RADIANT CIRCUS hunts out the best independent movie nights, film events & gallery screenings in London for the week ahead*. Here’s our SCREEN GUIDE for 06 to 12 APR 2018.
Welcome to our weekly digest where we recommend moving pictures that might excite you.
This week, things really start to pick up again after the egg-shaped calm of Easter. There is an excellent array of Q&As – where you can meet the talent behind the screens – and Kennington Bioscope returns with their latest silent cinema screening at the Cinema Museum (THE CANADIAN, 11 APR). There are seasons aplenty with Nick Walker of Rochester Kino leading discussion at PIERROT LE FOU + SALON (08 APR, Ciné Lumière) and a free screening of THE DESCENDANTS OF CAIN (12 APR, Korean Cultural Centre).
If you are starting to have Flare withdrawal, never fear… Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival has a busy week with two juicy collabs: one with Genesis Cinema (MR GAY SYRIA, 10 APR), and one with Curzon Soho (WE’LL NEVER BE SILENT AGAIN, 11 APR). Flare festival favourite LOVE, SIMON gets a grind show run at Genesis Cinema (06 to 12 APR) and then the London Porn Film Festival (12 to 15 APR) projects a cornucopia of queer and feminist sex-positive moving pictures.
Elsewhere, an editorial quirk compels us to list every giant/intelligent/amorous ape movie, of which KING KONG is the urtext**. We picked it in a DIY double with GOJIRA at The Prince Charles (12 APR) as our featured attraction of the month. We’ve also included Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s RAMPAGE in our list of this week’s grind shows for similar reasons. Don’t worry, we are very aware…
Finally, our Featured Attraction of the week enjoys an exclusive run at Bertha DocHouse / Curzon Bloomsbury. Everardo González’s DEVIL’S FREEDOM (06 to 12 APR) is “a gripping documentary filled… with spellbinding insight into the best and worst of humanity.” – Screen International.
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#SCREENGUIDE: We highlight key SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off events) each day and offer a roundup of others. Then there’s a summary of MUSEUM SHOWS (several attractions under one roof) divided into exhibitions, seasons & festivals and GRIND SHOWS (regular runs & mainstream marvels). Follow section links to find what you want. Use your ‘back’ button to return here.
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NOW SHOWING: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX, FASHION & DISCO + Q&A with director James Crump screens at ICA (06 APR 21:00):
An intimate portrait of Antonio Lopez, the most influential fashion illustrator of the 1970s. Featuring interviews from Grace Coddington, Jessica Lange, Bill Cunningham and many more, we follow Antonio’s rise to fame at a time when fashion designers and their entourages became the rock stars.
The doc then enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (06 to 12 APR).
GHOLAM + Q&A with director Mitra Tabrizian screens at Regent Street Cinema (06 APR 18:30):
Set in London in 2011, GHOLAM is the story of an enigmatic Iranian cab driver, who works at night and doesn’t like to talk about his past. He has two jobs, yet seems not to be interested in the money. He eats at his uncle’s café every day, yet is fully aware of being betrayed by him. We learn that he was once a war hero, and yet disappeared from the battlefield without a trace.
GHOLAM enjoys a grind show run at Barbican (until 08 APR).
TAPE CRACKERS screens at Deptford Cinema (06 APR 19:45):
Made in 2009, Rollo Jackson’s doc is “a must-watch for junglists and rave historians”. The documentary focuses solely on bedroom obsessive Michael Finch and his vast collection of pirate radio tape recordings made in the mid to late ’90s, with Finch offering his expert knowledge on each one.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? BANDE À PART at BFI (06 APR 18:10).
BABETTE MANGOLTE: THE CAMERA: JE, OR LA CAMÉRA: I + Q&A with Babette Mangolte screens at Tate Modern (07 APR 17:00):
Babette Mangolte emerged as a key figure in New York’s 1970s avant garde art, film and performance scenes, and is celebrated equally for her work as a filmmaker, photographer and cinematographer. In THE CAMERA: JE viewers can experience the act of shooting photographs from the photographer’s perspective.
The artist’s first film WHAT MAISIE KNEW is projected earlier in the day (07 APR 14:00).
THE LIVE GHOST TENT – QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE LAUREL AND HARDY SOCIETY screens at The Cinema Museum (07 APR 15:00):
A tribute to James Finlayson. The films on show are: WITH LOVE & HISSES (1927), short directed by Fred Guiol; MEN O’WAR (1929), short directed by Lewis R. Foster; THE HOOSE-GOW (1929), short directed by James Parrott; NIGHT OWLS (1930), short directed by James Parrott; and, BONNIE SCOTLAND (1935), directed by James W. Horne.
