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Featured attraction: Salomé Lamas’ EXTINCTION at DocHouse (20 MAY 16:00).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Double Bill: THE INNOCENTS + THE OLD DARK HOUSE at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY 15:00 & 17:15):
- Two horror classics. There’s a discount for doing the double.
EXTINCTION at DocHouse (20 MAY 16:00):
- Salomé Lamas’ haunting essay film enters the dark and labyrinthine borderlands of what was once the USSR. Kolya is a young man from Moldova, who feels a strong allegiance to Transnistria – a communist breakaway state which does not legally exist.
WAKE IN FRIGHT at Moth Club (20 MAY 19:00):
More films in London today (A – Z): BARRY LYNDON at Rio Cinema (20 MAY 15:15). CITIZEN KANE at BFI (20 MAY 15:20). D/EAF SHORTS SHOWCASE at Rio Cinema (20 MAY 12:00). FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY 19:00). FROM UP ON POPPY HILL at The Prince Charles (20 MAY 15:35). L’APPAT presented by French Sundaes at The Cinema Museum (20 MAY 14:30). THE MAGIC FLUTE at Picturehouse Central (20 MAY 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). THE SEARCHERS 35mm at The Prince Charles (20 MAY 20:45 – £1 PCC Members).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (all year):
- LU OVER THE WALL(20 MAY 12:45).
- IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (20 MAY 15:15).
- CARDCAPTOR SAKURA MOVIE 2: THE SEALED CARD (20 MAY 18:10).
- PAPRIKA (20 MAY 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 27 MAY):
- WINGS OF HONNEAMIS (20 MAY 14:00 & 16:00).
JACQUES TATI Selectrospective at The Prince Charles (07 to 28 MAY):
- PLAYTIME (20 MAY 17:50).
LET LOVE IN: NICK CAVE ON SCREEN at Genesis Cinema (until 01 JUN):
- GHOSTS… OF THE CIVIL DEAD (20 MAY 19:30).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- CHOOSE ME (20 MAY 20:20).
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
- THE SWAMP + Q&A with Lucrecia Martel (20 MAY 18:00).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (20 MAY 18:40 & 20:50).
ROYAL WEDDING at Deptford Cinema (19 to 20 MAY):
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- MEDIUM COOL 35mm (20 MAY 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- 48HR FILM COMPETITION AWARDS (20 MAY 18:00, Upstairs at the Station – 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)
- LES DEUX ANGLAISES ET LE CONTINENT (20 MAY 14:00, Ciné Lumière).
Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival (17 to 20 MAY)
- HOBBIES (20 MAY 11:30, Hackney Attic).
- HYBRIDS & UNCONVENTIONAL STORYTELLING (20 MAY 14:00, Rio Cinema).
- DIRECTED BY WOMEN (20 MAY 16:00, Rio Cinema).
- CLOSING EVENT (20 MAY 19:00, Hackney Attic).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (20 MAY 13:30 & 17:00):
- 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 (20 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 (20 MAY 18:00):
- 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 (20 MAY 19:30):
- 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 (20 MAY 15:00 & 19:00):
- 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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