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7/11 – Black Queer Short Films & Performances at The Front Room (06 FEB 19:00):
- The Batty Mama presents: “A monthly short film and open mic night, providing a space to showcase Black Queer Art and an opportunity for artists to try out new material. The first event will be an LGBT History Month Special “Did it! Done it! Doing it well!”, where we look back at British Black Queer life and legacy and screen the inspiring BEYOND: THERE’S ALWAYS A BLACK ISSUE DEAR d. Claire Lawrie, 2018 + Q&A with cast & crew.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
HITLER, STALIN AND MR. JONES d. George Carey, 2012 + Q&A with the director & producer Teresa Cherfas at Regent Street Cinema (06 FEB 18:30):
- “In August 1935, a brilliant young Welshman called Gareth Jones was murdered by bandits on the remote Mongolian steppe. In three short years as a rookie journalist, he had infuriated the Soviet Union, hobnobbed with Hitler and Goebbels, been threatened by the Japanese military and disowned by his one time benefactor, David Lloyd George. Was his death bad luck or the work of secret agents?”
NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR d. Ashvin Kumar, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (06 FEB 21:00):
- “A teenage British Kashmiri, Noor, retraces her roots. She is joined by Majid, a local Kashmiri boy who is more smitten by her exotic foreignness than her obsession to unravel the mysteries of their disappeared fathers.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2020 at Phoenix Cinema (06 FEB 14:00 HOH).
- AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY d. Matt Harlock & Paul Thomas, 2009 presented by Whirled Docs at Whirled Cinema (06 FEB 20:00).
- BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (06 FEB 20:45).
- CAROL d. Todd Haynes, 2015 presented by Older & Prouder Elders Voice at The Lexi (06 FEB 15:00).
- JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (06 FEB 18:10).
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (06 FEB 20:35).
- ORDINARY LOVE d. Lisa Barros D’sa & Glenn Leyburn, 2019 at The David Lean (06 FEB 14:30 & 19:30).
- PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at ICA (06 FEB 18:10).
- PRESENT. PERFECT d. Zhu Shengze, 2019 at ICA (06 FEB 14:10).
- SOLIDARITY d. Lucy Parker, 2019 + Q&A with the director & guests from the film at DocHouse (06 FEB 18:30).
- SO LONG, MY SON d. Xiaoshuai Wang, 2019 at Watermans (06 FEB 19:30).
- THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS aka L’État contre Mandela et les autres d. Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (06 FEB 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (06 FEB 20:45).
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 (06 FEB 13:20).
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & AUTOFICTION at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB to 31 MAR):
- LES 400 COUPS aka The 400 Blows d. François Truffaut, 1959 (06 FEB 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- GERRY 35mm d. Gus Van Sant, 2002 (06 FEB 20:40).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- VIVA ZAPATA! d. Elia Kazan, 1952 (06 FEB 18:00).
- A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN d. Elia Kazan, 1945 (06 FEB 20:30).
THE FILMS OF LYNNE RAMSAY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 35mm d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 (06 FEB 18:15).
HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND: JOY & DESPAIR IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
- JESUS aka Boku wa Iesu-sama ga kirai d. Okuyama Hiroshi, 2018 (06 FEB 20:40).
JELINEK – HANDKE AND THE SILVER SCREEN at Austrian Cultural Forum (FEB – FREE!):
- MALINA d. Werner Schroeter, 1990 (06 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (06 FEB 20:45).
ROMCOMS at House Of Vans (06 FEB to 01 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
- YOU’VE GOT MAIL d. Nora Ephron, 1998 (06 FEB 17:00 & 19:15).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (until 13 FEB/Check venue).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today – let us know what we’re missing!
BAIT d Mark Jenkin, 2019 + Short: TRAVELOGUE (1920s Archival Footage) at BFI Southbank (06 FEB 20:45):
- “Martin (Edward Rowe) is a fisherman without a boat since his brother repurposed their father’s vessel for tourist trips. As he struggles to buy his own boat he must also cope with family rivalry and the influx of London money, stag parties and holiday homes in his picturesque Cornish harbour village. Summer brings simmering tensions to a head, with tragic consequences.”
THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (06 FEB 13:00, 15:45 HOH, 18:30 & 21:00):
- “Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play Victorian lightkeepers sticking out a four-week stint on a jagged windswept island. Thomas is the grizzled, demonic older man who is supposed to be training the younger Ephraim. Yet there is little guidance in their increasingly drunken meals or in Thomas’ flinty banter. As these sea dogs’ grog runs low and phantoms begin to beset the island, this deliciously gothic thriller becomes ever-more distinctive, compelling, and wild.”
QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (06 FEB 11:00 P&B, 12:40, 15:20, 18:05 HOH & 21:00):
- “While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defence. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defence lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB). BOMBSHELL d. Jay Roach, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 06 FEB). CHINA LOVE d. Olivia Martin-McGuire, 2018 at DocHouse (until 06 FEB). ECHO d. Amikam Kovner, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (03 to 06 FEB). THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at Rio Cinema (until 06 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 15 FEB). MISS AMERICANA: TAYLOR SWIFT d. Lana Wilson, 2020 at The Prince Charles (31 JAN to 06 FEB). ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 FEB). SEBERG d. Benedict Andrews, 2019 at Watermans (31 JAN to 06 FEB). SHOW ME THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF JIM MARSHALL d. Alfred George Bailey, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB).
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