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BACK TO THE FATHERLAND d. Kat Rohrer & Gil Levanon, 2017 + Q&A presented by UKJF at JW3 (20 MAR 18:00).
- “Kat’s grandfather was, in her words, a “super Nazi”, whereas Gil’s is a Holocaust survivor. The two met as film students in New York and became close friends. BACK TO THE FATHERLAND is the fruit of their friendship – a brave and moving documentary about new Israeli immigration to Germany and Austria.”
- The film enjoys a grind show run at the same venue.
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- 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
Days Of EUtopia + Q&A with filmmakers short film programme at 93 Feet East (20 MAR 19:00):
- Shorts On Tap presents: “The Brexit clock is ticking. In a bunch of days the UK will sever its ties with the EU. Is this going to be a new dawn for Britain or simply EUtopia? Either way, we will say au revoir to the European Union in style, with a selection of superlative short films from the the Continent itself. Brace yourself for what could be the very last European invasion.”
Short Film Night + Q&A/NETWORKING with the Film Festival Doctor at Moving Pictures (20 MAR 19:00):
- “Enjoy an evening of film networking, films and insightful Q&A’s from the filmmakers. The Film Festival Doctor hosts ‘Girls on Film’ an evening celebrating female filmmakers – 6 short films will be screened where women have occupied the roles as either (or all) director, producer, lead actress and/or screenwriter.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BURNING aka Beoning d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at ICA (20 MAR 15:00).
- CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at The Lexi (20 MAR 18:20).
- COBRA WOMAN d. Robert Siodmak, 1944 presented by Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s Bar (20 MAR 20:00 – FREE!).
- THE GOOD COMPANIONS d. J. Lee-Thompson, 1957 at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAR 12:00 & 15:30).
- MILDRED PIERCE d. Michael Curtiz, 1945 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (20 MAR 14:00).
- THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2019 + Q&A with the directors at Picturehouse Clapham (20 MAR 18:30).
- THE PROWLER d. Joe Losey, 1951 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (20 MAR 19:30).
- SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (20 MAR 16:00).
- STAN & OLLIE d. Jon S. Baird, 2018 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (20 MAR 19:45).
- VICE d. Adam McKay, 2018 at The David Lean (20 MAR 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (20 MAR 13:15 & 18:00).
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (20 MAR 15:45).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE d. Jean Renoir, 1936 + INTRO by Geoff Andrew (20 MAR 18:20).
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952 (20 MAR 20:55).
CLOSE-UP ON SERGEI PARAJANOV at Close-Up (08 to 30 MAR):
- ASHIK KERIB 35mm d. Sergei Parajanov, 1988 (20 MAR 20:30).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at BFI Southbank & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- CLASS RELATIONS d. Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1983 + EN RACHÂCHANT d. Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1982 + INTRO by Helen Hughes (20 MAR 18:00, BFI).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- FORTY GUNS 4K d. Samuel Fuller, 1957 (20 MAR 20:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
BENJAMIN d. Simon Amstell, 2018 at JW3 (20 MAR 14:00 & 16:00):
- “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 (20 MAR 18:25):
- “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 (20 MAR 16:30):
- “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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