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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THICK CINEMA + Q&A with Mark Williams and George Clark at The Whitechapel Gallery (03 MAY 19:00):
- Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand present five new works by contemporary New Zealand artists Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters and Joyce Campbell exploring the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning.
TIME & JUDGEMENT at Bernie Grant Art Centre (03 MAY 19:00):
- An overview of the African Liberation Movement that spans a period of 400 hundred years. The film narrates the tribulations and successes of people of African descent in and out of Africa with a special focus on the struggles of the last century. Part of Black Europe On Film.
UKRAINE’S FROZEN CONFLICT + Q&A with producer/director Albina Kovalyova & presenter Lucy Ash at Frontline Club (03 MAY 19:00):
- The war in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has killed more than 10,000 people over four years, and peace remains a distant prospect. Despite the violence and poverty though, civilians in the war zone try to live as normal a life as possible. Explore how everyday living continues in the middle of a war zone with UKRAINE’S FRONTLINE BAKERY followed by a Q&A with the film makers.
More films in London today (A–Z): ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS at BFI (03 MAY 20:45). BRIGHTON: SYMPHONY OF A CITY + LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE + Q&A with director Lizzie Thynne at Cinema Museum (03 MAY 19:30). CLASH at Talkies Community Cinema at Dugdale Centre (03 MAY 19:30). EX MACHINA at Prince Charles (03 MAY 18:30). HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES at BFI Southbank (03 MAY 20:40). HUMAN FLOW at Whirled Cinema (03 MAY 20:00). LEAN ON PETE + Q&A with director Andrew Haigh at The Gate (03 MAY 18:15). SWEET COUNTRY at David Lean Cinema (03 MAY 14:30 & 19:30). VIBRANT: KUWAIT TO JAMAICA + PANEL presented by Arts Canteen at Rich Mix (03 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIME APRIL at Genesis Cinema (until 10 MAY):
- FIREWORKS (03 MAY 18:40).
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
- OEDIPUS REX (03 MAY 19:30).
CLOSE-UP: VALESKA GRISEBACH at BFI Southbank (until 03 MAY):
- WESTERN (03 MAY 14:30, 18:20 & 20:30).
D.I.Y. at House of Vans (05 APR to 05 MAY):
- LOST IN TRANSLATION (03 MAY 17:00 & 19:00 – Free!).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- THEOREM (03 MAY 18:15).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
- LADY BIRD (03 MAY 16:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (27 APR to 06 MAY)
- LEWISHAM AT HOME (03 MAY 19:00, Stephen Lawrence Centre – Free!).
- ELECTION + SHORT: THE JOSSERS (03 MAY 19:30, Vive Living – Free!).
- SINK + Q&A with writer/director Mark Gillis (03 MAY 19:30, Deptford Cinema – Free!).
- BLOW-UP (03 MAY 19:30, Art Hub Gallery, – Free!).
Sci-Fi London (01 to 07 MAY)
- SHORTS PROGRAMME 3 (03 MAY 13:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
- SHORTS PROGRAMME 4 (03 MAY 13:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
- SHORTS PROGRAMME 5 (03 MAY 15:00, Stratford Picturehouse).
- SHORTS PROGRAMME 1 (03 MAY 15:10, Stratford Picturehouse).
- SHORTS PROGRAMME 2 (03 MAY 17:10, Stratford Picturehouse).
- HIDDEN RESERVES (03 MAY 19:15, Stratford Picturehouse).
- VIOLENTIA + Q&A with director Ray Raghavan (03 MAY 21:10, Stratford Picturehouse).
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- LONDON WIP CLUB ‘work in progress’ docs (03 MAY 19:00, The Florence – Free!).
Canada Now (03 to 06 MAY)
- RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD + Q&A with director Catherine Bainbridge & exec. director Ernest Webb (03 MAY 18:45, Curzon Soho).
Chinese Visual Festival (03 to 06 MAY)
- OPENING GALA: OLD BEAST (03 MAY 18:10, BFI Southbank).
London Georgian Film Festival (03 to 08 MAY)
- OPENING GALA: MY HAPPY FAMILY + Q&A with Merab Ninidze (03 MAY 18:45, Regent Street Cinema).
THE OLD DARK HOUSE at BFI Southbank (03 MAY 18:30 & 20:50):
- During a huge storm, five travellers find themselves stranded in the Welsh mountains and are drawn towards a deserted house run by a sinister brother and sister and their mute butler (played by legendary horror star Boris Karloff). Forced to stay overnight, our heroes discover that the old, dark house contains a number of secrets, and they must keep their wits about them if they’re going to survive.
WITHOUT THIS WORLD at DocHouse (03 MAY 18:30):
- In a forgotten region in the North of Argentina, a community of Mennonites live the same simple and pious lifestyle as their forefathers did in 18th Century Germany. There are no phones, TV or radio here, and there is certainly no internet. Speaking low German instead of Spanish and learning only the bible and the catechism in their school, the colony resist interference from the outside world, but is it really possible to refuse progress?
THE WOUND at ICA (03 MAY 18:30):
- In South Africa, Xolani, a disgruntled a factory worker, returns home every year to initiate a new group of Xhosa teenagers into manhood through ritual circumcision. Tradition and modernity clash when he encounters Kwanda, a city boy with nothing but contempt for the old ways, who quickly guesses at Xolani’s darkest secret.
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Featured attraction: ELECTION + SHORT: THE JOSSERS (03 MAY 19:30, New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival).