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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
AFTER ’68 at The Whitechapel & Close-Up (12 MAY 13:00 & 20:00):
- Regarded as a defining moment in the twentieth century, mark the 50 years since 1968 by exploring cultural expression in an age of crisis, through international artists’ films, documentaries, clips, 16mm works and much more alongside readings and discussion.
- Part 1: THE ECONOMY OF RESISTANCE at The Whitechapel Gallery.
- Part 2: THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO RESIST BUT THE ENEMY IS ONE at Close-Up.
MANSFIELD 66/67 + Q&A with directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes at ICA (12 MAY 18:15):
- Jayne Mansfield, an early Playboy Playmate, nightclub entertainer and singer, captivated audiences across the globe. Her mid-century rise to stardom drove her to drugs, alcohol, and a dubious affair with Anton LaVey, the charismatic leader of the Church of Satan. A fatal car crash in 1967 unleashed a litany of conspiracies. Was it a curse? Did the devil make her do it?
More films in London today (A – Z): ARRIVAL presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (12 MAY 20:00). THE BILL REUNION 2 presented by Misty Moon Productions at The Cinema Museum (12 MAY 20:00). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME + MOONLIGHT presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (12 MAY 13:00). CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD + BURIAL GROUND presented by World Wide Weird at The King & Queen (12 MAY 17:30 – free, donation requested!). HEAVEN’S GATE at BFI (12 MAY 19:00). INCEPTION 35mm at The Prince Charles (12 MAY 17:30). THE KID at Stow Film Lounge (12 MAY 11:00). MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm at The Prince Charles (12 MAY 20:45). PAPRIKA at The Prince Charles (12 MAY 15:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (all year):
- PRINCESS MONONOKE (12 MAY 12:30).
CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 25 MAY):
- GHOST IN THE SHELL (12 MAY 15:00 & 17:30).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- CHOOSE ME (12 MAY 15:50).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (12 MAY 18:30 & 20:40).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- THE YOUNG KARL MARX + DISCUSSION (12 MAY 14:00).
- MR FREEDOM 35mm (12 MAY 18:10).
- ANTONIO DAS MORTES 35mm (12 MAY 20:40).
- REDOUBTABLE (12 MAY 16:00, 18:20 & 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- QUEEN OF KATWE (12 MAY 20:00, Effra Early Years Centre – Free!).
SERET: London Israeli Film & Television Festival (06 to 17 MAY)
- THE TESTAMENT + Q&A with Ori Pfeffer (12 MAY 18:30, Picturehouse Central).
- FOXTROT + Q&A with director Samuel Maoz (12 MAY 20:00, Phoenix Cinema).
London Greek Film Festival (07 to 12 MAY)
- Various feature & short film programmes (12 MAY, Theatro Technis).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- THE MAN FROM MO’WAX + INTRO by James Lavelle (12 MAY 21:00, Everyman Screen On The Green).
THE POETESS at DocHouse (12 MAY 16:30 & 20:30):
- In 2010, Saudi Arabian writer and activist Hissa Hilal did something unimaginable – she starred in the Arab World’s biggest televised live poetry competition. Storming through the rounds, and becoming progressively more political in her critique of religious extremism and her patriarchal society, Hilal became the first woman to reach the show’s final.
REVENGE at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 MAY 13:10 & 21:00):
- Left for dead by her boyfriend and his alpha-male friends in the remote desert, Jen rises like a phoenix to enact the bloodiest revenge possible. First-time director Coralie Fargeat has conjured a masterpiece so gruesome that paramedics had to attend to one audience member at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
- Also at Barbican (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY).
THE WILD BOYS aka Les garçons sauvages at ICA (12 MAY 15:45 & 20:50):
- The UK premiere of the debut feature film by French experimental filmmaker Bertrand Mandico. “Fantasy, eroticism, violence and mystery engulf a group of young, privileged teenage boys – all played by women – cast away from the island of La Réunion for committing a sadistic crime.”
More films in London this week (A to Z – click for dates/times): ANON at Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). ENTEBBE at Phoenix Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). A FANTASTIC WOMAN at Whirled Cinema (14 to 20 MAY). HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES at Picturehouse Central (11 to 17 MAY – other Picturehouses available!). MANSFIELD 66/67 at ICA (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). SHADOW WORLD at DocHouse (11 to 17 MAY).
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Featured attraction: CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD + BURIAL GROUND presented by World Wide Weird at The King & Queen (12 MAY 17:30 – free, donation requested!).