Some of you might remember that at the last film festival I confessed to a love of a much maligned film genre; the rom-com. I maintain my stance and truly believe that there is no other genre of film that can be as uplifting and enjoyable. In our present circumstances don’t we all need something to take our mind off the endless news cycles?
Romantic Comedy (2019, Elizabeth Sankey)
If you are hesitant to dip your toes into the warm waters of movie rom-coms then the perfect introduction to the genre is a film essay that played at the 2019 Inverness Film Festival - Elizabeth Sankey’s Romantic Comedy (which is now showing on MUBI). The film is quite cynical about mainstream rom-coms, points out their many flaws, but comes from a place of love - and isn’t that what they’re all about it in the end? (Well, usually, but not quite always).
Our Little Sister (2015, Hirokazu Koreeda)
Another film streaming on MUBI (from Sat 9th May) is Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister. There have been plenty of comparisons between Koreeda and another great Japanese director, Yasujirô Ozu. It might be controversial saying this but I prefer Koreeda. We’ve been very lucky at the Inverness Film Festival to screen three Koreeda films over the years - I Wish, After the Storm and Shoplifters. I very much hope that in future years we can continue to screen this wonderful director’s films. I have mentioned in a previous blog that his new film The Truth is available to rent on Curzon Home Cinema, but when we do reopen the cinema at Eden Court it will be on during the first week.
I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953)
MUBI are also having a ‘selectrospective’ of Federico Fellini films over the next couple of months. As you may remember we were midway through an Inverness Film Fans season of Fellini films, we had screened I Vitelloni (screening on MUBI from Mon 11th May) and La Dolce Vita so I recommend seeing both those films. Also showing later will be 8½ and Juliet of the Spirits, both of these films are still to screen in the InFiFa season and we will be showing them once we reopen – I definitely think you should wait to see them on the big screen, they are a couple of genuine classics to look forward to. The 8½ poster is currently still up behind the box office counter and it will remain there until we have shown the film.
Eden Court customers can get 90 days of movies for free with MUBI. Click this link to find out more. We are also partnering with Curzon Home Cinema to offer you 15% off any ‘(NOT) In Cinemas Now’ new release. Enter the code CHCMAY when purchasing.
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