At Cinemas: Nice job Danny – now hurry up and make the Trainspotting sequel
After Disney’s recent ‘reimagining’ of Star Wars (1977), cinema-goers could be forgiven for self-diagnosing a chronic case of déjà vu, but fear not – this week’s Steve Jobs biopic has nothing to do with that rubbish Ashton Kutcher film, Jobs (2013). From celebrated British director Danny Boyle and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin, the film takes a fascinating approach to the life of our most beloved of Syrian refugees, by showing, in only three scenes, the public and private dramas that surrounded the release of three key products in Apple’s history. With acting powerhouse Michael Fassbender in the titular role, I think iFruit fans can safely look forward.
Also out this week is another film portrait, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict – a documentary about the arts patron who combined her modest fortune and impeccable taste to build a formidable collection of 20th century art. All of this while wooing the likes of Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp and many others. A fascinating subject for sure, the film has thus far received mainly favourable press …
Will any of the gold statue nominations thrown at The Revenant last week end up sticking? The Oscars fall on February 28 but you can judge for yourself from Thursday – and find out what we thought right now, in this week’s review.
Elsewhere, there’s classic cinema from all eras at Cinemateket. This month’s film (screening every evening at different times) is the critically lauded The President – which shows a fictional dictator faced with his regime’s numerous crimes. ‘Danish on a Sunday’ is a bi-monthly screening of Danish films with English subs. This weekend there’s Ole Christian Madsen’s based-on-a-true story Itsi Bitsi (2014) which follows a young man’s attempts to win the exclusive affection of sexually liberated Iben – ultimately forming the iconic hippy band Steppeulvene. It starts at 14:15 and an extra 40kr will get you coffee and a pastry. For a full Cinematek program visit dfi.dk/Filmhuset.
Finally, if déjà vu in the multiplexes has left you craving something entirely different, why not try Huset’s two-day Fetish Film Festival (huset-kbh.dk) starting Friday.