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ALPHAGO d. Greg Kohs, 2017 + Intro by Professor Thore Graepel at Barbican (18 JUN 18:20 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for returns):
- Science On Screen presents: “With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of ‘Go’ has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. In 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven artificial intelligence challenger for the first time in history.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- We loved the lineup at Genesis Cinema’s inaugural Fragments Festival (07 to 15 JUN 2019). Read news about the 2019 jury award winners and our writeup of SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collé.
- Our friends SUPAKINO and Rio Cinema announce their 4th dose of MIDNIGHT EXCESS: a late night collab with folk horror duo, Black Decagon (22 JUN 23:00+).
- 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).
- Screen25 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with LIFT OFF! (use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Everyman King’s Cross (18 JUN 18:40):
- “Charting Maradona’s beginnings from the slums of Villa Fiorito in Buenos Aires, to lifting the World Cup for Argentina in 1986, this is a gripping account of a life full of sport, politics, drugs, the mafia, fame, football and – perhaps, above all – excess.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (18 JUN 14:00).
- BLADE RUNNER : DOUBLE FEATURE d. Ridley Scott & Denis Villeneuve, 1982 + 2017 at The Prince Charles (18 JUN 18:15).
- THE CIAMBRA d. Jonas Carpignano, 2017 presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (18 JUN 20:30).
- EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The David Lean (18 JUN 19:30).
- FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Thomas Piper, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (18 JUN 19:30).
- HALSTON d. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at ICA (18 JUN 16:25).
- HEATHERS d. Michael Lehmann, 1988 presented by Truman’s Brewery at Genesis Cinema (18 JUN 21:00 + FREE pint of something tasty!).
- ON HER SHOULDERS d. Alexandria Bombach, 2018 at Picturehouse Central (18 JUN 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- PICK OF THE LITTER d. Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman, 2018 presented by #WOMENINFILM2019 at Genesis Cinema (18 JUN 18:50).
- PROPHECY d. Charlie Paul, 2019 at ICA (18 JUN 14:35).
- SORRY TO BOTHER YOU d. Boots Riley, 2018 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (18 JUN 20:00).
- WELCOME TO SODOM d. Florian Weigensamer & Christian Kröne, 2018 at Austrian Cultural Forum (18 JUN 19:00 – FREE!/Booking recommended)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- László Moholy-Nagy: Artist, Filmmaker and Bauhaus Teacher (18 JUN 18:20).
- LIFE BEGINS TOMORROW 35mm d. Werner Hochbaum, 1933 (18 JUN 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LA RÈGLE DU JEU 35mm d. Jean Renoir, 1939 (18 JUN 21:00).
CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (11 JUN to 29 JUL 2019):
- FITZCARRALDO d. Werner Herzog, 1982 (18 JUN 19:00).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 (12 to 18 JUN).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, 1985 from Tower Millennium Pier (18 JUN 20:00).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- GONE GIRL d. David Fincher, 2014 (18 JUN 18:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- HOT ROD (18 JUN 21:00 Stratford).
- LABYRINTH (18 JUN 21:00 Shoreditch).
- COMING TO AMERICA (18 JUN 21:00 Peckham).
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
- STRAY DOGS d. Tsai Ming-liang, 2013 (18 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 (18 JUN 16:00):
- “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 (18 JUN 12:35):
- “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 (18 JUN 14:45 & 21:00):
- “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 (18 JUN 16:45 & 19:00):
- “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 FATHER d. 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 WARd. 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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