Bookhouse Film Club

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Friday Night Film - THE HOUSEMAID

As this year's Cannes comes to a close the buzz surrounding Park Chan-wook’s latest film is cause for serious anticipation. Due for distribution via MUBI in the coming months, Decision to Leave is a noir-tinged murder mystery that sees Chan-wook swaps his trademark visceral thrills for an elegantly paced and playful crime romance that is augmented by a star turn from Chinese actress Tang Wei as the seductive widow Seo-rae who becomes the prime suspect in a detective’s investigation of…

Friday Night Film - CRASH

Unquestionably one of the most anticipated films at this year’s Cannes film festival will be the premiere of David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart, the film is in competition for this year’s headline prize, the Palme d’Or, and sees Cronenberg return to his visceral and violent roots.

Friday Night Film - EVOLUTION

Provocative director Gaspar Noé’s Vortex, released in cinemas today, is a story of old age and the descent of dementia. Noe’s career to date has been synonymous with films of a brutal and disturbing nature and his latest work, while a harrowing experience in its own way, is more restrained and a departure from the extremities that precede his reputation. This week’s Friday Night Film pick champions a film by Noe’s wife and frequent collaborator, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, the surreal fantasy…

Odyssey: a Chinese Cinema Season

We are excited to announce that Bookhouse will be attending Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, a month long film festival dedicated to championing the latest in outstanding independent Chinese cinema. The festival, presented by UK-China Film Collab, runs from 10th May - 10th June across venues in London and Edinburgh as well as online.

Recent reviews

A glitz and glamour trip through gorgeous 1960s Paris with a true sense of style via Hepburn’s elegant costumes and essence of cool – Charade portrays a stark contrast to the stale, lifeless churn of modern-day Hollywood and their current IP model.

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Beyond its explicit nature, Stranger by the Lake is an expertly crafted slow-burner made in the vein of a Hitchock thriller a la Rear Window.

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One of the boldest science-fiction epics never finished is now available in its restored form.

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A recent restoration has breathed new life into Borden’s politically charged work and it is now more accessible than ever.

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Filled with surreal gothic imagery and macabre violence, and a visual language from cinematographer Dick Pope that takes cues from early Terrance Malick work like Days of Heaven, The Reflecting Skin is a beautifully dark viewing experience.

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The Conversation was the least revered of and commercially successful but has since been regarded in equal acclaim to Coppola's seminal epics.

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Surge demonstrates Whishaw’s impressive range as an actor for his turn in Aneil Karia's visceral thriller.

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Dead Pigs revolves around an ensemble cast of characters all in some way struggling with their identity and place in modern-day Shanghai.

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