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AN OLD GANGSTER’S MOLLS + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Cyrus Gabrysch d. Svatopluk Innemann, 1927 at The Cinema Museum (06 FEB 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “Our main feature is a restored Czech slapstick comedy about a factory owner Mr Pardon and his uncle Mr Monday, who swap their identities and invent incredible stories to escape marriage and be with their beloveds.”
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: The Bard told us that “music be the food of love”, but what about movies? Find out in our Valentine’s Day roundup of indie film events across London.
- FEBRUARY: Planning ahead? Look no further than our epic roundup of repertory seasons & film festivals for the month ahead.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ALL IS TRUE + Q&A with director/actor Kenneth Branagh & writer Ben Elton, 2018 at Picturehouse Central (06 FEB 17:45 – Other Picturehouses available for Satellite Q&A):
- Not content to stop at his legendary Shakespeare roles and acclaimed productions of the bard’s plays, Kenneth Branagh now directs a film about the playwright’s last years, in which he stars as the man himself.
A PRIVATE WAR + Q&A with director Matthew Heineman & photographer Paul Conroy at BFI Southbank (06 FEB 18:00):
- Matthew Heineman makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin, killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.
Double Bill: UNSETTLING + WASHED BY THE MOON + Q&A d. Iris Zaki, 2018 + d. Dan Shutt, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (06 FEB 18:30 + 20:15):
- Lush presents: UNSETTLING: Tekoa is a trendy hippie colony for Israeli settlers on the West Bank, where none of the controversial residents want to speak to the media. WASHED BY THE MOON: A celebration of Albanian polyphonic singing and the resilience of tradition in the face of inevitable change.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL d. Hu Bo, 2018 at ICA (06 FEB 12:30).
- BYE BYE BIRDIE d. George Sidney, 1963 at Regent Street Cinema (06 FEB 12:00 & 15:30).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at DocHouse (06 FEB 14:00).
- HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (06 FEB 19:45).
- HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at DocHouse (06 FEB 20:30).
- IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 presented by Bounce Cinema at Genesis Cinema (06 FEB 18:30 & 21:00).
- MANDY d. Panos Cosmatos, 2018 at The Prince Charles (06 FEB 15:40).
- REAR WINDOW d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 presented by George’s Social Cinema, venue TBC (06 FEB 19:00).
- SALVADOR DALI: IN SEARCH OF IMMORTALITY d. David Pujol, 2018 at JW3 (06 FEB 15:30).
- Short Film Night presented by Wimbledon Library Film Club at Wimbledon Library (06 FEB 19:15).
- SUSPIRIA d. Luca Guadagnino, 2018 at The Prince Charles (06 FEB 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 (06 FEB 12:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- BREATHLESS + INTRO by Ginette Vincendeau d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 (06 FEB 18:20).
- DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 (06 FEB 20:45).
JAPAN FOUNDATION TOURING FILM PROGRAMME: PEOPLE STILL CALL IT LOVE at ICA (02 to 10 FEB):
- DEAR ETRANGER d. Yukiko Mishima, 2017 (06 FEB 18:20).
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- RED DESERT d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964 (06 FEB 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today, but we’ve been wrong before…
BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at Rio Cinema (06 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 (06 FEB 15:30 & 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.
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS d. Simon Lereng Wilmot, 2017 at DocHouse (06 FEB 18:30):
- Since armed conflict broke out in Ukraine in 2014, the small village of Hnutove has suffered the brunt of it. Ten-year-old Oleg and his grandmother have remained, while many have fled. They take shelter in a makeshift bunker as the rumble of shelling and gunfire threatens.
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). 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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