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BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 + EXTENDED INTRO by Mia Bays/LIVE ART by Vane MG at Curzon Soho (13 MAY 18:15):
- Bird’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “A gripping tale of narcos set among Colombia’s Wayúu people, BIRDS OF PASSAGE spans three decades of a family pushed to the brink by the drug trade. With the epic breadth of THE GODFATHER, this is a mind-altering journey into nature unlike anything you’re likely to have seen before.”
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- We caught up with Close-Up Film Centre programmer Oliver Dickens to talk about their continuing season of Czechoslovak cinema.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” before screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 + Q&A with the director & producer Camilla Bray at BFI Southbank (13 MAY 20:35):
- “In the summer of 1994, in a small town in central Scotland, best mates Johnno and Spanner (Donaghy and Ferguson) head out for one last night of raving together before Johnno’s family move away. Shot partly on gritty black and white, Beats effortlessly taps into a youthful nostalgia for an endless party, and for the counterculture movement of the 90s.”
WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 MAY 20:00):
- “A coming of age story set in the most brutal of times: Germany, 1944. Leyna (Amandla Stenberg), the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother (Abbie Cornish) and a black African father, meets Lutz (George MacKay), a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father (Christopher Eccleston) is a prominent Nazi solider, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly changing world.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- FIRST MAN d. Damien Chazelle, 2018 presented by Empire Magazine at Picturehouse Central (13 MAY 21:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- I AM THE REVOLUTION d. Benedetta Argentieri, 2018 at Italian Cultural Institute (13 MAY 16:30 – FREE!).
- JUICE d. Ernest R. Dickerson, 1992 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (13 MAY 19:30 – FREE!).
- LORDS OF CHAOS d. Jonas Åkerlund, 2018 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (13 MAY 19:00).
- THE RED SHOES d. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948 at Dulwich Picture Gallery (13 MAY 19:00).
- THUNDER ROAD 35mm d. Jim Cummings, 2018 + Q&A at The Prince Charles (13 MAY 18:35).
- WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (13 MAY 14:50).
- WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 at Peckhamplex (13 MAY 20:45)
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- VARIETY d. EA Dupont, 1925 + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (13 MAY 18:15).
- THE CHRONICLES OF THE GREY HOUSE d. Arthur von Gerlach, 1925 (13 MAY 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LIVING 35mm d. Akira Kurosawa, 1952 (13 MAY 18:00).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (MAY):
- MIRROR d. d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (13 MAY 15:30).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- BIRDS ORPHANS & FOOLS d. Juraj Jakubisko, 1969 (13 MAY 20:15).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Ciné Lumière, Close-Up, Goethe-Institut, ICA & Whitechapel Gallery (MAR to JUN):
- CORNEILLE – BRECHT + DIE ANTIGONE DES SOPHOKLES… (13 MAY 18:00, Ciné Lumière).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- THE SHINING (Extended Version) d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (13 MAY 20:20).
LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):
- FRIDA d. Julie Taymor, 2002 Speaker: Kat Lister (13 MAY 18:30).
LILIANA CAVANI: 1966-1970 at Deptford Cinema (13 to 27 MAY):
- FRANCIS OF ASSISI d. Liliana Cavani, 1966 (13 MAY 20:00).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (until 15 MAY).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (13 MAY 14:30, 18:30 & 20:30):
- “Aretha Franklin recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace during two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Sydney Pollack and his crew captured the incredible footage, but the project was shelved. 47 years later, the recordings have been brought out and the film completed – as Pollack’s wishes before his death in 2008.”
HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (13 MAY 20:40):
- “Much lauded French auteur, Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL, BEAU TRAVAIL) explores the human psyche in the outer space. Sent out on a mission to explore a black hole, Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft in complete isolation.”
MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 MAY 12:25 & 17:25):
- “Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.”
THE WARRIORS 35mm d. Walter Hill, 1979 at The Prince Charles (13 MAY 21:15):
- “A turf battle between New York City street gangs that rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf.”
- A word from The PCC: “This extended run is being serviced by a 40 year old, well worn, 35mm print… so expect dirt, scratches & a little fade.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 16 MAY). DIAMANTINO d. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018 at ICA (10 to 16 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (until 16 MAY). EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE d. Joe Berlinger, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 MAY). GRETA d. Neil Jordan, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 16 MAY). THE SAMUEL PROJECT d. Marc Fusco, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (12 to 16 MAY). SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN d. Margarethe Von Trotta, 2018 at DocHouse (10 to 14 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (until 16 MAY)
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