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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 35mm d. John Badham, 1977 + Intro by The Celluloid Sorceress + Bar Boogie at Genesis Cinema (14 DEC 21:00):
- The Celluloid Sorceress presents: “The great John Badham’s ultimate disco flick SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER! Join us for a 35mm presentation that will be preceded by a little boogie at the bar to get you in the mood for Mr. Travolta’s sweet dancefloor moves and general ’70s ‘tude. Screening from a rare, original 35mm print. “SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER makes good moviemaking look easy” Gene Siskel.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ATLANTICS aka Atlantique d. Mati Diop, 2019 + Prerecorded interview with the director + Panel at Ciné Lumière (14 DEC 17:30):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame & The Bechdel Test Fest present: “A hypnotic, genre-shifting portrait of a girl’s awakening in today’s Senegal. Ada and Souleiman are in love. Souleiman, tired of not getting paid for his work on the gleaming towers of Dakar, sets out across the Atlantic with his friends, leaving Ada to face impending marriage to another man. After the screening, The Bechdel Test Fest leads an open discussion based on the format of their Who Is She Podcast which shines light on the legacy of exceptional women in film.”
THE MAYOR’S RACE d. Loraine Blumenthal, 2018 + Q&A with the director & Rob Mitchell at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (14 DEC 19:00):
- “Marvin Rees grew up in Bristol’s ghettos with violence, racial tensions and poverty on a daily basis. In 2012 he runs for mayor in Bristol, UK. The journey into politics hits him with rejection, failure and an inner struggle that eventually leads to the biggest challenge of his life. Will he be able to go the distance and become the first Mayor of African descent in Europe? The Mayor’s Race is about the desire to overcome doubt and the boundaries between social background and power.”
World Wide Weird All Dayer 3 at The King & Queen (14 DEC 11:30 – FREE!/Donation to Motor Neuron Disease encouraged):
- World Wide Weird! presents: “A full day celebrating and watching cult horror and weird films from around the world… featuring 5 films & live performances. Films include: WEREWOLF WOMAN (1976); FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON (1975); DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE (1979); BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (1974); and, The Secret Surprise Film’ (197-). Free event, we will be collecting donations for Motor Neuron Disease.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- All Out Christmas Party + FREE Film Screening presented by We Do Good Disco at The Fox & Firkin (14 DEC 14:00).
- ATLANTICS aka Atlantique d. Mati Diop at ICA (14 DEC 18:35).
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at DocHouse (14 DEC 16:40).
- CABIN IN THE SKY d. Vincente Minnelli, 1943 + Panel presented by Black Stock Films and Rhythm & Views Film Festival at Acts Community Centre (14 DEC 18:30).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watt, 2019 at ICA (14 DEC 14:40).
- Francesca Woodman + Sally Mann Film Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (14 DEC 15:00).
- The Greatest Variety Show Ever 2019 at The Cinema Museum (14 DEC 19:30).
- HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (14 DEC 15:00).
- INVISIBLES aka Les Invisibles d. Louis-Julien Petit, 2018 + Talk by Jon Davies presented by French Impressions at Watermans (14 DEC 13:00).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rich Mix (14 DEC 19:30).
- THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (14 DEC 14:00, 17:00 & 20:00).
- TV Preview: CINDERELLA AFTER EVER AFTER d. Elliot Hegarty, 2019 + Q&A with David Walliams at BFI Southbank (14 DEC 12:00).
- YESTERDAY d. Danny Boyle, 2019 + Q&A with the director, writer Richard Curtis & actors Sanjeev Bhaskar & Himesh Patel raising funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice at Everyman Muswell Hill (14 DEC 13:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Close-Up, Cafe Oto & Brixton Prison (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- PONT DE VARSÒVIA d. Pere Portabella, 1989 (14 DEC 18:00 – Close-Up).
- SILENCE BEFORE BACH aka Die Stille Vor Bach d. Pere Portabella, 2007 (14 DEC 20:00 – Close-Up).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1942 (14 DEC 16:10).
- THE DEER HUNTER 4K d. Michael Cimino, 1978 (14 DEC 19:30).
BLOOD ON EARTH: FILMS FROM THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN DIASPORA at Deptford Cinema (until 16 MAY 2020):
- MOONLIGHT d. Barry Jenkins, 2016 (14 DEC 19:30).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- Grind shows: THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (01 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue); and, ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (04 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue).
CHRISTMAS FILMS at Regent Street Cinema (14 to 24 DEC):
- NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION d. Jeremiah Chechik, 1989 (14 DEC 11:30).
CURATOR’S PICKS at Barbican (13 to 19 DEC):
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (14 DEC 18:25).
IN FOCUS: TOMITA KATSUYA at ICA (06 to 15 DEC):
- OFF HIGHWAY 20 d. Tomita Katsuya, 2007 UK Premiere (14 DEC 17:00).
MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema (12 OCT to 14 DEC):
- BLINDMAN d. Ferdinando Baldi, 1971 (14 DEC 23:00).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- WEST SIDE STORY d. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961 + Intro by Imelda Staunton (14 DEC 14:00).
- CAROUSEL 4K d. Henry King, 1956 (14 DEC 18:10).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE: THE OPPOSITIONAL FILMS OF CINEMA ACTION at Deptford Cinema (08 to 16 DEC):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
ALVA d. Ico Costa, 2019 at ICA (14 DOC 13:15):
- “After committing a crime, a man hides in the forest. Shot in the Portuguese highlands, in 16mm, the film follows Henrique, a solitary man running away from his life and from the world. In a progressively immersive style, you are transported into this space of solitude, in search of what really moves the protagonist.”
AQUARELA d. Victor Kossakovsky, 2018 at DocHouse (14 DEC 14:50 & 20:30):
- “Set to the backdrop of an original soundtrack by the Finnish symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, AQUARELA’s roving lens takes you on a visceral global journey, allowing you to feel the raw power and beauty of water in startling visual detail.”
FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 at JW3 (14 DEC 20:00):
- “When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.”
THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 DEC 12:45 & 21:00):
- “Documentary centring on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE CAVE d. Feras Fayyad, 2018 at DocHouse (until 19 DEC). CITIZEN K d. Alex Gibney, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 to 19 DEC). HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 24 DEC). THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (14 DEC to 05 JAN). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at The Lexi (until 18 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2018 at Watermans (13 to 19 DEC). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (16 to 18 DEC). PINK WALL d. Tom Cullen, 2019 at Catford Mews (13 to 19 DEC). SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 19 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at The Lexi (15 to 18 DEC). THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 at Ciné Lumière (until 07 JAN). THE WOLF’S CALL d. Antonin Baudry, 2019 at Watermans (13 to 19 DEC).
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