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Featured attraction: BETWEEN THE SACRED & PROFANE: THE CINEMA OF JAMIL DEHLAVI at BFI Southbank (10 to 12 AUG): “Following decades of instability, an emerging new wave of filmmaking in Pakistan provides occasion for the first major survey of its leading filmmaker, Jamil Dehlavi. Political, subversive and artistically maverick, Dehlavi’s remarkable body of work stands out for its originality and engagement with the social and political questions of his time.” – BFI.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES + Q&A with director Avi Mograbi at ICA (11 AUG 18:40):
- In one thread of this complex film about myth, memory and nation, the Israeli director Avi Mograbi attempts a hesitant, frequently interrupted phone call with a friend, who is under curfew in Palestine. Mograbi’s provocative juxtapositions allow this film to pose important questions about Israel’s origin story and its impacts on occupied Palestine.
Missing Believed Wiped Special: 30 YEARS OF KALEIDOSCOPE + INTRO + GUESTS at BFI Southbank (11 AUG 13:00):
- David Hamilton takes you back through 30 years of rare programmes and carefully selected compilations of classic moments once thought lost. Includes: SESSION 1 (13:00) and SESSION 2 (15:30).
- Joint ticket available.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ALADDIN (1992) at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (11 AUG 20:30).
- AN AMERICAN TAIL 35mm at Prince Charles (11 AUG 13:45).
- BIG HERO 6 at Backyard Cinema (11 AUG 12:30).
- LA LA LAND at Backyard Cinema (11 AUG 20:30).
- MY SUMMER OF LOVE at The Gate (11 AUG 18:15).
- PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at BFI (11 AUG 18:10).
- PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE at DocHouse (11 AUG 20:30).
- PRINCESS MONONOKE at Picturehouse Central (11 AUG 18:00).
- ROADHOUSE at Everyman Screen On The Green (11 AUG 23:30).
- THE SHAPE OF WATER at Backyard Cinema (11 AUG 16:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY new ‘unrestored’ 70mm print (11 AUG 14:15).
AS IF… at The Prince Charles (until 28 SEP):
- CRUEL INTENTIONS (11 AUG 18:20).
BETWEEN THE SACRED & PROFANE: THE CINEMA OF JAMIL DEHLAVI at BFI Southbank (10 to 12 AUG):
- Between the Sacred and the Profane illustrated talk by curator Dr Ali Nobil Ahmad (11 AUG 11:00).
- Jamil Dehlavi in Conversation with curator Timothy Cooper (11 AUG 13:45).
- SHORTS PROGRAMME + INTRO by Jamil Dehlavi (11 AUG 16:30).
- BORN OF FIRE + INTRO by Jamil Dehlavi (11 AUG 19:15).
- Joint ticket available for all 11 AUG events: £20, concs £16 (Members pay £2 less).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! (11 AUG 16:30).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – Free! / No booking required):
- FORREST GUMP (11 AUG 15:00 & 17:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Festivals projecting today include:
Be Epic! London International Film Festival (10 to 12 AUG):
- SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (11 AUG 20:30, Phoenix Cinema).
- A SLICE ROOM + Conversation with Song Yun-hyeok and Nam In Young (11 AUG 11:30, Birkbeck Cinema – Free!).
- THE SANGGYEDONG OLYMPICS + THE 6 DAY STRUGGLE AT THE MYEONGDONG CATHEDRAL (11 AUG 14:30, Birkbeck Cinema – Free!).
DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (11 AUG 16:45):
- Created entirely from hundreds of hours of downloadable Chinese surveillance footage, DRAGONFLY EYES’ unsettling fictional narrative tells the story of a young woman who leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online.
HEATHERS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (11 AUG 20:45):
- In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, intelligent teen Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, J.D. (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids in what is one of the decade’s defining cult classics of 1980s cinema.
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 AUG 13:40 & 20:55):
- Sixteen years after their first collaboration on the groundbreaking RIVERS AND TIDES, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer returns with an absorbing documentary portrait of the influential British sculptor and environmentalist.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE APPARITION at Lexi Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). A SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). THE HEIRESS at The Institute Of Light (10 to 16 AUG). ISLE OF DOGS at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (11 to 16 AUG). MCQUEEN at Rio Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). OF FATHERS AND SONS at ICA (10 to 16 AUG). POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD at Phoenix Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). THROUGH LOTTE’S LENS at JW3 (12 to 16 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at Barbican (10 to 16 AUG).
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