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 13 to 19 APR 2018.
Welcome to our weekly digest where we recommend moving pictures that might excite you.
This week, animation makes a strong showing with the continuation of the BFI’s yearlong season – focused this week on the Quay brothers (16 APR – see seasons) – and the launch of ANIME APRIL at Genesis (until 03 MAY – see seasons). There’s also a smattering of animated sex at the LONDON PORN FILM FESTIVAL (12 to 15 APR – see festivals) which, as an aside, would make an interesting pairing with YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS at Science Fiction Theatre (16 APR, Institute Of Light).
You can also catch: MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (14 APR, Deptford); THE CAT RETURNS (15 APR, Prince Charles); ISLE OF DOGS (in double bill with THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS 16 APR, Regent Street); MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS + Q&A with director Mari Okada (16 APR, Prince Charles); and, BIG FISH & BEGONIA (18 APR, Prince Charles).
Elsewhere, Women In Film SE15’s FEMALE GAZE programme opens at Deptford Cinema with Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS (19 APR) whilst Barbican’s NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED – a season about “suffrage, cinema & beyond” – continues with OUR TIMES (19 APR). BAFTA opens its doors with a weekend of exhibition and screenings dedicated to FEMALE FIRSTS (13 to 15 APR – see exhibitions).
We think there are 9 film festivals projecting across town this week…
Our Featured Attraction is STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION + Q&A (15 APR at Curzon Soho) because we still have an incredibly long way to go.
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#SCREENGUIDE: We highlight key SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off events) each day and offer a roundup of others. 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)
BASICALLY, JOHNNY MOPED – SCREEN25 FUNDRAISER at Screen25 (13 APR 19:45):
Screen25 presents Fred Burns’ funny and often moving documentary about Croydon’s long lost punk legends. Having succeeded in meeting crowd funding targets for a new projector, all ticket proceeds will now go towards the costs of a much-needed premises license.
CUSTODY + Q&A with actor Denis Ménochet at Curzon Soho (13 APR 18:40):
After a bitter divorce, Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) battle for sole custody of their son, Julien (Thomas Gioria). Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something…
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS + Q&A with director Mouly Surya at BFI SouthBank (13 APR 20:25):
Newly widowed Marlina (Marsha Timothy) receives an unexpected and unwelcome visit from gang leader Markus (Egy Fedly). He invites himself into her home, demands food for his gang of bandits and announces that they will take everything she has and, if time allows, will sleep with her. Let’s just say that Marlina doesn’t exactly yield to their demands…
Looking for something different (A–Z)? BUGSY MALONE 35mm at Prince Charles (13 APR 21:00). DAVID & OLIVIA at Talkies Community Cinema at Bounds Green Bowls & Tennis Club (13 APR 19:30). EVEN WHEN I FALL + Q&A with directors Kate McLarnon & Sky Neal & producer Elhum Shakerifar, presented by Birds Eye View at Picturehouse Central (13 APR 18:30). FRIDAY THE 13TH at the Prince Charles (13 APR 18:15). THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE at BFI (13 APR 18:10). KIND HEARTS & CORONETS at BFI (13 APR 20:40).
LA BOCCA DEL LUPO 35mm + Q&A with Pietro Marcello at Close-Up (14 APR 20:00):
Pietro Marcello’s hauntingly beautiful debut feature interweaves two love stories: the 20-year romance between a Sicilian tough guy and a transsexual former junkie whom he met in prison, and a poetic reverie of the Italian port town of Genoa, depicted in all its mysterious, fading glory.
PORTRAIT OF JASON at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (14 APR 19:00):
Shot in a single 12 hour take, this 1967 cinéma vérité doc takes us inside the life of Jason Holliday (born Aaron Payne), a hustler and would be cabaret performer with a theatrical persona who smokes and giggles his way through outrageous stories from his past while sparring with director Shirley Clarke and her film crew. “The most extraordinary film I’ve seen in my life” – Ingmar Bergman.
THE ADJUTANT OF THE CZAR + INTRO by Bryony Dixon at BFI Southbank (15 APR 14:00):
The lighter-than-air romance between a Czarist officer and a passport-less girl obliged to share a sleeper compartment on a train is tested when revolutionary zeal meets implacable loyalty in the heightened atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Russia. With live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley.
DISPOSSESSION + Q&A at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 APR 15:40):
Paul Sng’s documentary is narrated by Maxine Peake and explores the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain. Benefit screening for homeless campaign Streets Kitchen.
STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION + Q&A at Curzon Soho (15 APR 13:45):
Preview screening of BBC One’s landmark three-part documentary, from critically-acclaimed filmmakers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, and directed by James Rogan, which plunges viewers into the story of Britain’s most notorious racially-motivated murder. The special panel Q&A includes Doreen Lawrence, Asif Kapadia, James Rogan and Imran Khan QC .
