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ODE TO THE GOOSE d. Zhang Lu, 2018 European Premiere at Picturehouse Central (19 AUG 18:20):
- London Korean Film Festival preview screening: “Following on from 2016’s A QUIET DREAM, director Zhang Lu returns with another playfully enigmatic look at two meandering lives in ODE TO THE GOOSE. Aspiring poet Yun-young (Park Hae-il, THE HOST) and companion Song-hyun (Moon Sori, FOREVER THE MOMENT) arrive in the port town of Gunsan and are admitted entry to a hotel that’s said to be selective of guests. There, Yun-young is drawn to the hotel owner’s shut-in daughter, while Song-hyun strikes up a friendship with the owner himself.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
LOVE & BANANAS d. Ashley Bell, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Regent Street Cinema (19 AUG 19:00):
- “Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life-threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine‘s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- GHOST WORLD 35mm d. Terry Zwigoff, 2001 at The Prince Charles (19 AUG 18:10).
- HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Moth Club (19 AUG 19:00).
- NOTORIOUS 4K d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 AUG 12:45).
- OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (19 AUG 13:00).
- Sick Monday: Blu-Ray Launch & Finissage Screening Party at The Horse Hospital (19 AUG 18:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- A STAR IS BORN (19 AUG 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (19 AUG 18:25 & 20:35).
- THE AWFUL TRUTH d. Leo McCarey, 1937 (19 AUG 18:30).
- HOLIDAY d. George Cukor, 1938 (19 AUG 20:40).
FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (08 to 21 AUG):
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarrantino, 1992 (19 AUG 19:00).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (19 AUG 18:25).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- DRIVE 35mm d. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011 (19 AUG 21:00).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- NOTTING HILL (19 AUG 21:00 – Shoreditch).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- David Lynch’s L.A.Trilogy – LOST HIGHWAY d. David Lynch, 1997 (19 AUG 20:15).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI 35mm d. Jim Jarmusch, 1999 (19 AUG 20:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today…
DJON AFRICA d. Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra at ICA (19 AUG – Closed today/Back tomorrow!):
- “The debut scripted feature by Portuguese documentarian duo Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra stars non-professional actor Miguel Moreira (who appeared in the pair’s 2010 DocLisboa winner LI KÉ TERRA) as 25-year-old Djon África, born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents. Loosely episodic in structure, the film narrates Miguel’s journey to Cape Verde in search of his father.”
JT LEROY d. Justin Kelly, 2018 at JW3 (19 AUG 18:20):
- “His first book Sarah, published in 1999, propelled young JT LeRoy to literary stardom. His semi-autobiographical account of a childhood blighted by drug and sexual abuse in America’s underbelly earned him a cult status. But more shocking than the topics LeRoy’s books explored was the truth behind them, finally exposed in 2006: LeRoy was a well-crafted persona created by Jewish Brooklynite Laura Albert and embodied by her boyfriend’s sister, the androgynous Savannah Knoop.”
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (19 AUG 19:30):
- “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. We are so excited to be able to screen Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece from a glorious 35mm print, the format on which it was shot.”
TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 AUG 20:40):
- “Assuming the identity of a dead author Georg flees France after the Nazi invasion. With nowhere to turn, he is confounded to the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbour. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Based on the eponymous novel by Anna Seghers, award-winning director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara), tells the story of a nearly impossible love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 22 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 22 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at Lexi Cinema (16 to 22 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 20 AUG). IN SEARCH… d. Beryl Magoko, 2018 at DocHouse (16 to 21 AUG). LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 at ICA (16 to 22 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVEd. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Watermans (16 to 22 AUG). STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (16 to 22 AUG).
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