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Featured attraction: Kennington Bioscope presents THE LOST WORLD + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Costas Fotopoulos at The Cinema Museum (03 OCT 19:30): “A real crowd-pleaser. It has everything one could desire in a silent movie: stunning visuals, wonderful cast and, of course, dinosaurs.” – Movies Silently.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BRIGHT STAR + INTRO by Nikki Baughan at BFI Southbank (03 Oct 18:10):
- Jane Campion’s quietly moving chronicle of the final years of poet John Keats, and in particular his relationship with Fanny Brawne.
FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL premiere + Q&A with director Josh Appignanesi & actor/co-deviser Chloe Aridjis at Curzon Soho (03 OCT 18:45):
- Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
THE LOST WORLD + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Costas Fotopoulos at The Cinema Museum (03 OCT 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents a new restoration of THE LOST WORLD (1925), featuring pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O’Brien. This fantasy monster adventure film is adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name.
TEHRAN TABOO + Q&A with director Ali Soozandeh at ICA (03 OCT 20:30):
- Shows how a handful of people resort to deceitful and criminal acts to deal with their country’s religious laws and standards. One woman turns to prostitution, while another must attempt a medical procedure that will allow her to meet her future husband’s demands that she be a virgin.
YOUR NAME + Q&A with producer Genki Kawamura at Prince Charles (03 OCT 19:00 – Sold Out!):
- Japan Foundation presents: Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- DOG DAY AFTERNOON presented by Twickenham Film Club at The Exchange (03 OCT 19:30).
- DOWN TO EARTH + INTRO at Picturehouse Central (03 OCT 18:30).
- IMAGINE at Picturehouse Central (03 OCT 18:40 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (03 OCT 13:30).
- LUST FOR LIFE at BFI (03 OCT 20:45).
- MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Regent Street Cinema (03 OCT 18:30 & 20:30).
- MY LEFT FOOT at BFI (03 OCT 17:45).
- PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES at Regent Street Cinema (03 OCT 12:00 & 15:30).
- SEARCHING at Prince Charles (03 OCT 13:00).
- WHITNEY presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (03 OCT 19:45).
- XXY at Deptford Cinema (03 OCT 20:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- AVA & GABRIEL: A LOVE STORY 35mm (03 OCT 20:40).
CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (03 OCT to 28 NOV):
- CUK premiere PROMISE AT DAWN + Q&A with actor Pierre Niney (03 OCT 18:30).
MARGARETHE VON TROTTA REVISITED at Barbican (02 to 06 OCT):
- THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM + INTRO by Margarethe von Trotta (03 OCT 18:30).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- FACES PLACES (03 OCT 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
LEK AND THE DOGS at Whirled Cinema (03 OCT 20:00):
- Experimental artist and auteur Andrew Kötting creates a ground-breaking crossover between narrative film and contemporary art piece, based on the award-winning play by Hattie Naylor. The film is inspired by the true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his apartment at the age of four and spent two years living on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs.
THE OSLO DIARIES at DocHouse (03 OCT 14:30):
- In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered in Oslo, Norway– secretly and against the law. These meetings came to be known as The Oslo Accords and would have changed the Middle East forever – yet they were never officially sanctioned and were only chronicled by the negotiators’ diaries.
SKATE KITCHEN at ArtHouse Crouch End (03 OCT 18:30 & 20:50):
- In the first narrative feature from THE WOLFPACK director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Prince Charles (28 Sep to OCT 04). A SIMPLE FAVOUR at Rio Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Prince Charles (28 Sep to 03 NOV). BLACKkKLANSMAN at JW3 (28 SEP to 04 OCT). FACES PLACES at Ciné Lumière (28 SEP to 04 OCT). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (29 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SEAGULL at Watermans (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THIS IS CONGO at The Montpelier (30 SEP to 10 OCT). THE SON at ICA (28 SEP to 02 OCT). WAJIB at ArtHouse Crouch End (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE WIFE at Phoenix Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT).
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