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ALICE IN WONDERLAND d. Jonathan Miller, 1966 Tribute Screening at The Lord Palmerston (10 DEC 20:00):
- Tufnell Park Film Club presents: “Jonathan Miller’s BBC adaptation of Lewis Carol’s classic novel is unique among Alice films in that not only was it intended for an adult audience, but most of the Wonderland characters are played by actors in standard Victorian dress (including a real cat used to represent the Cheshire Cat). Miller justified his approach as an attempt to return to what he perceived as the essence of the story.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Hackney (10 DEC 18:00):
- “A tense and satirical thriller from director Bong Joon-ho, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2019. PARASITE follows the Kim family, all four live in a tiny basement flat and all four are unemployed. One day they get a stroke of luck when their son, Ki-woo – though unqualified – manages to secure a lucrative tutoring job for the wealthy Park family. Slowly, the Kim family begin to infiltrate the Park household, but as their deception unravels events begin to get increasingly out of hand.”
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (10 DEC 18:15):
- “A young, quietly ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) embarks on her first serious love affair with a charismatic and mysterious man (Tom Burke). She tries to disentangle fact from fiction as she surrenders to the relationship, which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CHAINED FOR LIFE d. Aaron Schimberg, 2019 at The David Lean (10 DEC 19:30).
- THE DIVE d. Yona Rozenkier, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (10 DEC 20:30).
- The Ernest Lindgren Lecture: A Centenary Tribute to Harold Brown at BFI Southbank (10 DEC 18:10).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 at ICA (10 DEC 14:15).
- GREMLINS d. Joe Dante, 1984 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (10 DEC 19:30).
- Growing Up Jewish: Bar Mitzvah inc. BAR MITZVAH BOY d. Michael Tuchner, 1976 part of Jewish Comedy Festival at JW3 (10 DEC 18:30).
- HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (10 DEC 14:30).
- WAJIB d. Annemarie Jacir, 2017 + Christmas Party presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (10 DEC 20:00).
- YVES SAINT LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Meyrou, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (10 DEC 18:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- AFTER LIFE aka Wandafuru Raifu d. Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998 (10 DEC 18:15).
CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC):
- GREMLINS 30th Anniversary Restoration d. Joe Dante, 1984 presented by Truman’s (10 DEC 18:20 + Free pint of something Truman’s).
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, GREMLINS 35mm d. Joe Dante, 1984 (06 to 12 DEC – check venue).
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Edwin L. Marin, 1938 (10 DEC 16:15).
- THE HOLIDAY d. Nancy Meyers, 2006 (10 DEC 21:00 – with sparkling wine!).
DELEUZE’S CINEMA: MOVEMENTS IN TIME at Close-Up (01 to 10 DEC):
- CHIKAMATSU MONOGATARI d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954 + Intro by Christopher Kul-Want (10 DEC 20:30).
DIRECTOR DEBUTS at Deptford Cinema (until 15 DEC):
- THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON d. Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz, 2019 (10 DEC 19:30).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- SARRAOUNIA, AN AFRICAN QUEEN 35mm d. Med Hondo, 1986 (10 DEC 20:35).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Vincente Minnelli: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS d. Vincente Minnelli, 1944 + Intro by David Benedict (10 DEC 20:30).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 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 (10 DEC 19:45 + Intro by Professor Richard Dyer).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (10 DEC 21:15):
- “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 (10 DEC 15:10 & 20:50):
- “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 (10 DEC 19:40):
- “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 (10 DEC 18:20):
- “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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