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A Slaughterous Afternoon With Tod at The Cinema Museum (01 FEB 14:30):
- “Jasper Sharp & Kip Xool present a 35mm double-bill of Tod Slaughter’s CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE (1940) and THE FACE AT THE WINDOW (1939). Hemlock Books will be selling the brand new Tod Slaughter biography with authors in attendance to sign copies.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DIL DHADAKNE DO d. Zoya Akhtar, 2015 + Intro by Sâmir Bhamra at BFI Southbank (01 FEB 12:15):
- “This romantic comedy-drama follows the misadventures of a family, their friends and a dog as they embark on a cruise to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary. Yet it’s not long before suppressed emotions, resentments and insecurities emerge and threaten to upset the holiday.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (01 FEB 18:45).
- A WOMAN IS A WOMAN d. Maisy Goosy Suen, 2018 presented by Preston Community Library + Queer East Film Festival for LGBT+ History Month at Preston Community Library (01 FEB 19:00).
- I AM THE PRIZE d. Oliver Purches + Shorts + Q&A with filmmakers at Queen Mary University Of London (01 FEB 14:00).
- Kashmir: A Crisis of Compassion – A Look At Youth and Aspirations inc NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR d. Ashvin Kumar, 2019 at SOAS (01 FEB 18:00).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (01 FEB 14:30, 17:15 & 20:00).
- PINK FLAMINGOS 35mm d. John Waters, 1972 at The Prince Charles (01 FEB 21:00).
- TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 + Meet-Up Chat at DocHouse (01 FEB 15:30 + 16:00).
- TURTLE ROCK d. Xiao Xiao, 2017 at DocHouse (01 FEB 14:00).
- UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 FEB 18:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (01 FEB 20:45).
AMERICAN NEW WAVE at The Prince Charles (2020):
- THE GRADUATE d. Mike Nichols, 1967 (01 FEB 15:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- FITZCARRALDO d. Werner Herzog, 1982 (01 FEB 17:30).
DAVID LYNCH at Deptford Cinema (FEB to JUN):
- MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (01 FEB 20:00).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN d. Elia Kazan, 1945 (01 FEB 18:10).
- BOOMERANG! d. Elia Kazan, 1947 (01 FEB 20:45).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to FEB):
- 8½ d. Federico Fellini, 1963 (01 FEB 20:00).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- Episodic Fellini Short Film Programme (01 FEB 15:40).
- 8½ 4K aka Otto e mezzo d. Federico Fellini, 1963 (01 FEB 20:25).
- Re-Releases: LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 (01 FEB 14:20).
HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND: JOY & DESPAIR IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
- OUR MEAL FOR TOMORROW aka Bokura no gohan wa ashita de matteru d. Ichii Masahide, 2017 (01 FEB 13:15).
- ORGAN aka Ano Hi No Orugan d. Hiramatsu Emiko, 2019 (01 FEB 15:30).
- A BANANA? AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT? aka Konna Yofuke Ni Banana Kayo: Itoshiki Jitsuwa d. Maeda Tetsu, 2018 (01 FEB 18:00).
- TEN DARK WOMEN aka Kuroi juunin no onna d. Ichikawa Kon, 1961 (01 FEB 20:30).
HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):
- ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND d. Michel Gondry, 2004 (01 FEB 15:00 & 17:30).
IN FOCUS: KAZUO HARA at ICA (31 JAN to 04 FEB):
- EXTREME PRIVATE EROS: LOVE SONG 1974 d. Kazuo Hara, 1974 (01 FEB 16:00).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (01 FEB 20:45).
REEL TIME FOR BLACK LOVE at Johmard Centre (17 JAN to 29 FEB):
- EVE’S BAYOU d. Kasi Lemmons, 1997 (01 FEB 18:30).
REMINISCENCES OF JONAS MEKAS at Close-Up (19 to 22 JAN):
- AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY 16mm d. Jonas Mekas, 2000 (01 FEB 14:00).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (until 06 FEB/Check venue for details).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (forever!):
- GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES d. Isao Takahata, 1988 (01 FEB 12:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Brigid’s Day Film Festival (30 JAN to 02 FEB).
BAIT d Mark Jenkin, 2019 + Short: TRAVELOGUE (1920s Archival Footage) at BFI Southbank (01 FEB 15:15 & 20:50):
- “Martin (Edward Rowe) is a fisherman without a boat since his brother repurposed their father’s vessel for tourist trips. As he struggles to buy his own boat he must also cope with family rivalry and the influx of London money, stag parties and holiday homes in his picturesque Cornish harbour village. Summer brings simmering tensions to a head, with tragic consequences.”
- With Intro by the director (03 FEB 18:20).
THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 FEB 12:15, 15:30, 18:15 & 21:00):
- “Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play Victorian lightkeepers sticking out a four-week stint on a jagged windswept island. Thomas is the grizzled, demonic older man who is supposed to be training the younger Ephraim. Yet there is little guidance in their increasingly drunken meals or in Thomas’ flinty banter. As these sea dogs’ grog runs low and phantoms begin to beset the island, this deliciously gothic thriller becomes ever-more distinctive, compelling, and wild.”
QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (01 FEB 14:50, 17:45 & 20:40):
- “While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defence. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defence lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB). BOMBSHELL d. Jay Roach, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 06 FEB). CHINA LOVE d. Olivia Martin-McGuire, 2018 at DocHouse (until 06 FEB). ECHO d. Amikam Kovner, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (03 to 06 FEB). THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at Rio Cinema (until 06 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 15 FEB). MISS AMERICANA: TAYLOR SWIFT d. Lana Wilson, 2020 at The Prince Charles (31 JAN to 06 FEB). ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 FEB). SEBERG d. Benedict Andrews, 2019 at Watermans (31 JAN to 06 FEB). SHOW ME THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF JIM MARSHALL d. Alfred George Bailey, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB).
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