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WITHOUT YOU I’M NOTHING 35mm d. John Boskovich, 1990 + INTRO at The Cinema Museum (17 MAR 19:30):
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest presents: “A rare screening of Sandra Bernhard’s zany, caustic, queer and massively entertaining commentary on life, work, love, race and 20th century American culture.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND d. Zara Balfour and Marcus Stephenson, 2018 + Q&A with Zara Balfour at Rio Cinema (17 MAR 15:45):
- “The story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal. From just four years old, they are sent by their parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, to school, in the hope of a better life. Upon graduation, aged 16, the children must make the journey home; an arduous trek across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet.”
Troma Presents: A Lloyd Kaufman Double Bill + Q&A with Lloyd Kaufmanat Genesis Cinema (17 MAR 15:00):
- “Not only the classic CLASS OF NUKE EM HIGH (1986) but also the recent, equally mind-blowing follow-up RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH AKA VOL 2 (2017) from digital prints. There’ll be stalls selling TROMA merchandise, the chance to meet Mr Kaufman and have your stuff signed by him!”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at The Lexi (17 MAR 17:20).
- CITIZEN KANE 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1941 at The Prince Charles (17 MAR 17:25).
- THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT d. Lars Von Trier, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 MAR 18:00).
- THE LITTLE COMRADE d. Moonika Siimets, 2018 + Q&A with author Leelo Tungal at Regent Street Cinema (17 MAR 15:00).
- THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith, 2019 + Q&A with the directors at Phoenix Cinema (17 MAR 17:20).
- RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 presented by Queer Cinema Club at The Yard Theatre (17 MAR 17:00).
- SHANE d. George Stevens, 1953 at Picturehouse Clapham (17 MAR 12:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- A STAR IS BORN d. William A. Wellman, 1937 presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (17 MAR 14:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (17 MAR 20:20).
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (17 MAR 13:00).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (17 MAR 14:55 & 18:25).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- HIGH NOON d. Fred Zinnemann, 1952 at BFI (17 MAR 15:15).
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD d. Robert Mulligan, 1962 (17 MAR 17:15).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (02 to 31 MAR):
- IVAN’S CHILDHOOD d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 (17 MAR 18:00).
CLOSE-UP ON SERGEI PARAJANOV at Close-Up (08 to 30 MAR):
- SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS d. Sergei Parajanov, 1964 (17 MAR 20:15 – Currently looks SOLD OUT!).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at BFI Southbank & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- CLASS RELATIONS d. Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1983 + EN RACHÂCHANT d. Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1982 (17 MAR 19:45).
KAIJU CHAOS at House Of Vans (08 to 31 MAR – Free! no booking required):
- GODZILLA MILLENNIUM (17 MAR 14:00 & 16:00).
PHOENIX CINEMA TRUST FUNDRAISER at Phoenix Cinema (15 to 17 MAR):
- HISTORY OF THE PHOENIX: ILLUSTRATED TALK by Gerry Turvey (17 MAR 12:00).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW 35mm d. Douglas Sirk, 1955 (17 MAR 15:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
- SORRY, WRONG NUMBER d. Anatole Litvak, 1948 (17 MAR 20:20).
TRIBUTE TO CHRISTIAN DIOR at Ciné Lumière (14 to 17 MAR):
- STAGE FRIGHT d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1950 (17 MAR 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Gold On Film (15 to 21 MAR).
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival (13 to 22 MAR).
- St. Patrick’s Day Film Festival (15 to 17 MAR).
BENJAMIN d. Simon Amstell, 2018 at JW3 (17 MAR 11:00 & 18:30):
- “A bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.”
GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 at ICA (17 MAR 16:20 & 18:35):
- “Lara is a 15 year-old woman fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. Joining a new school, usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence are heightened as her body does not bend easily to the strict ballet discipline, being born a boy. Despite her stressful surrounding and with the support of her family, Lara prepares for reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits.”
WELCOME TO SODOM d. Florian Weigensamer & Christian Krönes, 2018 at DocHouse (17 MAR 18:00):
- “Sodom is the largest electrical waste dump in the world, given its hellish name by the people who live there. How our extremely wasteful, privileged society is seen by those who mend and recycle what we throw away, is food for thought.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AFTERMATH d. James Kent, 2019 at Watermans (15 to 28 MAR). ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 New Restoration at The Prince Charles (until 21 MAR). BACK TO THE FATHERLAND d. Kat Rohrer & Gil Levanon, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (17 to 21 MAR). BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES d. Sophie Huber, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 21 MAR). BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at Arthouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR). DISOBEDIENCE d. Sebastián Lelio, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 MAR). EVERYBODY KNOWS aka Todos lo Saben d. Asghar Farhadi, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 21 MAR). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (15 to 21 MAR). THE FIGHT d. Jessica Hynes, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 MAR). FREE SOLO d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 21 MAR). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 at Peckhamplex (until 21 MAR). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 21 MAR). MAIDEN d. Alex Holmes, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 21 MAR). THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR). RAY & LIZ d. Richard Billingham, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). SHAKESPEARE WALLAH d. James Ivory, 1965 at BFI (until 21 MAR). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME d. Olivia Lichtenstein, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 20 MAR). TIGERS d. Danis Tanovic, 2014 at Watermans (17 to 21 MAR). UNDER THE SILVER LAKE d. David Robert Mitchell, 2018 at The Prince Charles (15 to 21 MAR). WHAT MEN WANT d. Adam Shankman, 2019 at Rich Mix (15 to 21 MAR).
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