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Early Women Filmmakers Collection Blu-Ray Launch + Panel at BFI Southbank (11 JUN 18:20):
- “Join us to celebrate the work of women filmmaker pioneers, including Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Germaine Dulac and many more. This special evening will include screenings of selected short films and extracts illustrating the innovative and boundary-pushing nature of their work, plus a discussion of their individual approaches to filmmaking and contributions to the history of cinema.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS (26 to 30 JUN)! The lineup of comedies covers anime, time-travel, a feudal musical extravaganza & 60s noir.
- We went in as #BenshiVirgins & came out stunned by the live vocal virtuosity of narrator Tomoko Komura. This is our writeup of Early Japanese Animation at Barbican (plus we take a sneaky peak at their new season ANIME’S HUMAN MACHINES, 12 to 30 SEP 2019).
- Fragments Festival at Genesis Cinema (07 to 15 JUN 2019) continues today, celebrating “inclusivity through film”. We took a look at the programme to make a few cheeky recommends.
- We chatted with artist Cristina Polop about her poster design for MIDNIGHT EXCESS #3, Ranjit S. Ruprai’s late night collab with Amos Levin (15 JUN 23:00+, Rio Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE GREATEST GIFT d. Juan Manuel Cotelo, 2018 + Intro/Q&A with the director at The Prince Charles (11 JUN 18:15):
- “The last sequence of a Western is ready to be shot. In the blink of an eye, the Director modifies the classical happy ending, because revenge is not happy – and it is never the end of the conflict. He travels the world, horseback riding, seeking a better solution for any war. And he finds out that FORGIVENESS has been tested all over the world, with the best results.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE BIG SLEEP 35mm d. Howard Hawkes, 1946 at The Prince Charles (11 JUN 20:45).
- LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 at The David Lean (11 JUN 19:00).
- THE OLD MAN & THE GUN d. David Lowery, 2018 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (11 JUN 20:00).
- STAR WARS Theatrical Cut d. George Lucas, 1977 in tribute to Peter Mayhew presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (11 JUN 20:00)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE BLUE ANGEL d. Josef von Sternberg, 1930 enjoys a grind show run (until 13 JUN).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- JULES ET JIM 35mm d. François Truffaut, 1962 (11 JUN 20:45).
CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (11 JUN to 29 JUL 2019):
- ALL ABOUT EVE d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950 (11 JUN 19:00).
OF FLESH & BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at Close-Up (04 to 12 JUN):
- NOBODY KNOWS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2003 (11 JUN 20:15).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- HARRIET CRAIG 35mm d. Vincent Sherman, 1950 (11 JUN 21:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival Part 1 (04 to 13 JUN).
- Fragments Festival (07 to 15 JUN).
- Origins Festival Of First Nation Arts (11 to 23 JUN).
> READ our guide to the inaugural Fragments Festival.
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS d. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora at ICA (11 JUN 14:00 & 18:30):
- “A fictionalised portrait of tribal culture in Brazil. Drawing from the experiences of the filmmakers, who spent several months among the Krahô people of Pedra Branca, the film depicts a young man destined to become a shaman who attempts to resist his fate. Shot in 16mm, this meditative drama won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.”
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF2018.
DIRTY GOD d. Sacha Polak, 2019 at Rich Mix (11 JUN 20:40):
- “Following a violent acid attack that left many scars, Jade, a young mother from London, attempts to reclaim her life and some sense of normality. DIRTY GOD is a portrait of a woman with incredible resilience. Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences.”
KIND HEARTS & CORONETS d. Robert Hamer, 1949 at Phoenix Cinema (11 JUN 12:00):
- “Celebrating the 70th birthday of a jewel in the crown of both British cinema and the great Ealing Studios, this new 4K restoration confirms the fiendishly funny KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS as one of the most wickedly witty and acerbic comedies ever made.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT d. Stephan Elliott, 1994 at The Prince Charles (07 to 13 JUN). AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST d. Mike Plante, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 13 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 13 JUN). EATING ANIMALS d. Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (11 to 13 JUN). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 11 JUN). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Rio Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). HALSTONd. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 13 JUN). IN SAFE HANDS d. Jeanne Herry, 2018 at Watermans (07 to 13 JUN). LATE NIGHT d. Nisha Ganatra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS d. Charlie Lightening & Gavin Fitzgerald, 2019 at DocHouse (07 to 11 JUN). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (12 to 18 JUN). SERIAL (BAD) WEDDING 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 27 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 13 JUN). SOY CUBA d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964 at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at BFI (07 to 13 JUN). TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN).
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