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THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL d. Robert Wise, 1951 + Talk by Professor Noel Sharkey at Barbican (12 NOV 18:20):
- Science On Screen presents: “Robert Wise’s original 1951 landmark sci-fi tale charts the arrival of aliens to planet earth, hoping to save humanity from itself. Professor Noel Sharkey sets Gort in the context of the real robots leading up to the 1950s and the killer war robots being developed by superpowers right now.”
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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest opens today at Rio Cinema and then at venues across East London (12 to 17 NOV). We’ve had a look at the programme and chosen our top ten recommendations for this year’s festival. Please note the unexpected change of hub venue!
To help you plan ahead, we’ve posted our epic roundup of London’s repertory seasons & film festivals for the month of November.
Screen25 in South Norwood has achieved its target of 100 champions & will now be keeping its doors open. Carry on supporting this vibrant community cinema with our juicy discount.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE GREAT SPIRIT aka Il Grande Spirito d. Sergio Rubini, 2019 + Intro/Reception at Regent Street Cinema (12 NOV 19:30):
- CinemaItaliaUK presents: “Taranto. After stealing the money of his accomplices, disgraced bank robber Tonino (Sergio Rubini) has his life saved by a lunatic convinced to be a Sioux named Red Crow (Rocco Papaleo). Red Crow believes that Tonino is the Man of Destiny sent by the Great Spirit to accomplish a great mission. As his life is in danger, Tonino will have only to seek for a strange allegiance with his crazy saviour.”
Movement and Handling: Selected Works from the LUX Collection at Close-Up (12 NOV 18:00):
- “SLIDES by Annabel Nicolson and Girish Shambu’s manifesto For a New Cinephilia are used as starting points from which to construct this screening. The films selected emphasise questions relating to an uncertain construction and the tactility and materiality of their respective mediums. Programme curated by Dee Honeybun, Himar Bethencourt Reyes and HyunKyoung Choi, second year students from the MRes Art: Moving Image at Central Saint Martins.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- DAYS OF HEAVEN d. Terrence Malick, 1978 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (12 NOV 20:00).
- FURY OVER SPAIN d. Louis Frank, 1937 + Talks by Miriam Frank & Masha Karp presented by The Orwell Society & Pushkin Club at Pushkin House (12 NOV 18:30).
- MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND d. Midge Costin, 2019 at ICA (12 NOV 14:50).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (12 NOV 16:10).
- PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (12 NOV 14:00).
- QUEERING LANDSCAPES – Short Film Programme presented by Queer Lisboa at Deptford Cinema (12 NOV 19:30).
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (12 NOV 20:30).
- TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 at The Prince Charles (12 NOV 13:00).
- YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE d. Lynne Ramsay, 2017 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (12 NOV 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
21ST CENTURY ŽILNIK at Close-Up, Goldsmiths, LUX & Birkbeck Cinema (12 to 17 NOV):
- LOGBOOK SERBISTAN d. Želimir Žilnik, 2015 (12 NOV 20:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- LOVE STREAMS d. John Cassavetes, 1984 (12 NOV 18:00).
- APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT 4K d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 (12 NOV 19:30 BFI IMAX).
THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL at DocHouse (08 to 15 NOV):
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 (08 to 14 NOV).
HISTORICAL FILM SERIES – A TRIBUTE TO ANNA GMEYNER & PAUL HENREID at Austrian Cultural Forum (12 NOV to 03 DEC – FREE!/Booking required):
- Includes: NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH d. Carol Reed, 1940 (12 NOV 19:00).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- GUYS & DOLLS d. Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1955 (12 NOV 14:30 BFI IMAX).
- JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR d. Norman Jewison, 1973 (12 NOV 20:45).
RIAN JOHNSON SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (12 to 27 NOV):
- BRICK 35mm d. Rian Johnson, 2005 (12 NOV 20:45).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- MAN ON THE MOON 35mm d. Milos Forman, 1999 (12 NOV 18:05).
WOMEN DIRECTORS OF THE DEFA at Goethe-Institut (30 OCT to 19 NOV):
- THE BICYCLE d. Evelyn Schmidt, 1982 (12 NOV 19:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Czech Velvet 1989-2019 (01 to 29 NOV inc. Made In Prague Film Festival 08 to 11 NOV).
- Doc’n Roll Festival (01 to 17 NOV).
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (12 to 17 NOV).
- London Korean Film Festival (01 to 14 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (06 to 21 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (10 to 26 NOV).
THE CROW 35mm d. Alex Proyas, 1994 at The Prince Charles (12 NOV 15:30):
- “The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger.”
THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rio Cinema (Not screening at Rio today, check your local indie!):
- “Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s monumental mobster masterpiece THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga that is poignant, funny, and a majestic elegy on mortality.”
MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (12 NOV 14:30 & 19:00):
- “Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A DOG CALLED MONEY d. Seamus Murphy, 2019 at ICA (08 to 14 NOV). BLADE RUNNER : THE FINAL CUT d. Ridley Scott, 1982 at The Prince Charles (until 13 NOV). BY THE GRACE OF GOD d. Francois Ozon, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 NOV). DOCTOR SLEEP d. Mike Flanagan, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 14 NOV). THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO d. Joe Talbot, 2019 at ICA (until 14 NOV). LUCE d. Julius Onah, 2019 at Rio Cinema (08 to 14 NOV). MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at ICA (until 14 NOV). SORRY WE MISSED YOU d. Ken Loach, 2019 at Peckhamplex (until 14 NOV). TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (11 to 17 NOV). TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS d. Nick Zeig-Owens, 2019 at DocHouse (until 13 NOV). YVES SAINT-LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Myron, 2018 at ICA (until 14 NOV).
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