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Featured attraction: INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION + INTRO by John Stevenson at ICA (13 DEC 20:30): “Often described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, Karel Zeman’s innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema.”
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
AWAITING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS + Q&A with director Johnny Kevorkian & producer Jack Tarling at The Castle Cinema (13 DEC 19:00):
- A mysterious black substance surrounds the Milgram family house on Christmas morning, trapping them inside. Something monumentally creepy is happening right outside their door, but what exactly?
FUNNE – LE RAGAZZE CHE SOGNAVANO IL MARE + INTRO by Daniela De Rosa at Regent Street Cinema (13 DEC 19:30):
- A small town among the mountains of Trentino. A group of old ladies (“Funne” stands for “girls” in local dialect) who dedicated their lives to the family and have never seen the sea. Erminia, their leader, decides to start crowdfunding to finance a trip to the seaside. A funny and poetic documentary which tells a true story like the fairytale it became.
INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION + INTRO by John Stevenson at ICA (13 DEC 20:30):
- Often described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, Karel Zeman’s innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis H. O’Brien, George Pal and Ray Harryhausen.
Roads to Hell: The Highway Horror Film with Instructor Bernice M. Murphy at The Horse Hospital (13 DEC 19:00 – CANCELLED!):
- The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents: This class will introduce students to the ‘Highway Horror Film,’ an overlooked sub-genre of the wider American horror tradition which articulates profound unease about the transitory nature of modern American life, as well as the wider impact of mass automobility.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 9 TO 5 at BFI (13 DEC 18:10).
- Artists’s Film Club: Laura O’Neill – New Works + Q&A at ICA (13 DEC 18:30).
- BREL NE NOUS QUITTE PAS: 40 ANS DÉJÀ + INTRO by Jeremy Allen at Ciné Lumière (13 DEC 18:30).
- BRINGING UP BABY presented by Bigger Picture Film Club at The Ivy House (13 DEC 20:00 – Free! / Booking recommended).
- ELF presented by NOMAD at Citypoint (13 DEC 19:00).
- JULIET, NAKED at The David Lean Cinema (13 DEC 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- LOVE AND REVOLUTION presented by Haringey Independent Cinema at Park View School (13 DEC 19:15).
- MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at BFI (13 DEC 18:10).
- NAE PASARAN! presented by The People’s Film Club, Bordando Por La Memoria and London Young Labour at Genesis Cinema (13 DEC 20:40).
- NOUR WAZZI: SHACKLED + Q&A with director Nour Wazzi at The Corner at Wembley Library (13 DEC 19:00 – Free / Booking recommended).
- THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (13 DEC 20:30).
- SUSPIRIA (2018) at Lexi Cinema (13 DEC 19:30).
- TOUCH ME NOT + a free month of MUBI at Genesis Cinema (13 DEC 18:20).
- TV Preview: THE ABC MURDERS + Q&A with director Alex Gabassi, James Prichard CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd, screenwriter Sarah Phelps & actors Rupert Grint & Tara Fitzgerald (13 DEC 18:15).
- THE WORKSHOP aka L’Atelier at Ciné Lumière (13 DEC 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DIE HARD 70mm (13 DEC 20:45).
ANTI-CHRISTMAS at Deptford Cinema (13 to 21 DEC):
- A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS (13 DEC 19:00).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 24 DEC):
- THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER 35mm (13 DEC 13:00).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (13 DEC 13:30).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (13 DEC 15:20 & 21:00).
- HOME ALONE (13 DEC 16:00).
- CAROL 35mm (13 DEC 18:10).
- ELF Quote-A-Long (13 DEC 18:25).
THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):
- LOVE ACTUALLY (13 DEC 15:40).
CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHTS at the Rivoli Ballroom (13 to 14 DEC):
- HOME ALONE (13 DEC 17:30).
COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN):
- RETURN OF THE HERO aka Le Retour du Héros (13 DEC 20:50).
COMEDY COUPLES at Barbican (05 to 13 DEC):
- YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW (13 DEC 18:30).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- TRADING PLACES + INTRO by actors Jim Howick and Ben Willbond (13 DEC 20:30).
- Jaaaaam and Moooooore (13 DEC 20:35).
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):
- MADAME X (13 DEC 19:30).
#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (2018):
- TOUCH ME NOT (13 DEC 18:20).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- ArteKino Festival (01 to 31 DEC – various venues & online).
METEORS at ICA (13 DEC 14:00):
- 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 (13 DEC 15:30, 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 (13 DEC 16:30):
- 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 EVERYTHING at 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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