Film

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Empire of Light

Dir: Sam Mendes
Cast: Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Toby Jones
119mins   2023   UK | US   TBC   English   

Hilary manages a seafront picture palace. Once an opulent multiscreen cinema with a dance hall overlooking the sea, now only one screen remains open, albeit a grand one. In preparation for a regional premiere of Chariots of Fire, Hilary and her colleagues spruce up the venue. Outside, the town itself is crumbling, with a rising far-right presence. A stirring ode to the cinema as a space for collective experience, offering the pleasures and balms of watching films in darkness together.

'An engrossing, poignantly observed and beautifully acted drama about love, life and the fragile art of moviegoing' - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian