From Budapest to Bristol

If you’re a regular visitor to the Showroom Cinema you’re probably familiar with the Europa Cinemas advert that we show before all our film screenings.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 10:45 am
La Belle Epoque
La Belle Epoque

But whilst the ad’s deliriously catchy ear worm of a jingle has likely made its way into your head on more than one occasion, you may be less familiar with exactly what it is that Europa Cinemas does.

Created in 1992, it’s an initiative that supports cinemas all throughout Europe (and beyond) to screen European films.

Starting with 30 cinemas, in just 27 years it has become a vibrant network uniting more than 1,200 cinemas in 43 countries and 751 cities - from Budapest to Bristol.

Its main objectives are to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that give a significant part of their screening space to European films.

This is of course fantastic for a cinema like the Showroom, a venue that’s already deeply committed to championing and showcasing the very best of European film culture.

Throughout 2020 we’ll be doubling down on this commitment.

We’ll be continuing to highlight the very best new European releases in our main programme, but we’ll also be giving you a chance to catch up on even more of the best classic and contemporary European films to hit UK cinemas in recent years - with our new “Made in Europe” strand.

Each film in the strand will screen for one week (Fri-Thurs) at 10.30am every morning.

First up, from Friday the 3 rd of January, is La Belle Epoque, a charming and inventive Charlie Kaufman-esque romantic comedy drama, in which sixty-something Victor (Daniel Auteuil) has his life turned upside down when a radical new theatre company offers him the chance to relive the most memorable week of his existence.

The following week, get your big screen musical fix with the film that director Jacques Demy described as “a film in song”. The visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg pays homage to the Hollywood musical and was a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.

Then in the gloriously strange Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace.

Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

Finally, C’est La Vie! sees the directing team behind the 2011 smash Intouchables reunite for a comedy in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner. A deliciously deadpan comic soufflé.