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BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER d. Jamie Babbit, 2001 + INTRO by Zodiac Film Club at The Castle Cinema (19 MAR 18:45):
- Zodiac Film Club presents: “Jamie Babbit used satirical silliness, a sick, saturated aesthetic and a cameo from Ru Paul to poke fun at the supremely unfunny world of gay conversion therapy more than a decade before other filmmakers began looking at the issue. The critics hated it but in recent years it’s become a latent hit and a Zodiac favourite.”
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- Genesis Cinema has announced a new David Lynch season called, appropriately enough, SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH (02 to 25 APR).
- East End Film Festival announces a year of horror in the Masonic temple at Andaz Liverpool Street.
- The Essay Film Festival (22 MAR to 04 APR) is an essential element of London’s indie film calendar.
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BLONDE VENUS d. Josef von Sternberg, 1932 + INTRO at The Cinema Museum (19 MAR 19:30):
- Women & Cocaine Presents: “A spotlight on Hollywood’s Queen of Cool, Marlene Dietrich. The pioneer of androgyny, her bold, sexual tease behind the haute couture gender switching was designed to be both titilating and subversive. It has been said, that nothing is quite as exquisite as Dietrich in a suit. Her ageless charisma is often imitated but can never be duplicated.”
LEAVE NO TRACE d. Debra Granik, 2018 + Q&A with author Peter Fiennes about woodlands & culture presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (19 MAR 20:30):
- “A father and teenage daughter live off the grid in a huge forest environment in Oregon. Solitude is what they know and seek, yet loggers and patrols interrupt their escape from conventional society on an increasingly frequent basis. When social services intervene and insist on young Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) receiving an education, the shift to be part of the larger world is an unacceptable challenge to dad Will (Ben Foster).”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 90 MINUTES d. Simon Baker, 2019 + Q&A with the director & Rio Ferdinand at Genesis Cinema (19 MAR 18:15).
- THE AMERICAN FRIEND d. Wim Wenders, 1977 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (19 MAR 20:00).
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at The Lexi (19 MAR 18:20).
- DESTROYER d. Karyn Kusama, 2018 at The David Lean (19 MAR 19:30).
- FREE SOLO d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018 at ICA (19 MAR 14:00).
- HANNAH d. Andrea Pallaoro, 2017 at Picturehouse Crouch End (19 MAR 18:15 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- LORDS OF CHAOS d. Jonas Åkerlund, 2018 at BFI (19 MAR 20:30).
- MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS d. Jake Meginsky & Neil Young, 2018 presented by DocHouse at Peckham Springs (19 MAR 19:00).
- ON BODY & SOUL d. Ildikó Enyedi, 2017 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (19 MAR 20:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS at The Prince Charles (until 03 JUN):
- LA POINTE COURTE d. Agnès Varda, 1955 (19 MAR 18:10).
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (19 MAR 13:15 & 15:40).
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (19 MAR 15:10).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- THE SEARCHERS d. John Ford, 1956 (19 MAR 18:10).
EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS: Classic Plays from Europe Brought to Life on British TV at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- TIME REMEMBERED D. Michael Elliott, 1961 (19 MAR 18:00).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at BFI Southbank & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- TOO EARLY, TOO LATE d. Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 1980-1 + EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBRE d. Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, 2005 + JOACHIM GATTI d. Jean-Marie Straub, 2009 (19 MAR 18:15, ICA).
JOHN CARPENTER: A RESTORATION RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (03 MAR to 02 APR):
- THE THING d. John Carpenter, 1982 (19 MAR 19:00).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST 35mm + INTERMISSION d. Martin Scorsese, 1988 (19 MAR 20:10).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- SORRY, WRONG NUMBER d. Anatole Litvak, 1948 (19 MAR 18:20).
- THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW 35mm d. Douglas Sirk, 1955 (19 MAR 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
BENJAMIN d. Simon Amstell, 2018 at JW3 (19 MAR 13:30 & 20:50):
- “A bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.”
GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 at ICA (19 MAR 19:10):
- “Lara is a 15 year-old woman fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. Joining a new school, usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence are heightened as her body does not bend easily to the strict ballet discipline, being born a boy. Despite her stressful surrounding and with the support of her family, Lara prepares for reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits.”
WELCOME TO SODOM d. Florian Weigensamer & Christian Krönes, 2018 at DocHouse (19 MAR 20:30):
- “Sodom is the largest electrical waste dump in the world, given its hellish name by the people who live there. How our extremely wasteful, privileged society is seen by those who mend and recycle what we throw away, is food for thought.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AFTERMATH d. James Kent, 2019 at Watermans (15 to 28 MAR). ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 New Restoration at The Prince Charles (until 21 MAR). BACK TO THE FATHERLAND d. Kat Rohrer & Gil Levanon, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (17 to 21 MAR). BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES d. Sophie Huber, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 21 MAR). BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at Arthouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR). DISOBEDIENCE d. Sebastián Lelio, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 MAR). EVERYBODY KNOWS aka Todos lo Saben d. Asghar Farhadi, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 21 MAR). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (15 to 21 MAR). THE FIGHT d. Jessica Hynes, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 MAR). FREE SOLO d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 21 MAR). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 at Peckhamplex (until 21 MAR). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 21 MAR). MAIDEN d. Alex Holmes, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 21 MAR). THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 21 MAR). RAY & LIZ d. Richard Billingham, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). SHAKESPEARE WALLAH d. James Ivory, 1965 at BFI (until 21 MAR). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 21 MAR). TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME d. Olivia Lichtenstein, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 20 MAR). TIGERS d. Danis Tanovic, 2014 at Watermans (17 to 21 MAR). UNDER THE SILVER LAKE d. David Robert Mitchell, 2018 at The Prince Charles (15 to 21 MAR). WHAT MEN WANT d. Adam Shankman, 2019 at Rich Mix (15 to 21 MAR).
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