WITCHFINDER GENERAL screens at The Cinema Museum (07 APR 17:00):
Misty Moon Film Society presents the last, and most famous, of the three horror films directed by Michael Reeves, the young British talent who tragically died at the age of 25. All three films starred his lifelong friend Ian Ogilvy.
The following event with the actor talking with Linda Regan about his career is sold out.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 70mm at The Prince Charles (07 APR 18:00). CHICKEN RUN 35mm at The Prince Charles (07 APR 13:15). DEATHDREAM aka Dead Of Night at BFI (07 APR 20:20). THE IMPOSSIBLE at Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (07 APR 20:00). PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID at BFI (07 APR 15:00).
THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A BEAR screens at BFI Southbank (08 APR 12:30):
This hugely satisfying treat (rarely seen in the UK) is from Danish animation maestro Jannik Hastrup. It tells the touching story of a boy taken from his family and raised by bears; when reclaimed by his original parents he has trouble adjusting to life in the human world. Using a simple but deeply effective hand-drawn animation style, this is highly recommended viewing. English subs (an actor will read the subs via headphones for younger audiences).
ERASE & FORGET + Q&A with director Andrea Zimmerman screens at ArtHouse Crouch End (08 APR 16:00):
“This major new investigative documentary explores and exposes the decades of militarism, gun culture, toxic masculinity and social unrest that led to the age of Trump.” ‘Bo’ Gritz is one of America’s highest decorated Vietnam veterans and the media turned him into the real life inspiration behind Rambo.
MANILA: IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT screens at BFI Southbank (08 APR 15:20):
This powerful slice of raw, angry realism by the late Lino Brocka finds a young man from the country arriving in Manila in search of work and his girlfriend – whom he hasn’t heard of since she left for the city, allegedly to receive some schooling. The poverty of urban life – economic, moral and spiritual – under the Marcos’ regime is conveyed in frighteningly authentic detail.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? EMPIRE RECORDS 35mm at The Prince Charles (08 APR 20:45). MIRACLE + Q&A with director Egle Vertelyte at Rio Cinema (08 APR 15:00). SINGING IN THE RAIN 35mm at The Prince Charles (08 APR 18:00). SPIRITED AWAY at The Prince Charles (08 APR 15:00).
CRUISING 35mm screens at The Prince Charles (09 APR 20:45):
A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city’s S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force’s homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large.
FETCHING screens at Deptford Cinema (09 APR 18:30 – Free + suggested donation):
Deptford Cinema and Fat Dog TV present a night of films by local independent filmmakers & a performance of experimental soundtracks. Attractions include: FETCHING: or ‘You Have a Match’ by Kit Harwood; COMPETITION by Jared Harding; and, Dan Powell’s improvisational soundtracks to the short films of Chris Marker (LA JETÉE).
MUSTANG + DISCUSSION screens at The Institute Of Light (09 APR 19:30):
MUSTANG is the debut film from French-Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The screening will be introduced by Alice Giuliani and framed by discussions surrounding the film’s treatment of girlhood, sisterhood and coming of age. Presented by DISPATCH Feminist Moving Image.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BIG SLEEP 35mm at BFI (09 APR 20:50). BLOOD & GLORY premieres at Regent Street Cinema (09 APR 19:30). THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE at The Prince Charles (09 APR 18:15). LET THE SUNSHINE IN at BFI Southbank (09 APR 18:15).
COME UN GATTO IN TANGENZIALE + Q&A with DOP Saverio Guarna screens at Regent Street Cinema (10 APR 19:30):
The idealist coordinator of a think tank devoted to improving suburban living conditions suddenly finds himself scared by the relationship between his daughter and a teenager coming from a poorer area. When he gets in touch with the boyfriend’s mother a strange friendship begins to form between the two very different people. This comedy was nominated for three David di Donatello awards.
Presented by CinemaItaliaUK.
FRINGE! FLINGS: MR GAY SYRIA screens at Genesis Cinema (10 APR 20:50):
Husein is a Syrian refugee in Istanbul anxiously awaiting placement in Europe with his wife and young daughter… and trying to balance home life with a secret gay existence in Istanbul’s underground queer Muslim scene. Husein makes the life-changing decision to take part in the Mr Gay Syria pageant, and we follow his remarkable personal journey. Fringe! Flings is a new collab between Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival and Genesis Cinema.
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD + GUEST SPEAKER screens at Wimbledon Film Club (10 APR 20:00):
Fascinating documentary about Gertrude Bell known as the most important woman in the British Empire in the early twentieth century. Bell influenced middle eastern diplomacy and territorial affairs while striving to promote understanding of the Arab world.