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS + Q&A with co-drector and producer at Curzon Goldsmiths (15 APR 13:30). BARRY LYNDON at BFI (15 APR 14:10). BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 70mm at Prince Charles (15 APR 21:00). THE CAT RETURNS at Prince Charles (15 APR 15:50). THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY + Q&A with director Mike Newell and producer Graham Broadbent at Everyman Muswell Hill (15 APR 17:00). WILD STRAWBERRIES at The Gate – other Picturehouses available (15 APR 12:30).
MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS + Q&A with director Mari Okada at Prince Charles Cinema (16 APR 18:00):
Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature. The people of Iolph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape.
WHO GOES NEXT + INTRO by Lucie Dutton at BFI Southbank (16 APR 18:10):
In the latter half of the 1930s the scent of impending war was in the air, and British cinema responded to the mood with films such as this First World War drama. Inspired by true events, WHO GOES NEXT is set in the claustrophobic confines of a German prison camp in 1916, where the friction between a group of British officers comes to a head as they plot their escape.
YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS + TALK by Andy Murray at The Institute Of Light (16 APR 20:00):
In a future Britain, language and conflict have become redundant due to the dominance of television, and the appetites and passions of the masses are controlled by a constant stream of pornography regulating sexual desire. The screening will be preceded by a talk from Andy Murray, author of Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE DISASTER ARTIST presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (16 APR 19:00). DOUBLE BILL: ISLE OF DOGS & THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS at Regent Street Cinema (16 APR 18:30/20:30). THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE at BFI (16 APR 18:20). PAPER MOON 35mm at Prince Charles (16 APR 18:15). SSFX THE ANTHOLOGY FILM + Q&A at Genesis Cinema (16 APR 19:00). WALK THE LINE 35mm at Prince Charles (16 APR 20:45).
ERASE AND FORGET + Q&A with director Andrea Zimmerman & author David Neiwert at Genesis Cinema (18:45):
ERASE AND FORGET is an investigative documentary which charts the extraordinary life and times of Bo Gritz, one of America’s highest decorated veterans and the ‘inspiration’ for Rambo and Brando’s Colonel Kurtz. Director Andrea Zimmerman will be in discussion with David Neiwert, expert in American right-wing extremism and author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right (Verso).
SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO + RECORDED Q&A at Stratford Picturehouse (17 APR 20:15 – other Picturehouses available):
Sarajevo in 1994 was a city under siege. Mortars and grenades rained down on the city, killing indiscriminately every day. Amongst the madness, would it be possible to persuade a global rock star to come and play a show for local fans? The film will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Bruce Dickinson.
SOSHANA: EVERYWHERE ALONE + INTRO at Austrian Cultural Forum (17 APR 19:00):
In 1938 at the age of 11, the painter Soshana fled her native Vienna together with her family to escape National Socialism. They travelled first to Switzerland and then onto London and the US. The trauma of the war and her restless childhood had an immense impact on her life and artistic output. Dr Martina Pippal from the University of Vienna will introduce the film.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES at Prince Charles (17 APR 18:30). FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE at Prince Charles (17 APR 20:45). WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST at Regent Street Cinema (17 APR 18:30/20:15). XALA at BFI (17 APR 20:10).
BEYOND THE BODY: ONE DAY PINA ASKED… at The Horse Hospital (18 APR 19:00):
Orlando presents a 1983 film from auteur and innovator of experimental and feminist cinema, Chantal Akerman. Before the film, there will be an intro from Orlando’s founding editor, Philomena Epps, followed by two readings from the writers and academics, Alice Blackhurst and Octavia Bright.
CLEOPATRA JONES 35mm at Regent Street Cinema (18 APR 19:30):
Soul Jazz Records continues its Blaxploitation classic film screenings and, this time, it’s a mother! “6 feet two of dynamite – she’s the female James Bond, she’s the soul sister’s answer to James Brown. Guns, car chases, motorbikes, kung fu, wah wah funk… it’s Cleopatra Jones!!”
THE DARKEST HOUR + TALK: WINSTON CHURCHILL, FRANCE AND EUROPE at Ciné Lumière (18 APR 18:30 + 20:15):
Historians Richard Toye and Christian Destremau examine Winston Churchill’s relationship to France and Europe, and the different narratives that have been built since. Then there’s Gary Oldman’s Academy Award winning performance as Winston Churchill “withstands his darkest hour, rallies a nation, and attempts to change the course of history”.
