What’s coming soon to BFI Player in March 2021?
James R | On 02, Mar 2021
BFI Player, the BFI’s streaming platform, is a gateway to global film, offering a collection of arthouse and world cinema to subscribers, alongside its pay-per-view rental releases and free archive titles and silent movie shorts.
This month it’s all about the BFI Flare festival, which runs exclusively on BFI Player, but it’s also a month of striking features from distinctive filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos, Sally Potter, Peter Strickland and Mark Jenkin.
Here’s what’s coming to BFI Player’s subscription service in March 2021:
Bait – 1st March
Simmering tensions between locals and newcomers in a modern-day Cornish fishing village reach boiling point in this hugely acclaimed and BAFTA-winning British independent film.
Il Divo – 1st March
Giulio Andreotti, arguably the most famous and notorious Italian politician of the post-war era, was Prime Minister in his country no less than seven times. Accused of corruption and Mafia involvement, this is far from stodgy history.
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche – 3rd March
BFI Player hosts an exclusive 24-hour premiere of this intimate portrait of a punk icon. It’s accompanied by a recorded Q&A with co-directors Celeste Bell and Paul Sng, and producer Rebecca Mark-Lawson, hosted by Kieran Yates. The film is then available to rent from 5th March.
Alps – 5th March
Yorgos Lanthimos directs this odd drama in which a group of people start a company where they impersonate the dead to help customers through the grieving process.
Orlando – 8th March
Sally Potter’s dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s novel follows the fortunes of a young aristocrat from 1600 to the present day, as he changes sex and discards his biological and cultural destiny along the way.
The Duke of Burgundy – 8th March
The Duke of Burgundy’s melancholic masochism makes for seductively good cinema.
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival – 17th March
From 17th to 28th March, the London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival celebrates its 35th year with the very best queer cinema from around the world. It will be the most accessible edition yet, delivering virtual festival premieres of 26 features and 38 free shorts, from 23 countries, via BFI Player to UK-wide audiences. Films are available to rent as part of the festival.
A BFI Player subscription costs £4.99 a month, with a 14-day free trial.