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OF TIME AND THE SEA d. Peter Sant, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (15 DEC 15:30):
- “On an island an old man wracked with dementia dreams he was once a king. Together with his two daughters they exist in the wake of a bizarre malady of mysterious origin on a land devoid of animal life. Following a series of encounters with an obnoxious neighbour, a Chinese billionaire desperate to contract the disease and a sousaphone player in search of his band mates, the malady threatens to return. The social order, already precarious, crumbles as the virus returns.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 16mm d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC 13:45):
- Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club presents: “This tearjerking tale of a young boy’s friendship with a stranded space alien may technically be a sci-fi movie, but it also represents a very personal account of director Steven Spielberg’s down-to-earth feelings of childhood isolation and anxiety following his parents’ divorce. A wonderful script by Melissa Mathison and a surging score by John Williams help this to pack a mighty emotional punch. (Mark Kermode)”
TOKYO GODFATHERS d. Satoshi Kon, 2003 + Talk by Silvia Caso at Redmond Community Centre (15 DEC 18:30):
- Redmond Pictures presents: “Homeless trio – alcoholic Gin, runaway Miyuki and transgender Hana – have been brought together by their unfortunate circumstance. When they find a baby on the streets of Tokyo at Christmas, they decide to return it to its real mother – but completing their good deed isn’t as simple as they imagined. The screening will follow a talk on Homelessness and (un)traditional families by curator and researcher Silvia Caso.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (15 DEC 14:00).
- BLUE STORY d. Andrew Onwubolu, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (15 DEC 20:50).
- BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 presented by Queer Cinema Club at The Yard Theatre (15 DEC 16:00).
- ECHO d. Amikam Kovner & Assaf Snir, 2018 UKJFF rescheduled screening at Phoenix Cinema (15 DEC 18:00).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watt, 2019 at ICA (15 DEC 14:15).
- Growing Up Jewish: Slums Of Beverly Hills short film programme part of Jewish Comedy Festival at JW3 (15 DEC 15:30).
- HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ICA (15 DEC 20:10).
- IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (15 DEC 18:00).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rich Mix (15 DEC 16:15).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Great Gerwig, 2019 at Picturehouse East Dulwich (15 DEC 14:30).
- LOLA d. Jacques Demy, 1961 at Ciné Lumière (15 DEC 16:00).
- Nan Goldin Documentary Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (15 DEC 15:30).
- ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Rich Mix (15 DEC 20:00).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ICA (15 DEC 19:15).
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952 at Phoenix Cinema (15 DEC 13:30).
- SINGING IN THE RAIN! d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 at Ciné Lumière (15 DEC 20:10).
- TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT d. Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, 2018 presented by Baltic View at Regent Street Cinema (15 DEC 16:00).
- VIDEODROME 35mm d. David Cronenberg, 1983 at ICA (15 DEC 12:30 – Member screening).
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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):
- INFORME GENERAL d. Pere Portabella, 1976 (15 DEC 17:00 – Close-Up).
- INFORME GENERAL II d. Pere Portabella, 2015 (15 DEC 20:00 – Close-Up).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1942 (15 DEC 18:00).
CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC):
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (15 DEC 12:45).
- HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (15 DEC 14:55).
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).
- LOVE ACTUALLY d. Richard Curtis, 2003 (15 DEC 12:20 & 20:30 – some with sparkling wine!/check venue).
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS d. Henry Selick, 1993 (15 DEC 13:00).
CURATOR’S PICKS at Barbican (13 to 19 DEC):
- BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 (15 DEC 17:15).
DIRECTOR DEBUTS at Deptford Cinema (until 15 DEC):
- SORRY TO BOTHER YOU d. Boots Riley, 2018 (15 DEC 14:30).
FRIENDS 25TH: THE ONE WITH THE ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (08 DEC to 15 DEC):
- Part 3 (15 DEC 18:45).
IN FOCUS: TOMITA KATSUYA at ICA (06 to 15 DEC):
- SAUDADE d. Tomita Katsuya, 2011 (15 DEC 14:30).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: PONETTE 35mm d. Jacques Doillon, 1996 (15 DEC 19:40).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- FATIMA: THE ALGERIAN WOMAN OF DAKAR 35mm d. Med Hondo, 2004 + Intro by June Givanni presented by African Odysseys (15 DEC 15:20).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- THE BELLE OF NEW YORK 35mm d. Charles Waters, 1952 (15 DEC 14:00).
- WHITE CHRISTMAS d. Michael Curtiz, 1953 (15 DEC 19:30).
- Singalongs: Sing-a-long-a SOUND OF MUSIC 20th Anniversary Screening d. Robert Wise, 1965 (15 DEC 14:30).
- 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):
- PEOPLE OF IRELAND (15 DEC 17:30).
TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):
- PEAU D’ÂNE aka Donkey Skin d. Jacques Demy, 1970 (15 DEC 14:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- WatchAUT – Austrian Film Festival (13 to 15 DEC).
ALVA d. Ico Costa, 2019 at ICA (15 DOC 12:25):
- “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 (15 DEC 12:00 & 18:00):
- “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 (15 DEC 13:20 & 17:40):
- “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 (15 DEC 12:15 & 20:40):
- “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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