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Featured attraction: VIVIAN’S GARDEN + Q&Awith Rosalind Nashashibi and Laura Mulvey at The Horse Hospital (12 SEP 19:00), part of the exhibition Relating Narratives (until 29 SEP): “The film is full of fractured glimpses, incomplete conversations, talk of departure and some violence in the past. Things hover that we can’t grasp. Nashashibi’s films are often extremely beautiful to look at, their slowness never a burden.” – Adrian Searle, The Guardian.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
10×10 + Q&A with director Suzi Ewing & producer Jason Maza at Regent Street Cinema (12 SEP 19:30):
- UK premiere: Just a few days from opening her new business, Cathy’s (Kelly Reilly) fresh start is interrupted when she is attacked, kidnapped and locked in a room. She assumes the kidnapper (Luke Evans) wants her body or her life, but he is after something simpler… her name.
AU BONHEUR DES DAMES + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Stephen Horne at The Cinema Museum (12 SEP 19:30):
- Kenning Bioscope presents AU BONHEUR DES DAMES (1930), directed by Julien Duvivier. Denise (Dita Parlo), an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle’s store. But the glamorous department store ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’ across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there.
CROWHURST + Q&A with director Simon Rumley at Whirled Cinema (12 SEP 20:00):
- 1968: An inexperienced sailor enters a round the world race which he fears he won’t be able to complete yet alone win. In order to save his dignity, he decides to cheat to come last but things don’t go according to plan.
- CROWHURST enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (10 to 16 SEP).
FRENCH CANCAN + INTRO by Dr Roland-Francois Lack at BFI Southbank (12 SEP 18:10):
- Jean Renoir’s fond tribute to the Paris of his father Auguste deploys a brilliant palette evocative of the Impressionists to colour his leisurely tale of an impresario (Jean Gabin) determined to revive the traditional cancan at the Moulin Rouge.
QUEEN AND BÉJART: BALLET FOR LIFE + Q&A with director Lynne Wake at Ciné Lumière (12 SEP 20:15):
- The story of the extraordinary collaboration between Queen and the choreographer Maurice Béjart, for the creation of the first full-length ballet to rock music. Featuring behind the scenes footage, as well as rare interviews with Maurice Béjart, and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
VIVIAN’S GARDEN + Q&A with Rosalind Nashashibi and Laura Mulvey at The Horse Hospital (12 SEP 19:00):
- The exhibition Relating Narratives presents Rosalind Nashashibi’s sensitive portrait of two Swiss / Austrian émigré artists living in Panajachel, Guatemala, where they have developed a matriarchal compound in an environment that offers both refuge and terror.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL at Frontline Club (12 SEP 19:00).
- BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 presented by Screen25 and Black Cultural Archives at Harris Academy South Norwood (12 SEP 19:45).
- BORN IN FLAMES at ICA (12 SEP 18:45).
- BRAGUINO at ICA (12 SEP 15:20).
- CASABLANCA at Rio Cinema (12 SEP 14:30).
- CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA at BFI (12 SEP 20:30).
- DAMASCUS COVER at JW3 (12 SEP 14:30, 18:30 & 20:3).
- DANCER IN THE DARK presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (12 SEP 19:00).
- DIRTY DANCING at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (12 SEP 20:00).
- GIRLS RISING presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (12 SEP 20:15).
- HARD TICKET TO HAWAII presented by Crap Film Club at The Book Club (12 SEP 19:00).
- THE KING at DocHouse (12 SEP 16:10).
- MRS. DOUBTFIRE at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (12 SEP 21:00).
- NATIONAL NARRATIVE aka Roman National at ICA (12 SEP 13:55).
- PERSONA at BFI (12 SEP 18:00).
- WEEKEND IN HAVANA at Regent Street Cinema (12 SEP 12:00 & 15:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
DRAMA SHE WROTE at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- Fay Weldon and Edna O’Brien: A SPLINTER OF ICE + OVER (12 SEP 18:20).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today:
- Catford Free Film Festival (09 to 16 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (12 SEP 20:45):
- An offbeat, satirical and beautifully-shot film about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and begins to reveal his thoughts on pretty much everything, including life and death, love and politics. Narrated in verse by Iggy Pop.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at The Castle Cinema (12 SEP 15:00 & 17:00):
- Cameron Post looks the part of a perfect high-school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction”.
UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (12 SEP 20:30):
- On 13 February 2012 war-correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Homs, under attack by the Syrian army. Only one of them returned.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Rich Mix (07 to 13 SEP). BLACKkKLANSMAN at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 13 SEP). C’EST LA VIE! at Cine Lumiere (until 23 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (07 to 12 SEP). COLD WAR at Ciné Lumière (until 16 SEP). CROWHURST at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 SEP). HEATHERS at Prince Charles (07 to 13 SEP). HURRICANE at Genesis Cinema (07 to 13 SEP). MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS at ICA (07 to 12 SEP). THE SEAGULL at Phoenix Cinema (07 to 13 SEP). YARDIE at The Institute Of Light (07 to 13 SEP).
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