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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Chineke!: WALTZ WITH BASHIR at Barbican (13 MAY 19:30):
- Chineke! Orchestra – conducted by Fawzi Haimor – will perform Max Richter’s score for Waltz With Bashir, alongside a screening of the film. Chineke! is Europe’s first professional orchestra to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic musicians.
KISS ME, STUPID + INTRO by curator Iris Veysey at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 MAY 14:45):
- 2A Films presents a rare screening of Billy Wilder ’s acerbic and sexually frank film that caused an uproar when it was released. Decried by many as immoral and tasteless, it was defended by critic Joan Didion, who described it as a ‘profoundly affecting film’, ‘suffused with the despair of an America many of us prefer not to know.’
SUFFRAGETTE + MARCH + INTRO with live accompaniment at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 MAY 19:30):
- The film is introduced by Dr Naomi Paxton, a specialist in the cultural history of suffrage theatre. Live accompaniment is provided by Wendy Hiscocks. The feature is paired with the documentary MARCH which shows Anna Birch’s public art project recreating a Suffragette pageant procession.
UNDERGROUND + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Neil Brand at Barbican (13 MAY 16:00):
- An extraordinary tale of jealousy, murder and a fatally flawed love triangle, set in and around the London Underground of the 1920s.
More films in London today (A – Z): ARRIETTY at The Prince Charles (13 MAY 15:35). CRIES & WHISPERS at Picturehouse Central (13 MAY 13:00 – other Picturehouses available!). DOUBLE BILL: MARK FELT: The Man Who Bought Down The White House + ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ MEN at Regent Street Cinema (13 MAY 14:30 & 16:45). FISTFUL OF DOLLARS at Regent Street Cinema (13 MAY 19:30). FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR at Backyard Cinema (13 MAY 16:30). THE GREAT DICTATOR at Stow Film Lounge (13 MAY 14:30). INTERSTELLAR 70mm at The Prince Charles (13 MAY 20:15). JEUNE FEMME previews at ICA (13 MAY 16:00). THE LAST PROSECCO + Prosecco Party! at Genesis Cinema (13 MAY 18:00). LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME: A Portrait of Robert Frank + Q&A with director Gerald Fox at ICA (13 MAY 16:00 – is sold out!). MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA Rescored Live by Grok at Genesis Cinema (13 MAY 18:15 – Free!). OUAGA GIRLS + PANEL DISCUSSION presented by Women Of Colour Film Club + Last Frame at CentrE17 (13 MAY 17:30). SINK + Q&A with director Mark Gillis & Lewisham MP, Vicky Foxcroft at Curzon Goldsmiths (13 MAY 13:30). THE THREEPENNY OPERA 35mm at BFI (13 MAY 15:20).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 25 MAY):
- ROBOT CARNIVAL (13 MAY 14:00).
FEMALE GAZE at Deptford Cinema (until 21 JUN):
- DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (13 MAY 14:30).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (13 MAY 16:00 & 20:45).
- LE CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE + INTRO by Nick Walker (13 MAY 14:00).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (13 MAY 14:30).
- REDOUBTABLE gets a grind show run (13 MAY 15:30, 17:45 & 20:15).
- THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES 16mm (13 MAY 17:20).
#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (all year):
- WESTERN (13 MAY 14:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (13 MAY 20:30, Brockwell Park Community Green Houses – outdoors & free!).
SERET: London Israeli Film & Television Festival (06 to 17 MAY)
- VIKI & ME (13 MAY 14:00, JW3).
- FOXTROT + Q&A with director Samuel Maoz (13 MAY 18:15, Cine Lumiere).
- DOUBTFUL (13 MAY 19:30, Crouch End Picturehouse).
- SHELTER + Q&A with director/writer Eran Riklis (13 MAY 20:00, JW3).
- MONTANA + Q&A with director Limor Shmila (13 MAY 20:00, Phoenix Cinema).
THE CURED at The Prince Charles (13 MAY 20:40):
- First time director David Freyne shows there’s plenty of life in the undead yet with a startling new horror film. THE CURED dares to ask: what would the return to normal life be like after a zombie outbreak has been tamed? What follows is a ruthless study of a society still in free fall as one terror is rapidly replaced by another. Human nature, it seems, is our own worst enemy.
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from last year’s London Film Festival.
THE POETESS at DocHouse (13 MAY 18:30):
- In 2010, Saudi Arabian writer and activist Hissa Hilal did something unimaginable – she starred in the Arab World’s biggest televised live poetry competition. Storming through the rounds, and becoming progressively more political in her critique of religious extremism and her patriarchal society, Hilal became the first woman to reach the show’s final.
REVENGE at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 MAY 15:35 & 18:00):
- Left for dead by her boyfriend and his alpha-male friends in the remote desert, Jen rises like a phoenix to enact the bloodiest revenge possible. First-time director Coralie Fargeat has conjured a masterpiece so gruesome that paramedics had to attend to one audience member at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
- Also at Barbican (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY).
THE WILD BOYS aka Les garçons sauvages at ICA (13 MAY 13:30 & 18:30):
- The UK premiere of the debut feature film by French experimental filmmaker Bertrand Mandico. “Fantasy, eroticism, violence and mystery engulf a group of young, privileged teenage boys – all played by women – cast away from the island of La Réunion for committing a sadistic crime.”
More films in London this week (A to Z – click for dates/times): ANON at Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). ENTEBBE at Phoenix Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). A FANTASTIC WOMAN at Whirled Cinema (14 to 20 MAY). HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES at Picturehouse Central (11 to 17 MAY – other Picturehouses available!). MANSFIELD 66/67 at ICA (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema(11 to 17 MAY). SHADOW WORLD at DocHouse (11 to 17 MAY).
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Featured attraction: DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (13 MAY 14:30) presented by Women In Film SE15 at Deptford Cinema.