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IRENE’S GHOST d. Iain Cunningham, 2018 + Q&A with the director & author Laura Dockrill at Curzon Soho (20 MAY 18:30):
- “The story of a son finding the truth of the mother he never knew. When Iain’s child is born, he is forced to confront his own early life; His mother Irene died when he was three, leaving only fragmentary memories and silence from his father. Now he must confront what has been hidden.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- TOMORROW! Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be discussing how indie exhibitors are “making movies matter at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
- South Social Film Festival is collaborating with Instituto Cervantes to celebrate Spain at Moving Pictures Cinema (08 JUN). RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers can unlock a juicy discount for this thrilling event.
- RADIANT CIRCUS is partnering with Screen25 to celebrate their new Spring/Summer programme. All RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers, friends & followers get a juicy discount when booking for this exciting lineup. First up: RAFIKI (29 MAY).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION d. Julien Faraut, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Wimbledon (20 MAY 18:30):
- “Graceful, irascible and unique: in 1984, John McEnroe was unassailable, the world’s top ranked player as he approached the French Open. This documentary adapts uncovered 16mm footage of McEnroe’s incredible skill (and unholy temper) from the event, offering deeper insights into how he drove himself to be one of the all time great sportsmen.”
THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Ritzy (20 MAY 19:00):
- “Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings), a Texan police officer, struggles to raise his daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. A tragicomic portrait of a failing figure of authority in America. Won the Grand Jury Award at SXSW.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BLADE RUNNER 2049 d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 presented by Empire Magazine at Picturehouse Central (20 MAY 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- Charles Bukowski – BORN INTO THIS presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (20 MAY 19:00).
- THE CRAFT d. Andrew Fleming, 1996 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (20 MAY 19:30 – FREE!).
- CRIME + Q&A with filmmakers short film programme at Peckhamplex (20 MAY 18:30).
- DEFAULT d. Choi Kook-hee, 2018 Teaser Screening presented by Korean Film Festival at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY 19:00).
- EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (20 MAY 12:00).
- POND LIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (20 MAY 15:00).
- Smallfilms with Chris Pallant library talk at BFI (20 MAY 18:30
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- A BLONDE DREAM 16mm d. Paul Martin, 1932 + INTRO by Margaret Deriaz (20 MAY 18:20).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- EL SUR d. Víctor Erice, 1983 (20 MAY 20:30).
- THE DISCRETE CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE d. Luis Buñuel, 1972 (20 MAY 20:40).
CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF THE BATMAN! at The Prince Charles (06 to 27 MAY):
- BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY).
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (MAY):
- NOSTALGHIA d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 (20 MAY 15:30).
INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (20 MAY to 22 JUL):
- WILD STRAWBERRIES d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 (20 MAY 17:50).
LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):
- SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING d. Karel Reisz, 1960 Speaker: Samuel West(20 MAY 18:30).
LILIANA CAVANI: 1966-1970 at Deptford Cinema (13 to 27 MAY):
- GALILEO d. Liliana Cavani, 1968 (20 MAY 20:00 – FREE!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Beyond Words French Literature Festival (15 to 20 MAY).
- Everyman Music Film Festival (09 to 26 MAY).
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- Sci-Fi-London (15 to 22 MAY).
AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (20 MAY – closed today, back tomorrow):
- For over 2,000 years, female shellfish divers, known as ama-san, have fished for abalone off the coast of Japan. Focusing on three women who have spent decades diving together near a small fishing village on the Shima peninsular, AMA-SAN is a unique portrait of an ancient custom which is at risk of disappearing.
MARTY d. Delbert Mann, 1955 at Whirled Cinema (20 MAY 20:00):
- “The Bronx, New York. While his extended family are all getting married, Marty (Ernest Borgnine) remains a stay-at-home bachelor in his mid 30’s. On the verge of accepting a quiet life with his mother, he heads out one evening to the Stardust Ballroom, and tries not to ruin what could be his last chance at finding love.”
TUCKED d. Jamie Patterson, 2018 at Rio Cinema (20 MAY 14:30 & 21:00):
- “Gender non-conforming Jackie Collins is an 80+ years old drag queen with an acerbic nightclub comedy act. Diagnosed with cancer but determined to keep on performing and boozing, but between a surprising new friendship with young, non-binary newcomer Faith and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (until 23 MAY). THE ARCTIC CAMELS d. Karl Emil Rikardsen, 2019 at DocHouse (17 to 23 MAY). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 23 MAY). BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY). BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 to 23 MAY). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at Barbican (17 to 23 MAY). DR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING & LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 at ArtHouse Crouch End (18 to 23 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (until 22 MAY). FERRANTE FEVER d. Giacomo Durzi, 2017 at DocHouse (17 to 23 MAY). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 23 MAY). MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at Barbican (until 22 MAY). MARTY d. Delbert Mann, 1955 at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 MAY). PICK OF THE LITTER d. Don Hardy & Dana Nachman, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 to 23 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 23 MAY). THE TESTAMENT d. Amichai Greenberg, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (19 to 23 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 23 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (17 to 23 MAY).
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