Phoenix Fringe

Watch high quality independent, foreign language and classic films, documentaries, art house and world cinema on the big screen.

Phoenix Fringe choose two films a month to be shown at the Phoenix Cinema. It’s not a club – screenings are open to the public and everyone is welcome. You can suggest films you would like to see at Phoenix Fringe and keep up to date with screenings through their Facebook page.

Please note – there are often no adverts shown before Fringe screenings, particularly before the evening shows, so please make sure you are seated by the advertised start time of each film.

See below for the upcoming Phoenix Fringe films:

 

HONEYLAND

Thursday 9 January: 1300 & 2045

When a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently manoeuvres the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back – not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

Stunning multi award-winning documentary – the most awarded film out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography Award, Grand Jury Prize and Special Jury Award in the World Cinema Documentary section.

87 minutes     Cert. 12A

 

 

JUDY & PUNCH

Thursday 23 January: 1300 & 2030

A couple of famous puppeteers try to resurrect their marionette show, but driving ambition and a penchant for a drink lead to an ill-fated turn of events.

Judy and her husband Punch live in the town of Seaside. A strange place that is located nowhere near any sort of coastline, the town and its inhabitants are in thrall to a frenzy of witch-hunts and superstition. But while the townspeople revel in the drama of the various trials and punishments, Judy and Punch provide welcome distraction with their magical puppet show.

However, temptation can be found in every dark corner of Seaside, and the charismatic Punch succumbs to the women, the ale and adulation that await him at the local tavern. Despairing at her husband’s weakness, Judy forces the hungover Punch to focus on his responsibilities and leaves him to mind their baby for a morning, the repercussions of which lead to an ill-fated turn of events that Judy must avenge…

Acclaimed dark drama that puts a spin on the familiar tale. Directed by Mirrah Foulkes, starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.

106 minutes     Cert. 15

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