Which UK cinemas are showing I Lost My Body?
James R | On 22, Nov 2019
This weekend sees the release of one of the year’s most unusual films: the story of a severed hand setting out to reconnect with its body.
I Lost My Body, which Netflix snapped up following its best film win at Cannes’ International Critics’ Week, hails from Xilam Animation and marks the animated feature debut of Jérémy Clapin.
It follows a hand that escapes its unhappy fate in a Parisian laboratory and, during a hair-raising escapade across the city, fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Its memories of Naoufel and his love for librarian Gabrielle may provide answers about what caused the hand’s separation, and a poetic backdrop for a possible reunion between the three.
“This thoughtful, strange and compelling odyssey about a boy and his severed hand is a triumph of hand-drawn animation,” we wrote in our review of the film.
The film is released in select UK cinemas today, before hitting Netflix worldwide on 29th November.
Netflix, however, is still surrounded by controversy within the industry, with major exhibitors refusing to screen its titles, because the streaming giant typically releases movies day-and-date worldwide or with a much shorter theatrical window than the conventional 12 weeks. The streaming giant has, though, increasingly begun releasing movies in cinemas with a brief exclusive window. In the UK, that has typically been through a partnership with Curzon Cinemas and a handful of other venues – more than a dozen other indie cinemas recently petitioned for Netflix to work with them too. (At present, Vue, Cineworld and Odeon will not show Netflix films.)
While Marriage Story, The Irishman and The King have enjoyed wider theatrical releases than Netflix has previously given its original films, the niche nature of I Lost My Body means that choices are more limited, with only a week-long theatrical window before it streams worldwide.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking to see it on the big screen, here’s the list of where you can watch it in UK cinemas, which we’ll keep updated with additional screenings as we confirm them.
All venues are screening I Lost My Body from today unless otherwise stated.
Light House (26th November)