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TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (22 MAY 20:50):
- “Chile in the summer of 1990. As the country comes to terms with the end of Pinochet’s dictatorship, a group of adolescents living on a rural commune attempt to make sense of their burgeoning desires and tangled relationships.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
CASABLANCA 16mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (22 MAY 19:30 + 26 MAY 14:00):
- Ciné-Real presents: “The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick’s cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America.”
SUNSET 35mm d. László Nemes, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Phoenix Cinema (22 MAY 20:00):
- “It is 1913, nearing the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and on the eve of the First World War. Írisz Leiter (a haunting Juli Jakab) is a hat maker who returns to Budapest years after being fostered under mysterious circumstances.”
XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 + Q&A with the director at ICA (22 MAY 18:30):
- “What would you do if you had access to government secrets that could change the world for the better if released? In 2010, Manning was an intelligence analyst and uploaded thousands of documents to WikiLeaks revealing U.S soldiers targeting civilians in Iraq. It was the biggest leak of state secrets in U.S history, and she faced the full force of the law.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (22 MAY 14:30).
- ASBURY PARK: RIOT, REDEMPTION, ROCK & ROLL at Picturehouse Stratford (22 MAY 20:30).
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhang-Ke, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (22 MAY 20:20).
- BURNING d. Chang-dong Lee, 2018 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Miranda Ace Hotel Shoreditch (22 MAY 20:00).
- THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2019 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (22 MAY 19:45).
- LAST STOP CONEY ISLAND: THE LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF HAROLD FEINSTEIN d. Andy Dunn, 2018 at DocHouse (22 MAY 18:30).
- MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN d. Ol Parker, 2018 at Rio Cinema (22 MAY 14:30).
- THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE d. John Ford, 1962 at Regent Street Cinema (22 MAY 12:00 & 15:30).
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA d. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011 at Deptford Cinema (22 MAY 19:30).
- PORTRAIT OF JASON d. Shirley Clarke, 1966 + INTRO by Gavin Butt presented by The Photographer’s Gallery at Regent Street Cinema (22 MAY 19:00)
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- NOSFERATU d. FW Murnau, 1922 (22 MAY 20:30).
- THE GOLEM d. Paul Wegener, 1920 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (22 MAY 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST d. Julie Dash, 1991 + INTRO by Kelli Weston (22 MAY 18:10).
CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 15 JUL):
- CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR 35mm d. Mike Nichols, 2007 (22 MAY 18:20).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB & DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Ciné Lumière, Close-Up, Goethe-Institut, ICA & Whitechapel Gallery (MAR to JUN):
- UN CONTE DE MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE + L’AQUARIUM ET LA NATION + OÙ EN ÊTES-VOUS… (22 MAY 19:00, Close-Up).
- DIALOGUE D’OMBRES + CHRONIK DER ANNA MAGDALENA BACH (22 MAY 20:30, Close-Up).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- THE KILLING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1956 (22 MAY 20:45).
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1963 enjoys a grind show run (18 to 30 MAY).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1999 (22 MAY 20:45).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1999 (22 MAY 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- 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 (22 MAY 16:10):
- 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 (22 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 (22 MAY 12:15):
- “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). 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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