With the Summer blockbusters looming large and a season renowned for providing early screenings to excite frenzied fanboys/girls, the May line-up at Light House Media Centre kicks off with Mud and Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols providing a ‘Midnight Special’ of his own starring Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst.
We’ve already seen her warm up the vocal chords in ABBA musical Mamma Mia and this month we’ll see Meryl Streep intentionally hit all the wrong notes in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins, as Don Cheadle and Tom Hiddleston immerse themselves in jazz and country music, taking on the respective roles of greats Miles Davis and Hank Williams in Miles Ahead and I Saw The Light.
Both up for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year and receiving plenty of high praise along the way, Midland audiences have the chance to see Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing holocaust drama and directorial debut Son Of Saul along with French film Mustang, which revolves around a tight-knit female ensemble punished for their flirtatious behaviour by their own grandmother.
Also bringing plenty of foreign flavour to proceedings will be the remarkable one-shot Berlin-set thriller Victoria and the latest film from Japanese Like Father Like Son director Hirokazu Koreeda, Our Little Sister, as the Palme D’Or winner at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the form of Jacque Audiard’s (Rust And Bone/A Prophet) Dheepan finally debuts.
Finally, Jon Favreau and an all-star cast including the likes of Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson provide us with a spellbinding new take of a Rudyard Kipling classic with The Jungle Book, as Southpaw and Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal plays a mourning investment banker struggling to deal with the real world in drama Demolition.
Here are the full listings:
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (JEFF NICHOLS): Friday 6th May – Thursday 12th May
THE JUNGLE BOOK (JON FAUREAU): Sunday 8th May – Thursday 12th May
DHEEPAN (JACQUE AUDIARD): Sunday 8th May – Thursday 12th May
SON OF SAUL (LASZLO NEMES): Friday 13th May – Thursday 19th May
DEMOLITION (JEAN-MARC VALLEE): Friday 13th May – Thursday 19th May
OUR LITTLE SISTER (HIROKAZU KOREEDA): Friday 13th May – Thursday 19th May
I SAW THE LIGHT (MARC ABRAHAM): Friday 20th May – Thursday 26th May
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (STEPHEN FREARS): Friday 20th May – Wednesday 1st June
VICTORIA (SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER): Sunday 22nd May, Monday 23rd May and Wednesday 25th May
MILES AHEAD (DON CHEADLE): Friday 27th May – Thursday 2nd June
MUSTANG (DENIZ GAMZE ERGUVEN) – Friday 27th May – Thursday 2nd June
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