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WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 + Q&A at Regent Street Cinema (08 MAR 19:00):
- “Women’s Day 1917 sparked off the first Russian Revolution, yet today it is a festival of flowers. This brilliant new documentary on Soviet women tells their story and that of the tumultuous history of Russia over the past century using extraordinary archive footage of the Soviet era and its pioneering heroines such as cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai, combined with new interviews with remarkable women including Nobel Prize winning writer Svetlana Alexievich.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
International Women’s Day Preview: THE PERFECT CANDIDATE d. Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2019 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (08 MAR 17:45):
- Woman With A Movie Camera presents: “In a small Saudi town, Maryam, an overworked doctor at an under-resourced clinic, impulsively decides to run for a seat on the municipal council. She faces endless hurdles as the town’s first female candidate: she can’t directly address groups of male voters, and isn’t supposed to show her face in her campaign video. Despite this, a determined Maryam’s popularity grows…”
MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 + Panel Q&A with the director, Jennifer Hosten (the real-life Miss World 1970), Sue Finch, Jo Robinson, Sarah Wilson & Jane Grant from the Women’s Liberation Movement at Picturehouse Central (08 MAR 17:00):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.”
RADIOACTIVE d. Marjane Satrapi, 2019 + Satellite Q&A with the director & actor Rosamund Pike at Phoenix Cinema (08 MAR 13:30):
- “From the 1870s to the modern era, RADIOACTIVE is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacies – her passionate relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and the consequences that followed for her and for the world. After meeting fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the pair go on to marry and change the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity.”
- Also: Catford Mews (08 MAR 13:45); Curzon Victoria (08 MAR 13:30 – Other Curzons available!); Everyman King’s Cross (08 MAR 13:30 – Other Everymans available!); and, Olympic Studios (08 MAR 13:30).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Cindy Sherman Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (08 MAR 14:00).
- CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 at Watermans (08 MAR 13:00).
- THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER d. Beniamino Barrese, 2019 at ICA (08 MAR 14:50).
- THE GOOD LIAR d. Bill Condon, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (08 MAR 18:00).
- International Women’s Day: THE ART OF LOVING: THE STORY OF MICHALINA WISŁOCKA d. Maria Sadowska, 2017 at Polish Social and Cultural Association (08 MAR 18:00).
- International Women’s Day: JULIETTE OF THE HERBS d. Juliette de Bairacli Levy, 1998 presented by Hackney Herbal at The Castle Cinema (08 MAR 11:00).
- International Women’s Day Preview: MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 + Intro with the director, producer Suzanne Mackie & special guests at BFI Southbank (08 MAR 20:30).
- International Women’s Day: ORANGE DAYS aka Rooz-haye Narenji d. Arash Lahooti, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (08 MAR 19:15).
- International Women’s Day: PAPUSZA d. Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, 2013 at Deptford Cinema (08 MAR 19:00).
- International Women’s Day: SYSTEMS CRASHER d. Nora Fingscheidt, 2019 Preview at The Castle Cinema (08 MAR 16:30).
- I VITELLONI d. Federico Fellini, 1953 at Picturehouse Bromley (08 MAR 12:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Great Gerwig, 2019 at Electric Cinema White City (08 MAR 14:00).
- RADIOACTIVE d. Marjane Satrapi, 2019 Preview at Ciné Lumière (08 MAR 16:45).
- THE REAL STORY OF WINNIE & NELSON MANDELA d. Kenneth Mdana, David Mesenbring, Stanley Nelson & Zwelakhe Sisulu 2016 + A WOMAN’S PLACE d. Sue Crockford, Tony Wickert & Ellen Adams, 1971 presented by London Socialist Film Co-op at Bolivar Hall (08 MAR 11:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue to details).
- ANNIHILATION d. Alex Garland, 2018 (08 MAR 18:05).
AMAZING GRACE at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- DIAL M FOR MURDER d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 (08 MAR 14:00).
CLOSE UP: CÉLINE SCIAMMA at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- TOMBOY d. Céline Sciamma, 2011 (08 MAR 18:20).
- GIRLHOOD aka Bande de filles d. Céline Sciamma, 2014 (08 MAR 20:25).
- New Releases: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
DIRECTED BY WOMEN at Deptford Cinema (2020):
- VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 (08 MAR 14:30).
- PAPUSZA d. Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, 2013 for International Women’s Day (08 MAR 19:00).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to MAR):
- THE LEOPARD d. Luchino Visconti, 1963 (08 MAR 19:00).
IN FOCUS: PEDRO COSTA at ICA (03 to 15 MAR):
- IN VANDA’S ROOM aka No Quarto da Vanda d. Pedro Costa, 2000 (08 MAR 15:20).
JACK LEMMON IN… at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES d. Blake Edwards, 1962 (08 MAR 16:15).
JOHN CASSAVETES IN 35MM at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- OPENING NIGHT 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1977 (08 MAR 20:45).
PODSTROCHNIK 10th Anniversary Screening, Discussion & Lecture at Pushkin House (07 to 08 MAR – Check venue for schedule):
- Pushkin House and Stage Russia HD present: “A marathon screening of the 15-part award-winning documentary series directed by Oleg Dorman, with an English translation and subtitles by noted translator, Anna Zakhayeva. The series will be shown over two days, with introductions and Q&As from the director Oleg Dorman and translator Anna Zakharyeva.”
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (FEB to MAR):
- PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
ROBERT EGGERS at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
TILDA SWINTON at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- ORLANDO d. Sally Potter, 1992 (08 MAR 20:20).
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at DocHouse (MAR):
- TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 (06 to 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
- WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 (08 MAR 15:55).
WOMEN IN FILM at House Of Vans (08 to 29 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
- FRIDA d. Julie Taymor, 2002 (08 MAR 15:00 & 17:30 – FREE!).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival (08 MAR).
- Cinema Made In Italy (04 to 10 MAR).
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival (05 to 28 MAR).
- Feminista Film Festival UK Tour (various London dates).
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (08 MAR 12:00 & 17:30):
- “An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize winner – from her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s era book tours with Muhammad Ali – from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.”
VITALINA VARELA d. Pedro Costa, 2019 at Barbican (08 MAR 17:25):
- “The latest film from Pedro Costa, which follows a Cape Verdean woman left behind when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, the titular Vitalina finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after her husband’s funeral.”
WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 at DocHouse (08 MAR 15:55):
- “As an actress in London, director Dolya Gavanski has played a dizzying array of Russian stereotypes from spies to prostitutes and oligarchs’ wives. But the women she remembered from her Soviet days were different. Gavanski sets out to hear the stories of the women who shaped the narrative of 20th century USSR, including the Nobel Prize for Literature winning author Svetlana Alexievich, internet sensation Elena Krygina and exiled feminist dissident Natalya Malakhovskaya.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 12 MAR). ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA d. Francis Annan, 2020 at JW3 (06 to 12 MAR). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 MAR). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at ICA (06 to 12 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 12 MAR). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 12 MAR). PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 12 MAR). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 at Catford Mews (06 to 12 MAR). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (until 12 MAR).
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