Dear Laemmle Fans,
I’m eagerly awaiting my father’s second Covid vaccination shot, which he’s set to receive later this week. It’s oddly thrilling that I might actually be able to see one of my parents again – a simple goal, yet one that’s been all but unobtainable for many of us during this past year. That should change soon, so long as case rates and vaccinations stay headed in the right direction.
Another trend in the right direction is that the news seems to be getting less dramatic. The second impeachment trial is over, and there’s only so much we can say about the stark weather before it too passes in a few days. I hope that you’ll take the window of opportunity to turn off the news, and instead enjoy some of the great films we’re offering on Laemmle Virtual Cinema.
Leading off is the critically-acclaimed film Twilight’s Kiss, a “uniquely profound” drama about two aging gay men in Hong Kong (LA Times). After that is the intimate documentary 17 Blocks, a title you may recognize from its featured placement in our Black History Month collection. Other newly released films from our BHM collection include the African comedy Two Weeks in Lagos and the relationship-based drama Test Pattern.
Fans of quirky comedies shouldn’t miss Days of the Bagnold Summer, which we’re opening alongside another offbeat British film, All at Sea, a newly released title from 2010 featuring Laemmle favorite Brian Cox. There’s also the Belgian adult-fantasy film Jumbo, the George Bernard Shaw re-interpretation The Billionaire, the Michelangelo-themed historical epic Sin, and the French-Canadian crime thriller Mafia Inc (from director Podz).
Our sole new offering in the documentary category is Truth to Power, about a heavy metal vocalist’s efforts to raise awareness for the Armenian democracy movement. Also note a new collection we’re offering on our platform: Awards Season. Make sure to check that category often over the next few months as more nominations and awards come in.
All the best,