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MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 + Skype Q&A with the director & producer Kellen Quinn at BFI Southbank (12 FEB 18:10):
- “In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned a cut throat underground industry of for-profit, privately run ambulances. An exception in this ethically fraught business is the Ochoa family, led by charming 16-year-old paramedic Juan. The family spend their nights racing to incidents, up against corrupt police, competing rescue squads and the never-ending struggle to keep their dire finances from compromising the people in their care.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ABYSS FILM d. James Richards & Leslie Thornton, 2018 + Discussion with the artists at Tate Modern (12 FEB 18:30).
- “Experience a unique audio-visual journey specially conceived for the Starr Cinema. British artist James Richards and American media pioneer Leslie Thornton have worked collaboratively since 2016. Abyss Film is their most recent project. It is a series of ‘collisions’ of their individual practices and interests. It takes the form of an electric one-hour collage of excerpts, raw material, sonic impulses and new experiments.”
THE WHIPPING BOSS 16mm d. P. J. McGowan, 1923 + THE BEST MAN, 1919 + PRUNING THE MOVIES 35mm, 1914 + Live accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos, Colin Sell & John Sweeney at The Cinema Museum (12 FEB 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “Christopher Bird will be presenting films from his own collection, including THE WHIPPING BOSS, an American drama directed by the pioneering Hollywood actor and director P. J. McGowan and written by Jack Boyle. The print to be shown is thought to be the only copy on 16mm. Another film in the programme is Thomas N. Heffron’s 1919 crime drama THE BEST MAN, starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson. The Library of Congress lists this as a ‘lost’ film, so this is a rare treat.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at The Lexi (12 FEB 14:30).
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (12 FEB 15:20).
- ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974 presented by No Bollocks Film Club at The Castle Cinema (12 FEB 19:00).
- BAIT d Mark Jenkin, 2019 + Short: TRAVELOGUE (1920s Archival Footage) at BFI Southbank (12 FEB 20:45).
- British Animation Awards Public Choice 3 at Regent Street Cinema (12 FEB 20:50).
- C’EST LA VIE! d. Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, 2017 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (12 FEB 20:15).
- HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at The David Lean (12 FEB 19:30).
- JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 at Rio Cinema (12 FEB 14:30).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig at Rich Mix (12 FEB 15:00).
- THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE d. Terry Gilliam, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (12 FEB 18:15).
- THE NOTEBOOK d. Nick Cassavetes, 2004 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (12 FEB 20:00).
- ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (12 FEB 19:45).
- Overlapping Perspectives On Dora Maar + LUNCH IN FUR d. Ursula Mayer, 2008 at Ciné Lumière (12 FEB 18:30).
- ROMEO AND JULIET d. Franco Zeffirelli, 1968 at Regent Street Cinema (12 FEB 12:00 & 15:25).
- TEETH d. Mitchell Lichtenstein, 2007 presented by Zodiac Film Club at The Curtain (12 FEB 19:00 – Tickets only available in advance!).
- THE TRIP TO GREECE d. Michael Winterbottom, 2020 + Intro by Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon (12 FEB 18:15 – Central & 20:45 – Clapham).
- THE TRIP TO GREECE d. Michael Winterbottom, 2020 + Q&A with Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon at Picturehouse Fulham Road (12 FEB 20:00).
- WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER d. Marianna Economou, 2019 at DocHouse (12 FEB 16:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 (12 FEB 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- KOYAANISQATSI d. Godfrey Reggio, 1982 + Intro by Sophie Brown (12 FEB 18:20).
CENTRE OF TAIWAN STUDIES FILM WEEK at SOAS (10 to 12 FEB – FREE!):
- PANAY d. Cheng Yu-Chieh, 2015 (12 FEB 13:15 – FREE!).
- LOKAH LAQI d. Laha Mebow, 2016 (12 FEB 15:30 – FREE!).
- PAKERIRAN d. Lekal Sumi Cilangasan, 2017 (12 FEB 18:00 – FREE!).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- ON THE WATERFRONT 4K d. Elia Kazan, 1954 (12 FEB 20:40).
- Re-release: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 (12 FEB 14:30, 18:00 & 20:30).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to FEB):
- VIRIDIANA d. Luis Buñuel, 1961 (12 FEB 20:15).
IS THIS YESTERDAY? at Deptford Cinema (12 FEB to 08 APR):
- IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE d. Jack Arnold, 1953 (12 FEB 19:30).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 at The Prince Charles (12 FEB 13:30, 16:00 & 18:20).
OSCAR® WEEK 2020 at Barbican (07 to 13 FEB):
- CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 (12 FEB 18:10).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (12 FEB 15:20).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Ealing Music & Film Festival (12 to 16 FEB).
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at JW3 (12 FEB 15:30 & 20:15):
- “Tom Hanks portrays beloved American children’s TV icon, Mister Rogers, in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.”
HUNTING FOR HEDONIA d. Pernille Rose Grønkjær, 2019 at DocHouse (12 FEB 20:30):
- “This fascinating festival favourite explores how the medical community is transforming lives through Deep Brain Stimulation. By manipulating specific neural pathways, DBS promises to transform the way we treat mental health disorders, addiction, and even obesity. As we probe the mysteries of the human brain, what kind of future lies ahead?”
MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (12 FEB 20:30):
- “1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton) is an ambitious young Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. Whilst working as an advisor to Lloyd George, he is now looking for his next big story. The Soviet “utopia” is all over the news, and Jones is intrigued as to how Stalin is financing the rapid modernisation of the Soviet Union.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- BAIT 35mm d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Prince Charles (07 to 13 FEB). FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 at Rio Cinema (07 to 13 FEB). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 13 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 20 FEB). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at The Lexi (09 to 12 FEB). MISS AMERICANA: TAYLOR SWIFT d. Lana Wilson, 2020 at The Prince Charles (until 12 FEB). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (07 to 13 FEB). THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD d. Armando Iannucci, 2020 at The Castle Cinema (until 20 FEB). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 13 FEB). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (until 13 FEB). THE UNORTHODOX d. Eliran Malka, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film (09 to 13 FEB). UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 13 FEB). WAVES d. Trey Edward Shults, 2019 at Watermans (07 to 12 FEB).
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