Cinema: Catch them before the post Oscard rush

A scene from The Fits
A scene from The Fits

With the approaching Oscars at the weekend, there is still time to catch many of the heavy hitters at cinemas around Sheffield, including HIDDEN FIGURES, MOONLIGHT, LION, LA LA LAND & MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.

As Oscar nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has announced that he won’t be attending the ceremony in LA, even if he is offered special dispensation to travel regardless of the current restrictions in place in the US, it is brilliant to see that his film, THE SALESMAN, will be screened around the UK. The film, screening on Sunday February 16 at The Showroom, which isn’t released until mid-march, is a powerful story of a couple in Tehran struggling with the repercussions of their apartment becoming unsafe and full of cracks, and a trauma in their personal lives while they appear on stage in an adaption of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Sheffield filmmaker Daniel Gordon’s latest offering opens this week and is sure to prove popular among Sheffield football fans. A documentary about the legendary footballer George Best, his rock and roll lifestyle, his career and his struggles. We are delighted to welcome Daniel to The Showroom for a Q&A on Tuesday February 28, so bring some questions and find out more about the exclusive access he was given to George Best’s history.

THE FITS, also opening on Friday, is a story about a young girl, Toni, and her struggles to fit in at her brother’s boxing club or the girl’s dance troupe that she admires from afar. Along similar lines to Carol Morley’s THE FALLING, a mysterious illness afflicts the girls and seems to be contagious, yet different for each of them. Really this is a study of growing up, friendship and the extend that assimilation is vital for them at this time. A beautiful, and fascinating film which touches on the paranormal and echoes back to the friendships that we so adored in Celine Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD.