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KOKDU: A STORY OF GUARDIAN ANGELS d. Kim Tae-yong, 2018 + Programme Launch at Regent Street Cinema (16 SEP 19:00):
London Korean Film Festival presents: “Garnering universal praise at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival as well as Berlinale 2019, KOKDU: A STORY OF GUARDIAN ANGELS blends theatre, traditional Korean music (gugak) and film in a heartwarming narrative of loss and redemption from award winning director Kim Tae-yong.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation. We’ve even got a Halloween Special…
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
Online radiantcircus.com: Richmond Film Society announces their 57th season // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD (opening this week at Rich Mix) // And of course, Raindance Means Raindance
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Doing PORRIDGE with Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais at BFI Southbank (16 SEP 20:30):
“Ronnie Barker had a huge, versatile career and created many memorable characters, but he always claimed his greatest achievement was playing Norman Stanley Fletcher, in the marvellous comedy series PORRIDGE. To mark the publication of a new BFI Television Classic on the series, the book’s author Richard Weight will be in conversation with the show’s writers and creators following the screening of an episode.”
THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Curzon Mayfair (16 SEP 18:20 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for Returns):
“Billi (Awkwafina) is called back from New York to her native China because her beloved grandmother is facing her last days. Yet, in accordance with tradition, this news is kept from the matriarch herself. Keeping up the pretence of a family wedding while reconnecting and grieving, we follow Billi on a funny, deeply moving exploration of the meaning of home and family.”
REALITY BITES 35mm: 25th Anniversary Screening + Intro by Rebecca Nicole Williams at Genesis Cinema (16 SEP 18:30):
The Celluloid Sorceress presents: “Four recent graduates discover how difficult it is to find a decent job and true love after college. ‘”Written with verve and played with grace, REALITY BITES is too smart to pass itself off as a definitive statement, but it gets the details delightfully right.’ – Newsweek
More films in London today (A – Z):
DEAD POETS SOCIETY: 30th Anniversary Screening d. Peter Weir, 1989 at Genesis Cinema (16 SEP 21:00).
ENTER THE DRAGON [Uncut] 35mm d. Robert Clouse, 1973 at The Prince Charles (16 SEP 15:20).
THE GAME CHANGERS d. Louie Psihoyos, 2018 + Re-recorded Discussion at The Prince Charles (16 SEP 17:35).
THE GAME CHANGERS d. Louie Psihoyos, 2018 + Pre-recorded Discussion at Rio Cinema (16 SEP 18:30).
THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (16 SEP 12:25).
PI 35mm d. Darren Aronofsky, 1998 (16 SEP 21:00 – £1 PCC Members Screening).
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 SEP 20:45).
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL d. Rob Garver, 2018 at DocHouse (16 SEP 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (16 SEP 20:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE CHASE d. Arthur Penn, 1966 (16 SEP 18:00).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
YELLOWBEARD d. Mel Damski, 1983 (16 SEP 18:20).
Oddities and rarities: Oddities and Rarities Part 2 (16 SEP 20:45).
RINGROADS: PLAYFULNESS IN BRITISH PSYCHEOGRAPHY at Close-Up (16 to 25 SEP):
LONDON ORBITAL d. Chris Petit & Iain Sinclair, 2002 (16 SEP 20:15).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
THE SANDLOT (16 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
THE WINTER NIGHT GARDEN at Capital Studios SW18 (Ongoing):
THE GOONIES (16 SEP 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Catford Free Film Festival (13 to 22 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
- Underwire Festival (13 to 22 SEP).
FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (16 SEP 14:30):
“When the Arab Spring came to Syria in 2012, Waad al-Kateab picked up her camera and began filming the revolution. For five years, under Assad’s brutal assault, she kept filming. FOR SAMA captures that journey, as she marries her partner Hamza al-Kateab, and gives birth to her daughter Sama.”
HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 SEP 13:00 & 18:30):
“Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice.”
MIDNIGHT COWBOY: 50th Anniversary Release d. John Schlesinger, 1969at BFI Southbank (16 SEP 14:30, 18:15 & 20:40):
“After a year of uncertainty when he almost decided to leave film behind, Dustin Hoffman (against industry advice) took the role of seedy conman ‘Ratso’ Rizzo and delivered a remarkable performance. Jon Voight is equally impressive as naive young Texan Joe Buck, who arrives in New York believing that women will be falling at his feet, but finds himself sharing a squat with his unlikely ally.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 at ICA (until 19 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 19 SEP). BORDER d. Ali Abbasi, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (16 to 22 SEP). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (13 to 19 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at The Lexi (until 19 SEP). THE LAST d. Jeff Lipsky, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (15 to 19 SEP). MRS LOWRY & SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at Watermans (13 to 19 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 19 SEP). PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 at The Prince Charles (until 19 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 18 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ICA (until 19 SEP).
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