SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 14.12.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


FEATURED ATTRACTION

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: MONOS presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (11 FEB 2020).

#32BoroughsOfFilm: Following our report from their last screening of 2019 – NINOTCHKA (03 DEC) – we’re delighted to announce the new Spring/Summer 2020 programme at Wimbledon Film Club.


FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON, part of World Wide Weird All Dayer 3 at The King & Queen (14 DEC).
Films in London today: FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON, part of World Wide Weird! All Dayer 3 at The King & Queen (14 DEC).

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):


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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: BLINDMAN, part of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema (14 DEC).
Films in London today: BLINDMAN, part of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema (14 DEC).

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):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):

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):

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):

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):

SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE: THE OPPOSITIONAL FILMS OF CINEMA ACTION at Deptford Cinema (08 to 16 DEC):


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: CHAOS d. Sara Fattahi (2018), part of WatchAUT at Picturehouse Central (14 DEC).
Films in London today: CHAOS d. Sara Fattahi (2018), part of WatchAUT at Picturehouse Central (14 DEC).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES at JW3 (13 to 19 DEC).
Films in London today: FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES at JW3 (13 to 19 DEC).

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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