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LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR d. Louis Malle, 1971 + INTRO by Jon Davies at The Cinema Museum (12 MAY 14:30):
- French Sundaes presents: “Louis Malle shocked France with his attacks on the Catholic church, the middle classes and the taboo of incest in his 1971 LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR (Dearest Love). A tender and heartfelt film that ripped open the hypocrisies of 1970’s France.”
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- We caught up with Close-Up Film Centre programmer Oliver Dickens to talk about their continuing season of Czechoslovak cinema.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” before screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Feminism & The City: CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 at Rio Cinema (12 MAY 15:30):
- DISPATCH FMI presents: “A film that eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. Cléo is perhaps the ultimate flâneuse wondering the streets of Paris as if she has ownership of them; observing other people and absorbing at ease the gaze from those around her.”
Guy Sherwin & Peter Todd: Recent Work + INTRO/DISCUSSION with the filmmakers at Close-Up (12 MAY 20:00):
- “We’re thrilled to present a hybrid programme of digital videos by Guy Sherwin and 16mm films by Peter Todd. These recent works will be shown in an indeterminate way, enabling connections to be made unique to the screening. Both filmmakers will be present throughout and will participate in a discussion following the screening.”
UNDER THE SKIN d. Jonathan Glazer, 2013 + Q&A with author Michel Faber at Deptford Cinema (12 MAY 14:30):
- Deptford Film & Book Club presents: “Loosely based on Michel Faber’s sci-fi novel from 2000, UNDER THE SKIN follows an otherworldly, extra-terrestrial being, disguised in a female human body, who drives the gloomy streets of Glasgow in pursuit of her prey: Scottish men.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (12 MAY 12:30).
- BENJAMIN d. Simon Amstell, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (12 MAY 18:00).
- BLUR: NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN d. Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern, 2010 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (12 MAY 15:00).
- BORDER d. Ali Abasi, 2018 at ICA (12 MAY 18:45).
- BUFFALO BOYS d. Mike Wiluan, 2017 at Deptford Cinema (12 MAY 18:30).
- CALAIS’ CHILDREN: A CASE TO ANSWER d. Sue Clayton, 2017 + THE PATRIOT GAMES BY GEORGE GALLOWAY d. McDonald Brown & Ron McKay, 2019 presented by London Socialist Film Co-Op at Bolivar Hall (12 MAY 11:00).
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING & LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 + SHORT at Picturehouse Central (12 MAY 15:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- FINAL ASCENT: THE LEGEND OF HAMISH MACINNES d. Robbie Fraser, 2019 at ICA (12 MAY 12:35).
- FINAL ASCENT: THE LEGEND OF HAMISH MACINNES d. Robbie Fraser, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 MAY 15:00).
- GONE WITH THE WIND d. Victor Flemming, 1939 at Regent Street Cinema (12 MAY 17:30).
- IL BENE MIO d. Pippo Mezzapesa, 2018 presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (12 MAY 17:30).
- LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 at Barbican (12 MAY 12:55).
- The Lost Marx Bros Movie: TALK + HORSE FEATHERS d. Norman Z. McLeod, 1932 at JW3 (12 MAY 18:00).
- NORTH BY NORTHWEST 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1959 at The Prince Charles (12 MAY 14:40).
- PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS d. Florian Habicht, 2014 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (12 MAY 19:00).
- THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR d. Nancy Buirski, 2017 presented by Sidestreet Cinema at Whirled Cinema (12 MAY 20:30).
- SALVADOR DALí: IN SEARCH OF IMMORTALITY d. David Pujol, 2018 at Barbican (12 MAY 15:50).
- WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 at Peckhamplex (12 MAY 20:45).
- VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Barbican (12 MAY 20:15).
- Xiaolu Guo: Event Horizons inc. SHE, A CHINESE + Q&A with Xiaolu Guo at The Whitechapel Gallery (12 MAY 13:00)
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- HEAVEN ON EARTH 35mm d. Reinhold Schünzel & Alfred Schirokauer, 1927 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (12 MAY 17:40).
- MADAME DUBARRY d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1919 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (12 MAY 20:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- BITTER VICTORY d. Nicholas Ray, 1957 (12 MAY 14:40).
CLOSE-UP ON SCOTT WALKER at Close-Up (24 APR to 31 MAY):
- POLA X 35mm d. Leos Carax, 1999 (12 MAY 17:00).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Ciné Lumière, Close-Up, Goethe-Institut, ICA & Whitechapel Gallery (MAR to JUN):
- THIS LAND IS MINE (12 MAY 14:00, Ciné Lumière).
- AM SIEL + ITINÉRAIRE DE JEAN BRICARD + LE 6 JUIN À L’AUBE + GENS DU LAC (12 MAY 16:20, Ciné Lumière).
GENESIS 20TH BIRTHDAY at Genesis Cinema (03 to 12 MAY – Tickets £2.50 + FREE PINT!!):
- MOONLIGHT d. Barry Jenkins, 2017 (12 MAY 15:25).
- SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD d. Edgar Wright, 2010 (12 MAY 18:00).
- SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK d. Charlie Kaufman, 2008 (12 MAY 20:35).
JAMES BOND SUNDAYS at Regent Street Cinema (12 MAY to 16 JUN):
- THUNDERBALL d. Terence Young, 1965 + Q&A with Martine Beswick (12 MAY 14:00).
KORE-EDA RETROSPECTIVE at Phoenix Cinema (28 APR to 19 MAY):
- NOBODY KNOWS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2004 (12 MAY 18:00).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- BARRY LYNDON d. Stanley Kubrick, 1975 (12 MAY 13:50).
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (12 MAY 17:00).
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (12 MAY 20:00).
- “Inspired by Kubrick”: A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 35mm d. Steven Spielberg, 2001 (12 MAY 16:50); and, HER d. Spike Jonze, 2013 (12 MAY 19:50).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- CASINO 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1995 (12 MAY 20:00).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (until 15 MAY).
THE VICTORIAN FILM WEEKENDER at BFI Southbank (10 to 12 MAY):
- Silent Cinema presents: Screening the Victorians (12 MAY 14:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Everyman Music Film Festival (09 to 26 MAY).
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- Right Now Film Festival (06 to 12 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (12 MAY 16:00 & 20:30):
- “Aretha Franklin recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace during two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Sydney Pollack and his crew captured the incredible footage, but the project was shelved. 47 years later, the recordings have been brought out and the film completed – as Pollack’s wishes before his death in 2008.”
HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (12 MAY 18:50):
- “Much lauded French auteur, Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL, BEAU TRAVAIL) explores the human psyche in the outer space. Sent out on a mission to explore a black hole, Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft in complete isolation.”
MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 MAY 12:05 & 17:20):
- “Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.”
THE WARRIORS 35mm d. Walter Hill, 1979 at The Prince Charles (12 MAY 17:40):
- “A turf battle between New York City street gangs that rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf.”
- A word from The PCC: “This extended run is being serviced by a 40 year old, well worn, 35mm print… so expect dirt, scratches & a little fade.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 16 MAY). DIAMANTINO d. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018 at ICA (10 to 16 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (until 16 MAY). EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE d. Joe Berlinger, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 MAY). GRETA d. Neil Jordan, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 16 MAY). THE SAMUEL PROJECT d. Marc Fusco, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (12 to 16 MAY). SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN d. Margarethe Von Trotta, 2018 at DocHouse (10 to 14 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (until 16 MAY).
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