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Manchester's film-lovers can see a range of carefully selected films on the big screen at HOME arts centre, from 4th September.

They can also stay to eat and drink as the restaurant, bar and café will also reopen on the same date.

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French drama Les Misérables is amongst the new cinema selection (image courtesy of HOME)

Safety measures have been put in place, including reduced capacity in all spaces to allow for social distancing. Online booking will be encouraged. Visitors will also be expected to follow the latest Government requirements around face coverings.

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME, said: "We have been consulting closely with our Audience Panel, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for the important part they have played in our journey to reopening."

He added: "We're also really looking forward to being able to announce our theatre and gallery plans later this month."

Films to be shown include those whose cinema releases were cut short by the COVID-19 lockdown. These include French drama Les Misérables, directed by Ladj Ly and 'bearing no resemblance to either Victor Hugo's novel or its filmic remakes.'

Also up on the big screen will be Claire Oakley's directorial debut Make Up; Eva Green in Proxima, and also Kitty Green's drama detailing abuse of power in a Hollywood mogul's production office - The Assistant.

4K restorations of La Haine (1995) and Flash Gordon (1980) and a black and white version of the Oscar-winning Parasite, will also be reeled out.

The ˇViva! Spanish and Latin American Festival – which was cut short by the lockdown – will salsa back. It will include four confirmed UK premieres: El Despertar de las hormigas; Cholitas; Mirador and Tote abuelo and introductions from the festival curators: Rachel Hayward, Jessie Gibbs and Andy Willis.

If distributors aren't forced to change their plans, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi action spectacle Tenet and Latvian filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis' 'breathtakingly dreamy animation' Away are also among the titles HOME's Film team intend to screen.

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HOME image from architects Mecanoo

There is no confirmation yet on when exactly HOME's live theatre will be back in action, but, in the meantime, the space will be used for film screenings, with weekend matinees including David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), also now in 4k, and Monday-night screenings starting with rap music industry documentary On The Record.

Jason Wood, Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME, added that HOME will also "explore new partnerships with Sheffield Doc/Fest and the BFI London Film Festival."

Overall, HOME estimates that the negative impact of the pandemic will be over Ł1 million for this financial year alone.

However, despite the building being closed, creative activity has continued online, including film screenings and Q&As, artworks by Bryony Kimmings and Javaad Alipoor and the weekly webcomic Our Plague Year.

To learn more about how HOME supports talent development and how you can get involved, see TalentDevelopment

HOME opened as a new centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film in May 2015. It was formed by the merger of Manchester's Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse arts centre. The Cornerhouse, which was built in the early 1900s, became an arts centre in 1985, replacing a family-run furniture store. The Library Theatre was officially opened by King George V in 1934. It had to find new venues to perform at, when Manchester Central Library was closed for a major refurbishment in 2010. Chekhov's The Seagull marked the final production by the company, in 2014, at the Lowry, Salford.

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Soviet-era statue of Friedrich Engels outside HOME arts centre, July 2017 by artist Phil Collins

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Why? Leave the house to see choice movies at HOME
When: From 4 September 2020
Phone: 0161 200 1500
Where: HOME Tony Wilson Place First Street MANCHESTER M15 4FN
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