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JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME 4K d. Karel Zeman, 1955 + Intro by John Stevenson at ICA (01 DEC 14:40 – Dubbed & 01 DEC 14:45 – Subtitled):
- SecondRun presents: “Four schoolboys embark on an epic voyage through prehistory in Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman’s 1955 JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME, now released in a new 4K digital restoration. Both screenings will be introduced by British animation filmmaker John Stevenson, best known for directing the Academy Award-nominated KUNG FU PANDA with Mark Osborne.”
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We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest might be over for another year, but we’re posting a special series of Fringe! Diaries to report from the action. Next: FISH OUT OF WATER short film programme (17 NOV).
Fringe!’s next Fling – part of their year-round programme of screenings – is JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE + Q&A with director Tomer Heymann at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at Close-Up (01 DEC 18:00):
- “”Stretching from the dawn of World War I to the present day, Thomas Heise’s monumental essay film reflects on the fraught evolution of Germany’s national identity through the prism of one family’s history. The film, shot in monochrome black-and-white, combines a wealth of archival footage and materials – including letters written by Heise’s grandparents during the war – with new footage in which the director traces vestiges of his country’s national trauma to the very sites and landscapes that once played host to unspeakable violence.”
SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at Rio Cinema (01 DEC 10:30 – FREE!):
- The Guardian & Curzon Film Distributors present: “Packing a powerful emotional punch SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident,paths separate, destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains. But sometimes it can take a lifetime to say farewell…”
- Also: SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ICA (01 DEC 16:50).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 14:15).
- THE DARK CRYSTAL d. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982 + Q&A with puppeteer/voice artist Louise Gold & art director Terry Ackland-Snow at Picturehouse Central (01 DEC 14:00).
- GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (01 DEC 18:00).
- Haruki Murakami Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (01 DEC 15:00).
- KUSAMA: INFINITY d. Heather Lenz, 2018 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (01 DEC 14:00).
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 at DocHouse (01 DEC 14:00).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson at Catford Mews (01 DEC 11:00).
- Nightmare Americana: LEMORA A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL d. Richard Blackburn, 1973 + MESSIAH OF EVIL d. Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz, 1973 presented by World Wide Weird! at Helgi’s (01 DEC 18:00).
- PERMISSION d. Soheil Beiraghi, 2018 at ICA (01 DEC 12:40).
- THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 at ICA (01 DEC 16:20).
- SINGING IN THE RAIN! d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 18:15).
- YVES SAINT LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Meyrou, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 16:35).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
20 YEARS at House Of Vans (01 NOV to 01 DEC – FREE!/No booking required):
- MAN ON THE MOON d. Milos Forman, 1999 (01 DEC 14:00 & 16:00).
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DIE HARD 70mm d. John McTiernan, 1988 (01 DEC 20:45).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 4K d. George Cukor, 1940 (01 DEC 17:10).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (01 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
- DIE HARD 70mm d. John McTiernan, 1988 (01 DEC 20:45).
DELEUZE’S CINEMA: MOVEMENTS IN TIME at Close-Up (01 to 10 DEC):
- LE JOUR SE LÈVE d. Marcel Carné, 1939 + Intro by Christopher Kul-Want (01 DEC 16:00).
IT’S PANTO SEASON! at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- ALADDIN & HIS WONDERFUL LAMP d. David Croft, 1966 (01 DEC 14:50).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- POLICE d. Maurice Pialat, 1985 (01 DEC 20:30).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Talks: Tommy Steele presents Magical Moments of the Musicals (01 DEC 16:00).
- World AIDS Day Special Presentation: RENT 35mm d. Chris Columbus, 2005 + Live Performances/Participation (01 DEC 17:00).
TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):
- L’ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD aka Last Year at Marienbad d. Alain Resnais, 1961 (01 DEC 14:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Climate Crisis Film Festival (28 NOV to 01 DEC).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (29 NOV to 08 DEC).
- London Migration Film Festival (28 NOV to 04 DEC).
- Russian Film Week (24 NOV to 01 DEC).
- Utopia Portuguese Film Festival (30 NOV 09 DEC).
THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 DEC 15:15):
- “The new documentary from renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. “This film is a tribute to a unique institution,” says Pilger at the start of DIRTY WAR, which is about threatened democracy. Above all, it is a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling “by stealth” of the National Health Service, “a last bastion of true public service”.”
EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 + Short: NEVER JUST A DREAM: STANLEY KUBRICK & EYES WIDE SHUT d. Matt Wells, 2019 at BFI Southbank (01 DEC 13:50, 16:50 & 19:30):
- “The date of this re-release of EYES WIDE SHUT isn’t accidental; it’s time to reappraise it as a Kubrickian Christmas movie. Kubrick’s final film, released posthumously, is an incredible display of precision and suspense, featuring a fragile relationship played out by (then) real-life couple Kidman and Cruise.”
THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 at ICA (01 DEC 21:00):
- “Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (29 NOV to 05 DEC). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (29 NOV to 05 DEC). HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (until 04 DEC). JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 NOV to 05 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Rich Mix (29 NOV to 05 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 05 DEC). RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 05 DEC). RONNIE WOOD – SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES MEd. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (until 04 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 05 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (29 NOV to 05 DEC). THE TWO POPES d. Fernando Meirelles, 2019 at JW3 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
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