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THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY d. Petra Costa, 2019 + Q&A with producer Joanna Natasegara at ICA (20 JUN 18:20):
- “A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, this expansive documentary maps the explosion of corruption and far-right politics in Brazil. Combining unprecedented access to leaders past and present – including Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva – with accounts of her own family’s complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa considers the nation’s political polarisation.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- The fine volunteers at Deptford Cinema have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a full rewiring of the venue, extending access to their unique brand of award-winning community cinema. Here’s how you can help.
- 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.
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS! (26 to 30 JUN).
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
AFTER 82: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE AIDS CRISIS IN THE UK d. Ben Lord & Steve Keeble, 2017 + Panel at Curzon Soho (20 JUN 18:30):
- “What would you do if a deadly virus wiped out your circle of friends literally overnight? This is the situation that faced the gay community in the UK in the early 1980s. Young gay men who were living their lives were confronted with death and bigotry side by side. This is their stories told by the first generation of HIV survivors.”
WHO? d. Jack Gold, 1974 + Talk: Tell Me the Truth by Professor Coral Dando at The Castle Cinema (20 JUN 19:00):
- Science Fiction Theatre presents: “The Cold War is at its height and top American physicist Dr Lucas Martino (Joseph Bova) is horribly injured in a car crash while attending a conference in East Germany. When the scientist is returned to the United States encased in a metal mask and body-suit, FBI agent Sean Rogers (Elliot Gould) suspects that the man in the mask is not who he claims to be…”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Allan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (20 JUN 18:20).
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (20 JUN 13:35).
- CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (20 JUN 19:30).
- DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Everyman Crystal Palace (20 JUN 18:00).
- DIRTY GOD d. Sacha Polak, 2019 presented by #WOMENINFILM2019 at Genesis Cinema (20 JUN 21:00).
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 at Genesis Cinema (20 JUN 18:30).
- LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME d. Charles Vidor, 1955 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (20 JUN 19:30).
- MARY QUEEN OF SCOTTS d. Josie Rourke, 2018 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (20 JUN 19:45).
- THE NILE HILTON INCIDENTd. Tarik Saleh, 2017 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (20 JUN 20:00).
- PROPHECY d. Charlie Paul, 2019 at ICA (20 JUN 14:20).
- Sex On Screen: workshop with the BBFC at Picturehouse Hackney (20 JUN 19:00).
- STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 + Panel Refugee Day Fundraiser at The Lexi Cinema (20 JUN 18:30).
- TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (20 JUN 21:05).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (06 JUN to 25 JUL):
- JE, TU, IL, ELLE d. Chantal Akerman, 1974 (20 JUN 19:00).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- M d. Fritz Lang, 1931 (20 JUN 18:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- MADAME DE… d. Max Ophuls, 1953 (20 JUN 20:40).
KOREAN FILM NIGHTS: HOME TRUTHS at Korean Cultural Centre (02 MAY to 20 JUN):
- MOTHER & A GUEST d. Shin Sang-ok, 1961 + Intro by Federica Fausto (20 JUN 19:00).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 (until 27 JUN).
- THE DEPARTED 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 2006 (20 JUN 20:30).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 from Tower Millennium Pier (20 JUN 20:00).
THE ORIGINAL SIN OF CLAIRE DENIS at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- TROUBLE EVERY DAY 35mm d. Claire Denis, 2001 + Intro by Anna Bogutskaya (20 JUN 18:20).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
- VIVE L’AMOUR d. Tsai Ming-liang, 1994 (20 JUN 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- London Indian Film Festival (20 to 29 JUN).
- 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 (20 JUN 16:00):
- “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 (20 JUN 15:30):
- “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 (20 JUN 14:45):
- “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 (20 JUN 16:45 & 19:00):
- “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 FATHERd. 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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