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THE LAST WITNESS d. Piotr Szkopiak, 2018 + Q&A with the director & director of photography Edward Ames at Rio Cinema (13 APR 18:30):
- “A Katyn Memorial Day screening for BAFTA nominated director Piotr Szkopiak’s multi-award winning political thriller based on the events of Spring 1940 when 22,000 Polish military and civilians were murdered by Stalin’s secret police and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest. The massacre was blamed on the Germans and covered up by the British and Americans.”
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- SUPAKINO and THE CELLULOID SORCERESS announce the next edition of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema: BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON / NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (11 MAY 23:00+).
- Throw on your cowboy boots, stonewash jeans and “git awn down” to ArtHouse Crouch End for some real-life country music film fun: THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS.
- Hot on the heels of the Essay Film Festival comes ICA’s own Frames Of Representation (12 to 20 APR), an annual event dedicated to groundbreaking “cinema of the real”.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Blinking Buzzards – Quarterly Meeting of the UK Buster Keaton Societyat The Cinema Museum (13 APR 16:00):
- “As part of the Museum’s Charlie Chaplin month, we are showing the only two films that Keaton and Chaplin played in together: SEEING STARS, a still fairly-recent rediscovery – a promotional short from 1922; and Chaplin’s 1952 feature LIMELIGHT.”
SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN 35mm d. Stephen Kijak, 2006 + Q&A with the director & producer Mia Bays at Curzon Soho (13 APR 15:30):
- “In tribute to Scott Walker, who has died aged 76, we screen a 35mm print of the acclaimed 2006 portrait of the singer-songwriter, followed by a Q&A from the film’s director Stephen Kijak and producer Mia Bays.”
WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 + Q&A with screenwriter Nicole Taylor + LIVE POETRY by Be Manzini + ARTER PARTY at Everyman Kings Cross (13 APR 19:45):
- #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) is a great country singer. Unfortunately, she’s also an ex-con with an electronic tag, two young children to support and a disapproving mother (Julie Walters). And, she’s based in Glasgow.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE d. Jason Barker, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (13 APR 18:30).
- ALI ZAOUA: PRINCE OF THE STREETS d. Nabil Ayouch, 2000 presented by Maghreb Ciné at Brixton Community Base (13 APR 17:00).
- BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, 1985 at The Prince Charles (13 APR 21:00).
- BEING JOHN MALKOVICH d. Spike Jonze, 1999 at Everyman Screen On The Green (13 APR 23:30).
- END OF LIFE d. John Bruce & Paweł Wojtasik, 2018 at ICA (13 APR 14:00).
- HEATHERS d. Michael Lehmann, 1988 at The Prince Charles (13 APR 20:45).
- THE HOLE IN THE GROUND d. Lee Cronin, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (13 APR 18:30 & 20:30).
- MINDING THE GAP d. Bing Lui, 2018 at DocHouse (13 APR 20:30).
- THE NEVERENDING STORY d. Wolfgang Petersen, 1984 at The Prince Charles (13 APR 12:45).
- THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at The Lexi (13 APR 18:20).
- SHARKWATER EXTINCTION d. Rob Stewart, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (13 APR 15:00).
- US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at Barbican (13 APR 20:40).
- THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Barbican (13 APR 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AKIRA KUROSAWA: SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 13 APR):
- DREAMS d. Akira Kurosawa, 1990 (13 APR 15:00).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Goethe-Institut & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- O SOMMA LUCE + CÉZANNE. DIALOGUE AVEC JOACHIM GASQUET (13 APR 14:00, Goethe-Institut).
- Lecture: STAGES OF VIOLENCE. ANTIGONE BY STRAUB/HUILLET, BETWEEN THEATRE AND FILM (13 APR 16:00, Goethe-Institut).
- DER BRÄUTIGAM, DIE KOMÖDIANTIN UND DER ZUHÄLTER + DIE ANTIGONE DES SOPHOKLES (13 APR 18:30, Goethe-Institut).
KINOTEKA: WITOLD SOBOCIŃSKI at Close-Up (08 to 14 APR):
- HANDS UP! d. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1981 (13 APR 18:00).
- THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM d. Wojciech Has, 1973 (13 APR 18:00).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
LIVES UNWRITTEN: WOMEN AND DOMESTIC WORK ON FILM at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (23 MAR to 27 APR):
- Family Screening: A LITTLE PRINCESS d. Alfonso Cuarón, 1995 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (13 APR 11:30).
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THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 21 APR):
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- AFTER LIFE d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998 (13 APR 14:40).
POETRY IN MOTION: CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN CINEMA at Barbican (03 to 24 APR):
- TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE d. Ali Jaberansari, 2018 + Q&A with the director (13 APR 18:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
SMART ROBOTS, MORTAL ENGINES: STANISLAW LEM ON FILM at Barbican (11 to 16 APR):
- SILENT STAR d. Kurt Maetzig, 1959 (13 APR 16:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- BFI & Radio Times Television Festival (12 to 14 APR).
- Ecofutures (04 to 19 APR).
- Frames Of Representation (12 to 20 APR).
- Kinoteka Polish Film Festival (04 to 18 APR).
- London Bengali Film Festival (12 to 15 APR).
- London Games Festival (02 to 14 APR).
- London Independent Film Festival (04 to 15 APR).
- Spanish Spring Weekend (12 to 14 APR).
- Taiwan Film Festival (03 to 14 APR).
MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (13 APR 15:15 & 19:05):
- “Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop.”
WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 APR 12:30, 15:10, 17:50 & 20:30):
- “Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (BEAST), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 FACES d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 18 APR). A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 at Rich Mix (12 to 18 APR). A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE d. Jason Barker, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 18 APR). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 18 APR). BLADE RUNNER : THE FINAL CUT d. Ridley Scott, 1982 at The Prince Charles (until 17 APR). BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at ICA (until 18 APR). COLLISIONS d. Lynette Wallworth at Barbican (until 20 APR – daily VR viewing times – limited numbers). FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 17 APR). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 17 APR). THE HOUSE BY THE SEA d. Robert Guédiguian, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (15 to 21 APR). THE KEEPER d. Marcus H. Rosenmüller, 2018 at JW3 (12 to 18 APR). LAST BREATH d. Alex Parkinson & Richard da Costa, 2019 at DocHouse (until 18 APR). THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT d. Robert D. Krzykowski, 2018 at The Prince Charles (12 to 18 APR). OUT OF BLUE d. Carol Morley, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (12 to 18 APR). SKY & GROUND d. Talya Tibbon & Joshua Bennett, 2017 at DocHouse (12 to 18 APR). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 18 APR). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (12 to 18 APR). WHAT MEN WANT d. Adam Shankman, 2019 at The Lexi (15 to 18 APR). THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Watermans (12 to 18 APR APR). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (12 to 18 APR).
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