April Cinema at Chelmsford Picture House

April’s cinematic offerings at Chelmsford’s Picture House at the Civic Theatre, have a wide variety of film and live production broadcasts.

April starts with the two films that made headlines at this year’s Academy Awards. ‘Moonlight’ eventually took the Oscar for best film and it is a groundbreaking piece of cinema revolving around identity, family, friendship and love. The film represents three defining stages in the life of the main character, Chiron, as he comes to understand his sexuality. The film is an important story of contemporary African American life. ‘Moonlight’ comes to the Picture House on Tuesday 4 April at 8pm.

‘La La Land’ almost got the Oscar for best film, but had to settle with taking away six awards including Best Director and Best Actress. The film breathes new life into the classic Hollywood musical and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an actress who meet and fall in love. ‘La La Land’ is screened on Monday 10 April at 8pm.

‘Sonita’ is a powerful documentary film about Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghani refugee in Iran who channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music and rapping after her family tries to sell her into a marriage. ‘Sonita’ is showing on Thursday 13 April at 8pm.

The surprise hit comedy drama ‘Toni Erdmann’ comes to the Picture House on Tuesday 18 April, and is the story of a father who tries to reconnect with his daughter. Unfortunately, this ends up in an argument, the father goes away only to return as his smooth-talking alter ego ‘Toni Erdmann’ and the daughter has no choice but to spend time with her eccentric father. The film starts at 8pm.

Cinema tickets are £6.90 with £5.90 concessions.

Live ballet is broadcast from The Bolshoi in Moscow on 9 April at 4pm. ‘A Hero of Our Time’ is based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin and is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand-new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi. Tickets for the live screening are £14.50 and £13.350 concessions.

For full details of all film and live screenings and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office - Tel No: 01245 606505

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