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A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 + Intro by the director at Ciné Lumière (12 JUN 20:00):
- “A soul-searching film focusing on the plight of undocumented asylum seekers desperately trying to find sanctuary in Europe. A refugee from the Central African Republic, Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) lives in France with his two young children. Traumatised by the loss of his wife during their flight, he finds solace with Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire).” MASTERCLASS WITH MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN precedes the film (12 JUN 18:20).
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- We love it when a new community festival comes together, particularly when they’re tracking the trend for celebrating the intimate relationship between music and film. Here’s what’s screening at Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 29 JUN).
- Sidestreet Cinema presents a series of screenings (13, 14 & 16 JUN at Whirled Cinema) to commemorate Windrush, migration and identity.
- Fragments Festival at Genesis Cinema (07 to 15 JUN 2019) celebrates “inclusivity through film”. We took a look at the programme to make a few cheeky recommends.
- We explored the 3 masters of Taiwanese New Cinema at the heart of Close-Up’s new season TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) (and announced an exclusive season discount!).
- We chatted with artist Cristina Polop about her poster design for MIDNIGHT EXCESS #3, Ranjit S. Ruprai’s late night collab with Amos Levin (15 JUN 23:00+, Rio Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ROI SOLEIL d. Albert Serra, 2018 + Intro/discussion with the artist at Tate Modern (12 JUN 18:30):
- “Winner of the Grand Prix of the 2018 FID Marseille International Competition, the film captures an hour-long staging of the slow agony leading up to French monarch Louis XIV’s death. The role is played by Serra’s frequent collaborator Lluís Serrat Masanellas and performed as a live installation for visitors to an art gallery.”
VARIETY 35mm + ANYBODY’S WOMAN Super8 d. Bette Gordon, 1983 + 1981 + Q&A with the director at ICA (12 JUN 18:45):
- “Independent filmmaker Bette Gordon plays on taboo, sexual desire, power, and the cinematic and gendered gaze in VARIETY, co-written by Kathy Acker. Starring Sandy McLeod and Will Patton, VARIETY features cameos by Nan Goldin, Spalding Gray, and Cookie Mueller. Part of I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker.”
THE WALL d. Jürgen Böttcher, 1991 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (12 JUN 19:30):
- Open City Docs presents: “Filmed between 1989 and 1990, Böttcher’s impressionistic, painterly study traces the Wall in the days leading up to and during its destruction, as demolition machinery moves in and Berliners begin dismantling it by hand, chipping away at its edifice with small hammers and chisels.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BRITAIN ON FILM: PROTEST! presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (12 JUN 19:45 – Enter voucher code “CIRCUS19” when booking online to save!).
- DIE TOMORROW d. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2017 previews at BFI (12 JUN 20:45).
- DOUBLE TAKE d. Johan Grimonprez, 2009 + Short: LOOKING FOR ALFRED + Q&A with Toby Jones at The London Review Bookshop (12 JUN 19:00).
- FORCE OF NATURE NATALIA d. Gerry Fox, 2019 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (12 JUN 18:30).
- FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 + Recorded Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Hackney (12 JUN 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- GIGI 35mm d. Vincente Minnelli, 1958 at Regent Street Cinema (12 JUN 12:00 & 15:30).
- HAMID d. Aijaz Khan, 2018 presented by Tongues On Fire at Wembley Park (12 JUN 19:00 – FREE!).
- PICKPOCKET 35mm d. Robert Bresson, 1959 at The Prince Charles (12 JUN 18:25).
- PRAYERS TO THE GODS OF GUERRILLA FILMMAKING d. Johanna Taylor, 2019 + Q&A with the filmmakers at The Prince Charles (12 JUN 18:00 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening).
- THE SCARLET HOUR 35mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1956 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (12 JUN 19:30).
- TT: CLOSER TO THE EDGE d. Richard De Aragues, 2011 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (12 JUN 20:15)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (12 JUN 20:20).
BEBOP NEW YORK: BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDIE CINEMA at Barbican (23 MAY to 25 JUN):
- Women Independents + Intro by Helen de Witt (12 JUN 19:00).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE BLUE ANGEL d. Josef von Sternberg, 1930 enjoys a grind show run (until 13 JUN).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- MADAME DE… d. Max Ophuls, 1953 (12 JUN 14:30).
- UNFAITHFULLY YOURS d. Preston Sturges, 1948 + Intro by Kate Stables (12 JUN 18:15).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 (12 to 18 JUN).
OF FLESH & BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at Close-Up (04 to 12 JUN):
- STILL WALKING d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008 (12 JUN 20:15).
THE ORIGINAL SIN OF CLAIRE DENIS at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- The Politics and Poetics of Desire panel discussion (12 JUN 18:20).
- VENDREDI SOIR 35mm d. Claire Denis, 2002 (12 JUN 20:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival Part 1 (04 to 13 JUN).
- Fragments Festival (07 to 15 JUN).
- Origins Festival Of First Nation Arts (11 to 23 JUN).
> Read our guide to the inaugural Fragments Festival.
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS d. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora at ICA (12 JUN 18:25):
- “A fictionalised portrait of tribal culture in Brazil. Drawing from the experiences of the filmmakers, who spent several months among the Krahô people of Pedra Branca, the film depicts a young man destined to become a shaman who attempts to resist his fate. Shot in 16mm, this meditative drama won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.”
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF2018.
DIRTY GOD d. Sacha Polak, 2019 at Rich Mix (12 JUN 18:20):
- “Following a violent acid attack that left many scars, Jade, a young mother from London, attempts to reclaim her life and some sense of normality. DIRTY GOD is a portrait of a woman with incredible resilience. Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences.”
KIND HEARTS & CORONETS d. Robert Hamer, 1949 at Phoenix Cinema (12 JUN 13:40 & 18:15):
- “Celebrating the 70th birthday of a jewel in the crown of both British cinema and the great Ealing Studios, this new 4K restoration confirms the fiendishly funny KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS as one of the most wickedly witty and acerbic comedies ever made.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT d. Stephan Elliott, 1994 at The Prince Charles (07 to 13 JUN). AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST d. Mike Plante, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 13 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 13 JUN). EATING ANIMALS d. Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (11 to 13 JUN). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 11 JUN). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Rio Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). HALSTONd. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 13 JUN). IN SAFE HANDS d. Jeanne Herry, 2018 at Watermans (07 to 13 JUN). LATE NIGHT d. Nisha Ganatra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS d. Charlie Lightening & Gavin Fitzgerald, 2019 at DocHouse (07 to 11 JUN). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (12 to 18 JUN). SERIAL (BAD) WEDDING 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 27 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 13 JUN). SOY CUBA d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964 at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 JUN). SUNSETd. László Nemes, 2018 at BFI (07 to 13 JUN). TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN).
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