Cinema: Story of resilience against the odds

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From acclaimed British director Amma Asante, A United Kingdom opens this Friday, and in the current political climate of division and intolerance this story of two people fighting their states for acceptance and respect of their cultures seems very appropriate.

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo star as a British woman and an African prince determined to be together despite the barriers facing them both in the UK and in Botswana. A great film sharing a story of resilience against the odds.

In the town of Paterson, a man called Paterson lives with his wife, Laura, and his English Bulldog, Marvin. He works as a bus driver, and writes poetry in quieter moments. The inhabitants of Paterson seem to be creatures of habit and Paterson is no exception, walking to and from work the same way, encountering the same or similar individuals while Laura is at home decorating their house in an increasingly monochrome manner. This world is created by cult US indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, whose casting of man of the moment Adam Driver and Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly, Rosewater) is inspired, their relationship entirely believable despite their differences.

Paterson’s poetry and that of his poet-idol William Carlos Williams is scrawled across the screen as it is spoken, written or lived, making the simple town of Paterson appear far more romantic than it may be. The audience can see the poetic elements that Paterson himself appreciates and puts down on paper. This film is funny, warm and friendly, not to mention boasting one of the stand-out dog performances of the year.

For the eighth year, Cinema Palestino brings highlights of Palestinian film to Sheffield. Screening the first of their films this year on Sunday the fantastic 3000 Nights is a moving and inspiring story of a pregnant political prisoner, and her fight for freedom.

Palestinian films are often hard to find on UK screens and this is a rare opportunity to see this award-winning film, recently submitted as Jordan’s entry for best foreign-language Oscar.

With the Showroom just over the road from Sheffield train station it seems fitting that the first in a series of British archive collections to arrive in Sheffield is Railways, due in at 6.45 on the Monday. For fans of locomotives, but this may also be one for those hopeless romantics for whom the golden age of steam conjures up stories of adventure, romance and mystery.