As of Friday 4 September, HOME is officially back, so everyone can get their dose of expertly curated arts and culture in the heart of the city. With safety measures in place to ensure government guidance is followed, the cinema, restaurant, bar and café will all open back up, with the initial film programme now available on their website. We’ve picked out the top 5 films you really can’t miss this September – due to current circumstances there is some flexibility on dates, so make sure to check the HOME website for the most up-to-date information on when these films are showing.

The Assistant

Missing out on a cinematic release due to lockdown, The Assistant (directed by Kitty Green) stars Julia Garner as a conflicted office junior working in a production office in Hollywood headed up by a toxic executive accustomed to abusing his power. The audience never sees the face of the man behind it all, but it’s impossible not to think of Harvey Weinstein – this timely and incisive feature shouldn’t be missed.

The Elephant Man

HOME’s big hurrah last summer was the David Lynch exhibition, showing his art alongside many of his acclaimed films. If you missed your chance to see The Elephant Man then, make sure to catch it this time – Lynch’s second feature is a little more accessible than his first (Eraserhead), although his trademark surrealist touch still shines through in his telling of the story of Joseph Merrick, treated as an outcast and a spectacle in Victorian London.

El Despertar de las hormigas

The ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival at HOME, which was cut short due to lockdown, will return with daily screenings from the second week in September. Make sure to catch the UK premiere of El Despertar de las hormigas, directed by Antonella Sudasassi. This meticulously crafted domestic drama follows a Costa Rican woman, Isa, who faces relentless heat and humidity combined with a domineering husband obsessed with his wife fulfilling the traditional role in the household.

Flash Gordon

Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic sci-fi from 1980 on the big screen – the cinema experience will really do justice to the colourful and vibrant aesthetics (shining through from the comic strip it is based on). The film follows American football player ‘Flash’ Gordon who has to fight to save Earth from collision with another planet – this film makes for a perfect night out at the movies.

La Haine

Released in 1995, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine feels just as contemporary and relevant now as it did 25 years ago. The film is based on real events and follows three friends over the course of a day in the aftermath of a riot in the housing project of Paris. Tensions (and police presence) are high, with an uncompromising honesty on social and economic issues and the prejudices they allow to flourish.

Fri 4 Sep, HOME,
2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Fri 28 Aug 2020