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THE FACES WE LOST d. Piotr Cieplak, 2017 + Q&A with the director at Deptford Cinema (04 MAY 19:00):
- “A documentary about how Rwandans use personal and family photographs to remember and commemorate the loved ones they lost in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Survivors, relatives of victims and professional memory-makers guide us through their stories and share their experiences and images.”
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- We chatted with artist Ben Turner about classic 80s movie posters, lurid VHS aesthetics & his designfor MIDNIGHT EXCESS #2, Ranjit S. Ruprai’s late night collab with The Celluloid Sorceress (11 MAY 23:00+, Rio Cinema).
- We’re partnering with Screen25 to celebrate their new Spring/Summer programme. All RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers, friends & followers get a juicy discount when booking for this exciting lineup.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” & screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Antonio Sanchez: BIRDMAN d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014 + LIVE SCORE at Barbican (04 MAY 20:00):
- “Feel the heightened tension and unease in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN as composer Antonio Sánchez performs the award-winning score live to a screening of the film.”
DIAMANTINO d. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at ICA (04 MAY 16:00):
- “Portuguese soccer star Diamantino ends his career in disgrace after being surreally manipulated for nefarious political gain. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey in which he navigates neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, and genetic modification.”
- Also at Rio Cinema a little later (04 MAY 18:30).
ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Barbican (04 MAY 18:00):
- “Elena (Laia Costa), 35, and Jake (Josh O’Connor), 26, meet by chance on New Years Eve, fighting for the same taxi. But, instead of going their separate ways after a shared ride, they start a passionate relationship. Within weeks they are living together, and not long after they talk about starting a family.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE d. Jason Barker, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (04 May 19:00).
- BROS: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS d. Joe Pearlman & David Soutar, 2018 at The Prince Charles (04 MAY 21:00).
- SHUTTER ISLAND d. Martin Scorsese, 2010 at Everyman Screen On The Green (04 MAY 23:30).
- THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (04 MAY 14:30 & 17:00).
- SPACEBALLS 35mm d. Mel Brooks, 1987 at The Prince Charles (04 MAY 15:40).
- SUPER 8 d. J.J. Abrams, 2011 presented by Empire Magazine at Picturehouse Central (04 MAY 15:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- Witchfinder Double Bill: INQUISITION d. Paul Naschy, 1977 + MARK OF THE DEVIL d. Michael Armstrong & Adrian Hoven, 1970 presented by World Wide Weird! at The King & Queen (04 MAY 18:00).
- WITHNAIL & I d. Bruce Robinson, 1987 at The Prince Charles (04 MAY 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- OPIUM d. Robert Reinert, 1919 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (04 MAY 15:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- CITIZEN KANE 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1941 (04 MAY 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- Take Two: DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT d. Jan Němec, 1964 + JOSEF KILIAN d. Pavel Jurácek & Jan Schmidt, 1965 (04 MAY 20:00).
CLOSE-UP ON SCOTT WALKER at Close-Up (24 APR to 31 MAY):
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCARF, TATIANA d. Aki Kaurismäki, 1994 (04 MAY 18:30).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Ciné Lumière, Close-Up, Goethe-Institut, ICA & Whitechapel Gallery (MAR to JUN):
- SICILIA! + 6 BAGATELLES (04 MAY 14:15, ICA).
GENESIS 20TH BIRTHDAY at Genesis Cinema (03 to 12 MAY – Tickets £2.50 + FREE PINT!!):
- THE HATE YOU GIVE d. George Tillman Jr., 2018 (04 MAY 15:40).
- THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL d. Wes Anderson, 2014 (04 MAY 18:35).
- LOST IN TRANSLATION d. Sofia Coppola, 2003 (04 MAY 21:00).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- PATHS OF GLORY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1957 (04 MAY 14:50 35mm).
- SPARTACUS d. Stanley Kubrick, 1960 (04 MAY 16:50 35mm).
- THE SHINING (Extended Version) d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (04 MAY 20:15).
- FULL METAL JACKET (04 MAY 20:40 35mm).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 (04 MAY 15:20).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- The Black Market & Film Festival (04 MAY).
- Chinese Visual Festival (02 to 09 MAY).
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (26 APR to 05 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
> Read our guide to this year’s Chinese Visual Festival (02 to 09 MAY).
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE d. Joe Berlinger, 2019 at The Prince Charles (04 MAY 13:00.15:30 & 18:15):
- “Ted (Zac Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Lily Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out. That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders.”
MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN d. Heperi Mita, 2018 at DocHouse (04 MAY 14:30 & 18:30):
- “Pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita is the subject of this rich and personal portrait by her son. Juggling motherhood, activism and filmmaking, she was the first Maori woman to make a feature film.”
VOX LUX at ArtHouse Crouch End (04 MAY 15:10 & 20:40):
- “The second feature from writer-director Brady Corbet (THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER), VOX LUX is a stylish and absorbing modern portrait of a troubled pop star’s rise from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom, featuring a remarkable performance from Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (until 09 MAY). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 09 MAY). BENJAMIN d. Simon Amstell, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (06 to 12 MAY). DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at The Prince Charles (03 to 08 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (03 to 09 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (06 to 09 MAY). GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 at JW3 (06 to 08 MAY). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (08 to 23 MAY). IRENE’S GHOST d. Iain Cunningham, 2018 at DocHouse (03 to 09 MAY). KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 at ICA (until 08 MAY). HEARTBOUND d. Janus Metz & Sine Plambech, 2018 at DocHouse (until 08 MAY). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 at Watermans (03 to 09 MAY). MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 at Rio Cinema (until 09 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 09 MAY). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (03 to 09 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (03 to 09 MAY). THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at JW3 (03 to 09 MAY). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at The Lexi Cinema (03 to 09 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (03 to 09 MAY).
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