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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
KEVIN BROWNLOW FILM NIGHT at The Cinema Museum (19 MAY 19:30):
- The Cinema Museum welcomes director and film historian Kevin Brownlow to another in the popular ‘Desert Island Flicks’ series. Kevin will be interviewed with clips from his favourite movies, by Neil Brand. This is a Save The Cinema Museum Benefit.
French Impressions: 120 BPM + TALK at Watermans Arts Centre (19 MAY 13:00):
- 120 BPM is a magnificent piece of film-making and was a critical and awards success, winning 6 Césars, the French Oscar equivalent. Jon Davies introduces the film and leads a tour of other French films that gained such critical and popular acclaim.
VISUAL CHORUS at The Horse Hospital (19 MAY 19:30):
- A live jazz band with a collection of experimental, animated and creatively-narrative short films.
More films in London today (A – Z): 5 BROKEN CAMERAS at Genesis Cinema (19 MAY 19:00 – Free!). CITIZEN KANE 35mm at The Prince Charles (19 MAY 15:35). GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 at BFI (19 MAY 15:50). LOST IN TRANSLATION 35mm at The Prince Charles (19 MAY 20:45). NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 35mm at BFI (19 MAY 20:20). THE SHINING at Rio Cinema (19 MAY 15:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (all year):
- SPIRITED AWAY (19 MAY 15:00).
- YOUR NAME (19 MAY 17:20).
- MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS (19 MAY 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up (04 to 25 MAY):
CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 27 MAY):
- AKIRA (19 MAY 15:00 & 17:30).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- SMOOTH TALK 35mm (19 MAY 18:20).
NEO ULTRA PUNK at ICA (18 to 20 MAY):
- LET’S MAKE A SEQUEL – FLUIDØ 2 (19 MAY 14:00).
- FLUIDØ + Q&A with Shu Lea Cheang (19 MAY 18:30).
- LIBERATE THE FLUID Party + Performance (19 MAY 21:00).
ROYAL WEDDING at Deptford Cinema (19 to 20 MAY):
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER (19 MAY 18:10).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- GET OUT outdoor screening (19 MAY 21:00, Brockwell Lido – Free!).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- Next screening: UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE (31 MAY 19:00, Everyman Muswell Hill).
Beyond Words French Literature Festival (14 to 21 MAY)
- BASED ON A TRUE STORY (19 MAY 20:30, Ciné Lumière).
Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival (17 to 20 MAY)
- EDITING MASTERCLASS WITH ARIADNA FATJO-VILAS (19 MAY 12:00, Rio Cinema).
- INTERNATIONAL GEMS & UNCONVENTIONAL PORTRAITS (19 MAY 14:00, Rio Cinema).
- DISPLACEMENT (19 MAY 16:00, Rio Cinema).
- MY FAITH AND ME (19 MAY 19:00, Hackney Attic).
- DRIVING FORCE (19 MAY 21:00, Hackney Attic).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (19 MAY 14:20 & 17:50):
- For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation, with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits, that is showing exclusively at Picturehouse cinemas. This screening will have a 15 minute interval.
FILMWORKER at ICA (19 MAY 20:40):
- Director Tony Zierra puts filmworker Leon Vitali centerstage in this documentary about his staggering career and creative involvement with director Stanley Kubrick. Vitali, a budding actor, initially starred in Kubrick’s period drama BARRY LYNDON before becoming his muse and right-hand man.
- Also at Picturehouse Central (18 to 24 MAY) and Rio Cinema (18 to 24 MAY).
MAYSKAYA STREET at DocHouse (19 MAY 16:30 & 20:00):
- Belarus has been called ‘Europe’s last Dictatorship’, ruled by President Lukashenko since the collapse of the USSR. Young Kostia – 18 and about to vote for the first time – muses on the future for his country with his family and friends in his small village.
RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at DocHouse (19 MAY 14:30 & 18:00):
- Gaining unprecedented access to the lives of religious fundamentalists, RECRUITING FOR JIHAD is a powerful examination of extremism in Europe, which makes its UK Premiere at Bertha DocHouse.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 70mm at BFI Southbank (19 MAY 13:45 & 19:40):
- This handsomely mounted film of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is an exemplary translation from stage to screen. Right from the aerial opening – presented in glorious 70mm for an exclusive two-week run at BFI – Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman place passion, energy, movement and musical expression at the heart of their brisk, eloquent storytelling.
More films in London this week (A – Z): IN THE INTENSE NOW at ICA (19 to 22 MAY). THE POETESS at DocHouse (until 23 MAY). RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at DocHouse (18 to 24 MAY). REVENGE at Barbican (until 20 MAY), The Castle Cinema (19 to 23 MAY), Ciné Lumière (19 to 31 MAY). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Whirled Cinema (21 to 27 MAY). THE WILD BOYS aka Les Garçons Sauvages at ICA (until 23 MAY). THE WOUND at Lexi Cinema (22 & 23 MAY). THE YOUNG KARL MARX at JW3 (18 to 24 MAY).
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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We check box office each morning for films in London today and try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.