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CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY d. Matt Tyrnauer, 2017 + Intro at The Green Nunhead (07 DEC 19:00 – FREE!/Food bank donation requested):
- Films for Food present: “Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped change the way we look at urban living. The recent documentary CITIZEN JANE focuses on Jacobs’ most consequential battle in the 1960s: when she went up against New York City’s ruthless power broker, Robert Moses–and won. FREE screening but please bring a donation for Southwark Food Bank.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
The Live Ghost Tent – Quarterly Meeting Of The Laurel & Hardy Society at The Cinema Museum (07 DEC 15:00):
- “The films we intend to show are: BIG BUSINESS (1929), short directed by James W. Horne and Leo McCarey; BELOW ZERO (1930), short directed by James Parrott; THE FIXER UPPERS (1935), short directed by Charles Rogers; and BABES IN TOYLAND (1934), directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers.”
MA COSA CI DICE IL CERVELLO aka Don’t Stop Me Now d. Riccardo Milan, 2019 + Q&A with the director & actor Paola Cortellesi at Genesis Cinema (07 DEC 18:00):
- CinemaItaliaUK presents: “Giovanna is a low-profile woman with a boring life, split between her accounting job, her daughter Martina and the teases of her exuberant mother. But behind this dull façade, Giovanna is actually a secret agent, engaged in extremely dangerous and thrilling international missions. During a reunion with her former high school classmates, Giovanna listens to her friends’ stories realizing that all of them, just like her, are forced to suffer daily absurd vexations. She can’t stand it any longer!”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 + Q&A with actor Willem Dafoe at Curzon Mayfair (07 DEC 10:00).
- THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HIERONYMOUS BOSCH d. David Bickerstaff, 2016 part of BBC SO Total Immersion: Detlev Glanert at Barbican (07 DEC 13:00).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 + Short: NEVER JUST A DREAM: STANLEY KUBRICK & EYES WIDE SHUT d. Matt Wells, 2019 at BFI Southbank (07 DEC 19:50).
- GREMLINS d. Joe Dante, 1984 + Quiz fundraiser for Acland Burghley Hall presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at Acland Burghley School (07 DEC 13:00).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rich Mix (07 DEC 16:50).
- THE LIVES OF OTHERS d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006 + Wine Tasting + Live Music presented by Collective Cinema at St Margaret’s Church (07 DEC 19:00).
- THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 at ICA (07 DEC 12:15).
- Nina Danino: I DIE OF SADNESS CRYING FOR YOU – Screening & Study Day at Birkbeck Cinema (07 DEC – FREE!).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at Barbican (07 DEC 15:05).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (07 DEC 16:15).
- THE TRICYCLE THIEF d. Marcus Shepherd, 2018 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Gnome House (07 DEC 14:30).
- Women In Revolt Short Film Programme presented by Shorts On Tap at Charlotte Street Hotel (07 DEC 19:00).
- YVES SAINT LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Meyrou, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (07 DEC 14:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Close-Up, Cafe Oto & Brixton Prison (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- Presentation by Pere Portabella looped installation (07 DEC 17:00 – Close-Up – FREE!).
- DON’T COUNT ON YOUR FINGERS aka No compteu amb els dits d. Pere Portabella, 1967 (07 DEC 19:40 – Close-Up – FREE!).
BAFTA SCREENWRITERS LECTURE SERIES at Curzon Cinemas (30 NOV to 12 DEC):
- Robert Eggers (07 DEC 18:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- TOKYO STORY aka Tokyo Monogatari d. Yasujiro Ozu, 1953 (07 DEC 20:20).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- Grind shows: THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (01 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue); and, ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (04 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue).
- The Naughty List: GREMLINS 35mm d. Joe Dante, 1984 (06 to 12 DEC – check venue).
IN FOCUS: TOMITA KATSUYA at ICA (06 to 15 DEC):
- BANGKOK NIGHTS d. Tomita Katsuya, 2016 + Intro by the director (07 DEC 20:00).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: DON’T FORGET YOU’RE GOING TO DIE aka N’oublie pas que tu vas mourir d. Xavier Beauvois, 1995 (07 DEC 17:50).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- SARRAOUNIA, AN AFRICAN QUEEN 35mm d. Med Hondo, 1986 + Intro/Q&A (07 DEC 14:00).
MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema (12 OCT to 14 DEC):
- THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN d. Joseph McGrath, 1969 (07 DEC 23:00).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Doris Day: IT’S MAGIC 35mm aka Romance On The High Seas d. Michael Curtiz & Busby Berkeley, 1948 (07 DEC 15:45); Singalong: CALAMITY JANE d. David Butler, 1953 (07 DEC 18:00); and, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME d. Charles Vidor, 1955 (07 DEC 20:30).
- Family screenings: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG 35mm d. Ken Hughes, 1968 (07 DEC 12:40).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
UKRAINIAN FILM DAYS at Ciné Lumière & Curzon Soho (05 to 08 DEC):
- THE WILD FIELDS d. Iaroslav Lodygin, 2018 + Q&A with the director (07 DEC 17:30 – Curzon Soho).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Deptford Cinema Film Festival – On The Spectrum Shorts + Feature: PUNCH DRUNK LOVE d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002 (07 DEC).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London Film Week (02 to 08 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (29 NOV to 08 DEC).
- Utopia Portuguese Film Festival (30 NOV to 09 DEC).
BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (07 DEC 21:15):
- “Written, produced and directed by the late filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr., BUDDIES (1985) was the first narrative feature film about the AIDS epidemic. Recently restored in 2k from its original 16 mm negative, this landmark film is now screening widely for the first time following its brief theatrical release in 1985.”
HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (07 DEC 21:10):
- “From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalising his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon.”
SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (07 DEC 17:15):
- “Packing a powerful emotional punch, SO LONG, MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident,paths separate, destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains. But sometimes it can take a lifetime to say farewell…”
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 at Ciné Lumière (07 JAN 18:15):
- “Guy, an auto mechanic, has fallen in love with Geneviève, who works in her mother’s chic umbrella shop. Before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat, the two share a passionate night. Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes 1964, Jacques Demy’s visually intoxicating ‘film in song’ pays homage to the Hollywood musical and is a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). THE CAVE d. Feras Fayyad, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watt, 2019 at ICA (07 to 12 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 12 DEC). IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 DEC). JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 at ICA (06 to 12 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at The Lexi (06 to 12 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at ICA (until 12 DEC). MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN d. Edward Norton, 2019 at Rich Mix (06 to 12 DEC). ORDINARY LOVE d. Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ICA (until 11 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). THE WOLF’S CALL d. Antonin Baudry, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (06 to 12 DEC).
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