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CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS d. Jiri Menzel, 1966 + Q&A with Phillip Bergson at Curzon Wimbledon (10 MAR 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “Oscar-winning comedy-drama from Czech New Wave director and actor Jiri Menzel (LARKS ON A STRING). Set in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII, a shy clerk at a village train station fails in his first attempt at making-love. Feeling inadequate and despondent, a local doctor gives him some advice and he tries again and finally succeeding with the most unlikely of candidates. This is a gentle film about innocence, sit back and be charmed.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
CATHY COME HOME d. Ken Loach, 1966 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (10 MAR 18:30):
- Islington People’s Rights (IPR) presents: “To mark 50 years of tackling poverty, IPR is delighted to have organised a special screening of the BBC drama CATHY COME HOME, followed by Q&A with the film’s acclaimed director, Ken Loach. First broadcast on television in 1966, it was watched by 12 million people, and had a major impact on its audience. 54 years on, homelessness and poverty continue to be issues worthy of attention and discussion.”
OLIVIA d. Jacqueline Audry, 1951 + Intro/Essay by Prof. Emma Wilson at Regent Street Cinema (10 MAR 19:30):
- Another Gaze presents: “Seventy years on, Jacqueline Audry’s romantic period piece remains a landmark of lesbian representation long overdue for rediscovery. Set in a 19th century French finishing school, new English boarder Olivia (Marie-Claire Olivia) quickly finds herself hot for her teacher—the migraine-prone Mademoiselle Clara (Simone Simon)—and her headmistress, Mademoiselle Julie (Edwige Feuillere). Lace and repressed lust abound.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at Olympic Studios (10 MAR 17:40).
- ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR d. Xan Aranda, 2011 presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Empire Bar (10 MAR 19:30 – FREE!).
- BACURAU d. Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019 Preview at The Castle Cinema (10 MAR 21:00).
- CALM WITH HORSES d. Nick Rowland, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Bloomsbury (10 MAR 18:15).
- CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 at Watermans (10 MAR 20:45).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at DocHouse (10 MAR 16:30).
- HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2016 for International Women’s Day at Blackfriars Settlement (10 MAR 18:30 – FREE!).
- HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2016 at TT Liquor (10 MAR 18:30).
- Klaus Lutz: Performances for Screens at BFI (10 MAR 18:20).
- MACHETE d. Ethan Maniquis & Robert Rodriguez, 2010 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (10 MAR 19:30 – FREE!).
- MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at DocHouse (10 MAR 20:50).
- MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN d. Frank Capra, 1936 at Sands Films (10 MAR 20:00 – FREE!).
- NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETES: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE d. James Tonkin, 2020 + Q&A with Nick Mason & the band at Barbican (10 MAR 20:35).
- NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETES: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE d. James Tonkin, 2020 + Q&A with Nick Mason & the band at Olympic Studios (10 MAR 20:50).
- QUEZON’S GAME d. Matthew Rosen, 2020 at JW3 (10 MAR 20:00).
- ROME, OPEN CITY d. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (10 MAR 20:00).
- UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at The David Lean (10 MAR 19:30).
- WATERLOO BRIDGE 35mm d. James Whale, 1931 + Intro & Raffle presented by Women & Cocaine + The Vito Project at The Cinema Museum (10 MAR 19:30).
- YES MINISTER at 40: PARTY GAMES + Jonathan Lynn in Conversation at BFI (10 MAR 18:10).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue to details).
- THE HOST d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (10 MAR 20:45).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- THE SHINING 4K d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (10 MAR 20:15).
THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- New Releases: LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 (10 MAR 18:15).
CLOSE UP: CÉLINE SCIAMMA at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- New Releases: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
- Talks: Critics’ Salon: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (10 MAR 20:30 – FREE! to ticket holders of PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE 10 MAR 18:15).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- WILD RIVER d. Elia Kazan, 1960 (10 MAR 20:45).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to MAR):
- PLEIN SOLEIL d. René Clément, 1960 (10 MAR 20:15).
HER LENS, HIS STORY: FEMALE DIRECTORS & MASCULINITIES at Barbican (26 FEB to 10 MAR):
- THE ORPHANAGE d. Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2019 + Intro by Elhum Shakerifar (10 MAR 18:30).
JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- THE HOST d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (10 MAR 20:45).
ROBERT EGGERS at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at DocHouse (MAR):
- TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 (06 to 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Banff Mountain Film Festival (10 to 23 MAR).
- Cinema Made In Italy (04 to 10 MAR).
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival (05 to 28 MAR).
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (10 MAR 12:30 P&B & 17:50):
- “An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize winner – from her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s era book tours with Muhammad Ali – from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.”
VITALINA VARELA d. Pedro Costa, 2019 at Barbican (09 MAR – Not screening today/Returns 11 MAR):
- “The latest film from Pedro Costa, which follows a Cape Verdean woman left behind when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, the titular Vitalina finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after her husband’s funeral.”
WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 at DocHouse (10 MAR – Not screening today/Returns 11 MAR):
- “As an actress in London, director Dolya Gavanski has played a dizzying array of Russian stereotypes from spies to prostitutes and oligarchs’ wives. But the women she remembered from her Soviet days were different. Gavanski sets out to hear the stories of the women who shaped the narrative of 20th century USSR, including the Nobel Prize for Literature winning author Svetlana Alexievich, internet sensation Elena Krygina and exiled feminist dissident Natalya Malakhovskaya.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 12 MAR). ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA d. Francis Annan, 2020 at JW3 (06 to 12 MAR). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 MAR). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at ICA (06 to 12 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 12 MAR). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 12 MAR). PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 12 MAR). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 at Catford Mews (06 to 12 MAR). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (until 12 MAR).
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