Showroom Cinema’s alternative Christmas picks

If you’ve been listening to Sheffield Live, enjoying mulled wine on The Moor, or squeezing through the crowds of Meadowhall, you’ll know it’s inevitable: Christmas is coming.

But while many merrymakers are enjoying the cheer, others are enduring Wham-ageddon and wrapping paper. If you’re in the latter, Showroom has some cracking, non-festive alternatives in our December lineup.

Put it in your calendars (while you still have them); Showroom Cinema’s alternative Christmas season starts on Friday 15th December.

Godzilla Minus One shines out like a red nose in our December screenings. That makes it the perfect lead for our alternative screenings. It’s produced by the original Toho Studios and set in postwar Japan, where the King of the Kaiju returns to make matters worse.

The Peasants is a much folkier affair. From the makers of Loving Vincent, over 100 oil painters worked more than 200,000 hours to make literally every frame a painting. Together, they tell the story of Jagna, a young woman determined to forge her path within the confines of a late 19th century Polish village.

Finally, Earth Mama is a familial tale without the usual holiday warmth. Savanah Leaf’s first film won her the best debut director at the British Independent Film Awards, earlier this week. In the story, Gia – a young mother fighting for her children – must do everything she can to prevent her youngest from entering foster care. Vulnerable and full of love, it’s a fitting mirror to the other Christmas classics (It’s a Wonderful Life!, Elf and Muppets Christmas Carol) on our slate.

Speaking of… If you fancy letting a little festive fun into your heart but don’t want to go the whole hog, we’ve got two compromises:

Die Hard (screening from 15 December) celebrates its 35th anniversary. New York cop John McClane must climb every floor of the Nakatomi Plaza, after terrorists seize control of the skyscraper during a Christmas party.

Then Gremlins, the horror classic, is presented in 35mm print on 15 and 16 December, thanks to our friends at Celluloid Screams! Billy Peltzer, receives a very unusual present from his father with a very particular set of instructions…

And check back during crimbo-limbo, when we’ll be screening racing-biopic Ferrari, brand-new Ghibli, Boy and the Heron, and Leo Leigh’s Sweet Sue.

Showroom’s here, whatever your level of cheer. Happy holidays!

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