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:


HAPPY AS LAZZARO                                                             

Thursday 23 May: 1300 & 2030

A kind-hearted peasant befriends the son of the local land-owner and embarks on a journey through an ever-changing modern world.

This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a simple peasant whose sweet nature makes people mistake him for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated village is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the Cruella de Vil-esque queen of cigarettes. When Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping, a loyal bond is sealed. Their strange and improbable alliance is a revelation, a friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro towards his first time in the big city, where he is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

Following on the cinematic footsteps of Pasolini, Jarman and Fellini, Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher’s follow-up to her 2014 hit The Wonders is a luminous magic-realist fable that doubles as an origin myth for a modern Italy consumed by corruption and decline. Mixing folk tales with social critique, biblical allegories and pop culture references, this kaleidoscopic film deservedly won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes 2018, where it was also nominated for the Palme d’Or.

127 minutes     Cert. 12A


Thursday 30 May: 1300 & 2030
It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents… and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. Hard-drinking Charlie has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments.

As each increasingly questions the other’s methods, the Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California. It is a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind, but can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?

A darkly comic reimagining of the cinematic Western, as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. Directed by Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, and starring John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root and Rutger Hauer.

122 minutes     Cert. 15

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