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After a lengthy hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cinemas are finally re-opening again around the country. One of the biggest industries in the world has been effectively shut down over the last six months, an unprecedented and unpredictable situation, the likes of which has not been seen since the days of the Second World War. However, with the most anticipated films of the year preparing to take their rightful place on the cinema screen, now seems like the best time for Into Film to begin highlighting some of the new, upcoming releases for us all to get excited about.
Cinemas have been slowly opening over the last few weeks and getting used to a new way of operating. The gentle release of smaller titles, such as the Australian drama Babyteeth and a new Italian adaptation of the fairy-tale Pinocchio, have given cinemas the much needed optimism to push forward and fully reestablish themselves as important exhibitors of entertainment and culture.
This week, we highlight two films from very different corners of the film world: one an extravagant, long-awaited blockbuster, the other an adventurous animation from Latvia.
Known for directing high-concept, complex action, often with a science-fiction twist, a new Christopher Nolan film is always cause for celebration. His cerebral blockbuster stories have thrilled audiences for two decades now, from Memento to his most recent work, Dunkirk and continue to grow bigger in both box-office and ambition.
This year, Tenet has become a much talked about film for reasons nobody could have foreseen. Having been pushed back by Warner Bros multiple times due to the pandemic, its release this week has become a light at the end of the tunnel for cinemas. With a huge amount of hype preceding it, Tenet hopes to deliver the escapism and action that audiences have been missing for so long and rejuvenate the cinema business once again.
As with most Nolan films, plot details have been kept mostly under wraps, but we do know that the story takes place in a world under threat from a futuristic technology and the bending of time itself. John David Washington plays a man who is recruited to solve the mystery at the heart of the film and prevent World War Three from taking place. Early reactions from audiences range from bewilderment to astonishment and, by all accounts, this is a film that works best on the biggest screen you can find.
Tenet is in cinemas now.
This Latvian animation told entirely without dialogue, may appear like a video game at first due to its immersive visuals and minimalist style. Beginning with the mysterious landing of a boy in a fantastical island, the film follows his journey on a motorbike across different landscapes with small animals he befriends along the way. Relentlessly followed by a large and destructive monster across the island, the boy cannot seem to find safety.
The film's ambiguity is fascinating and particularly valuable for discussion. Split into four chapters and including an intriguing musical score that creates a sense of both fantasy and mindfulness, the film can be interpreted in many different ways. The plot also allows for many interpretations about themes such as grief, loss and mental health. Created almost entirely by filmmaker Gints Zilablodis, the director's first feature after learning his trade in the world of short films, Away is a highly impressive animation that offers a unique form of cinematic storytelling.
Away is in cinemas now.
We hope you look forward to enjoying and exploring the many treats cinemas has to offer when you feel ready and safe to do so; for more info on new requirements, procedures and safety protocols, please visit individual cinema websites as many venues will be operating under individual protocols.
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