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SUPPORT THE GIRLS d. Andrew Bujalski, 2019 + Discussion at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 18:30):
- The Bechdel Test Fest presents: “A workplace comedy that celebrates the everywoman and champions the spirit of sisterhood. Regina Hall delivers an award-winning performance as Lisa, an overworked, underappreciated middle manager for roadside “breastaurant” Double Whammies, where over the course of the shift from hell, an attempted robbery, a dodgy tattoo and a rat infestation prove the very least of her woes.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
- Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 29 JUN) celebrates the intimate relationship between music and film.
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS! (26 to 30 JUN).
- Community cinema Screen25 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with LIFT OFF! (use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
- We’ve posted writeups of Early Japanese Animation (Barbican Centre), THE END OF THE TRACK (Aperture Festival at Close-Up), and SEARCHING EVA + Q&A (Fragments Festival at Genesis Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (17 JUN 18:15):
- “Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.”
UNSETTLING d. Iris Zaki, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Barbican (17 JUN 18:30):
- “Grierson Award-winner Dr Iris Zaki sets up a pop-up film studio in Tekoa, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank where none of the residents are keen to talk to the media. Her simple provocation proves both artistic and impactful in enabling a non-prescriptive conversation with its inhabitants.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Allan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (17 JUN 18:30).
- DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Everyman Screen On The Green (17 JUN 18:15).
- DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Gate (17 JUN 20:00).
- THE FLOOD d. Anthony Woodley, 2019 + Recorded Q&A with actor Lena Headey at Curzon Bloomsbury (17 JUN 18:00 – Other Curzons available!).
- THE FLOOD d. Anthony Woodley, 2019 + Recorded Q&A with actor Lena Headey at Peckhamplex (17 JUN 18:30).
- THE FLOOD d. Anthony Woodley, 2019 + Recorded Q&A with actor Lena Headey at Rio Cinema (17 JUN 18:30).
- HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (17 JUN 12:35).
- HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE d. Taika Waititi, 2016 presented by Empire Magazine at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- The Past In The Present short film programme at King’s College London (17 JUN 19:50 – FREE!).
- SERIAL (BAD) WEDDING 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (17 JUN 20:30).
- THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (17 JUN 18:20).
- XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (17 JUN 20:45)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (17 JUN 20:20).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- THE ELEPHANT MAN d. David Lynch, 1980 (17 JUN 20:30).
- BLOW OUT d. Brian De Palma, 1981 (17 JUN 20:40).
- Film Criticism According to Pauline Kael talk (17 JUN 18:30).
LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):
- THE L-SHAPED ROOM d. Bryan Forbes, 1962 Speaker: Selina Robertson (17 JUN 18:30).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- BFI & Tortoise ThinkIn – ‘Do screen women have to be likeable? panel discussion (17 JUN 08:30).
- DANGEROUS LIAISONS d. Stephen Frears, 1988 (17 JUN 18:20).
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
- THREE TIMES 35mm d. Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005 (17 JUN 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Origins Festival Of First Nation Arts (11 to 23 JUN).
- Refugee Week (17 to 23 JUN) – also at BFI (15 to 20 JUN).
- Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 26 JUN).
A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Ciné Lumière (17 JUN 18:30):
- “Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s soul-searching film focuses on the plight of undocumented asylum seekers desperately trying to find sanctuary in Europe. A refugee from the Central African Republic, Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) lives in France with his two young children. Traumatised by the loss of his wife during their flight, he finds solace with Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire).”
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW d. Panos Cosmatos, 2010 at The Prince Charles (17 JUN 18:15):
- “Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the BLACK RAINBOW is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of MACHOTAILDROP, RAINBOW… is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos.”
FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (17 JUN 15:00 & 19:00 – £5 Mondays!):
- “A group of women in post-revolution Libya dream of making it to an international football tournament. Their all-female football team is met with disapproval and endless obstacles thrown from the Libyan football federation.”
WE THE ANIMALS d. Jeremiah Zagar, 2018 at Rio Cinema (17 JUN 16:15):
- “Adapted from Justin Torres’ best-selling novel, WE THE ANIMALS is a viscerally bold coming-of-age story of three brothers growing up in the wilds of upstate New York in the midst of their young parents’ volatile marriage.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 93QUEEN d. Paula Eiselt, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (16 to 20 JUN). A MOON FOR MY FATHERd. Mania Akbari & Douglas White, 2018 at ICA (15 to 19 JUN). BALLOON d. Michael Herbig, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at ICA (14 to 19 JUN). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 20 JUN). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 JUN). THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS d. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora at ICA (until 20 JUN – Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF2018). DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 at DocHouse (14 to 20 JUN). FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Thomas Piper, 2017 at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 to 20 JUN). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 JUN). HALSTON d. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at DocHouse (14 to 20 JUN). MEMOIR OF WAR d. Emmanuel Finkiel, 2017 at JW3 (14 to 20 JUN). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 20 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at ICA (14 to 20 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Watermans (14 to 20 JUN).
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