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FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 + Q&A with the directors hosted by news presenter Matt Frei at Curzon Soho (02 SEP 18:30 – Could be SOLD OUT! Check with venue):
- “Winner of l’Œil d’or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, FOR SAMA is an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, as we follow Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo in Syria, where she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama.”
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[TUE 22 OCT] BETTER UNITED: At a time of national disunity, these short films explore the value of community to find common ground, work together & get stuff done (or simply have a good natter over a decent pint!).
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
APOCALYPSE OF THE BLOOD FREAK d. various, 2019 + Intro by the filmmakers at Genesis Cinema (02 SEP 18:30):
- “Four film students hear about a cursed film reel that sends all who watch it insane, and vow to find it. They do. It does. The World Premiere of a film some are calling ‘The absurdist howl of anguish for the modern age’ will be held in Bar Paragon. APOCALYPSE was thought up by a handful of friends who all met while working at Genesis Cinema – Andrew Clarke, EJ Lee, Hannah McLoughlin, Chay Collins & Nick Hurd.”
MEMORY: THE ORIGIN OF ALIEN + ALIEN 4K – Double Bill d. Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019 + Ridley Scott, 1979 at Genesis Cinema (02 SEP 18:30 – £10):
- “MEMORY uncovers the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece, rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. ALIEN: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship.”
- Also available as single tickets for £5.50: MEMORY (02 SEP 18:30) + ALIEN 4K (02 SEP 20:50).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A GENTLE WOMAN aka Une femme douce d. Robert Bresson, 1969 (02 SEP 18:00).
- HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Barbican (02 SEP 15:45).
- MARTYRS d. Pascal Laugier, 2008 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (02 SEP 19:30).
- NULLPUNKT aka Zero Point d. Mihkel Ulk, 2014 part of Nordic Film Nights at Deptford Cinema (02 SEP 19:30).
- Women Of War: Finalists from the 2019 TRT World Citizen Short Film Competition + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (02 SEP 19:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- HAMLET 70mm d. Kenneth Branagh, 1996 (02 SEP 18:25).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- A FAREWELL TO ARMS d. Frank Borzage, 1932 (02 SEP 20:50).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- Shadows and Light: Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant Talk by Mark Glancy (02 SEP 18:30).
- TO CATCH A THIEF d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1955 (02 SEP 20:50).
KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand… at BFI IMAX & Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (02 SEP 18:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
- POINT BREAK (02 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 08 SEP):
- Michelangelo Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy – L’AVVENTURA d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (02 SEP 20:15).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (02 SEP 20;45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
ANIARA d. Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja, 2018 at Rio Cinema (02 SEP 18:30):
- “Apocalyptic, darkly poetic and visually stunning, ANIARA balances a spectacular sense of intergalactic dread with matters more mundane as it imagines the existential crisis of a human race without a planet to call home. The alternative? A shopping mall in space.”
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN d. Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019 at DocHouse (02 SEP 16:30):
- “Everybody remembers the inspired explosive shocker scene in Alien, but not everyone knows the complex and surprising story of the film’s journey. Dan O’Bannon’s script, combined with H.R. Giger’s artwork were the creative seeds of the film, but there are deeper roots in myth and art that reach further back in time. Interviews with people close to, and involved in, the making of Alien recall the excitement of bringing it all to life, as well as lively anecdotes from the iconic scene.”
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 SEP 12:30, 15:10 & 17:40):
- “One of Britain’s most unique filmmakers Joanna Hogg (ARCHIPELAGO, UNRELATED) presents a deeply personal examination of her own youthful experiences in this beautifully crafted, Martin Scorsese produced portrait of self-discovery, THE SOUVENIR.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A FAITHFULL MAN d. Louis Garrel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 05 SEP). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Waterman’s (31 AUG to 05 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at BFI Southbank (30 AUG to 05 SEP – Check website for 35mm screenings). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 04 SEP). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 05 SEP). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 03 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at ICA (30 AUG to 05 SEP). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 04 SEP). MRS. LOWRY AND SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at JW3 (01 to 11 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 04 SEP – Selected screening times). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at The Lexi (until 11 SEP). SEAHORSE d. Jeanie Finlay, 2019 at DocHouse (30 AUG to 05 SEP). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 03 SEP).
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