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FOR ALL MANKIND d. Al Reinert, 1989 + Q&A with Roger Eno at Regent Street Cinema (21 JUL 15:00):
- Heavenly Films presents: “To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, a rare screening of Al Reinert’s spellbinding documentary. The film was backed by a stunning soundtrack composed by Brian and Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois, and released as the album Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks. This album will be re-released on July 19th on the anniversary of the moon landing and features 11 brand new tracks.”
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Japan Foundation London returns with their annual series of summer film screenings. This year, the programme projects a weekend of live action Japanese films based on manga at The British Library (27 to 28 JUL 2019).
Following a screening of BLADE RUNNER earlier in the year, Gerry Maguire’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST continues with two more sci-fi cult classics: THE RUNNING MAN (24 JUL) & THE ANIMATRIX (08 AUG) at Regent Street Cinema.
We’ve added some new attractions to our summer-long love affair with community cinema Screen25 in South Norwood. Check out our Special Attractions listings and then use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL d. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at ICA (21 JUL 18:00):
- “A young American documentarian casts an aspiring Polish actress in her film about the life of migrants in London after the Brexit referendum, with the sole instruction to ‘act as if I’m not here.’ As the relationship between the women develops, they find themselves immersed in a strange power struggle.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Zhangke Jia, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (21 JUL 18:00).
- Double Bill: SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER + ALL ABOUT EVE d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959 + 1950 at Regent Street Cinema (21 JUL 17:30 + 19:50).
- Lars Von Trier’s Depression Trilogy Lecture by Mary Wild presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (21 JUL 15:00).
- LOW on Film presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (21 JUL 19:00).
- MANDY d. Panos Cosmatos, 2018 at The Prince Charles (21 JUL 20:45).
- MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL d. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek, 2018 at The Prince Charles (21 JUL 13:15).
- OUR TIME d. Carlos Reygadas, 2018 at ICA (21 JUL 13:15).
- PAPRIKA d. Satoshi Kon, 2006 at The Prince Charles (21 JUL 13:00).
- ROCKETMAN d. Dexter Fletcher, 2019 at Lexi Cinema (21 JUL 20:30).
- ROMAN HOLIDAY d. William Wyler, 1953 at Picturehouse Central (21 JUL 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- THE SWEET HEREAFTER d. Atom Egoyan, 1997 presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (21 JUL 14:30 – CANCELLED!).
- VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 at ArtHouse Crouch End (21 JUL 13:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950 (21 JUL 15:30).
CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):
- WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 (21 JUL 20:00).
- Jacques Rivette: Out 1 – Episodes 1 & 2 (199min), 3 & 4 (215min), 5 & 6 (190min), 7 & 8 (171min) (20 to 21 JUL – tickets for the full weekend only).
THE FILMS OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles (until 03 NOV):
- THE SACRIFICE d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (21 JUL 15:10).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 (21 JUL 20:45).
FRANCO PIAVOLI: 1954 – 2016 at Deptford Cinema (07 to 28 JUL):
- AT THE FIRST BREATH OF WIND d. Franco Piavoli, 2002 (21 JUL 20:00).
INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 21 JUL):
- PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (21 JUL 18:35).
KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand… at BFI IMAX & Southbank (JUL):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (21 JUL 19:45).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT d. Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, 1999 (21 JUL 17:50).
NOIRS at House Of Vans (07 JUL to 03 AUG):
- COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (21 JUL 13:00 & 15:30).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- FIGHT CLUB: 20TH ANNIVERSARY (21 JUL 21:00 – Peckham).
- DAZED AND CONFUSED (21 JUL 21:00 – Stratford).
SALON MEXICO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- AVENTUERERA d. Alberto Gout, 1950 (21 JUL 17:45).
THE STAGE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (until 21 JUL):
- OPENING NIGHT d. John Cassavetes, 1977 (21 JUL 14:00).
TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUL):
- LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2008 (21 JUL 16:50).
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (21 JUL 19:30).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (21 JUL 18:05).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN d. Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, 2019 at The Prince Charles (21 JUL 21:00):
- “A story so shocking it reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. John DeLorean was a maverick who defied the industry to create the DeLorean Motor Company, and realise his vision of a futuristic car, which was plagued with disaster from the start. In an effort to keep his business and jet setting lifestyle afloat, he became embroiled in an FBI sting operation and appeared to be caught red handed, exchanging millions for the transportation of cocaine.”
GWEN d. William McGregor, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (21 JUL 16:00 & 18:00):
- “Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) lives on a farm in the beautiful hills of Snowdonia with her mother Elen (Peake) and little sister Mari. Like nearly all the local men, Gwen’s father is away at war. As she struggles to cope with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, darkness begins to take a grip on Gwen’s home, and the suspicious local community turn on her.”
VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 at Rio Cinema (21 JUL 15:15):
- “Packed with moving stories, amusing anecdotes and illuminating wisdom VARDA BY AGNES is the final dazzling, witty and highly original film from a great director, uncompromising pioneer, photographer, installation artist, visual storyteller and institution of world cinema – but never a supporter of institutional thinking.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 24 JUL). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 25 JUL). THE BRINK d. Alison Klayman, 2019 at DocHouse (until 25 JUL). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 25 JUL). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (25 to 31 JUL). LISBON BEAT d. Rita Maia & Vasco Viana, 2019 (20 to 25 JUL). THE MATRIXd. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 25 JUL). MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 24 JUL). MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL d. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek at ICA (19 to 25 JUL). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 25 JUL). ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 25 JUL). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (19 to 25 JUL). TAMPOPO d. Jûzô Itami, 1985 at Whirled Cinema (22 to 28 JUL). TEL AVIV ON FIRE d. Sameh Zoabi, 2018 at JW3 (21 to 28 JUL).
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