SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 01.12.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


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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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Films in London this month: WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm, part of MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI (05 DEC).

We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.

Fringe! Diaries: EVA NON PIACE, part of FISH OUT OF WATER short film programme at Rose Lipman Building (17 NOV 2019).

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

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: SO LONG, MY SON at Rio Cinema (01 DEC).
Films in London today: SO LONG, MY SON at Rio Cinema (01 DEC).

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):


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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: RENT, part of MUSICALS! at BFI (01 DEC).
Films in London today: RENT, part of MUSICALS! at BFI (01 DEC).

20 YEARS at House Of Vans (01 NOV to 01 DEC – FREE!/No booking required):

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):

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):

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):

TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: TOMORROW I WILL BE DIRT, part of London International Animation Festival at Barbican (01 DEC).
Films in London today: TOMORROW I WILL BE DIRT, part of London International Animation Festival at Barbican (01 DEC).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: EYES WIDE SHUT at BFI Southbank (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
Films in London today: EYES WIDE SHUT at BFI Southbank (29 NOV to 05 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):

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