It is an inevitability that, even though one spends much of the week in a cinema, you can never see everything. Occasionally that even includes the stuff you really want to see. Earlier this year I missed Cries and Whispers, a film I saw for the first time only 2 years ago, because I was on holiday. Paris, Texas is a film which I adore and which I'm about to miss the chance to see on the big screen.
It's unfortunate that you can't watch them all, or, increasingly as one gets older, even most of them. The jealousy I have of people who don't work in cinemas is that they truly get to treat it as part of their leisure time. I'm not sure I would swap, but not having to weigh up exactly how many hours I've already spent in the building before watching a film, just once in a while, would be great.
So, as our Wim Wenders retrospective draws to an end I'd implore everyone to go and see Paris, Texas. One of the most beautiful films ever committed to the screen and print. An absolute masterpiece. I'll have to try and catch it another time.
Our sister site kicks into full gear for the Edinburgh International Film Festival through this month. EIFF22, the 75th festival, returns more fully this year. Well done to the team in Edinburgh (and further) for making it happen. Three films show at Belmont Filmhouse as part of the programme, The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart, Off The Rails and Home.
Although Aftersun opens this years' festival, Belmont Filmhouse is actually showing an opener from another year too, God's Own Country, for our Queer Film Club, in August. God's Own Country is Francis Lee's fantastic portrayal of a gay relationship on a Yorkshire farm.
Bigger releases through late July and early August are Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waitit's latest Marvel musing, following on from Ragnarok and Jordan Peele's latest, Nope. Seek out the trailer and feel your hairs raise on end. It looks fab.
I'll also pick out Hit The Road, an Iranian drama released to critical acclaim. The Iranian Government is currently clamping down on what it sees as artistic dissension, and director Panah Panahi's father Jafar, a filmmaker himself, as well as Mohamed Rasoulof, director of There Is No Evil, which we showed earlier in the year, have recently been arrested and imprisoned. Supporting the work couldn't be more important.
Pleasure is director Ninja Thyberg's directorial debut, a Swedish critique of the destructiveness of the porn industry. And then we have two films with fire at their core - dramatisation of the destruction of Notre Dame, Notre Dame On Fire, and Fire Of Love, Sara Dosa's documentary on French Volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. Miranda July narrates. It is quite special, and devastating.