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Featured attraction: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 NOV 21:30 – Free! Supper available from 20:00 for £5): “The film is a triumph, both technically and emotionally. We may still not know exactly what it was like to fight in World War I (and hopefully we never will), but THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD gets us closer than ever before, and shows us how much these men sacrificed. One hundred years on, it’s a lesson well worth remembering.” – Jonathan Pile, Empire Magazine.
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED + LIVE SCORE by Sam Enthoven & Arkadiusz Potyka at ArtHouse (11 NOV 15:45):
- The oldest surviving animated feature film. For three years, 1923 to 1926 – German director Lottie Reiniger and just a few other animators used cutouts and lightboxes painstakingly to produce a dreamlike silhouette-based look that works perfectly with the film’s fairytale 1001 Nights storytelling. The result is wildly inventive and enormous fun.
BRITTEN NOCTURNE + INTRO by Tony Palmer at Barbican (11 NOV 15:00):
- Tony Palmer’s 2013 documentary explores Benjamin Britten’s life, music and commitment to pacifism against the backdrop of two world wars in the twentieth century – perhaps the bloodiest century in human history.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY + DISCUSSION with director Astra Taylor and anthropologist David Graeber at ICA (11 NOV 16:00):
- Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents to deliver an analysis of democracy on a collision course with capitalism.
WILDLIFE + Q&A with Carey Mulligan at Curzon Bloomsbury (11 NOV 14:45):
- Paul Dano moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. His nuanced adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel features outstanding performances by its leads.
- Also with EXTENDED INTRO by Carey Mulligan at the same venue (11 NOV 17:45).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm at BFI (11 NOV 20:20).
- THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD 35mm at The Prince Charles (11 NOV 17:45).
- CLOSING GAMBIT at The Prince Charles (11 NOV 18:30).
- DUNKIRK presented by Stow Film Lounge at CentrE17 (11 NOV 14:15).
- IO SONO TEMPESTA presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (11 NOV 15:30).
- MAGIC MEDICINE at The Castle Cinema (11 NOV 15:45).
- MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Stratford Picturehouse (11 NOV 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available).
- NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (11 NOV 20:45).
- REINVENTING MARVIN at Whirled Cinema (11 NOV 18:00).
- THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 NOV 21:30 – Free! Supper available from 20:00 for £5).
- UTØYA – JULY 22 at ICA (11 NOV 16:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
14-18 ARMISTICE CENTENARY at Ciné Lumière (10 to 23 NOV):
- EN SORTANT DE L’ÉCOLE – APOLLINAIRE (11 NOV 11:00).
- LA GRANDE ILLUSION + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino (11 NOV 14:00).
- CEASEFIRE aka Cessez le Feu (11 NOV 16:20).
CINEMA CLUB SELECTION at Electric Cinema Portobello (until 25 NOV):
CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):
- WILD STRAWBERRIES (11 NOV 17:30).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- SOME LIKE IT HOT (11 NOV 13:00, 17:40 & 20:10).
- THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN 35mm + INTRO by actor and author David Walliams (11 NOV 14:30).
- LADY EVE (11 NOV 17:50).
FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER at Deptford Cinema (02 to 30 NOV):
- MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN with DC Book & Film Club (11 NOV 14:30).
KICK-ASS 80S COMEDIES at House of Vans (09 NOV to 02 DEC – Free! / No booking required):
- WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (11 NOV 14:00 & 16:00).
RHYTHM & POETRY: THE FILMS OF MARGARET TAIT at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- London Restoration Premiere: BLUE BLACK PERMANENT + INTRO by writer So Mayer (11 NOV 15:00).
Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- BLOOD & ROSES aka Et Mourir de Plaisir 35mm (11 NOV 20:00).
THE STATE OF THE UNION at DocHouse (09 to 18 NOV):
- TIME FOR ILHAN (11 NOV 18:45).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- ARRIETTY (11 NOV 13:30).
WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS II at BFI Southbank (NOV):
- OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (11 NOV 14:30).
- REGENERATION 35mm + INTRO by director Gillies MacKinnon (11 NOV 17:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Brixton Reel Film Festival (08 to 15 NOV).
- Doc’n Roll Film Festival (01 to 18 NOV).
- Film Africa (02 to 11 NOV).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- London Korean Film Festival (01 to 14 NOV).
- Soho Horror Film Festival (10 to 11 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (08 to 22 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (11 to 24 NOV).
MAKE ME UP at ICA (11 NOV 14:25):
- Multimedia artist Rachel Maclean’s ambitious film unfurls in a seductive and dangerous world where surveillance, violence and submission are a normalised part of daily life. In saccharine pastels, this darkly comic film exposes the heteropatriarchal ideologies embedded in prevailing narratives of gender and beauty.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (11 NOV 13:30):
- In Belgrade, an apartment is divided in two by a door, which has been permanently locked for over 70 years. The apartment, which was divided on the order of Yugoslavia’s then communist government, is where director Mila Turajlic’s mother was born, and where Mila grew up herself.
WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 NOV 13:20, 16:30 & 20:50):
- The story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands.
More films in London this week (A – Z): ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (14 to 20 NOV). BISBEE ’17 at ICA (09 to 15 NOV). FACES PLACES at Whirled Cinema (12 to 18 NOV). JURASSIC PARK 35mm at The Prince Charles (09 to 15 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 19 NOV). MIRAI + RECORDED INTRO by writer/director Mamoru Hosoda at Picturehouse Central (09 to 14 NOV). PETERLOO at The Lexi (09 to 15 NOV). PUTIN’S WITNESSES at DocHouse (08 to 13 NOV). TIME FOR ILHAN at DocHouse (09 to 15 NOV). SUSPIRIA (1977) at The Prince Charles (until 15 NOV). WILDLIFE at Genesis Cinema (09 to 15 NOV).
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