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THE KILLING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1956 + Full Supporting Programme at The Cinema Museum (19 FEB 19:30):
- Kennington Noir presents: “Stanley Kubrick’s second feature was his only film noir, and it’s a doozy. An audacious five man heist at a race track seems perfectly orchestrated, and is prepared with a surgical precision, until a minor glitch transforms the operation into a disaster. Watch for cult favourite Tim Carey and noir queen Marie Windsor in supporting roles.”
- FYI: THE KILLING 16mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1956 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm at The Castle Cinema (19 FEB 19:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! – Also 23 Feb 14:00).
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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (31 JAN to 16 FEB) has wrapped for another year at ICA. Read our writeups of HER SKETCHBOOK + Intro/Q&A with director Masaya Ozaki (02 FEB 2020) & TEN DARK WOMEN (01 FEB 2020) from the opening weekend.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Experimenta Salon: UN CHANT D’AMOUR 16mm d. Jean Genet, 1950 + Panel Discussion at BFI Southbank (19 FEB 20:20):
- “Banned upon release for its sexually explicit nature, this queer, homoerotic underground classic from novelist and poet Jean Genet focuses on the charged relationship between two prisoners and their guard. Following this special 16mm screening, our panel will discuss the film’s production and release history, analyse key scenes, and reflect on its legacy and influence on filmmakers and artists from Derek Jarman to Andy Warhol.”
HOPE & GLORY d. John Boorman, 1987 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (19 FEB 18:10):
- “Seen through the eyes of a young boy, World War II for him was a glorious adventure with bombed ruins as a perfect playground and skies filled with dogfights between the Luftwaffe and the RAF. To be followed by a Q&A with John Boorman about his latest memoir, Conclusions. The Q&A will be hosted by director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST).”
PEGGY & FRED IN HELL: FOLDING d. Leslie Thornton, 1984-2016 + Intro by the directorat Close-Up (19 FEB 20:15):
- “Leslie Thornton’s remarkable, mind-boggling experimental feature-length cycle of short films which she’s been working on and releasing in episodes since 1981 is a postapocalyptic narrative about two children feeling their way through the refuse of late-20th-century consumer culture.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (19 FEB 15:35).
- A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE d. Staten Cousins-Roe + Q&A with actor Katie Brayben & producer Giles Alderson at Deptford Cinema (19 FEB 19:30).
- BACHELOR FLAT d. Frank Tashlin, 1961 at Regent Street Cinema (19 FEB 12:00 & 15:30).
- ESTÔMAGO aka A Gastronomic Story d. Marcos Jorge, 2007 presented by CineClub at Embassy of Brazil (19 FEB 18:00 – FREE!).
- FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 at JW3 (19 Feb 13:20).
- FLESH & BLOOD d. Louise Hooper, 2020 + Q&A with the director, actors Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis & Stephen Rea, & writer Sarah Williams TV preview at BFI (19 FEB 18:15).
- GUYS & DOLLS d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (19 FEB 14:00).
- HERE FOR LIFE d. Andrea Luka Zimmerman & Adrian Jackson, 2019 + Q&A with Andrea Luka Zimmerman & performers presented by Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame at Rio Cinema (19 FEB 18:30).
- Inside The Mind animated shorts from London International Animation Festival at Barbican (19 FEB 18:30).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The David Lean (19 FEB 14:30 & 19:30).
- LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 3D d. Bi Gan, 2018 at Curzon Wimbledon (19 FEB 18:00).
- Mirror Mirror: A Symposium on Body Image Short Film Programme & Panel Discussion presented by Shorts On Tap at Regent Street Cinema (19 FEB 19:30).
- NEW MOON d. Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, 2018 + Q&A with the director at SOAS University of London (19 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).
- TANGERINE d. Sean Baker, 2015 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (19 FEB 19:45 – Pay As You Feel).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AFRICAN IDENTITIES REBORN at DocHouse (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
- MALI BLUES d. Lutz Gregor, 2017 (19 FEB 14:30).
- TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 (19 FEB 16:30).
- WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS d. Jon Kasbe, 2018 (daily 14 to 20 FEB 18:30/Check venue for details).
BEST OF 2019 at Ciné Lumière (FEB to MAR):
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al- Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (19 FEB 18:20).
BEST OF THE DECADE at The Prince Charles (FEB to JUN):
- BAIT 35mm d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 (14 to 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 (14 to 26 FEB/Check venue for details).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- THE GOLD RUSH d. Charles Chaplin, 1925 + Intro by Professor Ian Christie (19 FEB 18:20).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- BABY DOLL 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1956 (19 FEB 20:40).
- Re-release: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 (19 FEB 18:00 & 20:35).
GALENTINES & VALENTINES CELEBRATIONS at The Prince Charles (13 to 20 FEB):
- FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details).
- AMELIE 35mm aka Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details).
- BOUND d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1996 (19 FEB 18:20).
JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- MEMORIES OF MURDER aka Salinui chueok d. Bong Joon-ho, 2003 (19 FEB 20:45).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 (until 20 FEB/Check venue for details).
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (06 FEB to 01 MAR):
- SOLIDARITY d. Lucy Parker, 2019 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (19 FEB 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- North Europe International Film Festival (16 to 21 FEB).
A PARIS EDUCATION d. Jean-Paul Civeyrac, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (19 FEB 20:20):
- “Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s partly autobiographical drama, gorgeously shot in black and white, tells the story of Etienne, a young impressionable man who goes to Paris to study filmmaking at the Sorbonne. He meets Mathias and Jean-Noël who share his passion for films, and soon falls under the thrall of the seductive Mathias.”
FIRST LOVE d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 FEB 15:45 & 21:00):
- “The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.”
THE SHARKS d. Lucía Garibaldi, 2019 at ICA (19 FEB – Not screening today/Returns 20 FEB 16:20):
- “The first feature-length film from Uruguayan director Lucía Garibaldi is a study of romantic fumbling and youthful obsession. Fourteen-year-old Rosina lives in a beach resort rumoured to be plagued by sharks. Upon meeting the older Joselo, she feels a desire to bridge the distance between their bodies and begins to circle him, as if inspired by the mysterious predators.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at Watermans (14 to 27 FEB). BAIT 35mm d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 19 FEB). EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 FEB). FARMING d. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 FEB). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (15 to 20 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 20 FEB). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 20 FEB FEB). THE OTHER STORY d. Avi Nesher presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (16 to 20 FEB). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 20 FEB). THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD d. Armando Iannucci, 2020 at The Castle Cinema (until 18 FEB). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 20 FEB). SONIC THE HEDGEHOG d. Jeff Fowler, 2020 at The Castle Cinema (14 to 23 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (until 19 FEB).
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