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YENTL d. Barbra Streisand, 1983 + Panel Discussion: “Reframing Streisand” with Mia Bays, Jason Solomons & Anna Smith at Everyman Belsize Park (20 NOV 19:30):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “Celebrating Barbra Streisand’s contribution to cinema through her ever-popular musicals and musical dramas and exploring her status as a misunderstood superstar, powerhouse producer/director and cultural icon. Reclaim The Frame is a UK-wide 10 city mission bringing ever-greater audiences to films by women through events, celebration and conversation.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
We’ve posted another writeup from this year’s Smartphone Film Festival – Best International Film winner, SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH DAD.
To help you plan ahead, we’ve posted our epic roundup of London’s repertory seasons & film festivals for the month of November.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
HOUSE OF CHILDREN d. Daniel Drema, 2019 + Q&A at The Castle Cinema (20 NOV 18:30):
- “A glimpse of life as seen through children at a Zimbabwean care initiative. We see almost nothing of the children’s surroundings, forcing us to imagine a world entirely from their point of view. And like the way a novel slowly awakens using only words, the film similarly restricts our eyes, but opens up the imagination…”
Juliet Jacques Presents, Part 1 at ICA (20 NOV 18:45):
- “Writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques presents a two-part programme of experimental queer cinema. Focusing on works from the 20th century, Part I includes films by Barbara Hammer, Marina Grizinic & Amid Smid, Jerry Tartaglia, and J. S. Watson & Melville Webber. Starting with a pivotal work from the American inter-war avant-garde, these works chart the emergence of gay and lesbian filmmaking, the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the development of trans culture and politics.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 2040 d. Damon Gameau, 2019 at Catford Mews (20 NOV 12:45).
- BEANPOLE d. Kantemir Balagov, 2019 at ICA (20 NOV 17:10).
- BLUE STORY d. Rapman, 2019 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (20 NOV 20:30).
- DOWNTON ABBY d. Michael Engler, 2019 at The David Lean (20 NOV 14:30 & 19:30).
- THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO d. Joe Talbot, 2019 at Barbican (20 NOV 20:40).
- MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND d. Midge Costin, 2019 at ICA (20 NOV 12:35).
- Odyssey Film Club: LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (20 NOV 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
- THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN d. David Lowery, 2018 at Rio Cinema (20 NOV 14:30).
- TOO LATE FOR TEARS d. Byron Haskin, 1949 presented by Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s Bar (20 NOV 20:00 – FREE!).
- TV Preview: VIC & BOB’S BIG NIGHT OUT + Q&A with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer at BFI Southbank (20 NOV 18:15).
- YVES SAINT-LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Myron, 2018 at ICA (20 NOV 15:35).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AMERICAN INDEPENDENT: A FOCUS ON SHIRLEY CLARKE at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA d. Shirley Clarke, 1985 + Intro by broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre (20 NOV 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- RAGING BULL d. Martin Scorsese, 1980 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (20 NOV 18:00).
EARTH IN CRISIS at DocHouse (14 to 20 NOV):
- OH, THE SANXIA d. Wang Libo, 2012 + Q&A with the director (20 NOV 18:30).
THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL at DocHouse (08 to 15 NOV):
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 (until 20 NOV).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- PASSE TON BAC D’ABORD d. Maurice Pialat, 1978 (20 NOV 20:45).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW d. Jim Sharman, 1975 (20 NOV 18:20).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 (20 NOV 15:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Czech Velvet 1989-2019 (01 to 29 NOV).
- EFG London Jazz Festival (15 to 24 NOV).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- Irish Film Festival (20 to 24 NOV).
- London Palestine Film Festival (15 to 30 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (06 to 21 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (10 to 26 NOV).
LITTLE MONSTERS d. Abe Forsythe, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 NOV 17:15):
- “LITTLE MONSTERS follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids’ show personality and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad).”
SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE d. Cédric Klapisch, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (20 NOV 20:40):
- “In the fine tradition of Cédric Klapisch’s relationship studies as depicted in POT LUCK and its sequels, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE centres on Rémy and Mélanie, two Parisian bachelors in their thirties. Both are victims of big city isolation, at a super-connected time, when meeting people should be simpler. And yet…”
STAR TREK : THE MOTION PICTURE 35mm d. Robert Wise, 1979 at The Prince Charles (20 NOV 21:00):
- “The Federation calls on Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to contain an immense nimbused object that’s on a crash course with Earth. After investigating, the crew discovers that the alien cloud harbors artificial intelligence with an ominous primary directive.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 2040 d. Damon Gameau, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 NOV). BERLIN BOUNCER d. David Dietl, 2019 at DocHouse (15 to 21 NOV). THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 NOV). THE GOOD LIAR d. Bill Condon, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (15 to 21 NOV). THE HOTTEST AUGUST d. Brett Story, 2019 at DocHouse (15 to 21 NOV). THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO d. Joe Talbot, 2019 at ICA (until 21 NOV). LUCE d. Julius Onah, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 21 NOV). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rich Mix (15 to 21). MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 21 NOV). MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE d. Richard Lowenstein, 2019 at The Lexi (15 to 20 NOV). MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 NOV). MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at The Lexi (16 to 20 NOV). THE REPORT d. Scott Z. Burns, 2019 at Barbican (15 to 21 NOV). SORRY WE MISSED YOU d. Ken Loach, 2019 at Watermans (15 to 21 NOV).
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