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Featured attraction: New East Cinema presents BRIDGES OF TIME + Q&A with director Kristine Briede & producer Uldis Cekulis at Barbican (12 DEC 18:30): “This beautiful, poetic film explores the lesser known generation of documentary filmmakers of the Baltic New Wave, with moving extracts from features shot in 1960s Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.”
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: We went to the UK premiere of Lisa D’Apolito’s new documentary LOVE, GILDA at the Phoenix Cinema (09 DEC 2018). The film was introduced by the director and followed by a Q&A with Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress. Read our writeup > HERE.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI (12 DEC 18:10):
- A middle-class widow finds her loneliness assuaged by the company of her slightly younger, slightly bohemian gardener, but her children and friends are scandalised at the thought of any romance. Sirk’s exquisitely subdued melodrama offers a scathing attack on the stultifying conformism of the American Dream.
A PRIVATE WAR + Q&A with Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, director Matthew Heineman & photographer Paul Conroy at Regent Street Cinema (12 DEC 19:30):
- Based on the extraordinary life of celebrated war correspondents Marie Colvin, A PRIVATE WAR is brought to the screen by Academy Award and BAFTA nominated documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman making his narrative feature debut.
BRIDGES OF TIME + Q&A with director Kristine Briede & producer Uldis Cekulis at Barbican (12 DEC 18:30):
- New East Cinema presents: This beautiful, poetic film explores the lesser known generation of documentary filmmakers of the Baltic New Wave, with moving extracts from features shot in 1960s Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Nova Nights Ep#16: Tim Dry – Memoirs Of An Xtro-vert and more… at The Horse Hospital (12 DEC 19:00 – CANCELLED!):
- Billy Chainsaw presents an intimate evening with TIM DRY… actor (‘XTRO’, RETURN OF THE JEDI’), award-winning photographer, pop musician, mime artist and writer, which will feature screenings of short films that he’s starred in and two of his own videos.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMÉLIE presented by Stand-Up Film Club at The David Lean (12 DEC 19:00).
- BAD SANTA presented by NOMAD at Citypoint (12 DEC 19:00).
- ELF presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (12 DEC 19:45).
- HIGH SOCIETY presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (12 DEC 14:00).
- THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT + RECORDED Q&A with director Lars Von Trier at Ciné Lumière (12 DEC 20:20).
- THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT + RECORDED Q&A with director Lars Von Trier at Electric Cinema Portobello (12 DEC 21:00).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Rio Cinema (12 DEC 14:30).
- THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (12 DEC 19:45).
- POND LIFE at Picturehouse Central (12 DEC 20:45).
- THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER at Regent Street Cinema (12 DEC 12:00 & 15:30).
- SUSPIRIA (2018) at The Castle Cinema (12 DEC 21:00).
- TV Preview: THE DEAD ROOM + Q&A with Mark Gatiss at BFI Southbank (12 DEC 18:15).
- WILDLIFE at Lexi Cinema (12 DEC 18:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 24 DEC):
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (12 DEC 12:30 & 18:00)
- BRAZIL (12 DEC 12:45).
- THE APARTMENT 35mm (12 DEC 15:25).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (12 DEC 15:50).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing-A-Long (12 DEC 18:10).
- LOVE ACTUALLY (12 DEC 20:30).
- ELF Quote-A-Long (12 DEC 20:45).
THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):
COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN):
- RETURN OF THE HERO aka Le Retour du Héros (12 DEC 18:15).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- THE PRODUCERS (1967) (12 DEC 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- ArteKino Festival (01 to 31 DEC – various venues & online).
METEORS at ICA (12 DEC 13:55):
- At night, in a Kurdish town in eastern Turkey, meteors start to fall. Stepping out of their homes to look, the city’s inhabitants encounter fragments of the past and remember those who have been lost.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU at Rio Cinema (12 DEC 18:00 & 20:45):
- In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, Cassius “Cash” Green lives with his girlfriend Detroit in his Uncle’s garage. A job as a telemarketer introduces him to the key to professional success – using his “white voice”. But success as a Power Caller also opens the door to a macabre universe…
THEATRE OF WAR at DocHouse (12 DEC 18:30):
- A mix of Argentinian and British veterans are brought together to re-enact their experiences during the Falklands War. Through a handful of staged sequences, they revisit the visions that haunt them and discuss the muddy politics.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- CLIMAX at ICA (until 13 DEC). DISOBEDIENCE at JW3 (until 13 DEC). EVELYN at ICA (08 to 12 DEC). KINSHASA MAKAMBO at DocHouse (07 to 12 DEC). LUCKY at Whirled Cinema (11 to 16 DEC). MUG at Watermans (07 to 13 DEC). NAE PASARAN! at ICA (until 12 DEC). THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN at ArtHouse Crouch End (07 to 13 DEC). POSTCARDS FROM LONDON at ICA (until 12 DEC). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHINGat ICA (until 13 DEC). SHOPLIFTERS at Rio Cinema (07 to 13 DEC). THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS at BFI (until 13 DEC). WHITE BOY RICK at Picturehouse Central (07 to 13 DEC – Other Picturehouses available). THE WILD PEAR TREE at ICA (until 13 DEC).
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