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LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1925 + Intro by Kevin Brownlow at The Cinema Museum (19 JUN 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “In 1925, three years after Mary Pickford brought German-born Ernst Lubitsch from Berlin to Hollywood, he directed LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN. Based on Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play, it stars the young Ronald Colman in the role of Lord Darlington, with May McAvoy as Lady Windermere. Oscar Wilde’s wit and delightful characterisation is given the Lubitsch Touch in this hectic comedy satirising upper-class society, particularly the hypocrisy of Victorian attitudes to women.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Our friends SUPAKINO and Rio Cinema announce their 4th dose of MIDNIGHT EXCESS: a late night collab with folk horror duo, Black Decagon (22 JUN 23:00+).
- We loved the lineup at Genesis Cinema’s inaugural Fragments Festival (07 to 15 JUN 2019). Read news about the 2019 jury award winners and our writeup of SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collé.
- Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 29 JUN) celebrates the intimate relationship between music and film.
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS! (26 to 30 JUN).
- Screen25 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with LIFT OFF! (use promo code “CIRCUS19” the entire Spring/Summer to book & save).
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ROBOCOP d. Paul Verhoeven, 1987 + Smersh Pod Live Recording at Everyman Baker Street (19 JUN 19:00):
- “In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.”
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN 16mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1951 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (19 JUN 19:30 + 23 JUN 14:00):
- Ciné-Real16mm presents: “Bruno Antony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father, and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train he thinks he’s found the partner he needs to pull it off.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CALAMITY JANE d. David Butler, 1953 at Rio Cinema (19 JUN 14:30).
- Double Bill: A SELF-INDUCED HALLUCINATION d. Dan Schoenbrun, 2018 + THE PAIN OF OTHERS d. Penny Lane, 2018 presented by Wavelength at Deptford Cinema (19 JUN 19:15 + 20:40 – Joint ticket available!).
- THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY d. Petra Costa, 2019 at ICA (19 JUN 20:40).
- HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (19 JUN 15:40).
- MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS d. Josie Rourke, 2019 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (19 JUN 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save!).
- OUR HOBBY IS DEPECHE MODE d. Jeremy Deller & Nicholas Abrahams, 2006 + Q&A presented by Heavenly Films at Regent Street Cinema (19 JUN 19:30).
- OUT OF THE PAST 35mm d. Jacques Tourneur, 1947 at Regent Street Cinema (19 JUN 12:05 & 15:30).
- STARSHIP TROOPERS 35mm d. Paul Verhoeven, 1997 at The Prince Charles (19 JUN 20:45).
- SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (19 JUN 16:30).
- SURVIVORS d. Arthur Pratt + Satellite Q&A at Rio Cinema (19 JUN 18:30).
- UNSETTLING d. Iris Zaki, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (19 JUN 20:45).
- WOMEN IN REVOLT THE GREATER FREEDOM short film programme presented by Shorts On Tap & Alya Mooro at 93 Feet East (19 JUN 19:00)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEBOP NEW YORK: BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDIE CINEMA at Barbican (23 MAY to 25 JUN):
- THE COOL WORLD 35mm d. Shirley Clarke, 1963 (19 JUN 18:30).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY d. Walther Ruttmann, 1927 (19 JUN 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 + Intro by Isabel Stevens (19 JUN 18:00).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 (until 27 JUN).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 from Tower Millennium Pier (19 JUN 20:00).
THE ORIGINAL SIN OF CLAIRE DENIS at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm d. Claire Denis, 1999 (19 JUN 18:20).
- Philosophical Screens: BEAU TRAVAIL and the Philosophy of the Body on Screen panel discussion (19 JUN 20:10).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- TO DIE FOR d. Gus Van Sant (19 JUN 18:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
- THE RIVER d. Tsai Ming-liang, 1997 (19 JUN 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Origins Festival Of First Nation Arts (11 to 23 JUN).
- Refugee Week (17 to 23 JUN) – also at BFI (15 to 20 JUN).
- Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 26 JUN).
A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Ciné Lumière (19 JUN 19:30):
- “Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s soul-searching film focuses on the plight of undocumented asylum seekers desperately trying to find sanctuary in Europe. A refugee from the Central African Republic, Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) lives in France with his two young children. Traumatised by the loss of his wife during their flight, he finds solace with Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire).”
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW d. Panos Cosmatos, 2010 at The Prince Charles (19 JUN 18:15):
- “Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the BLACK RAINBOW is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of MACHOTAILDROP, RAINBOW… is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos.”
FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (19 JUN 12:30 & 16:45):
- “A group of women in post-revolution Libya dream of making it to an international football tournament. Their all-female football team is met with disapproval and endless obstacles thrown from the Libyan football federation.”
WE THE ANIMALS d. Jeremiah Zagar, 2018 at Rio Cinema (19 JUN 13:30 & 15:50):
- “Adapted from Justin Torres’ best-selling novel, WE THE ANIMALS is a viscerally bold coming-of-age story of three brothers growing up in the wilds of upstate New York in the midst of their young parents’ volatile marriage.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 93QUEEN d. Paula Eiselt, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (16 to 20 JUN). A MOON FOR MY FATHER d. Mania Akbari & Douglas White, 2018 at ICA (15 to 19 JUN). BALLOON d. Michael Herbig, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at ICA (14 to 19 JUN). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 20 JUN). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 JUN). THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS d. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora at ICA (until 20 JUN – Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF2018). DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 at DocHouse (14 to 20 JUN). FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Thomas Piper, 2017 at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 to 20 JUN). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 JUN). HALSTON d. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at DocHouse (14 to 20 JUN). MEMOIR OF WARd. Emmanuel Finkiel, 2017 at JW3 (14 to 20 JUN). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 20 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at ICA (14 to 20 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Watermans (14 to 20 JUN).
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