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THE CAT & THE CANARY 35mm d. Paul Leni, 1927 + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Jeff Rapsis at The Cinema Museum (13 MAR 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “This comedy horror film revolves around the death of Cyrus West and the reading of his will 20 years later. Annabelle inherits her uncle’s fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his haunted mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- SCREEN DIARY: We caught up with ABOUT A WAR, a 2018 doc by Abi Weaver and Daniele Rugo at ArtHouse Crouch End.
- NOW BOOKING: We added Fritz Lang’s FRAU IM MOND + LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT (16 MAR 19:00) to our calendar of coming attractions.
- NOW BOOKING: The Essay Film Festival (22 MAR to 04 APR) is an essential element of London’s indie film calendar. Find out what’s still booking…
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Experimenta Mixtape #3 at BFI Southbank (13 MAR 18:30):
- “Think of this event as a continuous stream-of-choice items drawn from multiple sources. The sequence amalgamates timestreams and contexts, featuring a broad selection of work, and titles are not announced in advance. Mixtape #3 is compiled by BFI Programmer William Fowler.”
THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 + Q&A with the director, screenwriter David Hare, actor Oleg Ivenko & producer Gaby Tana at BFI Southbank (13 MAR 20:15):
- “We meet Rudolph Nureyev (Ivenko) as an electrifying and impulsive young dancer in the early 1960s, when the finest Soviet dancers are sent to Paris. It’s there that Nureyev falls in love with the city and its intelligentsia, which draws the attention of the KGB.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitze: EMPTY METAL + INTRO/Q&A with the artists at Tate Modern (13 MAR 18:30).
- A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT d. Sinéad O’Shea, 2017 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (13 MAR 18:30).
- THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1998 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (13 MAR 20:00).
- BILLY ELLIOT d. Stephen Daldry, 2000 at Rio Cinema (13 MAR 14:30).
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY d. Bryan Singer, 2018 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (13 MAR 19:45).
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY d. Bryan Singer, 2018 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (13 MAR 19:45).
- THE BREADWINNER d. Nora Twomey, 2017 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (13 MAR 20:15).
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (13 MAR 16:00).
- CITY OF JOY d. Madeleine Gavin, 2016 + PANEL presented by The Circle at Regent Street Cinema (13 MAR 19:30).
- GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER d. Stanley Kramer, 1967 at Regent Street Cinema (13 MAR 12:00 & 15:30).
- HOLY LANDS d. Amanda Sthers, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film (13 MAR 20:30).
- THE HUSTLER d. Robert Rossen, 1961 at The Prince Charles (13 MAR 18:05).
- THE MERGER d. Mark Grentell, 2018 + Q&A with Adam Hills & Damian Callinan at Picturehouse Central (13 MAR 18:30).
- Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action at Curzon Bloomsbury (13 MAR 18:40).
- WALL d. Cam Christiansen, 2017 at DocHouse (13 MAR 20:00).
- WHICH LANGUAGE DO YOU SPEAK? aka Que língua você fala? d. Elisa Bracher, 2017 + Q&A with the director at CineClub Brazil (13 MAR 18:45 – FREE!/Booking Required).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (13 MAR 15:40).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (13 MAR 15:50).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952 + INTRO by Justin Johnson (13 MAR 17:50).
CLOSE-UP ON SERGEI PARAJANOV at Close-Up (08 to 30 MAR):
- THE LEGEND OF SURAM FORTRESS 35mm d. Sergei Parajanov & Dodo Abashidze, 1985 (13 MAR 20:30).
GREETINGS FROM TROMAVILLE at Deptford Cinema (13 MAR to 19 APR):
- TROMEO & JULIET (1990) + Q&A with Troma President Lloyd Kaufman (13 MAR 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
LOVE AND ANARCHY: THE FILMS OF LINA WERTMÜLLER at Barbican Centre (06 to 31 MAR 2019):
- THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI d. Lina Wertmüller, 1972 + INTRO by Cecilia Zoppelletto (13 MAR 18:20).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- THE COLOR OF MONEY d. Martin Scorsese, 1986 (13 MAR 20:55).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- MEET JOHN DOE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1941 (13 MAR 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival (13 to 22 MAR).
BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at Arthouse Crouch End (13 MAR 13:20 & 20:45):
- “Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever.”
RAY & LIZ d. Richard Billingham, 2018 at ICA (13 MAR 16:20):
- “Photographer Richard Billingham makes his feature debut, a fragmentary story of a family barely getting by in Thatcher’s Britain. Ray, isolated in a tower block, recalls moments of his earlier life as he (Justin Salinger) and Liz (Ella Smith) spend his redundancy pay, smoking, drinking and seldom leaving the house.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AFTERMATH d. James Kent, 2019 at JW3 (08 to 14 MAR). ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 New Restoration at The Prince Charles (until 14 MAR). BOY ERASED d. Joel Edgerton, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 MAR). BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR). CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Rich Mix (08 to 14 MAR). EVERYBODY KNOWS aka Todos lo Saben d. Asghar Farhadi, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (08 to 21 MAR). FOXTROT d. Samuel Maoz, 2017 at JW3 (10 to 14 MAR). THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT d. Lars Von Trier, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (11 to 17 MAR). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 MAR). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Rio Cinema (08 to 14 MAR). MAIDEN d. Alex Holmes, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (08 to 14 MAR). OF LOVE & LAW d. Hikaru Toda, 2017 at DocHouse (until 12 MAR). THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR – Q&A on 09 & 10). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR). SHAKESPEARE WALLAH d. James Ivory, 1965 at BFI (until 21 MAR). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 14 MAR).
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