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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE ASCENT + UMWEG at ICA (14 NOV 18:45):
- The Machine That Kills Bad People presents: two rarely seen black and white, 35mm and 16mm films. Larisa Shepitko’s feature THE ASCENT, set in the Eastern front forests of Belorussia during the second world war, is paired with Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer’s UMWEG, a travelogue through 1980s West Germany.
BIGGER THAN LIFE 35mm + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI Southbank (14 NOV 18:10):
- Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece boasts a superb performance by James Mason as the middle-aged, middle-class, mild-mannered teacher who is transformed, by the cortisone prescribed for a potentially fatal medical condition, into a domineering and arrogant egomaniac who tyrannises his family.
THIS ACTION LIES + INTRO/Q&A with James N. Kienitz Wilkins at Tate Modern (14 NOV 18:30):
- Artist and filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins presents the UK premiere of his new short film THIS ACTION LIES, screened alongside his 2017 work, MEDIUMS. Both films explore themes of language, performance and media technologies.
THE WHISPERING CHORUS (1918) + INTRO & LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT at The Cinema Museum (14 NOV 19:30):
- Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the main feature is an intense film that really packs a wallop. The gorgeous, moody lighting, the dark, uncompromising view of humanity and the distinctly unsympathetic protagonist make this a sort of proto-proto-noir. The first half of the programme will include a surprise British short introduced by Kate Hay of the V&A.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- APOSTASY presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (14 NOV 19:45).
- Beyond the Body: Orlando Issue 03 Launch Party at The Horse Hospital (14 NOV 19:00).
- BLOOD FEAST presented by Crap Film Club at Queen Of Hoxton (14 NOV 19:00 – change of venue!).
- MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates at DocHouse (14 NOV 18:30).
- WONDERMAN at Regent Street Cinema (14 NOV 12:00 & 15:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
14-18 ARMISTICE CENTENARY at Ciné Lumière (10 to 23 NOV):
- LA GRANDE ILLUSION (14 NOV 16:00).
CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (until 28 NOV):
- CYRANO DE BERGERAC + Q&A with director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (14 NOV 19:30).
CLOSE UP: SEBASTIÁN LELIO at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- A FANTASTIC WOMAN (14 NOV 20:40).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- SOME LIKE IT HOT (14 NOV 14:30, 18:20 & 20:40).
- Tracey Ullman on Ullman (14 NOV 18:15).
- The Hot Take: It’s Political Correctness Gone Mad panel discussion (14 NOV 20:10).
NEVER FOUND: ALTERNATE HISTORIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY at Close-Up (07 to 15 NOV):
- IMAGES OF THE WORLD (14 NOV 20:15).
Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Brixton Reel Film Festival (08 to 15 NOV).
- Doc’n Roll Film Festival (01 to 18 NOV).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival (13 to 18 NOV).
- GFEST (12 to 24 NOV).
- London Korean Film Festival (01 to 14 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (08 to 22 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (11 to 24 NOV).
MAKE ME UP at ICA (14 NOV 14:25 – Last Chance!):
- Multimedia artist Rachel Maclean’s ambitious film unfurls in a seductive and dangerous world where surveillance, violence and submission are a normalised part of daily life. In saccharine pastels, this darkly comic film exposes the heteropatriarchal ideologies embedded in prevailing narratives of gender and beauty.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (14 NOV 16:00):
- In Belgrade, an apartment is divided in two by a door, which has been permanently locked for over 70 years. The apartment, which was divided on the order of Yugoslavia’s then communist government, is where director Mila Turajlic’s mother was born, and where Mila grew up herself.
WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 NOV 12:30, 15:15, 18:00 & 20:45):
- The story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands.
More films in London this week (A – Z): ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (14 to 20 NOV). BISBEE ’17 at ICA (09 to 15 NOV). FACES PLACES at Whirled Cinema (12 to 18 NOV). JURASSIC PARK 35mm at The Prince Charles (09 to 15 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 19 NOV). MIRAI + RECORDED INTRO by writer/director Mamoru Hosoda at Picturehouse Central (09 to 14 NOV). PETERLOO at The Lexi (09 to 15 NOV). PUTIN’S WITNESSES at DocHouse (08 to 13 NOV). TIME FOR ILHAN at DocHouse (09 to 15 NOV). SUSPIRIA (1977) at The Prince Charles (until 15 NOV). WILDLIFE at Genesis Cinema (09 to 15 NOV).
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