THROUGH OUR EYES + Q&A with director Samir Mehanovic screens at DocHouse (10 APR 18:30):
In sequences filmed over four years, director Samir Mehanovic gives us a wholly fresh and personal insight into the human catastrophe of the Syrian conflict. A Muslim refugee himself, Mehanovic fled Bosnia in the 1990s and settled in the UK. Drawing on his own experience of claiming asylum, he travels to meet Syrian refugees in camps, on trains and in their new countries of exile, to understand the lives of families fleeing their homes.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BIG DAY aka Jour de Fête at The Prince Charles (10 APR 18:35). BRIGBSY BEAR – SMALL SCREEN’S FILM CLUB, LIVE! at Genesis Cinema (10 APR 19:00). THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY + Q&A with cast & crew at Curzon Mayfair (10 APR 18:10). KILLING THEM SOFTLY 35mm at The Prince Charles (10 APR 20:45). MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at Picturehouse Central (10 APR 18:30 – other Picturehouses available). ON BODY & SOUL at David Lean Cinema (10 APR 19:30). PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID at BFI (10 APR 18:00). TONI ERDMAN screens at Richmond Film Club (10 APR 20:00).
THE CANADIAN + INTRO (1926) screens at The Cinema Museum (11 APR 19:30):
Kennington Bioscope presents: THE CANADIAN, adapted by Arthur Stringer from W. Somerset Maugham’s 1913 Broadway play The Land of Promise, produced by Famous Players-Lasky, directed by William Beaudine and starring Thomas Meighan and Mona Palmer. A programme of silent shorts precedes the main film.
THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE + INTRO by Jo Duncombe at BFI Southbank (11 APR 18:00):
John Cassavetes’ characteristically low-key, ramblingly realist variation on film noir centres on the proprietor (Gazzara) of a failing LA strip-and-cabaret joint; already accustomed to debt, he little realises what he’s let himself in for when he gambles at poker… Never one to glamorise or be constrained by genre, Cassavetes delivers an authentically seedy depiction of club culture and the Mob.
WE’LL NEVER BE SILENT AGAIN screens at Curzon Soho (11 APR 18:45):
To celebrate the release of 120 BPM, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and Curzon DocDays have teamed up to present a short film programme that “honours the real-life activists who work to demolish prejudice, fight AIDS and give us the valuable freedoms that queers have today”.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? BANDE À PART at BFI (11 APR 20:50). BREATHLESS at Twickenham Film Club (11 APR 19:30). THE EAGLE HUNTRESS at Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 APR 20:15). GUMMO 35mm at The Prince Charles (11 APR 18:35). THE PRESTIGE 35mm at The Prince Charles (11 APR 20:45).
KING KONG 35mm screens at The Prince Charles (12 APR 18:30):
You know the story: Actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) travel to the Indian Ocean to do location shoots for Denham’s new jungle picture. Along the way, the actress meets and falls for rugged First Mate John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). Upon arriving at a mysterious island, Ann is taken hostage by natives who prepare her as a sacrifice to the enormous ape Kong who rules over their jungle. But when Ann is rescued and Kong is captured, the real trouble begins.
Follow it up with a DIY double on the Prince Charles’ downstairs screen with GOJIRA 35mm (12 APR 21:00) which does the same for atomic fire-breathing lizards.
PACIFICUM, RETURN TO THE OCEAN + PANEL screens at The Prince Charles Cinema (12 APR 18:30):
The Anglo Peruvian Society presents the UK premiere of Mariana Tschudi’s documentary about four scientists who – in the early years of the 21st century – decided to make a series of journeys along the Pacific coast by air, land and beneath the waves, in order to document Peru’s intimate relationship with the sea and the marine fauna it is home to.
SCREEN EPIPHANY: Jim Howick Introduces JAWS at BFI Southbank (12 APR 20:35):
Actor Jim Howick (THE ALIENS, LOADED, YONDERLAND) has chosen to screen this classic Spielberg thriller. A great-white shark attack in the shallow waters of an American holiday town sparks a cat-and-mouse chase across the waves – but who is the hunter and who is the prey? An ideal cinematic experience.
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
EXHIBITIONS (by event/venue)
BL CK B X: VANALYNE GREEN screens at LUX Moving Image (until 14 APR – FREE, check for opening days/times):
LUX presents a solo exhibition of video work by American artist Vanalyne Green, as part of the free BL CK B X exhibition series. Vanalyne Green has screened her video work extensively in the United States and abroad.
