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Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, director and star of Flight of the Conchords, reunite for a seriously hilarious vampire comedy. A documentary crew follows our four undead flatmates as they bicker about the washing up, agonise about the propriety of virgin slaying, and frequently clash with a pack of uptight local werewolves (led by Conchords’ ‘Murray’, Rhys Darby).
Just when you thought there was no life left in the vampire comedy, it’s resurrected with relish, invention and warmth, replicating the deadpan silliness of Waititi and Clement’s hit HBO series, and, ultimately, staking its place in the mockumentary canon alongside the Spinal Taps and Best in Shows.
Comedy 2015 105 mins Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.
Comedy 1932 86 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s long-term collaborator Kogo Noda scripts a subtle shift from light to dark as Hirano’s carefree college life is marred by tragedy.
Comedy 1937 71 mins Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu's comic pre-war feature about a professor who falls into the clutches of his audacious niece.
Comedy 1930 64 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Takahashi finds a creative way to avoid doing his revision in Ozu's roguish comedy, reminiscent of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman.
Comedy 1931 73 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Graduate Okajima finds his old-fashioned beard makes life difficult in Ozu's comedy exploring the tension between tradition and modernity.
Comedy 1929 103 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s earliest surviving film follows students Watanabe and Yamamoto as they unknowingly compete for the same girl.
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Drama 2013 100 mins Director: Alain Guiraudie
A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.
Fantasy 1946 95 mins Director: Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Fantasy 2010 109 mins Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong's Cannes prizewinner, about an ailing man revisiting his past, is a measured, lyrical evocation of mysterious beauty and quiet humanity.
Drama 1970 111 mins Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini directs opera singer Maria Callas in a vivid adaptation of Euripides' Greek tragedy.
Drama 1954 86 mins Director: Roberto Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders
Comedy 1932 87 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu's silent masterpiece follows two brothers as they try to outwit the local bully.
Crime 2009 156 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard’s award-winning prison drama chronicles the rites of passage and eventual rise to power of a young French Arab. Tough, taut, truthful
Drama 2012 123 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Rust and Bone is as punchy and abrasive as its title suggests – but intensely moving and surprisingly poetic too.
Drama 2015 115 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard’s soul-stirring Palme d’Or winner tells of a veteran Tamil Tiger guerrilla who finds fresh violence in his new life in Paris.
Drama 2019 88 mins Director: Fyzal Boulifa
A lifelong friendship is tested by tragedy in this atmospheric and intense first feature from acclaimed British shorts director Fyzal Boulifa.
Drama 1971 74 mins Director: Masao Adachi
A jaded young woman embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery in this radical pink film from experimental film artist, agent provocateur and underground political soldier, Masao Adachi.
Crime 1967 86 mins Director: Atsushi Yamatoya
A hitman is engaged to track down a kidnapped girl, in this hallucinatory and surreal mix of erotica and yakuza violence from the writer of Branded to Kill.