Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
With the Brexit deadline looming and the UK growing ever more inward looking, the Showroom Cinema is proud to have a diverse, open, and internationally facing program that showcases and celebrates work from all over the world.
This week is no exception. We’ve got three fantastic new films opening, including one from Argentina, and a French production that tells the story of the Jamaican music scene, alongside a brilliant homegrown independent feature made in Cornwall.
Set on the eve of the 1976 Argentinian coup, Rojo is a stylish and darkly funny drama about the country’s troubled collective subconscious during its Dirty War.
Claudio is a middle-aged, happily married lawyer with a comfortable life. But in a restaurant one night he is attacked by a mysterious stranger. A few months later, a Chilean private detective arrives on the scene, and we are drawn further into a reality where nothing is as it seems.
A blend of Costa-Gavras and early Coen Brothers, Rojo is a hypnotic study of a society in moral decline. The film maps the murky terrain of a time where thousands of Argentinians were disappeared without a trace. Endemic violence, fear and corruption infiltrated every part of its society, forcing citizens to commit crimes simply to protect themselves. Rojo cements director Benjamín Naishtat’s reputation as an exciting new voice in world cinema.
While the joyous and vibrant Inna de Yard is set against the lush green mountains of Jamaica.
This brilliant doc sees a superstar group of reggae legends gather to record a new album of infectious hits in an unplugged style that harks back to their roots.
The musicians include Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Cedric Myton and Judy Mowatt whose songs capture the poetry and passion of their homeland.
This landmark film recounts the history and continuing importance of reggae music and paints an unforgettable portrait of these pioneering artists and the successes, triumphs and heartaches afforded by a lifetime immersed in this influential music scene.
Finally, British filmmaker Mark Jenkin’s extraordinary Cornish feature film Bait rounds off this week’s new releases.
Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb, and stag parties to his harbour village. The summer season brings tensions between the locals and newcomers to boiling point, with tragic consequences.
Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Bait is a funny and poignant film that gets to the heart of a community facing unwelcome change.