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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ANTONIA’S LINE + PRESENTATION by Jeroen Lamb screens at Barbican (01 MAY 18:15):
This “modern Dutch classic”, written and directed by Marleen Gorris, is a celebration of life as envisaged in the matriarchal community at the heart of the film. With one of the female characters being a mathematics protege, it touches upon issues of gender imbalance in science. Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, Jeroen Lamb, will address unconscious gender bias in his talk. Part of Science On Screen.
FOUR DAYS + SHORT + INTRO by Vic Pratt screens at BFI (01 MAY 18:20):
A tribute to prolific action-adventure specialist John Guillermin, with a rare screening of one of his earliest directorial works; an entertainingly odd, fascinatingly frenetic old-school British B-movie. A vengeful wife (Kathleen Byron) attempts to poison her neglectful husband (Hugh McDermott), but he survives, having lost his memory. They make amends – but supposing one day he recalls her murderous plot?
THE LONG GAZE + Q&A with Jaap Pieters screens at Close-Up (01 MAR 19:30):
Jaap Pieters, the “eye of Amsterdam”, began shooting films in Super8 in 1985. Much of his work concentrates on urban subjects – trams, crossroads, city dwellers and drifters – to which Pieters directs his voyeuristic gaze to capture their everyday existence.
More films in London today (A–Z): A FISH CALLED WANDA at Prince Charles (01 MAY 18:15). THE AFRICAN HISTORY OF SPORT presented by Black History Studies at Hackney Attic (01 MAY 19:00). BUG at Prince Charles (01 MAY 20:45 – PCC members’ Screening £1). LAND OF MINE + Q&A Frontline Club (01 MAY 19:00). LEAN ON PETE + Q&A with director Andrew Haigh at Curzon Mayfair (01 MAY 18:15). NICK CAVE: ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (01 MAY 19:00). POINT BLANK 35mm at BFI (01 MAY 20:30). SE DI TUTTO RESTA UN POCO presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Regent Street (01 MAY 19:30). THE SQUARE at David Lean Cinema (01 MAY 19:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIME APRIL at Genesis Cinema (until 10 MAY):
YOUR NAME (01 MAY 18:00).
CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS at Deptford Cinema (starts 24 APR):
TOMORROW (01 MAY 19:00).
CLOSE-UP: VALESKA GRISEBACH screens at BFI Southbank (until 03 MAY):
WESTERN (01 MAY 18:10 & 20:45).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s screens at BFI (MAY):
OUT OF THE BLUE (01 MAY 20:40).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG screens at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
LADY BIRD (01 MAY 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (until 06 MAY)
NIGHT OF SHORTS – LIVED EXPERIENCE (01 MAY 18:30, Sanford Housing Co-op – Free!).
LOCAL, LOCAL, LO-FI short film programme (01 MAY 19:30, The White Heart – Free!).
Sci-Fi London (01 to 07 MAY)
SHORTS PROGRAMME 1 (01 MAY 13:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
SHORTS PROGRAMME 2 (01 MAY 15:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
DEFECTIVE (01 MAY 17:05, Stratford Picturehouse).
CHIMERA + Q&A (01 MAY 20:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
LOVING VINCENT + Q&A with producer Ivan Mactaggart and local Executive Producer David Parfitt (01 MAY 20:00, The Lido Café – Free!).
THE OLD DARK HOUSE screens at BFI Southbank (01 MAY 14:30, 18:40 & 20:35):
During a huge storm, five travellers find themselves stranded in the Welsh mountains and are drawn towards a deserted house run by a sinister brother and sister and their mute butler (played by legendary horror star Boris Karloff). Forced to stay overnight, our heroes discover that the old, dark house contains a number of secrets, and they must keep their wits about them if they’re going to survive.
WITHOUT THIS WORLD screens at DocHouse (01 MAY 16:10 & 20:15):
In a forgotten region in the North of Argentina, a community of Mennonites live the same simple and pious lifestyle as their forefathers did in 18th Century Germany. There are no phones, TV or radio here, and there is certainly no internet. Speaking low German instead of Spanish and learning only the bible and the catechism in their school, the colony resist interference from the outside world, but is it really possible to refuse progress?
THE WOUND screens at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (01 MAY 19:00):
In South Africa, Xolani, a disgruntled a factory worker, returns home every year to initiate a new group of Xhosa teenagers into manhood through ritual circumcision. Tradition and modernity clash when he encounters Kwanda, a city boy with nothing but contempt for the old ways, who quickly guesses at Xolani’s darkest secret.
More films in London this week (A–Z): ANOTHER NEWS STORY at DocHouse (01 MAY 14:20 & 18:30). THE DEMINER at Picturehouse Central (01 MAY 11:50 & 18:15). LOVELESS at Whirled Cinema (01 MAY 20:00). THE MAGIC FLUTE at JW3 (01 MAY 20:20). WESTERN at Lexi Cinema (01 MAY 20:40). WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST at The Montpellier (01 MAY 18:30 & 20:30).
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Featured attraction: THE LONG GAZE + Q&A with Jaap Pieters screens at Close-Up (01 MAR 19:30).