What’s on in cinemas this December? With Avatar 2 dominating the screens, perhaps you’re in the mood for something a bit more refined. You’re in luck because December is full of excellent indie films, including the award-winning Corsage.
Lynch/Oz / December 2
Visual essayist Alexandre O. Philippe continues his exploration of the greatest artistic, cinematic minds with Lynch/Oz. The Wizard Of Oz has been a long-time obsession of cult director David Lynch. Divided into six segments, all narrated by famed indie directors such as Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead and Karyn Kusama, Philippe draws lines between Lynch’s work and The Wizard of Oz.
Tori & Lokita / December 2
From the Dardenne brothers comes Tori & Lokita. The Palme D’Or winning directors stay close to home as they explore the lives and friendship between two African youngsters in Belgium. Tori & Lokita competed for the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes, but ultimately lost to Triangle of Sadness, but the critics still raved about this.
Nocebo / December 9
The master of suburban horror, Lorcan Finnegan, returns with a brand-new horror film. In Nocebo, Eva Green is plagued by a strange illness, but soon receives help from housekeeper Diana, whom she doesn’t remember hiring. Does Diana have ulterior motives? Or is she just a very empathetic healer?
Charlotte / December 9
Charlotte uses the art of animation to tell the story of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Solomon. The film captures her daily life between 1941 and 1943 before she was sent to Auschwitz, where she and her children were murdered. Despite the tragic ending of her life, Charlotte celebrates life and the arts.
Corsage / December 26
Winner of the Best Film award at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, Corsage tracks one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Elizabeth turns 40 on Christmas Eve 1877 and is now considered officially an old woman, something she doesn’t take too well. With a winning performance from Vicky Krieps, Corsage will lift your spirits between Christmas and New Year.
Peter Von Kant / December 30
From François Ozon comes Peter Von Kant, a loose, gender-swapped adaptation of The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, a Rainer Werner Fassbinder classic. A film director, Peter, falls in love with Amir, with whom he offers to share his apartment and promises to help him break into the film world. One for the romantics, this one.