Taking Lives is a mini-season of films exploring representations of capital punishment on screen, coming to the Showroom this April in partnership with Amnesty International and Sheffield University's School of English.
The four films in the season are thought provoking, unsettling and profoundly moving stories which prompt audiences to question the psychology of killing, whether that be murder by individuals or state sanctioned executions. Why do we hurt each other? What does violence have to do with justice? And what does it take to be forgiven?
In Cold Blood
11 April, 6pm
This classic true crime film based on Truman Capote’s famous non-fiction novel traces the crime committed by two men in rural Kansas – and their eventual punishment.
Dancer in the Dark
16 April, 5:30pm
This heart-rending Danish musical drama directed by Lars von Trier stars Björk as a daydreaming factory worker who commits a violent crime.
The Widow of Saint-Pierre (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre)
23 April, 5:30pm
In this French period drama starring Juliette Binoche a murderer awaits the guillotine on an island, even as his character, and his popularity with the islanders, begins to shift.
A Short Film About Killing
30 April, 5:30pm
This celebrated crime drama from Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski deals with a cold-blooded murder, followed by a calculated state execution.