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KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN 35mm d. Hector Babenco, 1985 + Intro by Rebecca Nicole Williams at The Cinema Museum (05 SEP 19:00):
- “The Cinema Museum are pleased to be hosting a 35mm presentation of KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (1985). The screening will be introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams and preceded by an exclusive screening of David Weisman’s introduction to the film at the Academy in 2017 from his own archive. By generous permission of Mr. Weisman, all proceeds of this screening will go to the #SaveTheCinemaMuseum campaign fund.”
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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre, EC4Y (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019).
[FRI 25 OCT] UNCONVENTIONAL U: A celebration of difference for everyone who has ever come out, come of age or simply come alive. These shorts channel the fierce spirit to be yourself in an age of increasing conformity.
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Online: Richmond Film Society announces their 57th season // Plan ahead with our epic roundup of September’s repertory seasons & festivals // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about his season ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD // Raindance Means Raindance.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 + Q&A with the directors at Ciné Lumière (05 SEP 18:30):
- “Winner of l’Œil d’or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, FOR SAMA is an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, as we follow Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo in Syria, where she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama.”
THE SHINY SHRIMPS d. Cédric Le Gallo & Maxime Govare, 2019 + Q&A with the directors & actors Geoffrey Couët & Romain Brau at Picturehouse Central (05 SEP 18:30):
- “Due to their undisciplined behaviour (in and out of the pool), Parisian water polo team THE SHINY SHRIMPS have little hope of achieving their goal to compete in the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ sporting event – the upcoming Gay Games in Croatia. Jean the team captain needs a coach with exceptional motivational abilities to whip the shrimps into shape. After making a homophobic remark on live TV, World Silver Medalist swimmer Matthias Le Goff is offered redemption by means of training and reigning in the flamboyant Shrimps.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BELOVED d. Jonathan Demme, 1998 – A TRIBUTE TO TONI MORRISON at Genesis Cinema (05 SEP 20:30).
- COLD WAR d. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at The Dugdale Centre (05 SEP 19:45).
- DOUBLE DATE d. Benjamin Barfoot, 2017 + Cast & Crew Q&A at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 20:45).
- IT & IT: CHAPTER 2 Double Bill d. Andy Muschietti, 2017 & 2019 at Genesis Cinema (05 SEP 19:00).
- NOTORIOUS 4K d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 at Genesis Cinema (05 SEP 18:30).
- PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at The David Lean (05 SEP 14:30 & 19:30).
- SEAHORSE d. Jeanie Finlay, 2019 at Picturehouse Stratford (05 SEP 20:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL d. Marcelo Gomes, 2019 at DocHouse (05 AUG 16:30).
- THE WANDERERS 35mm d. Philip Kaufman, 1979 at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 18:10).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- LA VÉRITÉ 4K d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960 (05 SEP 20:25).
BUILT UPON BODIES at Deptford Cinema (05 JUL to 13 OCT):
- REAR WINDOW d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 (05 SEP 20:00).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- THE BISHOP’S WIFE d. Henry Koster, 1947 (05 SEP 20:30).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- AND NOW FOR SOMETHING RATHER SIMILAR d. Jack Cocker, 2014 + Discussion (05 SEP 18:20).
THE LUNA CINEMA various outdoor venues (SEP):
- FIRST MAN (05 SEP 19:45 – Battersea Park).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (05 SEP 19:45 – Stratford).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (05 SEP 15:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 10 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (05 to 15 SEP).
ANIARA d. Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja, 2018 at Rio Cinema (05 SEP 18:30):
- “Apocalyptic, darkly poetic and visually stunning, ANIARA balances a spectacular sense of intergalactic dread with matters more mundane as it imagines the existential crisis of a human race without a planet to call home. The alternative? A shopping mall in space.”
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN d. Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019 at DocHouse (05 SEP 18:30):
- “Everybody remembers the inspired explosive shocker scene in Alien, but not everyone knows the complex and surprising story of the film’s journey. Dan O’Bannon’s script, combined with H.R. Giger’s artwork were the creative seeds of the film, but there are deeper roots in myth and art that reach further back in time. Interviews with people close to, and involved in, the making of Alien recall the excitement of bringing it all to life, as well as lively anecdotes from the iconic scene.”
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (05 SEP 12:10, 14:40 & 17:20):
- “One of Britain’s most unique filmmakers Joanna Hogg (ARCHIPELAGO, UNRELATED) presents a deeply personal examination of her own youthful experiences in this beautifully crafted, Martin Scorsese produced portrait of self-discovery, THE SOUVENIR.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A FAITHFULL MAN d. Louis Garrel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 05 SEP). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Waterman’s (31 AUG to 05 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at BFI Southbank (30 AUG to 05 SEP – Check website for 35mm screenings). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 04 SEP). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 05 SEP). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 03 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at ICA (30 AUG to 05 SEP). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 04 SEP). MRS. LOWRY AND SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at JW3 (01 to 11 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 04 SEP – Selected screening times). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at The Lexi (until 11 SEP). SEAHORSE d. Jeanie Finlay, 2019 at DocHouse (30 AUG to 05 SEP). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (30 AUG to 03 SEP).
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