HE XIANGYU: EVIDENCE screens at White Cube Bermondsey (until 08 APR – FREE, check for times):
White Cube presents an exhibition of He Xiangyu at Bermondsey, including his feature length film, THE SWIM (2017), as well as new installation, sculpture and video. THE SWIM will be screened twice daily in the auditorium (TUE to SAT at 11:00 & 15:00 and once on SUN at 15:00).
IAN CHENG screens at the Serpentine Galleries (until 28 MAY – FREE, check for opening days/times):
Artist Ian Cheng likens his live simulations to ‘a computer game that plays itself’, testing the capacity of humans to relate to continual change. Meet his new AI species, BOB (evolving in real time from 6 March to 22 April). The second part of the exhibition takes over from 22 APR with his trilogy of simulations, EMISSARIES (2015-17).
JOAN JONAS at Tate Modern (until 05 AUG):
Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. This is the largest exhibition of Jonas’ work ever held in the UK. Installations include Lines in the Sand, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
ROSA BARBAR, ROBERTAS NARKUS & JOKŪBAS ČIŽIKAS, DANIELLE DEAN screens at The Whitechapel Gallery (03 APR to 03 JUN – FREE, check for times):
A selection of artists from The Whitechapel’s ARTISTS’ FILM INTERNATIONAL partnership of moving image galleries. The 2018 edition focuses on the theme of truth. Each of the selected artists explore the relationship between fact and fiction.
SANDRA PERRY: TYPHOON COMING ON screens at Serpentine Galleries (until 20 MAY – FREE, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
The Serpentine presents the first European solo exhibition of American artist Sondra Perry who explores the intersection of black identity, digital culture and power structures through video, media, installation and performance.
TACITA DEAN: PORTRAIT screens at the National Portrait Gallery (until 28 MAY – Tickets £14/£12.50 concession, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
This major new exhibition will focus on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. The exhibition will be the first in the gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film, and also reveals Tacita Dean’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre.
TACITA DEAN: STILL LIFE screens at the National Gallery (until 28 MAY – FREE, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
STILL LIFE presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums. Works by the artist herself – including a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, IDEAS FOR SCULPTURE IN A SETTING and PRISONER PAIR (2008, 16mm) – feature alongside works by Dean’s contemporaries and paintings from the National Gallery Collection.
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
SEASONS (by event/venue)
ALTITUDE FILMS screens at Deptford Cinema (03 to 30 APR):
An incredible season of films in partnership with the film distributor begins with: THE FLORIDA PROJECT (10 APR 19:30).
ANIMATION 2018 screens at BFI Southbank (until DEC):
BFI continues a yearlong celebration of animation with a new focus on the Quay Brothers. Their live action feature screens this week: INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA 35mm (08 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV screens at Close-Up (01 to 28 APR):
“Stark and austere in both style and theme, the films of Siberian-born Andrey Zvyagintsev explore moral dilemmas and spiritual torment with unabashed, painful honesty” – MOMA. Up this week: ELENA (06 APR 18:00); and, THE BANISHMENT (08 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP ON HAL HARTLEY screens at Close-Up (04 APR to 30 APR):
“[Hal Hartley’s] films are all immediately identifiable by the deliberate cadence to his actors’ delivery and the strange normalcy that cloaks even the most eccentric turns of his plot lines.” – Harvard Film Archive. This programme presents six films by the American film director, writer and pioneer of the independent film movement: AMATEUR (06 & 11 APR); THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (07 APR 18:00); TRUST (07 APR 20:00); FLIRT (09 APR 16:30); and, SIMPLE MEN (12 APR 18:00).
CLOSE-UP ON KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI screens at Close-Up (03 to 25 APR):
“A filmmaker preoccupied with similarities and paradoxes, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s own career seems to have slowly inverted over the years from one centered on political realities to one of effervescent abstraction. Upon closer examination, however, both ends of his career focus on human individuals struggling to reconcile daily life with its cultural myths.” – Senses of Cinema. Screenings include: DEKALOG 3 & 4 (10 APR 18:00); THREE COLOURS: BLUE (11 APR 20:00); and, THREE COLOURS: WHITE (12 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP: VALESKA GRISEBACH screens at BFI Southbank (10 to 19 APR):
No, not the Shoreditch staple… BFI Southbank continues their short seasons focused on “compelling & urgent voices in contemporary cinema” with a focus on Valeska Grisebach. Screenings this week: WESTERN + Q&A (10 APR 18:15) and BE MY STAR 35mm + Q&A (10 APR 21:15).
