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BURNING MEN d. Jeremy Wooding, 2019 + Q&A with the director at ArtHouse Crouch End (09 MAR 15:10):
- “Young, struggling musicians Ray and Don are evicted from their South London squat. They take to the road in their old Volvo Amazon, planning to sell their prized vinyl record collection and fly to Memphis USA. However, when they fail to get the money needed, they steal a rare Black Metal record which seems to unleash dark forces that threaten their mission.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
HEAT & DUST d. James Ivory, 1983 + INTRO by actor Nickolas Grace at BFI Southbank (09 MAR 14:50):
- “This beautifully restored adaptation of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s novel, winner of the 1975 Booker Prize for Fiction, interleaves a young Englishwoman’s journey of discovery in the present-day India with a scandalous incident of family history, set in the 1920s in the Civil Lines of a backwater Indian state.”
LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART d. Tracy Heather Strain, 2017 + INTRO by Althea Legal-Miller + Skype Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (09 MAR 14:00 – FREE/Donation suggested – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
- “To mark International Women’s Day, a new documentary feature about Lorraine Hansberry, whose play Raisin in the Sun was the first by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (09 MAR 14:30, 17:00 & 19:30).
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (09 MAR 18:45).
- CAPTAIN MARVEL d. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2019 + Q&A with Comic Book Classroom podcast at Genesis Cinema (09 MAR 17:55).
- COLD WAR d. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Gnome House (09 MAR 19:45).
- Gothic Giallo Double Bill: THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS d. Giuseppe Bennati, 1974 + STAGEFRIGHT d. Michael Soavi, 1987 presented by World Wide Weird! at The King & Queen (09 MAR 18:00).
- THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at Arthouse Crouch End (09 MAR 12:45).
- TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME d. Olivia Lichtenstein, 2018 at DocHouse (09 MAR 20:30).
- THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD d. Peter Jackson, 2018 + INTRO by historian John Hickman presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (09 MAR 16:00).
- THE TRICYCLE THIEF d. Marcus Shepherd, 2018 + Children’s Film Foundation Documentary presented by Stow Film Lounge at Gnome House (09 MAR 15:45).
- YOURS IN SISTERHOOD d. Irene Lusztig, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (09 MAR 19:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (09 MAR 20:30).
AKIRA KUROSAWA: SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 13 APR):
- THE HIDDEN FORTRESS 35mm d. Akira Kurosawa, 1958 (09 MAR 15:00).
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (09 MAR 13:00 & 18:25).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952 (09 MAR 12:30).
- THE COLOR PURPLE d. Steven Spielberg, 1985 (09 MAR 17:30).
CLOSE-UP ON SERGEI PARAJANOV at Close-Up (08 to 30 MAR):
- Reminiscence – Film & Video Installations (09 MAR 12:00 – FREE!).
- Reminiscence – Mamuka Japharidze in conversation (09 MAR 17:00 & 19:30 – FREE!).
- THE LEGEND OF SURAM FORTRESS 35mm d. Sergei Parajanov & Dodo Abashidze, 1985 (09 MAR 18:00).
- ASHIK KERIB 35mm d. Sergei Parajanov, 1988 (09 MAR 20:30).
EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS: Classic Plays from Europe Brought to Life on British TV at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- LA RONDE d. Kenneth Ives, 1982 (09 MAR 14:45).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at BFI Southbank & King’s College London (MAR to JUN):
- Incendiary Fictions: Straub-Huillet & Screen Adaptations (09 MAR 14:00, Kings College).
JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):
- Double Bill ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK + L.A. digital/35mm d. John Carpenter 1981 + 1996 (09 MAR 21:00).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- TAXI DRIVER 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1976 (09 MAR 17:55).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- UNION PACIFIC 35mm d. Cecil B DeMille, 1939 (09 MAR 20:20).
WALT DISNEY SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 23 MAR):
- FANTASIA d. various, 1940 (09 MAR 12:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Arab Women Artists Now (08 to 10 MAR).
- The Female Experience (05 to 10 MAR).
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival (13 to 22 MAR).
- Insiders/Outsiders Festival (09 MAR).
BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at Arthouse Crouch End (09 MAR 18:00 & 20:30):
- “Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever.”
RAY & LIZ d. Richard Billingham, 2018 at ICA (09 MAR 15:50 & 18:10):
- “Photographer Richard Billingham makes his feature debut, a fragmentary story of a family barely getting by in Thatcher’s Britain. Ray, isolated in a tower block, recalls moments of his earlier life as he (Justin Salinger) and Liz (Ella Smith) spend his redundancy pay, smoking, drinking and seldom leaving the house.”
SHAKESPEARE WALLAH d. James Ivory, 1965 at BFI (09 MAR 17:45):
- “Perhaps the most accurate account ever made of British India in its death-throes, SHAKESPEARE WALLAH (newly restored) remains a firm favourite in the Merchant-Ivory canon. Their second film with writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a portrait of a group of travelling players trying to keep Shakespeare alive in the sticks.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AFTERMATH d. James Kent, 2019 at JW3 (08 to 14 MAR). ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 New Restoration at The Prince Charles (until 14 MAR). BOY ERASED d. Joel Edgerton, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 MAR). BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR). CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Rich Mix (08 to 14 MAR). EVERYBODY KNOWS aka Todos lo Saben d. Asghar Farhadi, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (08 to 21 MAR). FOXTROT d. Samuel Maoz, 2017 at JW3 (10 to 14 MAR). THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT d. Lars Von Trier, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (11 to 17 MAR). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 MAR). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Rio Cinema (08 to 14 MAR). MAIDEN d. Alex Holmes, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (08 to 14 MAR). OF LOVE & LAW d. Hikaru Toda, 2017 at DocHouse (until 12 MAR). THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR – Q&A on 09 & 10). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR).
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