François Truffaut stated that film lovers are sick people - we're not sick, we're just truly insatiable! We've barely signed off our top ten of 2017 lists, and opened the box sets under the Christmas tree, but we're already hungry for more films in the new year. Here's what the Curzon Team are especially looking forward to in 2018
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA)
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's follow-up to the brilliant Gloria stars Daniela Vega as the titular 'fantastic woman' - a young trans woman whose loving older partner tragically dies, leaving her to face prejudice alone. Whilst paying homage to the spirit of Almodóvar, Wong Kar-wai and Xavier Dolan, Lelio and his co-producers Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda, No) and Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) sculpt a totally original character portrait, which in turn is a study in growing through grief, standing up for one's true self, and hammering courage into a body armour of resilience.
Irene, Curzon Cinemas
A Fantastic Woman is out on 2 March 2018. Curzon Members can catch early previews from 28 January.
Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev's bleak masterpiece Leviathan (2014), a remorseless tale of corruption in rural Russia, left me haunted when I first saw it. This epic tale of a moral power vacuum angered the Russian authorities despite winning armfuls of acclaim. In 2018 Zvyagintsev returns with Loveless, this time without support from Moscow but already a place on the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist (again). On the surface it's about the nightmare of a child disappearing, but will no doubt hold a mirror to the darkest side of society.
Megan, Curzon Home Cinema
Loveless is out on 9 February 2018. Curzon Members can catch early previews from Sunday 4 February.
The 'we love Meryl' fandom continues in The Post, as her character starts out as a wealthy and intelligent bystander of her husband's business, and arcs to become the lynchpin of a movement for free speech. As we near the end of the film and she addresses yet another man who tells her what she can and can't do by pointing out the business is hers and she'll do what she likes: I wanted to stand up and cheer. Steven Spielberg's 31st (!!!) film as a director is a historical drama and a political thriller, and more than anything else it's an ode to journalism and its ideals - a voice we need in these dark days.
Kate, Curzon Cinemas
The Post is out on Friday 19 January 2018
A new film by my favourite living director, Paul Thomas Anderson, means that for me it'll be Christmas all over again on Groundhog Day! This one has the added bonus of a new collaboration between PTA and Daniel Day-Lewis - who has announced his retirement from acting, so this will apparently be his final film*. The trailer appears to announce Phantom Thread as a romantic drama set in the British fashion industry of the 1950s, but a general atmosphere reminiscent of Hitchock's Rebecca portends a psychological thriller about obsession as well as haute-couture. In no small part this is due to the unnerving music - always such a crucial component of PTA's work, and here yet another collaboration with the amazing Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, who scored There Will Be Blood, The Master and Junun. I can. Not. Wait.
*Maybe. (Daniel, if you're reading, please come back.)
Irene, Curzon Cinemas
Phantom Thread is out on Friday 2 February 2018
You can't spell Greta Gerwig without g-r-e-a-t. So perhaps we don't need a directorial debut to tell us that she has one of the most original and refreshing voices in U.S. cinema: her stellar work as screenwriter of Frances Ha and Mistress America may have been a bit shaded by a massive sign that read "directed by Noah Baumbach", but we always knew that the ideas, the characters and, especially, all the feels, came from their female writer and star. Finally though the wider world outside the fandom will truly recognise what a legend she is with the tender and hilarious Lady Bird - an early 2000s California coming of age comedy drama starring Saoirse Ronan (poised to become THE star of 2018 with at least three major movies due to hit the screens this year) and Timothée Chalamet (who played Sensitive Heartthrob of 2017 Elio in Call Me By Your Name). It's officially the freshest film on Rotten Tomatoes ever, and we're ready to raise a Bloody Mary to it.
Irene, Curzon Cinemas
Lady Bird is out on Friday 16 February 2018
120 BPM - BEATS PER MINUTE
I saw a lot of great films at the London Film Festival this year, but the one that got me was 120 BPM. I'll be surprised if it isn't my film of 2018. Like all my favourite films it made me laugh and then reduced me to to an embarrassing, sobbing mess. Since I saw it I haven't stopped banging on about it and I'll keep singing its praises until it's released in April 2018. Set in the early '90s, it follows an AIDS activist group and touches on issues of death, isolation, discrimination, activism, tragedy, and so much more, but mostly BPM overflows with life. I can't wait to watch it again but this time I'll know to pack the tissues.
- Emma, Curzon
120 BPM - Beats per Minute is out Friday 6 April 2018
Shane Black takes the reigns of this once great sci-fi action franchise to reinvigorate it with his own sense of black humour and tough-guy talk. Not only does this claim to strip the film back to its core basics, it boasts a cast that includes Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Edward James Olmos and everyone's favourite Jacob Tremblay. Where Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant fumbled with its own mythology, fingers crossed The Predator gives us muscular action, pitch black comedy and one-liners aplenty.
- Sam H., Curzon Aldgate
The Predator is out on Friday 3 August 2018
I had the privilege of seeing Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot at the London Film Festival, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be recommending it to you, when it comes out in 2018. It’s ground-breaking filmmaking from the Israeli director of Lebanon, which might be a bit challenging to start with, but stick with it, the payoff is immense. Must be seen on a BIG screen, and best to go in not knowing much about the storyline. I’m telling you now, pop down to Paddy Power and put a tenner on: it has awards written all over it.
Lydia, Curzon Cinemas
Foxtrot is out in Spring 2018
FACES, PLACES (VISAGES, VILLAGES)
A film that I’ve already seen but it is such a pure shot of joy cannot wait for others to see too. The legendary Agnès Varda’s Faces, Places is about people, connections, inter-generational friends, idiot friends (I’m looking at you Jean-Luc Godard), pride, community, Frenchness and large doses of humanity.
Kate, Curzon Cinemas
Faces, Places is out in Summer 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
My excitement is very much lessened by the whole Johnny Depp scandal (and I really wish they'd just bring back Colin Farrell as the villain) but, hopefully this will not kill the film. The first instalment was an excellent extension to the Potterverse and I am completely on board with this new adventure. Am also looking forward to seeing Jude Law's Dumbledore!
Margot, Curzon Cinemas
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out on 16 November 2018
Having made five (six if you count Voyage of Time, and why wouldn’t you?) films since 2011, it no longer seems fitting to define Terrence Malick by his legendary 20 year hiatus all those years ago. His post millennium prolificity far eclipses that period. In 2018 the newly-eager Malick will give us Radegund, a Second World War drama based on the life and execution of conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter. The film is said to be a more formal endeavour than we’ve grown accustomed to, shot in Austria with a script(!) and a typically brilliant ensemble cast. Radegund stars German actors August Diehl and Jürgen Prochnow, Swiss legend Bruno Ganz, Austrian newcomer Valerie Pachner, the late Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, and Belgian heart-throb Matthias Schoenaerts. While Malick’s modern day triptych came to a satisfying conclusion with Song To Song, the news that he’s returning to period work comes as a welcome relief. Malickian reflection seems far better equipped to make sense of the past than of the here and now, and this particular story of honour and dignity is one we can’t wait to sit down with.
Ryan, Curzon Cinemas
Radegund is out sometime in 2018... exactly when is anyone's guess.