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BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 + AFTER PARTY at Temple Bar at Rio Cinema (16 MAY 21:00 – Only tickets for AFTER PARTY left!):
- “In the summer of 1994, in a small town in central Scotland, best mates Johnno and Spanner (Donaghy and Ferguson) head out for one last night of raving together before Johnno’s family move away. Shot partly on gritty black and white, Beats effortlessly taps into a youthful nostalgia for an endless party, and for the counterculture movement of the 90s.”
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- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be talking about the growth of our site, discussing how indie exhibitors are “making movies matter at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
- We’re partnering with Screen25 to celebrate their new Spring/Summer programme. All RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers, friends & followers get a juicy discount when booking for this exciting lineup.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 + EXTENDED INTRO at Genesis Cinema (16 MAY 20:55):
- Bird’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “A gripping tale of narcos set among Colombia’s Wayúu people, BIRDS OF PASSAGE spans three decades of a family pushed to the brink by the drug trade. With the epic breadth of THE GODFATHER, this is a mind-altering journey into nature unlike anything you’re likely to have seen before.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Connections short film programme presented by Queer Cinema Club at The Yard Theatre (16 MAY 18:00).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at House Of Vans (16 MAY 19:00 – FREE!/Booking required).
- JEWEL ROBBERY d. William Dieterle, 1932 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (16 MAY 19:30).
- NINETEEN NINETEEN d. Hugh Brody, 1984 at London Review Bookshop (16 MAY 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
- REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE d. Nicholas Ray, 1955 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (16 MAY 20:00).
- SAMPLES OF SOCIETY d. Hal Samples, 2019 presented by Lush at Regent Street Cinema (16 MAY 19:30).
- WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 MAY 18:30).
- THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2019 at The David Lean (16 May 14:30 HOH & 19:30)
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIMI-PITT RESEARCH WORKSHOP: “DISPLACEMENT IN FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE” at Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (15 to 17 MAY):
- DAY TWO (16 MAY 10:30).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 21 MAY):
- THE BOXER & DEATH d. Peter Solan, 1962 (16 MAY 20:30).
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):
- BORDER STRUGGLES (OF THE COMMON BIRDS) (16 MAY 19:00, The Whitechapel Gallery).
HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (02 APR to 30 MAY – FREE!):
- LICHT aka Mademoiselle Paradis d. Barbara Albert, 2017 (16 MAY 19:00).
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 (16 MAY 14:30, 16:30 & 20:30):
- “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 (16 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 (16 MAY 14:05 & 21:00 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “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 (16 MAY 18:25):
- “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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