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Featured attraction: World premiere of the restored version of Youssef Chahine’s THE LAND aka El Ard + Q&A with curator Joseph Fahim & writer Ahdaf Soueif at Ciné Lumière, part of Safar Film Festival (18 SEP 20:20): “Both a passionate paean to peasant life and an examination of nationhood, individualism and masculinity, THE LAND remains an enduring classic.” – The Arab British Centre.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE PLUMBER + SINGLE LAUNCH at Prince Charles (18 SEP 18:45):
- Low Spirits (London/Birmingham musicians Fred Macpherson and Cavan McCarthy) celebrate the release of their début single The Plumber with a screening of Peter Weir’s lost classic of the same name. Like some distant relative of THE CABLE GUY, THE PLUMBER is part Pinteresque bathroom sink drama and part Ozploitation home invasion, telling the story of apparently routine maintenance gone awry.
PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD + PRESENTATION by Elisabeth Bouchaud at Barbican (18 SEP 18:15):
- Part of Science On Screen: Lou (Faye Dunaway) is an ex-top model who found refuge in a remote island, somewhere in New Jersey, far from the fashion world she once knew. Aaron, a photographer from her past, comes to visit.
#ReclaimTheFrame: THE RIDER + PANEL Q&A at Genesis Cinema (18 SEP 18:00):
- Birds’ Eye View presents: Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete.
SKATE KITCHEN + Q&A director Crystal Moselle plus cast members Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell & Ardelia Lovelace at Curzon Soho (18 SEP 18:20):
- Timid Long Island skater-girl Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew (the eponymous Skate Kitchen). The confident, independent girl gang help Camille come out of her shell and provide a support system when she falls out with her mother.
A WOMAN JUDGE + INTRO by Johan Hallstrom at Deptford Cinema (18 SEP 20:00):
- Once a month, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre, Deptford holds free screenings of classic and contemporary films from the peninsula. The 2018 season concludes with the 2nd ever female-directed Korean film, once believed lost and recently restored.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A FANTASTIC WOMAN presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (18 SEP 20:00).
- A NORTHERN SOUL at Picturehouse Central (18 SEP 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (18 SEP 19:15).
- GOD’S OWN COUNTRY + Q&A with dialect coach Laura Hart presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon HMV (18 SEP 20:30).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The David Lean (18 SEP 19:30).
- RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 SEP 14:30).
- UNDER THE WIRE + Q&A with Paul Conroy and director Chris Martin at Regent Street Cinema (18 SEP 20:00).
- THE WARRIORS presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (18 SEP 20:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM 70mm (18 SEP 20:45).
ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE – THE CINEMA OF ANGELA SCHANELEC IN DIALOGUE at Goethe-Institut (13 to 25 SEP):
- Lisl Ponger: PASSAGES & Angela Schanelec: ORLY (18 SEP 19:00).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
- Animate & Innovate: Animation Craft in the New World Of Stories (18 SEP 18:20).
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- RIGHT ON! 35mm (18 SEP 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS at Close-Up (05 to 28 SEP):
- PUNISHMENT PARK (18 SEP 20:15).
HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- LUCKY (18 SEP 14:30, 18:30 & 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (15 to 30 SEP).
- Safar Film Festival (13 to 18 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
REINVENTING MARVIN at Ciné Lumière (18 SEP 18:00):
- Marvin Bijou (Finnegan Oldfield), a young gay boy from a working-class family in a small French village, suffers constant bullying at school and home for being too sensitive and too feminine. A chance encounter with a drama teacher opens the doors to a world that offers him the chance to escape his situation.
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF 2017.
REVERSING ROE at ICA (18 SEP 14:35):
- In their latest documentary, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg chronicle the history of the abortion and unpack the process by which it grew from a personal issue to a political one.
THE RIDER at Phoenix Cinema (18 SEP 16:00):
- Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Lexi Cinema (14 to 16 SEP). C’EST LA VIE! at Watermans (14 to 20 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP). COLD WAR at ICA (14 to 20 SEP). GENERATION WEALTH at The Montpelier (16 to 26 SEP). HEATHERS at Prince Charles (14 to 20 SEP). IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (14 to 20 SEP). I, TONYA at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 SEP). LUCKY at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 to 20 SEP). THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at Prince Charles (14 to 20 SEP). PARADISE presented by UKJF at JW3 (16 to 20 SEP). THE PREDATOR at Rich Mix (14 to 20 SEP ;-). UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP). WEAPON OF CHOICE at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP).
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