LGBTQ+ SHORT FILMS & NETWORKING at The Others (18 APR 19:00):
The Film Bunch celebrates the best of LGBTQ+ short films from around the world to raise awareness and challenge attitudes. Screenings are deaf & hard of hearing friendly. There will be a chance to network before and after the screening.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BIG CITY at BFI (19 APR 18:10). BIG FISH & BEGONIA at Prince Charles (18 APR 21:00). THE BIG SLEEP 35mm + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI (18 APR 18:00). EVEN WHEN I FALL + Q&A with producer Elhum Shakerifar at LEXI Cinema (18 APR 18:20). INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIES at Prince Charles (18 APR 18:20). MYSTIC PIZZA 35mm at Prince Charles (18 APR 20:45). THE UNSUSPECTED 16mm presented by Kennington Noir at the Cinema Museum (18 APR 19:30).
ARTISTS, FICTION & CINEMA: STAGING THE STUART CROFT ARCHIVE at BFI Southbank (19 APR 20:45):
An illustrated, personally inflected lecture first presented in 2014 by artist filmmaker Stuart Croft (1970-2015) is re-performed and discussed by Stuart Croft Foundation trustees and artists Emma Bennett, Keira Greene and Anna Lucas.
RADICAL BROADCASTS: THEORY ON TV (Part One) at The Whitechapel Gallery (19 APR 19:00):
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 radical uprising across Europe, the Whitechapel Gallery presents an archive television season which brings together “an exciting and provocative combination of documentary, archive footage and drama”.
A RESTORATION OF ‘NOSFERATU’ (1922) at The Horse Hospital (19 APR 19:00):
The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies presents a lecture by Mark Rance illustrating many of the issues encountered and – with varying degrees of success – resolved in a digital restoration of Murnau’s NOSFERATU. The talk will begin with a description of the original production and how its own troubled history complicated the film’s reconstruction and restoration.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BIG CITY at BFI (19 APR 18:10). BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 70mm at Prince Charles (19 APR 20:45). IF…. 35mm at Prince Charles (19 APR 18:20 – Only £1 for PCC Members). A MAN CALLED OVE at Talkies Community Cinema at Dugdale Centre (19 APR 19:45). THE WAY TO THE STARS presented by Kennington Classics at the Cinema Museum (19 APR 19:30).
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
EXHIBITIONS (by event/venue)
BAFTA OPEN WEEKEND: FEMALE FIRSTS at Princess Anne Theatre (13 to 15 APR):
A new exhibition dedicated to the work and achievements of over 90 women from BAFTA’s history and that of film, games and television in Britain. Accompanied by a programme of women’s stories from this year’s BAFTA-nominated films. Buy a ticket for one of the following & get entry to the exhibition: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (13 APR 19:00); I AM NOT A WITCH (14 APR 17:00); THE SHAPE OF WATER (14 APR 19:30); LADY BIRD (15 APR 14:00); LADY MACBETH (15 APR 16:30); I, TONYA (15 APR 19:00).
BL CK B X: GENTLEMEN – OLIVER PAYNE & NICK RELPH at LUX Moving Image (18 APR to 12 MAY – FREE, check for opening days/times):
LUX presents Oliver Payne and Nick Relph’s video work GENTLEMEN (2003) as part of the BL CK B X series of free monthly exhibitions of artists’ moving image. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Ian White: Any Frame is a Thrown Voice at Camden Arts Centre (19 April – 24 June 2018), a retrospective exhibition of work by the late Ian White who features as lead vocalist in Payne and Relph’s video. Part of Cruising Ground II.
BL CK B X: VANALYNE GREEN 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.
IAN CHENG 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 at The Whitechapel Gallery (until 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 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 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 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 at Deptford Cinema (03 to 30 APR):
An incredible season of films in partnership with the film distributor continues with: LADY MACBETH (17 APR 19:30).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (until DEC):
BFI continues a yearlong celebration of animation with a new focus on the Quay Brothers. Events include a symposium THE QUAY BROTHERS: THEIR ART & INSPIRATION (16 APR 18:30) and, THE SHORT FILMS OF THE QUAY BROTHERS (16 APR 20:40).
ANIME APRIL at Genesis Cinema (12 APR to 03 MAY):
A new short season dedicated to exploring the world of anime. This week: THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (14 APR 13:00); Orbital Comics presents PERFECT BLUE (15 APR 13:00); and, NINJA SCROLL (15 APR 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV 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. All his features are here: LOVELESS (14 APR 18:00); THE BANISHMENT (15 APR 17:00); and, LEVIATHON (15 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP ON HAL HARTLEY 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: TRUST (16 APR 16:00); and, HENRY FOOL (18 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP ON KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI 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: THREE COLOURS: BLUE (13 APR 18:00 & 16 APR 20:00); THREE COLOURS: RED (13 APR 20:00); DEKALOG 5 & 6 (17 APR 18:00); and, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE (17 APR 20:15).
D.I.Y. 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: GARDEN STATE (15 APR 14:00 & 16:00).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA XII at Close-Up (01 to 29 APR):
A series of films that have shaped the history and art of cinema. Screening this week: ZERO FOR CONDUCT + THE 400 BLOWS (19 APR 19:30).
