Playground15

Directed by Laura Wandel | France | 2021 | 1h 12m | French w/ English subtitles | Starring Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Lena Girard Voss

When seven-year-old Nora sees her older brother Abel being bullied at school, she rushes to protect him. However, her attempts to help only make matters worse. Featuring an extraordinary performance from young actress Maya Vanderbeque, Laura Wandel’s hard-hitting debut presents a child’s-eye-view of the harsh world of playground politics.

Shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Film and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Reviews

‘A claustrophobic portrait of pre-adolescent turmoil, this is an exceptionally taut drama. It’s Wandel’s debut feature, and it feels like she’s been preparing for it her whole life.’
★★★★★
Alex Godfrey, Empire Magazine

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Tomorrow (Thursday 26th May)

15:00

Ennio 15
2h 36m
An insightful portrait of one of the most popular and prolific film composers of the twentieth century, legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

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18:15

Bulado Rating-TBC
1h 27m | Dutch & Papiamento w/ English subtitles
MAONA Art presents a one-off screening of Eché Janga's magical drama from Curaçao about a young girl's difficult journey to adulthood.

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20:45

Going to the World's Fair 15
1h 26m
Jane Schoenbrun explores internet folklore (“creepypasta”) and the loneliness of online adolescence in this haunting and experimental lo-fi horror.

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Friday 27th May

15:00

Downton Abbey: A New Era PG
2h 5m
The Crawley family return to the big screen in this lushly designed and well fashioned period drama based on Julian Fellowes’ popular TV series.

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17:45

Vortex 15
2h 22m | French w/ English subtitles
A stunningly compassionate look at mortality, presented in split-screen, by “enfant terrible” of French cinema Gaspar Noé (Climax, Enter the Void).

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20:45

Downton Abbey: A New Era PG
2h 5m
The Crawley family return to the big screen in this lushly designed and well fashioned period drama based on Julian Fellowes’ popular TV series.

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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!