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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 TODAY
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):
- ATLANTICS d. Mati Diop, 2019 at ICA (08 DEC 12:55).
- BAD SANTA d. Terry Zwigoff, 2003 presented by Catford Film at Ninth Life (08 DEC 19:30 – FREE!).
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2019 at JW3 (08 DEC 10:30).
- BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (08 DEC 18:00).
- THE CAPTIVE aka Le Captive d. Chantal Akerman, 2000 at Ciné Lumière (08 DEC 16:30).
- THE DIVE d. Yona Rozenkier, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (08 DEC 20:00).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 at ICA (08 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 (08 DEC 14:00).
- Growing Up Jewish: Short Films part of Jewish Comedy Festival at JW3 (08 DEC 13:00).
- Haruki Murakami Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (08 DEC 13:00).
- HUMAN NATURE d. Adam Bolt, 2019 at DocHouse (08 DEC 16:30).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rich Mix (08 DEC 16:30).
- MICHEL LEGRAND: LET THE MUSIC PLAY d. Greogory Munro, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (08 DEC 16:00).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at ICA (08 DEC 15:10).
- Missing Believed Wiped 2019: Session One: NO HARM DONE d. Don Leaver, 1974 at BFI Southbank (08 DEC 15:15).
- Missing Believed Wiped 2019: Session Two: FREEDOM IN SEPTEMBER d. Joan Kemp Welch, 1962 (08 DEC 17:40).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 + Intro by the director at ICA (08 DEC 16:20).
- WILDLINGS d. Martin Makariev, 2019 presented by Wild Rose Events at Rio Cinema (08 DEC 14:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DIE HARD 70mm d. John McTiernan, 1988 (08 DEC 20:45).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- THE DEER HUNTER 4K d. Michael Cimino, 1978 (08 DEC 19:15).
CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC):
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 + Mince Pies & Mulled Wine (08 DEC 12:30).
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); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (04 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue); and, HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (06 to 24 DEC – check venue).
- The Naughty List: GREMLINS 35mm d. Joe Dante, 1984 (06 to 12 DEC – check venue).
FRIENDS 25TH: THE ONE WITH THE ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (08 DEC to 15 DEC):
- Part 1 (08 DEC 18:00).
LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC):
- PARANORMAN d. Chris Butler & Sam Fell, 2012 + Q&A (08 DEC 10:30).
- MISSING LINK d. Chris Butler, 2019 + Q&A (08 DEC 13:00).
- KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS d. Travis Knight, 2016 (08 DEC 15:30).
- CORALINE d. Henry Selick, 2009 (08 DEC 18:00).
- THE BOXTROLLS d. Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable, 2014 (08 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 (08 DEC 20:00).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- FIDDLER ON THE ROOF d. Norman Jewison, 1971 (08 DEC 14:10).
- FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 Preview Screening (08 DEC 17:50).
- TOP HAT d. Mark Sandrich, 1935 (08 DEC 19:50).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE: THE OPPOSITIONAL FILMS OF CINEMA ACTION at Deptford Cinema (08 to 16 DEC):
- EARLY SHORTS (1969-1970) (08 DEC 18:15).
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
Film festivals in London today include:
- Factual Animation Film Festival (08 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 (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):
- 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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