FEMALE GAZE at Deptford Cinema (19 APR to 13 MAY):
A new season of screenings programmed by Women In Film SE15 begins with Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS (19 APR 19:30).
THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU at The Prince Charles Cinema (26 MAR to 14 OCT):
Showcasing the films of legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, The Prince Charles is taking the English translation of his titles literally, screening them during the season in which they’re set. This month there’s a screening of TOKYO STORY (15 APRIL 18:00).
HIT THE ROAD at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (MAR & 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: F FOR FAKE (13 APR 19:30).
KOREAN CINEMA ECHOES at Deptford Cinema (monthly until SEPT):
Once a month, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre, Deptford holds free screenings of classic and contemporary films from the Korean peninsula. First up is “a late 70s gem from one of Korea most revered auteurs”, Kim Ki-young’s EARTH (16 APR 20:00).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (01 APR to 23 MAY):
NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED: Suffrage, Cinema & Beyond at Barbican (18 to 24 APR):
A century after the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which first gave (some) women the right to vote in the UK, these films look at women’s rebellious and often dangerous efforts to gain equality. This week: OUR TIMES (19 APR 19:00).
READY PLAYER ONE SEASON 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 we’ve listed Picturehouse Central – other Picturehouses available: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (16 APR 18:20).
SERGIO LEONE at BFI Southbank (APR):
BFI continues a season designed to help re-evaluate the Italian legend in light of the number of modern westerns that are hitting the screens in 2018. This week: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (15 APR 16:00 & 18 APR 18:10); THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY (15 APR 19:15). A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS gets a grind show run (13 to 26 APR). There be multi-buys.
TERRY GILLIAM at Deptford Cinema (starts 15 APR):
A new season begins with the chance to “sing & quote-a-long” with MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (15 APR 14:00).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
“Oh, we love Greta Gerwig! Oh, how we do!” The Prince Charles celebrates the acting prowess of the Actress/Writer/Director triple-threat, with a selection of some of her best roles from recent years. Continues with: FRANCES HA (14 APR 18:30).
WES ANDERSON LATES at Everyman Screen On The Green (until 14 APR):
The season concludes with THE LIFE AQUATIC (14 APR 23:30).
WOODFALL: A REVOLUTION IN BRITISH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (APR):
BFI continues a season in tribute to the films that changed British cinema. Films this week: HAMLET 35mm (15 APR 16:10); KES (15 APR 17:45); SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (16 APR 20:45); MADEMOISELLE 35mm (17 APR 20:50); A TASTE OF HONEY (18 APR 20:40).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (13 & 14 APR): BFI presents a weekend of conversations and live events to celebrate working class talent. Screenings include: FUNNY COW + Q&A (13 APR 18:10); SECOND COMING (14 APR 13:50); THE STORIES THAT CHANGED BRITISH CINEMA + THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (14 APR 17:40); and, SHIFTY + Q&A (14 APR 20:50).
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 3
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Festivals projecting this week include:
- East End Film Festival (11 to 29 APR)
- London Bengali Film Festival (12 to 15 APR)
- London Porn Film Festival (12 to 15 APR)
- Discover Film Awards (13 to 15 APR)
- Spanish Film Festival Spring Weekend (13 to 15 APR)
- London Independent Film Festival (13 to 22 APR)
- London Kurdish Film Festival (13 to 22 APR)
- Festival Of Commonwealth Film (14 to 15 APR)
- Romanian Film Festival (18 to 22 APR)
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NOW SHOWING: GRIND SHOWS
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
A GENTLE CREATURE screens at ICA (13 to 19 APR):
Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story, director Sergei Loznitsa takes us into a lawless Russia where crime is often unpunished. After receiving a parcel sent to her incarcerated husband marked ‘return to sender,’ an unnamed woman decides to travel to Siberia in search of answers.
JUPITER’S MOON screens at Whirled Cinema (16 to 22 APR):
The director of the critically acclaimed WHITE GOD employs his uniquely talented eye to create this riveting supernatural thriller. Adorned with heart-pounding car chases and sensational gunfights that are complemented by fluid and kinetic camerawork, Kornél Mundruczó brings spectacle that rivals any Hollywood production to tell a timely European story.
WESTERN screens at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 to 19 APR):
A thriller on the frontier of Eastern Europe follows a group of German construction workers who have travelled to a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside for work. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences.
WINNIE screens at Bertha DocHouse (15 to 19 APR):
Winnie Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. As her husband Nelson Mandela served out his sentence in prison, Winnie took centre stage before the world as the face of the African National Congress. She became an icon for an adoring but fickle public that first cast her as the Mother of the Nation, and then cast her down as a sinner.
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Featured image: STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A COUNTRY (2018).