What’s coming soon to BFI Player in May 2023?
James R | On 07, May 2023
BFI Player 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.
Here’s what’s coming to BFI Player’s subscription service in May 2023:
WAY OF THE MORRIS (2011) – 1st May
A heartfelt ode to his agrarian roots, filmmaker Tim Plester takes a deeply personal journey from the barleyfields of his childhood to the killing fields of The Somme, in search of a connection with these much-maligned native dances that run deep in his bloodline.
THE GREAT SADNESS OF ZOHARA (1983) – 1st May
Nina Menkes’ cinematic voice arrives fully formed in this atmospheric portrait of an orthodox Jewish woman who embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage.
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1991) – 1st May
Nina Menkes’ best-known work is this underground cult classic, an existential character study following a disaffected blackjack dealer, whose husband is missing, as she goes about her daily life in Las Vegas.
THE BLOODY CHILD (1996) – 1st May
A US Marine is arrested as he attempts to dispose of his murdered wife’s body in the desert. From this bleak true story, Menkes crafts a nightmarish, non-linear account of domestic violence.
BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS (2016) – 4th May
Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells play criminal sisters who steal the identity of two poets, only to be charmed by the world of competition poetry.
FEAR CITY (1984) – 4th May
Tom Berenger, Melanie Griffith and Billy Dee Williams star in this tough crime thriller about a talent agent who takes the law into his own hands when his strippers are targeted by a serial killer.
ENYS MEN (2022) – 8th May
Mark Jenkins’s mind-bending folk horror is set in 1973 and unfolds on an uninhabited island off the Cornish coast. A wildlife volunteer’s (Mary Woodvine) daily observations of a rare flower take a dark turn into the strange and metaphysical, forcing both her and viewers to question what is real and what is nightmare. Is the landscape not only alive but sentient?
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) – 11th May
An American expatriate in Rome witnesses an attempted murder that is connected to an ongoing killing spree in the city, and despite himself and his girlfriend being targeted by the killer, he conducts his own investigation.
DEEP RED (1975) – 11th May
This Freudian nightmare follows a British musician in Rome who, after witnessing the brutal murder of a psychic, teams up with a journalist to find the killer.
OPERA (1987) – 11th May
Thrust into the lead role of an avant-garde staging of Verdi’s Macbeth, an understudy finds herself stalked by a killer who forces her to watch his murders.
GOD’S CREATURES (2022) – 15th May
Paul Mescal and Emily Watson star in this gripping Irish psychological drama that asks how far you might go to protect someone you love.
STAGEFRIGHT (1987) – 18th May
Directed by Argento protégé Soavi, a rehearsing company of actors and stage crew locked inside a theatre are unaware that an escaped mental patient is locked inside with them.
THE CHURCH (1989) – 18th May
After Teutonic Knights massacred a village of ‘witches’ in medieval times, a gothic Church was built on the site of the atrocity. Hundreds of years later, the darkness laid in the church’s ground is unwittingly unleashed.
THE SECT (1991) – 18th May
Co-written and produced by Argento, THE SECT follows an American schoolteacher living in Frankfurt who finds herself at the centre of a plot devised by a Luciferian cult.
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Other new releases on BFI Player in May 2023:
THE GREAT SADNESS OF ZOHARA (1983)
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1991)
THE BLOODY CHILD (1996)
MAGDALENA VIRAGA (1986)
PHANTOM LOVE (2007)
THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS (1971)
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1971)