SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 08.12.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


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THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED d. Lottie Reiniger, 1926 + Discussion with Tashi Petter at Deptford Cinema (08 DEC 14:30):

  • Deptford Cinema Film & Book Club presents: “Today considered the earliest animated feature-length in cinema history, in this hour-long fantasy spectacle, Reiniger’s intricate silhouettes come to life on screen to perform Middle Eastern folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights. Embodying the role of Scheherazade, the female storyteller of the Arabian Nights tales, Reiniger employs her scissors to snip and stitch together her own version of the source material.”

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Films in London this month: WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm, part of MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI (05 DEC).

We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.


FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: EERIE TALES at BFI Southbank (08 DEC).
Films in London today: EERIE TALES at BFI Southbank (08 DEC).

DISPOSSESSION: THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE d. Paul Sng, 2017 + Short: LONDON’S ANCIENT MARKETS d. Sandra Shevey, 2018 + Intro at Bolivar Hall (08 DEC 11:00).

  • London Socialist Film Co-op presents: DISPOSSESSION: “This doc explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years.” LONDON’S ANCIENT MARKETS: “This doc about the demise of London’s traditional street markets challenges the cult of globalisation and gentrification of urban food areas and of food economy.”

EERIE TALES aka Unheimliche Geschichten d. Richard Oswald, 1919 + Intro by Miranda Gower-Qian + Live Accompaniment by Stephen Horne at BFI Southbank (08 DEC 13:10):

  • “An anthology film of five gothic, ghostly or macabre tales from the greats of the genre, including Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. They’re narrated by the Harlot, The Devil and even Death himself.”

More films in London today (A – Z):


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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, part of LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC).
Films in London today: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, part of LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):

CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):

FRIENDS 25TH: THE ONE WITH THE ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (08 DEC to 15 DEC):

LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC):

MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):

MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):

SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE: THE OPPOSITIONAL FILMS OF CINEMA ACTION at Deptford Cinema (08 to 16 DEC):

TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):

  • INDIA SONG d. Marguerite Duras, 1975 (08 DEC 14:00).

UKRAINIAN FILM DAYS at Ciné Lumière & Curzon Soho (05 to 08 DEC):

  • VOLCANO d. Roman Bondarchuk, 2018 + Q&A with the director (08 DEC 11:00 – Curzon Soho).
  • SWAN LAKE: THE ZONEd. Yuri Ilyenko, 1990 + Panel Discussion (08 DEC 19:00 – Ciné Lumière).


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: POTAMKIN, part of London International Animation Festival (08 DEC).
Films in London today: POTAMKIN, part of London International Animation Festival at Close-Up (08 DEC).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG at Ciné Lumière (06 DEC to 07 JAN).
Films in London today: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG at Ciné Lumière (06 DEC to 07 JAN).

BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (08 DEC 21:25):

  • “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 (08 DEC 21:00):

  • “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 (08 DEC 12:15 & 19:30):

  • “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 (08 DEC 17:20):

  • “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):

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