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Featured attraction: Science Fiction Theatre presents YOUNG ONES + TALK: Water Pressure by Dr Daanish Mustafa, Kings College London, at The Institute Of Light (21 MAY 19:15).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
LFS: BLACK GIRL + TALK by Manish Agarwal at Lexi Cinema (21 MAY 18:30):
- Welcome to your neighbourhood film school, a series of hosted screenings exploring film history and introducing current debates in cinema culture. Senegalese write-director Ousmane Sembene’s film will be presented by writer and curator Manish Agarwal (BFI London Film Festival & Overnight Film Festival).
MEMOIR OF A MURDERER at Regent Street Cinema (21 MAY 19:00):
- Serial killers are popular figures in South Korean cinema, and their shocking tales of murder hold a tight grip on the neck of their box-office. In MEMOIR OF A MURDERER, one elderly killer’s grasp loosens as his memory begins to fail, but a new and dangerous foe is ready to take his place… A Korean Film Festival teaser screening.
YOUNG ONES + TALK: Water Pressure at The Institute Of Light (21 MAY 19:15):
- In a near future where water is a precious and dwindling resource, hardened survivors scrape and struggle to get by on a barren land that has withered and grown wretched. Before the film, Dr Daanish Mustafa, Reader in Politics and Environment at King’s College London, will examine why it is that, with water in abundance the world over, only the poorest communities suffer from water scarcity. Presented by Science Fiction Theatre.
More films in London today (A – Z): 12 ANGRY MEN 35mm at The Prince Charles (21 MAY 18:25). A CAMBODIAN SPRING + Q&A with director Chris Kelly & the Venerable Sovath (featured in the film) at Rio Cinema (21 MAY 18:25). NEW TOWN UTOPIA at Barbican (21 MAY 18:30). ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at Stratford Picturehouse (21 MAY 20:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). RAWHIDE presented by Kennington Shoot-em-ups at The Cinema Museum (21 MAY 19:30). ROYALTY short film programme presented by Queerly Beloved at The Glory (21 MAY 19:00). SHORT FILMS: BEST OF presented by The Film Bunch at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (21 MAY 19:00). SINK + Q&A with Mark Rylance & Mark Gillis at Curzon Soho (21 MAY 18:40). VIDEODROME presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Five Bells (21 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU at The Prince Charles Cinema (26 MAR to 14 OCT):
- LATE SPRING 35mm (21 May 20:45).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LOST IN AMERICA (21 MAY 17:45).
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
- THE HOLY GIRL 35mm (21 MAY 18:15, BFI).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER (21 MAY 20:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- Next screening: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (23 MAY 21:00, Canopy Beer – Free!).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- Next screening: UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE (31 MAY 19:00, Everyman Muswell Hill).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (21 MAY 14:30 & 18:00):
- 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 Rio Cinema (21 MAY 18:45):
- 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).
MAYSKAYA STREET at DocHouse (21 MAY 16:40):
- 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 (21 MAY 14:30 & 20:30):
- 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 (21 MAY 14:00 & 19:40):
- 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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