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Featured attraction: Gus Van Sant’s MALA NOCHE (17 JUN 17:00) at Ciné Lumière as part of CANNES DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT 50TH ANNIVERSARY (15 to 17 JUN) & PRIDE MONTH (12 JUN to 11 JUL) seasons: “The modesty of MALA NOCHE only adds to its revolutionary qualities, not only paving the way for the likes of Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki but permanently establishing its maker as a profound presence to be reckoned with.” Slant Magazine.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE CONFESSION + Q&A with Petr Blazek (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes) and Ivan Margolius, son of Rudolf Margolius at Ciné Lumière (17 JUN 14:00):
- Anton Ludvik (Yves Montand in a heartrending performance) is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, tortured and made to confess to treason. Based on the true story of Artur London.
DYSPLA INTL MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL + PANEL at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 JUN 15:00):
- Funded by the Arts Council England, DYSPLA will showcase a collection of moving images dedicated to exploring ‘The Dyslexic Aesthetic’. Featuring a newly commissioned film by D-FUSE with soundtrack by Swayzak.
OUR NEW PRESIDENT + Q&A with director Maxim Pozdorovkin & producer Charlotte Cook at ICA (17 JUN 16:15):
- London Premiere. Ever since a fateful visit to a mummy’s glass-encased tomb in 1997, Hillary Clinton has been plagued by fainting spells, drug use, and even allegations of sexual abuse and murder. Don’t believe it? Just ask the reporters at Vesti and NTV, two of the most-watched state-run news shows in Russia, where outlandish stories like these reach millions of viewers every night.
SVLLY(wood) SHORTS PROGRAM: INCARCERATION at Deptford Cinema (17 JUN 18:00 – Free with suggested donation):
- Curated by SVLLY(wood)’s founding editor, Rooney Elmi, this special program of documentary short films center imprisoned women on screen and participate in the necessary work of undoing the celluloid legacy of violence and exploitation of women behind bars.
More films in London today (A – Z): AKONG – A REMARKABLE LIFE + Q&A with director Chico Dall’lnha & executive producer Vin Harris at Rio Cinema (17 JUN 14:15). AMERICAN GRAFFITI + Q&A with co-producer Gary Kurtz at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 15:30). BEAU TRAVAIL presented by French Sundaes at The Cinema Museum (17 JUN 14:30). BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at BFI (17 JUN 15:10). CHI M’HA VISTO + Q&A with director Alessandro Pondi presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (17 JUN 18:00). CUSTODY at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 14:25). DARKEST HOUR at Whirled Cinema (17 JUN 18:00). Double Bill: DOUBLE INDEMNITY + LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN at Regent Street Cinema (17 JUN 13:30 + 15:45). Double Bill: THAT SUMMER + GREY GARDENS presented by Dogwoof at Genesis Cinema (17 JUN 13:00 & 15:00). DRIVE at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (17 JUN 21:00). EDWARD SCISSORHANDS at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (17 JUN 21:00). I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO presented by Block Party Cinema at Pop Brixton (17 JUN 17:00 – Sold out online, tickets available on the door). LEK AND THE DOGS at ICA (17 JUN 14:05). THE LIFE AQUATIC at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (17 JUN 21:00). NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND at The Prince Charles (17 JUN 13:00). OCTOBER: TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Rescored by GROK at Genesis Cinema (17 JUN 18:00 – Free!). SPARTACUS at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 15:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). Take Two: THE BLUE ANGEL + LOLA at Close-Up (17 JUN 18:00 & 20:30). TOM WAITS: BIG TIME presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (17 JUN 19:00). WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (17 JUN 15:00). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The Prince Charles (17 JUN 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: VISION OF AN ARTIST at BFI Southbank (JUN to JUL):
- LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES) (17 JUN 20:15).
CANNES DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT 50TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (15 to 17 JUN):
CLOSE UP: AVA DUVERNAY at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- SELMA (17 JUN 19:50).
IDA LUPINO: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, STAR at BFI Southbank (JUN):
MARVEL STUDIOS at House Of Vans (07 JUN to 01 JUL – Free!/No booking required):
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDER (17 JUN 13:00 & 15:30).
PHANTOMS OF THE OPERA SYMPOSIUM at Barbican (15 to 17 JUN):
- Text, Voice, Moving Image talk (17 JUN 09:00 – Free!).
- Phantoms Of The Americas talk (17 JUN 11:00 – Free!).
- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT (17 JUN 15:00).
PRIDE MONTH at Ciné Lumière (12 JUN to 11 JUL):
- MALA NOCHE (17 JUN 17:00).
TERRY GILLIAM at Deptford Cinema (until 09 SEP):
- THE ZERO THEOREM (17 JUN 14:00).
WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles (17 JUN to 30 AUG):
- ALICE IN THE CITIES aka Alice in den Städten 35mm (17 JUN 18:15).
WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUN):
- LET THE SUNSHINE IN (17 JUL 20:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Rapport Festival (15 to 17 JUN):
- YOUNG BLOOD – Films for 14Yr Olds+ (17 JUN 14:00, Whirled Cinema).
- THROUGH OUR EYES + Q&A with director Samir Mehanovic (17 JUN 18:00, BFI).
The Shortest Nights (17 JUN)
- ADAPTATION short film programme (17 JUN 12:00, The Yard Theatre).
- F**K IT short film programme (17 JUN 13:45, The Yard Theatre).
- LEGEND short film programme (17 JUN 15:30, The Yard Theatre).
- WORKING IT OUT short film programme (17 JUN 17:15, The Yard Theatre).
- GRIT short film programme (17 JUN 19:00, The Yard Theatre).
- COMEDY ROULETTE short film programme (17 JUN 20:45, The Yard Theatre).
THE PIANO at BFI Southbank (17 JUN 15:20, 17:40 & 20:10):
- Jane Campion’s powerful, multi-Oscar-winning drama about a mute woman whose passions are unleashed. The screenings on 17 JUN 15:20 and 24 JUN 17:30 will have D/deaf or hard of hearing subtitles.
- The Piano at 25 symposium (18 JUN 20:30) is free to ticket holders 18 JUN 18:10 but must be booked in advance.
STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 18:50):
- KIND HEARTS & CORONETS meets ERASERHEAD in this quirky and original one-man show starring Timothy Spall. A middle-aged man stuck in prison begins seeing hallucinations of comedy legends from yesteryear, including Max Wall, Margaret Rutherford and George Formby.
- There’s a Q&A with Timothy Spall coming… (24 JUN 19:00).
TRANNY FAG at ICA (17 JUN 20:45):
- The rock documentary and political manifesto TRANNY FAG depicts the life of Brazilian musician and spoken word artist Linn da Quebrada, a self-proclaimed ‘tranny fag’, who uses her body and music as weapons to fight machismo, transphobia, racism and conformity.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE BREADWINNER at BFI (15 to 21 JUN). THE CIAMBRA at ArtHouse (15 to 21 JUN). THE HAPPY PRINCE at The Institute Of Light (15 to 21 JUN). MCQUEEN at Watermans (15 to 21 JUN). MY FRIEND DAHMER at The Castle Cinema (17, 18 & 20 JUN). NOTHING LIKE A DAME at JW3 (15 to 20 JUN). PHANTOM THREAD at Whirled Cinema (19 to 24 JUN). THE SQUARE at ICA (16 to 21 JUN). STUDIO 54 at DocHouse (15 to 21 JUN).
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