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STARMAN d. John Carpenter, 1984 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (22 AUG 19:00):
- Science Fiction Theatre presents: “Answering a NASA message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the so-called Starman (Jeff Bridges) inhabits the body of a late Wisconsinite and kidnaps the dead man’s widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). Determined to reunite with a vessel from his home planet at a predetermined location, Starman and Jenny travel to Arizona, pursued by government agents intent on capturing him, dead or alive…”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
RAINDANCE MEANS RAINDANCE at the 27th edition of the indie film festival (18 to 29 SEP 2019). The programme continues to celebrate the main tenets of what makes an indie film an indie film. We attended the West End launch to find out what’s on.
The ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD season is curated by Viknesh Kobinathan, a student at the National Film & Television School, & screens at Rich Mix & Birkbeck Cinema (19 to 28 SEP 2019). We caught up with Viknesh to find out more.
Calling all City workers! We will shortly be launching a new popup cinema project to liberate you from lunch at your desk. Stay looped with our dedicated LUNCHTIME FILM newsletter.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE FULLNESS OF TIME + H-E-L-L-O d. Cauleen Smith, 2018 + 2014 + Intro by Languid Hands at ICA (22 AUG 18:45):
- Languid Hands presents: “Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson will introduce the films, which focus on post-Katrina New Orleans, ruminating on the markedly Black city as a site of both trauma and generative action. Cauleen Smith’s moving image works honour the futuristic aspects of Black radicalism in a way that is both aesthetically and theoretically aligned with Black Quantum Futurism’s use of Afrofuturism as a tool for overcoming injustice.”
HOW TO START A REVOLUTION d. Ruaridh Arrow, 2011 + Q&A at DocHouse (22 AUG 18:30):
- Extinction Rebellion presents: “A BAFTA Award-winning British documentary film about Nobel Peace Prize nominee and political theorist Gene Sharp, described as the world’s foremost scholar on nonviolent revolution. With archive footage and interviews from figures who collaborated with and incorporated Sharp’s ideas, as well as Sharp himself, the film explores their influence on popular uprisings and revolutionary groups around the world.”
THE NIGHT PORTER d. Liliana Cavani, 1974 + Salon with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (22 AUG 18:30):
- “Our monthly Cult Classic Collective event with Nick Walker of Rochester Kino returns with THE NIGHT PORTER by Liliana Cavani. The screening will be introduced by Nick and will be followed by a salon discussion upstairs at the bar where you will have a chance to discuss this great film with fellow fans and first-time viewers!”
UNTOUCHABLE d. Ursula Macfarlane, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (22 AUG 19:00):
- UK Jewish Film presents: “A modern-day studio mogul, producer Harvey Weinstein almost singlehandedly revolutionised the film industry in the 1990s. Sexual assault rumours against Weinstein have persisted for years, but it was only in 2017 that shocking details of his alleged behaviour saw the light of day, prompting the launch of the global #MeToo movement.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 at Regent Street Cinema (22 AUG 19:30).
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (22 AUG 16:10).
- BLADE RUNNER: DOUBLE FEATURE at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 18:10).
- KILLER KATE! d. Elliot Feld, 2018 at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 13:00).
- OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 15:10).
- STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at DocHouse (22 AUG 21:15)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ALMODÓVAR: KING OF SPAIN at Genesis Cinema (02 to 22 AUG):
- THE SKIN I LIVE IN d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2011 (22 AUG 21:00).
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SING-A-LONG (22 AUG 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- MILDRED PIERCE d. Michael Curtiz, 1945 (22 AUG 20:40).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (22 AUG 18:30 & 20:40).
HEAT OF THE MOMENT: TURNING POINTS ON FILM at Barbican Centre (01 to 29 AUG):
- STONEWALL d. Nigel Finch, 1995 + Intro by Alex Davidson (22 AUG 18:30).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- YOUNG SOUL REBELS 35mm d. Isaac Julien, 1991 (22 AUG 18:20).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- Michelangelo Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy – L’ECLISSE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962 (22 AUG 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
DJON AFRICA d. Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra at ICA (22 AUG 12:25):
- “The debut scripted feature by Portuguese documentarian duo Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra stars non-professional actor Miguel Moreira (who appeared in the pair’s 2010 DocLisboa winner LI KÉ TERRA) as 25-year-old Djon África, born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents. Loosely episodic in structure, the film narrates Miguel’s journey to Cape Verde in search of his father.”
JT LEROY d. Justin Kelly, 2018 at JW3 (22 AUG 15:30):
- “His first book Sarah, published in 1999, propelled young JT LeRoy to literary stardom. His semi-autobiographical account of a childhood blighted by drug and sexual abuse in America’s underbelly earned him a cult status. But more shocking than the topics LeRoy’s books explored was the truth behind them, finally exposed in 2006: LeRoy was a well-crafted persona created by Jewish Brooklynite Laura Albert and embodied by her boyfriend’s sister, the androgynous Savannah Knoop.”
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (22 AUG 19:30):
- “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. We are so excited to be able to screen Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece from a glorious 35mm print, the format on which it was shot.”
TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (22 AUG 11:10 & 14:00 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Assuming the identity of a dead author Georg flees France after the Nazi invasion. With nowhere to turn, he is confounded to the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbour. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Based on the eponymous novel by Anna Seghers, award-winning director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara), tells the story of a nearly impossible love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 22 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 22 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at Lexi Cinema (16 to 22 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 20 AUG). IN SEARCH… d. Beryl Magoko, 2018 at DocHouse (16 to 21 AUG). LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 at ICA (16 to 22 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVEd. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Watermans (16 to 22 AUG). STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (16 to 22 AUG).
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