Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
On Sunday the 13th of October, cinemas across Europe – including ourselves here in Sheffield at the Showroom - will be joining forces to celebrate the strength and diversity of European culture with a special day dedicated to European arthousecinema.
European Arthouse Cinema Day was the brainchild of an organisation called the CICAE (The International Union of Art Cinemas). It’s a network of national cinema unions, independent cinemas, film festivals and distributors founded by the German, French, Dutch and Swiss art cinema unions in Wiesbaden in 1955 to promote cultural diversity in cinemas and film festivals. It also supports the distribution of important and vulnerable films from all over the world.
With over 100 million guests in Europe each year, arthouse cinemas play a crucial role in promoting cultural diversity and showcasing up and coming filmmaking talent.
Cinemas are an incredibly important part of the cultural landscape, and they enrich communities everywhere – in cities and in the countryside. They bring people together, regardless of age, origin, education or income for shared, communal experiences. Arthouse cinemas exist all over Europe and flourish in areas with good infrastructure and strong supporting organisations. And as the deadline for the UK leaving the European Union grows ever closer, these kinds of initiatives become all the more crucial for independent cinemas in the UK to maintain our ties to mainland Europe, and demonstrate our continuing commitment to showcasing the brilliant, distinctive and diverse films from Europe that form a major part of our programmes. At the Showroom we’ll be celebrating the day with a special preview screening of the celebrated French director François Ozon’s latest film, By the Grace of God. Something of a departure from Ozon’s usual stylistic flourishes and sly humour, By the Grace of God is an ambitious, sobering, and powerful true story about child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church. Drawing well earned comparisons to 2015’s Spotlight (winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture that year) the film is a profound, well-researched take on a parallel story. It follows the perspective of several semi-fictionalised men as they speak up about their long-repressed experiences and seek justice - the French chapter in what has become an international reckoning. With strong performances from the ensemble cast, and an extraordinary power drawn from the cumulative effect of focusing in detail on each victim and their story, the film is a sensitive and compelling exploration of one of the most important issues of our time. For more info, and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/by-the-grace-of-god