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SHOAH: FOUR SISTERS d. Claude Lanzmann, 2018 at Close-Up (17 FEB 18:00):
- “Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. In the last years of the late director’s life, he decided to devote a film to four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself improbably alive after war’s end.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- NOW BOOKING: MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970) kickstarts a new John Waters ‘selectrospective’ at The Prince Charles Cinema (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019). Read our guide to every goddam thing.
- ZODIAC FILM CLUB: We asked Sarah Kathryn Cleaver & Jordan Storm Louise for an interview about Zodiac Film Club. In the spirit of their DIY cinema, the indie promoters chatted via email between work, life & setting up their next screening.
- FEBRUARY 2019: Planning ahead? Find out what’s screening for the rest of the month with our epic repertory roundup.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 + Q&A with filmmakers 30th Anniversary at Picturehouse Central (17 FEB 15:30):
- “The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Following this screening there’ll be a line-up of special guests including art director Terry Ackland-Snow, sound editor Eddy Joseph & special effects supervisor John Evans.”
LONDON UNPLUGGED d. various, 2019 + Q&A with filmmakers at ICA (17 FEB 18:00):
- “This portmanteau exploration of disparate characters scattered across London is a refreshing take on the complexities, contradictions and compromises of modern living.”
- Also 16 FEB 18:40 / 19 FEB 21:05 without Q&A
THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at Rio Cinema (17 FEB 15:45):
- “In a world of flux, chaos and Brexit, it certainly is a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged. THE PONDS explores one of them. In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest and parkland plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE 12TH MAN d. Harald Zwart, 2017 at JW3 (17 FEB 15:30).
- AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL d. Hu Bo, 2018 at ICA (17 FEB 13:50).
- CHRISTIANE F. d. Uli Edel, 1981 + DJ presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth club (17 FEB 19:30).
- DOCTOR WHO: LOGOPOLIS d. Peter Grimwade, 1981 with updated special effects at BFI (17 FEB 13:00).
- Double Bill BERGMAN: A YEAR IN THE LIFE d. Jane Magnusson, 2018 + THE SEVENTH SEAL d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 at Regent Street Cinema (17 FEB 13:30 + 15:50).
- Double Bill BERGMAN: A YEAR IN THE LIFE d. Jane Magnusson, 2018 + PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 at Regent Street Cinema (17 FEB 18:00 + 20:15).
- THE GRAPES OF WRATH d. John Ford, 1940 presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (17 FEB 14:30).
- HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at DocHouse (17 FEB 14:45).
- HAMMERSMITH CYCLISTS’ FILM SHOW 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (17 FEB 13:30).
- LEAVE NO TRACE d. Debra Granik, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 FEB 18:00).
- MEKTOUB, MY LOVE d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2017 at Barbican (17 FEB 14:30).
- PIERCING d. Nicolas Pesce, 2018 at The Prince Charles (17 FEB 21:00).
- THE RAFT d. Marcus Lindeen, 2018 at JW3 (17 FEB 13:15).
- VELVET GOLDMINE d. Todd Haynes, 1998 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth club (17 FEB 15:00).
- THE WIFE d. Bjorn Runge, 2017 at Picturehouse Central (17 FEB 12:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018 (17 FEB 12:30).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (17 FEB 15:15).
EARLY KOREAN CINEMA: LOST FILMS FROM THE JAPANESE COLONIAL PERIOD at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- TUITION d. Choi In-gyu & Bang Han-joon, 1940 (17 FEB 17:40).
FEELGOOD FILMS at House Of Vans (25 JAN to 17 FEB – FREE! No booking required):
- LABYRINTH (17 FEB 14:00 & 16:00).
FRENCH CLASSICS SPECIAL CÉSAR AWARDS at Ciné Lumière (03 to 24 FEB):
- TCHAO PANTIN d. Claude Berri, 1983 (17 FEB 14:00).
INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB to 02 MAY):
- THE SEVENTH SEAL d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 (17 FEB 15:00).
LOVE IS IN THE AIR at The Prince Charles (08 to 17 FEB):
- TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 (17 FEB 17:50).
- CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 (17 FEB 20:45).
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- BEYOND THE CLOUDS + Q&A with Enrica Fico Antonioni d. Michelangelo Antonioni & Wim Wenders, 1995 (17 FEB 14:20).
- Antonioni Short Films (1983-2004) + INTRO by Enrica Fico Antonioni (17 FEB 17:30).
- THE OBERWALD MYSTERY 35mm d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1980 (17 FEB 19:50).
SCENES at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB to 16 MAR):
- POSSESSION d. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981 (17 FEB 19:30).
SOHO 60 at Curzon Soho (until 17 FEB):
- THE REMAINS OF THE DAY 35mm d. James Ivory, 1993 (17 FEB 14:30).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- NO MAN OF HER OWN 35mm d. Mitchell Leisen, 1950 (17 FEB 15:30).
- THE LADY EVE d. Preston Sturges, 1941 (17 FEB 16:25, 18:30 & 20:30).
- DOUBLE INDEMNITY d. Billy Wilder, 1944 (17 FEB 20:10).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today… Tell us what we’ve missed in the comments below!
JELLYFISH d. James Gardner, 2018 at Rio Cinema (17 FEB 18:00):
- Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local amusement arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother, life isn’t easy for 15 year-old Sarah Taylor. However, when Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies in to a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent…
MEKTOUB MY LOVE: CANTO UNO d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (17 FEB 19:00):
- Abdellatif Kechiche (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013 for BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR) casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth in this coming-of-age saga set in 1994. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, decides to reconnect with his family and his childhood friends in a fishing village in the South of France.
WHEN THE WAR COMES d. Jan Gebert, 2018 at DocHouse (17 FEB 20:30):
- There are few things as sinister as a young, arrogant man with a dictator-style hair-cut and a violent bully-boy attitude towards society. Peter Švrček lives with his mum in rural Slovakia and is angry about refugees. With various right-wing sympathies and neo-nazi ideals, Švrček proceeds to search for like-minded men to play army games in the woods with him, and gains confidence in his ideas by the election of Trump.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- BEAUTIFUL BOY d. Felix van Groeningen, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (16 to 21 FEB). BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at Arthouse (15 to 21 FEB). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at ArtHouse (15 to 21 FEB). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 20 FEB). FORGOTTEN SOLDIER d. Lucile Smith, 2018 + 100 FACES d. Benjamin Till, 2018 at JW3 (17 to 21 FEB). FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at The Prince Charles (15 to 21 FEB). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 FEB). HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 21 FEB). LOVELESS d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 FEB). MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS d. Josie Rourke, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (15 to 21 FEB). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 21 FEB). VICE d. Adam McKay, 2018 at Watermans (15 to 21 FEB).
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