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Featured attraction: Filikino presents Lino Brocka’s INSIANG + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (04 SEP 21:00): “This intense, furious melodrama, by the Filipino director Lino Brocka, fuses its narrative energy with documentary veracity.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ADA FOR MAYOR + Q&A with director Pau Faus at ICA (04 SEP 18:30):
- Ada Colau, a well-known activist against evictions in Spain, decides to run for Mayor of Barcelona. Surrounded by a team with little experience in institutional politics, Colau candidly shares the doubts and thoughts arising from her foray into mainstream politics.
AMERICAN ANIMALS + Q&A with writer/director Bart Layton at Curzon Soho (04 SEP 18:15):
- This isn’t based on a true story, this happened. Writer-director Bart Layton (THE IMPOSTER) takes the heist movie into bold new territory with this unbelievable but true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in US history.
An Intimate Evening with Tom Burke at The Cinema Museum (04 SEP 19:00):
- Meet popular film and television actor Tom Burke, who will be screening his favourite film, followed by a Q&A, and closing with drinks with Tom at the bar. A fundraiser for The Cinema Museum.
THE CHILDREN ACT + Q&A with director Sir Richard Eyre at Phoenix Cinema (04 SEP 18:20):
- Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel, director Richard Eyre’s (NOTES ON A SCANDAL) stately, moving drama follows an eminent High Court judge (Emma Thompson ) for whom professional and personal crises collide as she approaches a critical ruling.
- THE CHILDREN ACT enjoys a grind show run at the Phoenix Cinema (31 AUG to 06 SEP).
CRAZY RICH ASIANS + EXTENDED INTRO at BFI Southbank (04 SEP 20:30 – Sold Out!):
- Based on the best-selling book series and already a smash box office success in the US, CRAZY RICH ASIANS marks the first time in 25 years that an American film has a majority Asian cast.
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST + Q&A at Rich Mix (04 SEP 18:15):
- Welcome Sessions presents Julie Dash’s 1991 cult classic. Set in 1902, DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST tells the story of three generations of African American Gullah women who live in isolation on an island off the coast of South Carolina and risk losing their culture as they prepare for a new life on mainland U.S.
INSIANG + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (04 SEP 21:00):
- Filikino presents a classic by social realist filmmaker Lino Brocka: Jealousy and violence take center stage in this claustrophobic melodrama, a tautly constructed character study set in the slums of Manila. Lino Brocka crafts an eviscerating portrait of an innocent daughter and her bitter mother as women scorned.
PIN CUSHION + Q&A with actress Joanna Scanlan at The David Lean Cinema (04 SEP 19:30):
- A mother and her teenaged daughter move into a Northern town. Disabled and friendless, mother Lyn (Scanlan) tries to keep daughter Iona (Lily Newmark) in a state of childhood, but as the pressures of high school life weigh upon Iona, the pair’s relationship takes a painful turn…
TV preview: THE BISEXUAL + Q&A with creator & star Desiree Akhavan, co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele, actors Maxine Peake & Brian Gleeson at BFI Southbank (04 SEP 18:15):
- Fresh from winning the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, Desiree Akhavan (THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST) co-writes, directs and stars in this new six-part comedy drama for Channel 4 and Hulu.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CASABLANCA at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (04 SEP 19:45).
- CLUELESS at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (04 SEP 21:00).
- DAISIES presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (04 SEP 20:00).
- THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at DocHouse (04 SEP 16:10).
- GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT & BAMI presented by We Are Parable and AFROPUNK at Ritzy (04 SEP 20:30).
- JACKIE BROWN 35mm at The Prince Charles (04 SEP 18:00).
- MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (04 SEP 20:00).
- OPENING NIGHT at BFI (04 SEP 20:20).
- OUT OF SIGHT 35mm at The Prince Charles (04 SEP 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- CHAMELEON STREET + INTRO by Kunle Olulode (04 SEP 20:35).
- Black & Banned: Season Introduction with David Somerset & Kunle Olulode (04 SEP 18:20).
ÉRIC ROHMER’S TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS at Close-Up (03 to 11 SEP):
- A SUMMER’S TALE (04 SEP 20:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Festivals projecting this week include:
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 09 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
- Women Over 50 Film Festival (04 SEP – Other Picturehouses available!).
DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES at BFI Southbank (04 SEP 14:30 & 18:30):
- Now that Eileen, Maisie and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal and violent nature. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past.
THE KING at DocHouse (04 SEP 18:30):
- Eugene Jarecki takes a roadtrip across America in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce to offer a state of the nation epic that tracks the rise and fall of one America’s greatest musical stars. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE BALLYMURPHY PRECEDENT at DocHouse (03 to 06 SEP). BLACKkKLANSMAN at The Castle Cinema (31 AUG to 13 SEP). BRAGUINO at ICA (01 to 05 SEP). THE CHILDREN ACT at the Phoenix Cinema (31 AUG to 06 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (01 to 05 SEP). COLD WAR at Barbican (31 AUG to 06 AUG). DOUGH at JW3 (02 to 06 SEP). THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at Watermans (31 AUG to 05 SEP). HEATHERS at The Prince Charles (31 AUG to 06 SEP). MARY SHELLEY at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 SEP).
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