All the Beauty and the Bloodshed18

Directed by Laura Poitras | USA | 2022 | 2h 2m | Starring Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Cookie Mueller, Marina Berio, Noemi Bonazzi

Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (CitizenFour) examines the life of photographer and activist Nan Goldin, best known for her intimate photography of the LGTBQ subcultures in 1980s/90s Boston and New York. After struggling with her own addiction to Oxycontin, the documentary follows Nan’s fight to hold the powerful Sackler family to account for their part in the opioid crisis currently ravaging America. An emotionally raw biography that ties Goldin’s work with her activism and personal history. Winner of the Golden Lion (Best Film) award at the 2022 Venice Film Festival.

Our screening on Saturday 11th February features an introductory talk by Uncomfortable Oxford entitled “Sacking the Sacklers: patronage and renaming in the 21st century” by Dr George Regkoukos. 

Reviews

‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed serves as a kind of memorial but also as a reminder of what can be achieved by those who take pain and turn it into truth.’
★★★★★
Raphael Abraham, The FT

‘Already a robust director, Laura Poitras has leveled up with a towering and devastating work of shocking intelligence and still greater emotional power… This is an overwhelming film.’
★★★★★
Sophie Monks Kaufman, IndieWire

Book tickets

Friday 10 February

3.15pmBook tickets
Saturday 11 February

+ Introduction

6.00pmBook tickets
Wednesday 15 February

8.30pmBook tickets
Thursday 16 February

6.00pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Wednesday 8th February)

15:15

TÁR 15
2h 38m
Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett delivers an electrifying performance as a classical music conductor whose life begins to unravel in Todd Field's searing examination of power, fame, and ego.

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18:30

Pariah 15
1h 26m
Part of LGBTQ History Month, Oxford Pride presents a one-off screening of Dee Rees' trailblazing coming-of-age drama about a Brooklyn teenager juggling conflicting identities in a search for sexual expression.

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20:30

Empire of Light 15
1h 55m
Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this stirring ode to cinema set in 1980s Britain, written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1917).

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Tomorrow (Thursday 9th February)

12:30

Empire of Light 15
Parent + Baby Screening
1h 55m
Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this stirring ode to cinema set in 1980s Britain, written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1917).

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15:00

Empire of Light 15
1h 55m
Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this stirring ode to cinema set in 1980s Britain, written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1917).

Book here

17:30

TÁR 15
2h 38m
Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett delivers an electrifying performance as a classical music conductor whose life begins to unravel in Todd Field's searing examination of power, fame, and ego.

Book here

20:45

More Than Ever 15
2h 3m | French & Norwegian w/ English subtitles
Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Corsage) and the late Gaspard Ulliel star in this moving story of a couple whose deep bond is put to the test after an unexpected life-changing diagnosis.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!