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MARTÍRIO d. Vincent Carelli & Tatiana Almeida, 2016 at Moving Pictures (18 APR 19:00):
- The People’s Film Club & Brazilian Women Against Fascism UK present: “This investigative film by indigenous affairs specialist Vincent Carelli provides a three-decade long account of the historical struggle for land by the Guarani Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul state, one of the most vulnerable indigenous peoples in Brazil. All proceeds from this event will go to Aty Kuña – Assembléia das Mulheres Guarani e Kaiowa (Guarani and Kaiowa Women’s Assembly).”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Celebrating their first birthday, Zodiac Film Club write about the most Zodiac AKA terrifying birthdays in cinema.
- Ahead of a fresh screening of BLADE RUNNER – THE FINAL CUT (23 APR, Regent Street Cinema), Gerry Maguire introduces new film strand DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
- SUPAKINO and THE CELLULOID SORCERESS announce the next edition of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema: BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON / NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (11 MAY 23:00+, Rio Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BRITAIN ON FILM – PROTEST! d. various + INTRO by Heather McIntosh at Genesis Cinema (18 APR 21:00):
- “At a time of intense public activism both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with the ICO’s new archive film programme: BRITAIN ON FILM – PROTEST!”
ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON d. Simon Rumley, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (18 APR 18:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
- “Dramatising the violent reign of two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone), ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons.”
QUEEN NANNY: LEGENDARY MAROON CHIEFTAINESS d. Roy T. Anderson, 2015 + INTRO by Charmaine Simpson at The Lexi (18 APR 18:30):
- Black History Studies presents: “The overlooked story of a captured queen, transported across the ocean in the belly of a slave ship, who rose up in the New World to become the leader of a new nation of free Africans: that’s the little known Queen Nanny of the Maroons, one of the most celebrated but least recognised heroines in the history of resistance.”
STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Bloomsbury (18 APR 18:30):
- “Shot entirely at sea on a small sailing yacht, led by a magnificent multi-award winning leading performance from Susanne Wolff, stunningly photographed by Benedict Neuenfels and masterfully directed by Wolfgang Fischer, STYX is one of the most intense and thrilling films to come from Europe in years.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE d. Jason Barker, 2018 at DocHouse (18 APR 16:30).
- A LIFE IN WAVES d. Brett Whitcomb, 2017 presented by Das Kino at The Old Baths (18 APR 20:00).
- BLADE RUNNER 2049 d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 at The Prince Charles (18 APR 20:20).
- CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at The Prince Charles (18 APR 13:00).
- THE FIRST OF THE FEW d. Leslie Howard, 1942 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (18 APR 20:00).
- GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 presented by #WomenInFilm2019 at Genesis Cinema (18 APR 18:10).
- THE GOOSE AND THE GANDER d. Alfred E. Green, 1935 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (18 APR 19:30).
- GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (18 APR 20:00).
- Kino’s Short Film Open-Mic at Candid Arts (18 APR 19:00).
- MINDING THE GAP d. Bing Liu, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (18 APR 18:30 & 20:30).
- MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN d. Terry Jones, 1979 at Picturehouse Central (18 APR 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- ON THE BASIS OF SEX d. Mimi Leder, 2018 at The David Lean (18 APR 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- THE PANAMA PAPERS d. Alex Winters, 2018 at DocHouse (18 APR 20:30).
- RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (18 APR 19:00).
- REAR WINDOW d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 at The Prince Charles (18 APR 15:40).
- SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE d. Sidney J. Furie, 1987 + LIVE SMERSH POD at Everyman Baker Street (18 APR 19:00).
- THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Barbican (18 APR 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- WOMAN OF THE DUNES 35mm d. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964 (18 APR 18:05).
- THE MIRACLE WORKER d. Arthur Penn, 1962 (18 APR 18:15).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (until 21 APR):
- MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (18 APR 20:15).
THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles (until 08 JUL):
- JUNUN d. Paul Thomas Anderson , 2015 + PTA DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEOS IN 35mm (18 APR 18:30).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- THE SHINING (Extended Version) d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (18 APR 20:20).
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
- “Inspired by Kubrick”: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 35mm d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 (18 APR 20:45 35mm).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- CAPE FEAR d. Martin Scorsese, 1991 (18 APR 20:45).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- HANA 35mm d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2006 (18 APR 20:35).
SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH at Genesis Cinema (02 to 25 APR):
- INLAND EMPIRE d. David Lynch, 2006 (18 APR 21:00).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 21 APR):
- GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES d. Isao Takahata, 1988 (18 APR 18:10).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Ecofutures (04 to 19 APR).
- Frames Of Representation (12 to 20 APR).
- Kinoteka Polish Film Festival (04 to 18 APR).
THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT d. Robert D. Krzykowski, 2018 at The Prince Charles (18 APR 13:10 – LAST CHANCE!).
- “Decades after ending World War II by assassinating Adolf Hitler in an undercover operation, unsung American hero Calvin Barr is called upon by the government to hunt down the fabled Bigfoot, the carrier of a deadly plague that could destroy humanity.”
MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (18 APR 11:00 P&B, 18:20 & 18:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop.”
WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (18 APR 12:30, 15:10, 17:50 & 20:30):
- “Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (BEAST), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 FACES d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 18 APR). A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 at Rich Mix (12 to 18 APR). A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE d. Jason Barker, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 18 APR). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 18 APR). BLADE RUNNER : THE FINAL CUT d. Ridley Scott, 1982 at The Prince Charles (until 17 APR). BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at ICA (until 18 APR). COLLISIONS d. Lynette Wallworth at Barbican (until 20 APR – daily VR viewing times – limited numbers). FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 17 APR). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 17 APR). THE HOUSE BY THE SEA d. Robert Guédiguian, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (15 to 21 APR). THE KEEPER d. Marcus H. Rosenmüller, 2018 at JW3 (12 to 18 APR). LAST BREATH d. Alex Parkinson & Richard da Costa, 2019 at DocHouse (until 18 APR). OUT OF BLUE d. Carol Morley, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (12 to 18 APR). SKY & GROUND d. Talya Tibbon & Joshua Bennett, 2017 at DocHouse (12 to 18 APR). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 18 APR). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (12 to 18 APR). WHAT MEN WANT d. Adam Shankman, 2019 at The Lexi (15 to 18 APR). THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Watermans (12 to 18 APR APR). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (12 to 18 APR).
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