We're celebrating Pride Month at Cineworld with a trio of contemporary classics championing openness, inclusivity and individuality. Scroll down to find out what's on and when.
1. God's Own Country (releasing June 12th)
Francis Lee's feature film debut is a passionate story of a life-changing encounter that plays out against the rugged backdrop of the Yorkshire dales. Josh O'Connor delivers an acclaimed performance as introverted farm boy Johnny who grapples with his attraction to Romanian immigrant Gheorghe (Alec Secăreanu) whom Johnny's father Martin (Ian Hart) has employed.
The ensuing love story is as tempestuous and unpredictable as the glowering Yorkshire skies, as the two men seek their own individual measure of redemption and weigh up the possibility of a happy life together. A success at both the Sundance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, where it won Best British Independent Film and Best Debut Screenwriter, God's Own Country is now cemented as a classic of LGBTQ+ cinema.
2. Call Me By Your Name (releasing June 22nd)
In this Oscar-winning drama, the sweltering warmth of a 1980s Italian summer encapsulates the slow-burn heat between Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). The former is the bookish son of an archaeology professor (Michael Stuhlbarg); the latter is the exchange student who lands in Elio's world and turns it upside down.
Director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory adapt André Aciman's novel with sensitivity, fully exploring the nuances of early attraction and the melancholic, transient nature of life-changing events. The sun-dappled cinematography meshes with a soundtrack of classic eighties hits and a raft of breathtaking performances, all of which adds up to a luminous, moving experience.
3. Moonlight (releasing June 24th)
Independent filmmaker Barry Jenkins hit the big time with this atmospheric, multi-stranded drama that explores three stages in the life of a single character. We're introduced to young kid Little, later to become teenager Chiron and eventually isolated adult Black, the movie recapping a tortured path through a life influenced by emergent sexuality, surrogate parental figures and the tragedy of motherly neglect.
Jenkins' engrossing tapestry is adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, clad in an arresting blue-black aesthetic and a turbulent score from Succession's Nicholas Britell. But it's the piercing insight into identity and attraction that secures the movie's resonant emotional power, buoyed as it is by stunning performances including Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Oscar nominee Naomie Harris.