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ODYSSEY d. Sabine Groenewegen, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (03 DEC 19:00):
- “As two extra-terrestrial intelligences analyse visual material from the early 20th century in an effort to understand humanity, their signal is interrupted by a resistant matter which interferes with the flux of narratives they are attempting to decode. Confronting the rhetoric of colonialism and considering its impact across generations, ODYSSEY asks essential questions about the stories we’re told and how we might disrupt them.”
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We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.
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
CLEANIN’ UP THE TOWN: REMEMBERING GHOST BUSTERS d. Anthony Bueno, 2019 at BFI IMAX (03 DEC 20:45):
- “This fascinating and funny documentary – 12 years in the making – charts the production of the original 1984 GHOSTBUSTERS through insightful interviews with the main cast and crew, and includes never-before-seen archive material from the personal collections of the creative team.”
NINOTCHKA d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1939 + Q&A with Nick Smedly at Curzon Wimbledon (03 DEC 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “Garbo stars in a comedy romance, yes, this is the film where she laughs for the first time on screen. Gone is any trace of the tragic actor as Garbo plays a serious Russian sent to Paris on official business. Inculcated with loathing for Western values, she meets a roué out to charm her, played by Mervyn Douglas. What could possibly go wrong?”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 2040 d. Damon Gameau, 2019 + Q&A with local Extinction Rebellion members at The David Lean (03 DEC 19:30).
- ATLANTICS d. Mati Diop, 2019 + Talk by Kaleem Aftab + Poetry by Be Manzini at Curzon Soho (03 DEC 18:15).
- BEDAZZLED d. Stanley Donen, 1967 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (03 DEC 20:00).
- THE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED d. Felix Hemgren, 2013 part of Nordic Film Nights at Deptford Cinema (03 DEC 19:30).
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 at DocHouse (03 DEC 16:30).
- THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW d. Jim Sharman, 1975 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (03 DEC 19:30 – FREE!).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- ROPE d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1948 (03 DEC 14:30).
- APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT 4K d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 (03 DEC 17:10).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (01 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 (29 NOV to 05 DEC – various times/check venue).
- TRADING PLACES d. John Landis, 1983 (03 DEC 12:15).
- DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER d. Renny Harlin, 1990 (03 DEC 21:00).
HISTORICAL FILM SERIES – A TRIBUTE TO ANNA GMEYNER & PAUL HENREID at Austrian Cultural Forum (12 NOV to 03 DEC – FREE!/Booking required):
- HOLLOW TRIUMPH d. Steve Sekely & Paul Henreid, 1948 (03 DEC 19:00).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- The Life and Times of Med Hondo Panel Discussion (03 DEC 18:00).
- SOLEIL Ô aka Oh Sun! d. Med Hondo, 1970 + Intro by Kunle Olulode (03 DEC 20:30).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC – various times/check venue).
TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):
- L’ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD aka Last Year at Marienbad d. Alain Resnais, 1961 (03 DEC 18:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London Film Week (02 to 08 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (29 NOV to 08 DEC).
- London Migration Film Festival (28 NOV to 04 DEC).
- Utopia Portuguese Film Festival (30 NOV 09 DEC).
THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (03 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 (03 DEC 17:20 & 19:50):
- “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 (03 DEC 15:10):
- “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):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (29 NOV to 05 DEC). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (29 NOV to 05 DEC). HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (until 04 DEC). JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 NOV to 05 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Rich Mix (29 NOV to 05 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 05 DEC). RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 05 DEC). RONNIE WOOD – SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES MEd. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (until 04 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 05 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (29 NOV to 05 DEC). THE TWO POPES d. Fernando Meirelles, 2019 at JW3 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
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