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Featured attraction: SAMA 35mm + Q&A with director Néjia Ben Mabrouk at BFI Southbank (18 AUG 17:30) in partnership with London Feminist Film Festival (16 to 19 AUG): “Men are very privileged in our societies, so they profit from their privilege – naturally. I must say that even if they are well meaning, sometimes they idealise women. Woman is not a dream, she is a reality… That’s what I want to talk about.” – Néjia Ben Mabrouk quoted in VERTIGO: From Tangiers to Tehran: Cinema, Women and the Middle East.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Blinking Buzzards: The UK Buster Keaton Society at The Cinema Museum (18 AUG 16:00):
- Quarterly meeting of the society dedicated to the appreciation of the silent comedian. After a selection of Keaton shorts and a break, the second half will be a screening of OUR HOSPITALITY (1923). Based on the true-life Hatfield–McCoy feud, this was the last film of Buster’s wife Natalie Talmadge, who had married in 1921.
DREAMGIRLS + SILENT DISCO at Alexandra Palace (18 AUG 20:00):
- Block Party Cinema presents a special screening under the stars at Alexandra Palace, one of London’s most iconic sites. DJs will get you in the mood with a warm up silent disco dedicated to all your favourite soul divas. Once you’re all danced out, sit back, relax and enjoy the film, overlooking the spectacular London skyline…
SAMA 35mm + Q&A with director Néjia Ben Mabrouk at BFI Southbank (18 AUG 17:30):
- Based on director Néjia Ben Mabrouk’s own experiences growing up, SAMA deals with the mundane, everyday oppressions facing women in Tunisia and the prejudice and petty misogyny, while exploring the world of female relationships, their rituals, intimacies and superstitions. In partnership with London Feminist Film Festival.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ANGELS ONE FIVE at The David Lean (18 AUG 14:30).
- BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE at Backyard Cinema (18 AUG 16:30).
- THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN at BFI (18 AUG 18:20).
- BLACK PANTHER presented by Catford Film Club at Catford Constitutional Club (18 AUG 20:00).
- BLACK PANTHER at Backyard Cinema (18 AUG 20:30).
- BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT at Deptford Cinema (18 AUG 19:00).
- DIRTY DANCING at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (18 AUG 20:15).
- ENTER THE VOID Extended Cut at Prince Charles (18 AUG 23:10).
- IN THE CUT 35mm at BFI (18 AUG 20:45).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at ICA (18 AUG 12:30).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (18 AUG 16:00).
- SUMMER 1993 at ICA (18 AUG 15:00).
- TERMINATOR 2 at Everyman Screen On The Green (18 AUG 23:30).
- THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) 35mm ‘date of the massacre’ screening at Prince Charles (18 AUG 18:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- CLAIRE’S KNEE (18 AUG 18:00).
CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (until 18 AUG):
- ALIEN Theatrical Version + ALIENS Director’s Cut 2 films, 1 ticket (18 AUG 21:00).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! (18 AUG 16:20).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – Free! / No booking required):
- STAND BY ME (18 AUG 15:00 17:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
London Feminist Film Festival (16 to 19 AUG):
- DARING TO DISRUPT (18 AUG 13:30, Rio Cinema).
- NOW, HERE SHE STANDS: Perspectives on Survival (18 AUG 16:00, Rio Cinema).
- 30th Anniversary Screening: FEMINIST CLASSIC – SAMA (18 AUG 17:30, BFI).
- FAILING FEMININITY AND MYTHICAL MOTHERHOOD: Contemporary Essay Film (18 AUG 18:40, Rio Cinema).
- GENESISTERS – L7: PRETEND WE’RE DEAD (18 AUG 21:15, Genesis Cinema).
DISTANT CONSTELLATION at ICA (18 AUG 18:45):
- Shevaun Mizrahi’s debut documentary feature records the stories told by the residents of a retirement home in Istanbul. Sitting somewhere between ethnography and magical realism, the retirement home is situated in a tower whose interior walls are bestowed with an almost painterly quality by Mizrahi’s post-production.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at The Institute Of Light (18 AUG 20:30):
- Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
MILDRED PIERCE at BFI Southbank (18 AUG 15:30 & 20:40):
- Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar®-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks we track Mildred’s extraordinary life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). THE ESCAPE at Lexi Cinema (17 to 20 AUG). THE GUARDIANS at Phoenix Cinema (17 to 23 AUG). LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (17 to 23 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (18 to 22 AUG). MCQUEEN at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 to 22 AUG). SPITFIRE at Watermans (17 to 23 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at ICA (17 to 22 AUG). VITCH at JW3 (19 to 23 AUG). THE WOUND at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 AUG).
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