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Featured attraction: LFFF: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40! at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 15:30): London Feminist Film Festival presents a one-off afternoon of feminist animation films by the amazing Leeds Animation Workshop, to celebrate their 40th birthday. A selection of their best feminist shorts from the last four decades, is followed by a panel discussion, and an exhibition of artwork and archive material.
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: In the first of a new series of guest articles at RADIANT CIRCUS, Manila-based film writer & critic Richard Bolisay introduces John Torres’ debut feature TODO TODO TEROS (2006), Filikino’s next screening at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15) > HERE.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ARSENAL + LIVE SCORE by Grok at Genesis Cinema (02 DEC 18:25 – Free! / Booking recommended):
- Grok will perform a live score to Alexander Dovzhenko’s ARSENAL (1929). A montage of images depicts the social upheaval in Russia following World War I leading to the Russian Revolution.
BANDE À PART + SALON by Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC 14:00):
- Godard transposes an American B-movie-style film noir to the grey Parisian suburbs in his homage to Hollywood pulp fiction movies of the 1940s. Odile, a shy young girl falls in with two small-time crooks and is drawn into a plot to rob her aunt’s lodger.
THE IMAGE BOOK aka Le Livre d’image + Panel: A Short History of Jean-Luc Godard at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC 16:00):
- Following his most recent full-length works, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, Jean-Luc Godard pushes his exploration of words, sounds and images to vivid new extremes in this complex, dizzying mosaic of film, essay and collage. This polyphonic discourse about the contemporary condition shows Godard, at 87, as intransigently and vitally confrontational as ever and won him a Special Palme d’Or in Cannes this year.
LFFF: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40! at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 15:30):
- London Feminist Film Festival presents a one-off afternoon of feminist animation films by the amazing Leeds Animation Workshop, to celebrate their 40th birthday. A selection of their best feminist shorts from the last four decades, is followed by a panel discussion, and an exhibition of artwork and archive material.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU + Skype Q&A with director Boots Riley at Curzon Soho (02 DEC 17:45):
- Cash (Lakeith Stanfield) is a black call centre worker, who is asked to ‘sound white’ in order to drive sales. This brilliant absurdist film savages capitalism, low-paid labour and racism in a cutting, visually surprising trip that will leave you baffled, buoyed and bruised in equal parts.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A CHRISTMAS STORY at Picturehouse Central (02 DEC 15:30 – Other Picturehouse available!).
- APOSTASY at Whirled Cinema (02 DEC 18:00).
- BICYCLE THIEVES at BFI (02 DEC 17:50).
- DEAD SOULS at Barbican (02 DEC 11:00-15:09 / 16:00-20:09).
- DEAD SOULS Part 2 at ICA (02 DEC 12:20).
- DISOBEDIENCE + Q&A with director Sebastián Lelio and actor Alessandro Nivola at Curzon Soho (02 DEC 12:10).
- THE HOUSE OF MIRTH 35mm at BFI (02 DEC 19:50).
- THE IMAGE BOOK aka Le Livre d’image at BFI (02 DEC 16:00).
- THE IMAGE BOOK aka Le Livre d’image at ICA (02 DEC 16:00).
- THE IMAGE BOOK Le Livre d’image at DocHouse (02 DEC 16:30).
- THE LOST WORLD + INTRO by Bryony Dixon + LIVE SCORE by Lucky Dog Picturehouse at BFI Southbank (02 DEC 13:20).
- Mac DeMarco: On Film presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Five Bells (02 DEC 16:00).
- MANDY at The Prince Charles (02 DEC 18:25).
- MY HERO PRINCE HARRY : DIRECTOR’S CUT + Q&A at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 12:45).
- ROSA LUXEMBURG at Picturehouse Central (02 DEC 13:00).
- SHOPLIFTERS at ICA (02 DEC 20:40).
- SUSPIRIA (2018) at The Castle Museum (02 DEC 16:30).
- THE THIN MAN GOES HOME presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (02 DEC 14:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- GREMLINS 70mm (02 DEC 21:00).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 27 DEC):
- ELF (02 DEC 13:00).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (02 DEC 15:20 & 18:10).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing-A-Long (02 DEC 16:05).
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (02 DEC 21:00).
- GREMLINS 70mm (02 DEC 21:10).
CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):
COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN):
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- Buster Keaton Double-bill: ONE WEEK + THE GENERAL (02 DEC 13:15).
- MY MAN GODFREY (02 DEC 15:50).
- 9 TO 5 (02 DEC 20:05).
KICK-ASS 80S COMEDIES at House of Vans (09 NOV to 02 DEC – Free! / No booking required):
- GHOSTBUSTERS (02 DEC 14:00 & 16:00).
Limina VR Weekender at Picturehouse Central (01 to 02 DEC):
- BEGIN AGAIN (01 & 02 DEC various).
- FUTURE & FANTASY (01 & 02 DEC various).
- THE WILD (01 & 02 DEC various).
- UNCOVERED WORLDS (01 & 02 DEC various).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- ArteKino Festival (01 to 31 DEC – various venues & online).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (30 NOV to 09 DEC).
- London Migration Film Festival (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
- Russian Film Week (25 NOV to 02 DEC).
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS at Phoenix Cinema (02 DEC 19:50):
- The astonishing story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret.
WARU at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 18:30):
- A groundbreaking production from eight female Māori filmmakers, WARU is the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with a bitter tragedy – the death of a small boy, Waru, at the hands of his carer.
THE WILD PEAR TREE at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 DEC 12:45 & 19:30):
- Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest feature is ingrained with literary references that touch on existential and philosophical questions, such as the place of religion in our lives, while also rendering a sensitive and distinctive portrait of young people in contemporary Turkey.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- CLIMAX at ICA (30 NOV to 05 DEC). COLD WAR at ICA (30 NOV to 06 DEC). DISOBEDIENCE at JW3 (30 NOV to 13 DEC). NAE PASARAN! at ICA (until 06 DEC). POSTCARDS FROM LONDON at ICA (until 06 DEC). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at ICA (until 06 DEC). RAMS at Barbican (until 06 DEC). SO HELP ME GOD at DocHouse (30 NOV to 06 DEC). THE RIDER at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 DEC). SHOPLIFTERS at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). WIDOWS at The Castle Cinema (30 NOV to 04 DEC). THE WORKSHOP at Watermans (30 NOV to 05 DEC).
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