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Featured attraction: TEHRAN TABOO + Q&A with director Ali Soozandeh at BFI Southbank (01 OCT 20:30): “Full of astute, & poetically staged, critiques of the parallel worlds resulting from Iran’s police state.” – Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BLINDSPOTTING + DISCUSSION at Stratford Picturehouse (01 OCT 20:30):
- Presented by The New Black Film Collective: Convicted felon Collin (Daveed Diggs) is three days of probation away from starting his life afresh in Oakland, California. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested.
ISLAND + Q&A with director Steven Eastwood at Genesis Cinema (01 OCT 18:30):
- Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illness progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments.
TEHRAN TABOO preview + Q&A with director Ali Soozandeh at BFI Southbank (01 OCT 20:30):
- Shows how a handful of people resort to deceitful and criminal acts to deal with their country’s religious laws and standards. One woman turns to prostitution, while another must attempt a medical procedure that will allow her to meet her future husband’s demands that she be a virgin.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CARAVAGGIO at BF (01 OCT 20:45).
- NUREYEV – ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at Picturehouse Central (01 OCT 18:15 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- OPENING NIGHT at BFI (01 OCT 20:20).
- SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT at Genesis Cinema (01 OCT 21:00 – Free!).
- THE WILD BOYS at Close-Up (01 OCT 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- LUMUMBA 35mm (01 OCT 18:00 –Sold Out!).
DRAMA SHE WROTE at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- Elaine Morgan, Julia Jones and Buchi Emecheta: THE TAMER TAMED + STILL WATERS + A KIND OF MARRIAGE (01 OCT 18:10).
FASHION ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (14 SEP to 03 OCT):
- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (01 OCT 18:30).
HORROROCTOBER at Prince Charles (OCT):
- HOCUS POCUS 35mm (01 OCT 20:45).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- FACES PLACES (01 OCT 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
LEK AND THE DOGS at Whirled Cinema (01 OCT 20:00):
- Experimental artist and auteur Andrew Kötting creates a ground-breaking crossover between narrative film and contemporary art piece, based on the award-winning play by Hattie Naylor. The film is inspired by the true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his apartment at the age of four and spent two years living on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs.
THE OSLO DIARIES at DocHouse (01 OCT 16:30):
- In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered in Oslo, Norway– secretly and against the law. These meetings came to be known as The Oslo Accords and would have changed the Middle East forever – yet they were never officially sanctioned and were only chronicled by the negotiators’ diaries.
SKATE KITCHEN at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 OCT 18:30 & 20:50):
- In the first narrative feature from THE WOLFPACK director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Prince Charles (28 Sep to OCT 04). A SIMPLE FAVOUR at Rio Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Prince Charles (28 Sep to 03 NOV). BLACKkKLANSMAN at JW3 (28 SEP to 04 OCT). FACES PLACES at Ciné Lumière (28 SEP to 04 OCT). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (29 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SEAGULL at Watermans (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THIS IS CONGO at The Montpelier (30 SEP to 10 OCT). THE SON at ICA (28 SEP to 02 OCT). WAJIB at ArtHouse Crouch End (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE WIFE at Phoenix Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT).
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