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ROBOCOP + PRESENTATION by Will Jackson d. Paul Verhoeven, 1987 at Barbican (05 FEB 18:10):
- Science On Screen presents: Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic is accompanied by a presentation from Will Jackson, founder and director of robotics company Engineered Arts, who muses on whether technology is to blame for its misuse. Who are the villains, the machines or their masters?
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- SCREEN DIARY: We ventured into the wilds of Waltham Forest to enjoy the Women Over 50 Film Festival’s ‘Best Of The Fest’ pop-up event, part of a new UK tour. Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup.
- VALENTINE’S 2019: Hopelessly in love? Got an unrequited crush (or two)? Think that love’s for the birds? There are enough great Valentine’s Day films & seasons this year to melt even the frostiest of hearts. Read our handy guide to find out what’s on.
- FEBRUARY: Planning ahead? Look no further than our epic roundup of repertory seasons & film festivals for the month ahead.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE EAGLE + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Stephen Horne + INTRO/ by Kevin Brownlow d. Clarence Brown, 1925 at Primrose Hill Community Library (05 FEB 19:45):
- Kevin will be showing his own film print of one of Rudolph Valentino’s finest films. Based on a Pushkin short story, it centres upon a Russian Cossack officer (Rudolph Valentino) who deserts rather than make love to Catherine the Great (Louise Dresser). Sentenced to death with a reward on his head for shunning the lusty Czarina, he escapes and becomes the Black Eagle, a dashing masked vigilante, and seeks to avenge the death of his father.
EK LADKI KO DEKHA TOH AISA LAGA + Q&A with director Shelly Chopra Dhar, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (05 FEB 18:00):
- Some love stories are not simple, Sweety’sis one such story.. She has to contend with her over-enthusiastic family that wants to get her married, a young writer who is completely smitten by her, a secret that she harbours close to her heart and ultimately the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE d. Jane Magnusson, 2018 at DocHouse (05 FEB 18:30).
- CAMORRA d. Francesco Patierno, 2018 at DocHouse (05 FEB 21:00).
- Critic’s Salon: BURNING at BFI (05 FEB 20:20).
- Films to Be Buried With live podcast at BFI (05 FEB 18:30).
- THE GUILTY d. Gustav Möller, 2018 at The David Lean (05 FEB 19:30).
- SONS OF THE DESERT + TOWED IN A HOLE d. William A. Seiter, 1933 + d. George Marshall, 1932 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at Lord Palmerston (05 FEB 20:00).
- TABU d. Miguel Gomes, 2012 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (05 FEB 20:00).
- THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS d. Tim Wardle, 2017 at DocHouse (05 FEB 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- CHIMES AT NIGHT aka Falstaff d. Orson Welles, 1965 (05 FEB 20:40).
CLOSE-UP ON LUIS BUÑUEL at Close-Up (01 to 27 FEB):
- THE MILKY WAY d. Luis Buñuel, 1969 (05 FEB 20:15).
HORROR SEASON at Austrian Cultural Forum (until 21 MAR):
- THE DARK d. Justin P. Lange, 2018 (05 FEB 19:00).
JAPAN FOUNDATION TOURING FILM PROGRAMME: PEOPLE STILL CALL IT LOVE at ICA (02 to 10 FEB):
- BLINDLY IN LOVE d. Masahide Ichii, 2013 (05 FEB 18:15).
- YURIGOKORO d. Naoto Kumazawa, 2017 (05 FEB 20:30).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL ZEN d. Frank Capra, 1932 (05 FEB 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today…
BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at Rio Cinema (05 FEB 14:00 & 20:15):
- Lyrical, poetic, and mysterious, acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING expands a Haruki Murakami short story to create a compelling and mysterious world that explores unrequited love and the nature of obsession.
CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Picturehouse Central (05 FEB 15:40 & 18:30 — Other Picturehouses available!):
- In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 93QUEEN d. Paula Eiselt, 2018 at DocHouse (01 to 07 FEB). BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE at BFI Southbank (until 07 FEB). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at JW3 (01 to 14 FEB). THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS d. Simon Lereng Wilmot, 2017 at DocHouse (01 to 07 FEB). DOGMAN d. Matteo Garrone, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (04 to 10 FEB). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (until 21 FEB). HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at ICA (until 07 FEB). THE HOUSE BY THE SEA d. Robert Guédiguian, 2017 at Watermans (01 to 07 FEB). MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS d. Josie Rourke, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 07 FEB). ONE CUT OF THE DEAD d. Shinichiro Ueda, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 08 FEB). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 07 FEB). SORRY TO BOTHER YOU d. Boots Riley, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 07 FEB). STAN & OLLIE d. Jon S. Baird, 2018 at Watermans (until 07 FEB). THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS d. Tim Wardle, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 07 FEB). VICE d. Adam McKay, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 to 07 FEB).
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