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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A FANTASTIC WOMAN + Q&A with Rebecca Root at JW3 (08 MAY 20:00):
- Winner at the Oscars®, this melodrama from Chile, about a transgender singer who faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her boyfriend, is one of the most acclaimed LGBT films of recent years, featuring a powerful performance from trans actor Daniela Vega. Actor Rebecca Root (star of BBC sitcom BOY MEETS GIRL) discuss some of the issues raised in the film.
FRINGE! FLINGS: SHORTBUS 35mm + EVENT at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY 18:40):
- Fringe! Flings presents an ongoing love affair with queer cinema at the Genesis. For the our second collaborative screening we’re presenting John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS in delicious 35mm plus a special post-screening event to be announced soon!
More films in London today (A – Z): 120 BPM at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 17:00). AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD at BFI (08 MAY 20:50). BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 20:00). THE DEMINER at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY 21:00). GRADUATION at Wimbledon Film Club (08 MAY 20:30). HOTEL SALVATION presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (08 MAY 20:00). JEUNE FEMME previews at Picturehouse Central (08 MAY 14:10 – other Picturehouses available!). ROMAN HOLIDAY at The Prince Charles (08 MAY 20:45). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The David Lean Cinema (08 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (all year):
- BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (08 MAY 18:20).
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
- THEOREM (08 MAY 19:30).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- MAYDAYS 35mm + Q&A with director William Klein (08 MAY 18:10 – is sold out!).
- MR FREEDOM 35mm (08 MAY 20:50 – previously listed as with INTRO by William Klein but this has been removed from the BFI’s listing).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
- MISTRESS AMERICA (08 MAY 18:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- Next screening 11 MAY.
London Georgian Film Festival (03 to 08 MAY)
- WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT (08 MAY 18:00, Regent Street Cinema).
- CLOSING GALA: SCARY MOTHER + Q&A with director Ana Urushadze (08 MAY 19:35, Regent Street Cinema).
London Greek Film Festival (07 to 12 MAY)
- FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE – GREEKETHIOPIC (08 MAY 16:45, Theatro Technis).
- PORTOLAGO – GHOSTS IN THE AEGEAN (08 MAY 17:40, Theatro Technis).
- SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (08 MAY 18:45, Theatro Technis).
- THE SURFACE OF THINGS (08 MAY 20:45, Theatro Technis).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- LOST IN VAGUENESS (08 MAY 20:30, Everyman Kings Cross).
Reel to Reel: The Craft Film Festival (08 to 10 MAY)
- SCREENING 1 short film programme (08 MAY 18:30, Picturehouse Central).
MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at ArtHouse Crouch End (08 MAY 16:10 & 20:55):
- From Hiromasa Yonebayashi, animator on such Studio Ghibli masterpieces such as Ponyo and Spirited Away, comes a dazzling new adventure. Based on Mary Stewart‘s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is packed with jaw-dropping imagination and ingenious characters.
- Also at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY 15:15 & 18:20) and Rio Cinema (08 MAY 16:00).
NEW TOWN UTOPIA at Picturehouse Central (08 MAY 14:00):
- A feature documentary film about utopian dreams and concrete realities. The challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.
THE YOUNG KARL MARX at ICA (08 MAY 16:05 & 18:30):
- Between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels meet in Paris in 1844, and together, become defining voices for the burgeoning labour movement. Expect fiery exchanges of ideas over drunken bonding sessions, nurturing support from their adoring partners and masses of righteous indignation at the social inequalities magnified by the industrial revolution.
- Also at JW3 (08 MAY 14:30).
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Featured attraction: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 20:00).