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NUDE ON THE MOON d. Doris Wishman, 1961 + MARTINA’S PLAYHOUSE d. Peggy Ahwesh, 1989 at ICA (15 MAY 18:45):
- The Machine That Kills Bad People presents: “Doris Wishman’s recently restored sexploitation classic NUDE ON THE MOON stands out among American sexploitation cinema of the 1960s. With the help of some inheritance funds, two scientists build a space ship to travel to the moon. When they land, the astonished men encounter a nudist camp populated by telepathic ‘moonatics’. Peggy Ahwesh’s MARTINA’S PLAYHOUSE is a counterpoint to the excesses of Wishman’s antics.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
LITTLE d. Tina Gordon, 2019 + INTRO by Donna Spence at Stratford Picturehouse (15 MAY 20:30):
- The New Black Film Collective presents: “Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation.”
STRANGE d. Mox Mäkelä, 2018 + Q&A with the artist at Tate Modern (15 MAY 18:30):
- UK Premiere: “Midway between a film and an audio play, the work blends the voices of off-screen characters with fantastical black-and-white visuals. The rich digital imagery is carefully edited to prompt associations between the sounds and images that unfold.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BBC2 Horizon’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DEATH + Q&A presented by Screen25 & St Christopher’s Hospice at Harris Academy South Norwood (15 MAY 19:45).
- BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (15 MAY 20:00).
- CABIN IN THE SKY d. Vincente Minnelli, 1943 at Regent Street Cinema (15 MAY 12:00 & 15:30).
- Cinematic Intermedialities and Contemporary Holocaust Memory – Book Launch by Dr Victoria Grace Walden at Deptford Cinema (15 MAY 19:00).
- CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS 35mm d. John H. Auer, 1953 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (15 MAY 19:30).
- THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 presented by Das Kino at The Old Baths (15 MAY 20:00).
- MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS d. Sidney Lumet, 1974 at The Prince Charles (15 MAY 18:15).
- PICK OF THE LITTER d. Dana Nachman & Don Hardy, 2018 + Q&A with Barry Cahill, Guide Dog Instructor at Regent Street Cinema (15 MAY 19:00).
- SUNSET BOULEVARD d. Billy Wilder, 1950 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (15 MAY 14:00).
- THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW d. Douglas Sirk, 1955 pretend by Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s Bar (15 MAY 20:00 – FREE!).
- VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Barbican (15 MAY 20:30).
- WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 MAY 18:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- EL SUR d. Víctor Erice, 1983 + INTRO by Maria Delgado (15 MAY 18:20).
BIMI-PITT RESEARCH WORKSHOP: “DISPLACEMENT IN FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE” at Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (15 to 17 MAY):
- DAY ONE (15 MAY 10:30).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (MAY):
- SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (15 MAY 15:30).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- THE CREMATOR d. Juraj Herz, 1968 (15 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):
- ‘NOT TODAY BUT YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW’ – ON ITALIAN LITERATURE IN THE FILMS OF STRAUB-HUILLET (15 MAY 18:00, Goethe-Institut).
- FORTINI/CANI (15 MAY 20:00, Goethe-Institut).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- Kubrick on Masculinity panel discussion (15 MAY 18:10).
- FULL METAL JACKET (15 MAY 20:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
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 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Beyond Words French Literature Festival (15 to 19 MAY).
- Everyman Music Film Festival (09 to 26 MAY).
- FLAWA: Festival of Latin American Women in Arts (15 to 19 MAY).
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- London Greek Film Festival (15 to 18 MAY).
- Sci-Fi-London (15 to 22 MAY).
AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (15 MAY 14:30, 16:30 & 21:00):
- “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 (15 MAY 16:00):
- “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 (15 MAY 14:05 & 21:00):
- “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 (15 MAY 15:45):
- “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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