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THE ANIMATRIX d. Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, & Shin’ichirô Watanabe, 2003 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (08 AUG 19:30):
- Days Of Future / Past presents: “Originally released online and on DVD as a story companion to THE MATRIX RELOADED, this rarely screened anthology of animated shorts sheds light on the incredible Matrix universe and unites the Wachowskis with some of the Japanese animation giants who influenced their sci-fi trilogy. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on virtual reality and artificial worlds.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ANIARA d. Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja, 2018 + Q&A with the directors & actor Arvin Kananian at Rio Cinema (08 AUG 18:30):
- “Apocalyptic, darkly poetic and visually stunning, ANIARA balances a spectacular sense of intergalactic dread with matters more mundane as it imagines the existential crisis of a human race without a planet to call home. The alternative? A shopping mall in space.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at ICA (08 AUG 16:40).
- BJORK – BIOPHILIA LIVE at ArtHouse Crouch End (08 AUG 21:00).
- MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL d. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek, 2018 at Watermans (08 AUG 18:15).
- ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at The Prince Charles (08 AUG 13:00).
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 at The Lexi (08 AUG 20:30).
- VITA & VIRGINIA d. Chanya Button, 2018 at The David Lean (08 AUG 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE d. Spike Jonze, 2009 at JW3 (08 AUG 15:40).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- MILDRED PIERCE d. Michael Curtiz, 1945 (08 AUG 20:50).
BUILT UPON BODIES at Deptford Cinema (05 JUL to 13 OCT):
- CAMILLE 2000 d. Radley Metzger, 1969 (08 AUG 20:00).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- TOPPER 35mm d. Norman Z McLeod, 1937 (08 AUG 20:40).
FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (08 to 21 AUG):
- PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 UK Premiere (08 AUG 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
HEAT OF THE MOMENT: TURNING POINTS ON FILM at Barbican Centre (01 to 29 AUG):
- LE BONHEUR d. Agnès Varda, 1965 (08 AUG 18:30).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- TV Gamechanger: QUEER AS FOLK + Q&A with Russell T Davies, Craig Kelly & Denise Black (08 AUG 18:15).
NO DIRECT FLIGHT at BFI Southbank (AUG):
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS d. Carl Franklin, 1995 (08 AUG 18:15).
- CHINATOWN 35mm d. Roman Polanski, 1974 (08 AUG 20:45).
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 enjoys a grind show run (08 AUG 12:45 & 18:00 – LAST CHANCE!).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TARANTINO ON SCREEN-O at Genesis Cinema (05 to 13 AUG):
- FROM DUSK TIL DAWN d. Robert Rodriguez, 1996 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker (08 AUG 18:15).
- PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (08 AUG 20:45 – Includes a FREE pint of something Truman’s).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (08 AUG 15:05).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think that there are any film festivals in London this week but we’ve been wrong before… please let us know!
HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2018 at ICA (08 AUG 14:25 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Holidaying on the Turkish Riviera, the girlfriend of a low-level drug lord navigates the crude objectification, menacing threats and eventual violent outbursts of her gangster boyfriend. In this highly-stylised debut feature from Isabella Eklöf (who co-wrote the 2018 Swedish film BORDER), the female protagonist seeks her revenge.”
- HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (06 AUG 18:30).
OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (08 AUG 15:35):
- “Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge.”
PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (08 AUG 13:30 & 18:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Photograph is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides to pay him a visit.”
RECONSTRUCTING UTØYA d. Carl Javér, 2018 at DocHouse (08 AUG 16:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “On 22nd July, 2011, 69 people were murdered in Norway when a far-right terrorist exploded a bomb in Oslo and then proceeded to shoot children on the island of Utøya where the Labour Party’s youth league was holding its summer camp. Four survivors meet in Northern Norway with twelve young Norwegians to share their experiences and reconstruct their memories.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Barbican (02 to 08 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 08 AUG). ASK DR. RUTH d. Ryan White, 2019 at JW3 (04 to 15 AUG). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 at The Prince Charles (02 to 08 AUG). CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (05 to 11 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 08 AUG). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Lexi (02 to 05 AUG). DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 at BFI (02 to 09 AUG). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (until 08 AUG). HAMADA d. Eloy Domínguez Serén, 2018 at DocHouse (02 to 08 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 08 AUG). THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 07 AUG). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 08 AUG). RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). UNE FEMME DOUCE d. Robert Bresson, 1969 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG). WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO? d. Georges Gachot, 2018 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG).
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