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FEBRUARY 2022: What’s on in London this month

Explore what’s on in London this month with our regular epic roundup of repertory film seasons & festivals across indie & alternative venues.

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It’s LGBT History Month and BFI has dedicated large swathes of screen estate via the medium of their BIG SCREEN CLASSICS to celebrate. It is, by their own admission, a slightly sanitised programme “due to the problematic nature of historical depictions of the LGBTQIA+ community in film”. Let’s hope BFI Flare serves up some grit in its March oyster, but until then, programmer Rico Johnson-Sinclair presents some “delicious nuggets of queer joy from our textured past” for us to enjoy.

THE ABC OF ASTA NIELSEN programmed by Pamela Hutchinson at BFI is an absolute gem of a season, focussing on “silent cinema’s Danish diva” who burst onto the scene with 1910’s THE ABYSS, “the tale of a young woman who leaves her fiancée for a circus star”. Acclaimed for helping to invent “modern screen acting” through her “emotional depth and sensuality”, the season starts this month by exploring Nielsen’s first films from Denmark and Germany (with lots of live piano accompaniment) before continuing next month with more films made in Germany.

The other big opener this month is WHAT LIES BENEATH, a study of the ‘dark mind’ in Japanese cinema. The programme is the 19th season of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme which screens in full at ICA on The Mall before embarking on an extensive UK tour. From crime films to charming dramas, these 20 titles embrace a wide range of cinematic styles and influences, turning the ICA into a Japanese multiplex for two weeks.

Powering up their freshly installed projector in their downstairs bowl, The Prince Charles is now offering a continuous programme of 4K PRESENTATIONS. This will surely expand to dominate all digital screenings below ground but for now we’re celebrating by listing as many as we can. For crystal-clear apparitions, try their day-long screening of the THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY – EXTENDED EDITIONS 4K (06 FEB) or their WONG KAR WAI: ALL NIGHTER 4K (26 FEB).

Finally, for my Featured Attraction Of The Month, I’m choosing HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at the Barbican, “a thrilling selection of the very best movies by Indigenous Australian filmmakers from the last three decades”. Curated by the Barbican in partnership with Screen Australia, this season celebrates voices we very rarely get to hear in the UK but comes with a suitable warning across all scheduled titles: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this film may contain the names, images and voices of people who have died.”

See you in the darkness,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS



4K PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

1982 SEASON at The Prince Charles

THE ABC OF ASTA NIELSEN at BFI Southbank

AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LGBT HISTORY MONTH at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BRENDAN FRASER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE d. Sam Weisman, 1997 (20 FEB 13:00).

CÉLINE SCIAMMA at The Prince Charles

CHER ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MASK d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1985 (16 FEB 18:20).

DENIS VILLENEUVE: IN REVERSE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE 4K d. Denis Villeneuve, 2021 (01 FEB 20:15); ARRIVAL d. Denis Villeneuve, 2016 (03 FEB 20:45); SICARIO d. Denis Villeneuve, 2015 (17 FEB 18:00 – £1 Members’ Screening).

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THEOREM d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968 (04 FEB 20:15 / 19 FEB 18:15 / 26 FEB 20:15); THE RETURN d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003 (05 FEB 18:00 / 19 FEB 20:15); LEVIATHAN d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014 (06 FEB 17:30 / 12 FEB 17:30); TOKYO STORY d. Yasujirō Ozu, 1953 (06 FEB 20:15 / 11 FEB 20:15); MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2000 (10 FEB 20:15 / 24 FEB 20:15); FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES d. Toshio Matsumoto, 1969 (12 FEB 20:15 / 26 FEB 18:00); THE TURIN HORSE d. Béla Tarr, 2011 (13 FEB 17:30 / 27 FEB 17:30); BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 (13 FEB 20:15 / 20 FEB 18:30); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar-wai, 2000 (14 FEB 20:15); IDA d. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013 (20 FEB 20:15 / 27 FEB 16:00).

EXPERIMENTA FOCUS: STEPHEN DWOSKIN at BFI Southbank

FASHION & CINEMA: THE ALLURE OF THE REBEL at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WILD ONE d. Laslo Benedek, 1953 + Intro by writer, editor, director and model Davina Catt (24 FEB 18:35); WOMAN OF THE YEAR d. George Stevens, 1942 + Intro by curator, writer and film historian Keith Lodwick (26 FEB 16:15); BULLITT d. Peter Yates, 1968 + Intro by Fashion & Cinema Director Joana Granero (27 FEB 17:00).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 (10 FEB 21:00).

FOUR BY PENNY MARSHALL at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BIG 35mm d. Penny Marshall, 1988 (21 FEB 18:00).

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

FROM THE MIND OF PAUL SCHRADER at The Prince Charles

HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican

INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

JULIA DUCOURNAU at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 (04 to 17 FEB various).

LETTERBOXD HIGH RISERS at The Prince Charles

MARTIN SCORSESE: DIRECTOR. WRITER. PRODUCER. ACTOR. at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 (01 FEB 14:20 / 03 FEB 18:00); GOODFELLAS 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (04 FEB 20:30).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NORA EPHRON at The Prince Charles

ON SCREEN WITH MADONNA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): IN BED WITH MADONNA d. Alek Keshishian, 1991 (19 FEB 18:00).

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON 35MM LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen On The Green

SCREWBALL COMEDY at The Prince Charles

SEEN & HEARD at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THIRTEEN 35mm d. Catherine Hardwicke, 2003 (02 FEB 20:40 / 11 FEB 18:10); HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD aka Beolsae d. Kim Bora, 2018 (05 FEB 20:20 / 26 FEB 17:40); IT FELT LIKE LOVE d. Eliza Hittman, 2013 (06 FEB 18:00 / 16 FEB 20:30); FISH TANK d. Andrea Arnold, 2009 (10 FEB 20:30 / 19 FEB 20:40); MUSTANG d. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015 (11 FEB 20:30 / 26 FEB 13:40); IN BETWEEN DAYS d. So Yong Kim, 2006 (13 FEB 18:30 / 26 FEB 20:40); RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (14 FEB 18:20 / 18 FEB 18:00 / 23 FEB 20:30).

SOVIET SIXTIES: A TURNING POINT IN CINEMA at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for listings): NINE DAYS IN ONE YEAR d. Mikhail Romm, 1962 (15 FEB 18:00); WINGS d. Larisa Shepitko, 1966 (15 MAR 18:20).

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PRINCESS MONONOKE d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997 (02 FEB 15:15 / 27 FEB 12:00 / 11 MAR 12:30); HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2004 (05 FEB 12:00 / 18 FEB 17:45 / 08 MAR 20:45); SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (16 FEB 20:45 / 01 MAR 20:30 / 13 MAR 12:00); MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (20 FEB 15:45).

THREE BY F. GARY GRAY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): FRIDAY 35mm d. F. Gary Gray, 1995 (04 FEB 21:00); SET IT OFF d. F. Gary Gray, 1996 (16 FEB 21:00).

THREE FROM STEVE MCQUEEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SHAME d. Steve McQueen, 2011 (08 FEB 18:10 – £1 Members’ Screening); WIDOWS d. Steve McQueen, 2018 (28 FEB 20:30).

THE TWISTED TALES OF GUILLERMO DEL TORO at The Prince Charles

TWO BY EDWARD YANG at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): YI YI d. Edward Yang, 2000 (15 FEB 20:10); A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY d. Edward Yang, 1991 (14 APR 19:15).

TWO BY RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI at The Prince Charles

WHAT LIES BENEATH: THE INTRICATE REPRESENTATIONS OF A ‘DARK MIND’ IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles


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