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Featured attraction: MEDITATION PARK at Genesis Cinema (12 AUG 20:30), part of CANADA NOW and #WomenInFilm2018: “Mina Shum’s new film is a touching, amusing, decidedly entertaining tale of an Asian-Canadian grandmother’s declaration of personal independence after discovering her longstanding husband may not be as worthy of her reverential treatment as she once believed.”
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BUSTER KEATON TRIPLE BILL + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Cyrus Gabrysch at BFI Southbank (12 AUG 13:30):
- Celebrate the genius of director and star Buster Keaton with a triple bill of brilliant slapstick comedy, introduced by young programmer Keaton Leigh. Includes THE ELECTRIC HOUSE (1922, 22min), THE BALLOONATIC (1923, 22min), and COPS (1922, 18min).
P.T. at Rio Cinema (12 AUG 16:00):
- Loading Bar presents: Released on August 12th 2014 as a free download, P.T. was an interactive teaser which turned out to be for the video game Silent Hills. Although that full game never went into production, this playable teaser recieved critical acclaim and terrified people for over a year until it was pulled. The brain child of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, Loading Bar have decided to play it on the big screen….
SEX & THE CITY IS 20 + PANEL at Genesis Cinema (12 AUG 19:00 – Free, booking required):
- On the twentieth anniversary of SEX & THE CITY’S premiere, join Genesis for five carefully selected episodes of the show and an obligatory Cosmopolitan, followed by a discussion of friendships and relationships on the show and beyond, between Zhenya Tsenzharyk and Laura Staab, two women who have experienced life lived in a city and on the small screen, together.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- DEEP END at BFI (12 AUG 20:05).
- Double Bill: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER + A PLACE IN THE SUN at Regent Street Cinema (12 AUG 14:30 & 17:00).
- FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR at Backyard Cinema (12 AUG 12:30).
- HEATHERS at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 AUG 17:40).
- IN THE FADE at Whirled Cinema (12 AUG 18:00).
- ISLE OF DOGS presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (12 AUG 19:30).
- L’AGE D’OR 35mm at BFI (12 AUG 18:15).
- THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (12 AUG 20:30).
- THE NEVERENDING STORY 35mm at Prince Charles (12 AUG 15:30).
- TIME BANDITS at Deptford Cinema (12 AUG 14:00).
- THE TOUCH at BFI (12 AUG 20:15).
- VERTIGO at Picturehouse Central (12 AUG 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 70mm (12 AUG 18:05).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
BETWEEN THE SACRED & PROFANE: THE CINEMA OF JAMIL DEHLAVI at BFI Southbank (10 to 12 AUG):
- IMMACULATE CONCEPTION + INTRO by Jamil Dehlavi (12 AUG 12:45).
- JINNAH + INTRO by Jamil Dehlavi (12 AUG 15:20).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! (12 AUG 18:30).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- WHISPER OF THE HEART (12 AUG 13:00).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – Free! / No booking required):
- DIRTY DANCING (12 AUG 14:00 & 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Festivals projecting today include:
Be Epic! London International Film Festival (10 to 12 AUG):
- SHORT FILM PROGRAMME 4 (12 AUG 13:30, Phoenix Cinema)
- SHORT FILM PROGRAMME 5 (12 AUG 16:00, Phoenix Cinema)
CANADA NOW 2018 showcase screening (12 AUG):
- MEDITATION PARK at Genesis Cinema (12 AUG 20:30).
Larry Clark Film Festival (12 AUG):
- Presented by Deeper Into Movies (12 AUG 14:00, The Five Bells).
- REPATRIATION + Conversation with Kim Dong Won and Chris Berry (12 AUG 13:30, Birkbeck Cinema).
- Roundtable on Independent Documentary Filmmaking in Korea (12 AUG 16:45, Birkbeck Cinema).
- PADDINGTON 2 (12 AUG 16:00, Streatham Space Project)
West Norwood Free Film Festival (12 AUG – Free!):
- PHANTOM THREAD (12 AUG 19:30, Volcano Coffee Works Cafe).
DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (12 AUG 16:45):
- Created entirely from hundreds of hours of downloadable Chinese surveillance footage, DRAGONFLY EYES’ unsettling fictional narrative tells the story of a young woman who leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online.
HEATHERS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (12 AUG 15:45):
- In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, intelligent teen Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, J.D. (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids in what is one of the decade’s defining cult classics of 1980s cinema.
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 AUG 12:25):
- Sixteen years after their first collaboration on the groundbreaking RIVERS AND TIDES, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer returns with an absorbing documentary portrait of the influential British sculptor and environmentalist.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE APPARITION at Lexi Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). A SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). THE HEIRESS at The Institute Of Light (10 to 16 AUG). ISLE OF DOGS at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (11 to 16 AUG). MCQUEEN at Rio Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). OF FATHERS AND SONS at ICA (10 to 16 AUG). POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD at Phoenix Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). THROUGH LOTTE’S LENS at JW3 (12 to 16 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at Barbican (10 to 16 AUG).
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