though heartbreaking at times.
Saturday 28 August, 4:00pm
Sunday 29 August, 4:00pm
Saturday 04 September, 1:00pm
Sunday 05 September, 1:00pm
Thursday 09 September, 1:00pm
Thursday 09 September, 4:00pm
Limbo, Ben Sharrock, 2021
Too often, the stories of people seeking refuge are left to be told by disjointed and impersonal snippets from news outlets or sensationalist tabloids; any sense of humanity is either missing or easily overlooked. In Limbo, Ben Sharrock has re-centred the narrative and uses his cinematic style and voice as a platform to represent this experience compassionately, poignantly, and with a touch of humour.
The plot revolves around four men, suspended in a strange purgatory as they wait on a fictional Scottish island to hear the results of their asylum claims, the disconnect between the intense vastness of the landscape and their confinement starkly evident. Meanwhile, they take mandatory cultural awareness classes, which especially for the main character Omar, generate a sense of internal unraveling and loss of identity.
Omar must also deal with his survivor’s guilt, wondering whether making it out of his home country Syria was really the right thing for him to do. This is a heartbreaking inner conflict, symbolised by his grandfather’s oud, which Omar carries with him throughout the film. The string instrument is a burden in a sense but is also a link to his identity, home, and family.
Saturday 11 September, 1:00pm
Sunday 12 September, 1:00pm
Thursday 16 September, 4:00pm
Sunday 05 September, 1:00pm
Sunday 19 September, 1:00pm
Thursday 23 September, 1:00pm
Deerskin, Quentin Dupieux, 2019
Guaranteed to be a landmark piece for French cinema for years to come, Deerskin chronicles the unraveling of Georges (Jean Dujardin) following a less-than-amicable split from his wife and instigated by the acquisition of his dream deerskin jacket.
This dark comedy delves into the archetypal French idea of masculinity and the perceived infallibility of a man able to present himself fashionably. As Georges’ obsession with the jacket develops, he begins to give it a voice and persona, and together they plot his desire to be the only man to own a jacket.
Georges begins to masquerade as a filmmaker and convince people to yield their jackets to him as he captures images, garnering the support (both financially and emotionally) of amateur editor slash waitress Denise (Adèle Haenel). Perhaps a cautionary tale of how obsession develops when exerting male authority through artistry, or perhaps a more simple study of mid-life crises and curated identity – either way a captivatingly absurd horror-comedy not to be missed.
Sunday 26 September, 4:00pm
Thursday 30 September, 1:00pm
Saturday 02 October, 1:00pm
Sunday 03 October, 1:00pm
Sunday 03 October, 4:00pm
Thursday 07 October, 4:00pm