D.I.Y. screens at House of Vans (05 APR to 29 APR):
A film series celebrating low budget flicks at their best, all free to see (no booking required) at House Of Vans. Screenings continue with: CONTROL (08 APR 14:00 & 16:00).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA XII screens at Close-Up (01 to 29 APR):
A series of films that have shaped the history and art of cinema continues with: THE FIRE WITHIN (08 APR 18:00).
HIT THE ROAD screens at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (APR):
Classic Cinema Club Ealing screens a new season of “moving pictures: the epitome of road movies and buddy films, along with some acclaimed documentaries and animation”. Feel the wind in your hair with a programme of popular films including: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (06 APR 19:30).
KOREAN FILM NIGHTS screens at the Korean Cultural Centre (until JUNE):
A new run of free film nights – this time focused on Korean Novels On Screen – continues with: THE DESCENDANTS OF CAIN (12 APR 19:00). Booking required.
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES screens at Ciné Lumière (01 APR to 23 MAY):
Includes JEAN-LUC GODDARD HEAD: ING TO ’68 (01 to 29 APR) and a coming film season that shows the impact of these years (04 to 23 MAY). Screening this week: PIERROT LE FOU + SALON with Nick Walker at Rochester Kino (08 APR 14:00).
READY PLAYER ONE SEASON screens at Picturehouse Central (09 APR to 15 MAY):
To celebrate the release of Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation, Picturehouse’s Culture Shock strand presents a season of the retro sci-fi classics referenced in Ernest Cline’s pop-cultural odyssey. This week it’s: AKIRA (09 APR 18:20 – we’ve listed Picturehouse Central – other Picturehouses available…).
SERGIO LEONE screens at BFI Southbank (APR):
BFI begins a new season designed to help re-evaluate the Italian legend in light of the number of modern westerns that are hitting the screens in 2018. There’s a joint ticket for SIR CHRISTOPHER FRAYLING ON SERGIO LEONE’S VERY ITALIAN WESTERN + ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (06 APR 18:00 + 19:50) as well as screenings of: THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES 35mm (07 APR 15:50); FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (08 APR 16:15); THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY (08 APR 19:15). There be multi-buys.
VIEW FROM UNDERGROUND screens at Regent Street Cinema (05 to 25 APR):
A new season of three special screenings, continues with a rare screening of anward-winning feature documentary about the seminal British magazine, MELODY MAKERS + Q&A with director Leslie-Ann Coles & journalists (11 APR 19:30).
WES ANDERSON LATES screens at Everyman Screen On The Green (until 14 APR):
The season continues with: RUSHMORE (07 APR 23:30).
WOODFALL: A REVOLUTION IN BRITISH CINEMA screens at BFI Southbank (APR):
BFI begins a new season in tribute to the films that changed British cinema. Events with added value features include TOM JONES (Director’s Cut) + INTRO by Vanessa Redgrave (11 APR 18:15). Other films include: LAUGHTER IN THE DARK 35mm (06 APR 20:45); THE ENTERTAINER (07 & 09 APR); SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (07 & 10 APR); ONE WAY PENDULUM 35mm (08 & 11 APR); THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT 35mm (12 APR 18:20). LOOK BACK IN ANGER continues its grind show run (until 16 APR).
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 3
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Festivals projecting this week include:
- Baltic Screen Week (08 to 12 APR)
- East End Film Festival (11 to 29 APR)
- London Bengali Film Festival (12 to 15 APR)
- London Porn Film Festival (12 to 15 APR)
NOW SHOWING: GRIND SHOWS
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
BYE BYE GERMANY screens at JW3 (08 to 19 APR):
Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times?
DEVIL’S FREEDOM screens at DocHouse (06 to 12 APR):
As the drug war continues and the cartels ever tighten their grip on society, torture, murder, and regular ‘disappearances’ have become part of daily life in Mexico. Interweaving anonymous ‘masked’ testimonies from both victims and perpetrators, director Everardo González’s latest film paints a vivid portrait of a lawless nation living in fear from the constant threat of violence.
GLORY screens at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 APR):
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s follow-up to THE LESSON is a social parable about a humble man who gets unwillingly promoted, and ends up sacrificed. Bearded railway linesman Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) discovers millions of lev on the train tracks. When he reports the money rather than pocketing it, his co-workers label him the “fool of the nation,” but the Ministry of Transport, currently embroiled in a scandal, takes the opportunity to parade their new hero.
LOVE, SIMON screens at Genesis Cinema (06 to 12 APR):
Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.
RAMPAGE screens everywhere, but try to see it somewhere loud (from 11 APR):
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla that’s been in his care since birth. When a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong, it causes George, a wolf and a reptile to grow to a monstrous size.
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Featured image: DEVIL’S FREEDOM (2017).