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Featured attraction: THEOREM + Q&A with Terence Stamp at BFI Southbank (22 NOV 20:50): “An exhilarating mix of Pasolini’s political sentiments and poetic instincts, this measures the effects of a beautiful stranger’s unexpected arrival at – and later his equally sudden departure from – the mansion of a wealthy industrialist family.”
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: In our continuing series of interviews with London’s independent curators, Anna de Guia-Eriksson talks Filikino, a programme of classic and contemporary Philippine cinema, the Philippine film industry and recent audience responses to ALIPATO by Khavn De La Cruz at Genesis Cinema. Read our interview HERE.
COMING SOON: Last Frame Club are hosting their first Smartphone Film Festval in Walthamstow this Friday (23 NOV 18:00). RADIANT CIRCUS chatted with co-director Vera Hems Anderson about new adventures in handheld movie making. Read our interview HERE.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
COLD WAR + Q&A with director Paweł Pawlikowski at Curzon Soho (22 NOV 18:15):
- Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning IDA with the stunning COLD WAR, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest.
THEOREM + Q&A with Terence Stamp at BFI Southbank (22 NOV 20:50):
- An exhilarating mix of Pasolini’s political sentiments and poetic instincts, this measures the effects of a beautiful stranger’s unexpected arrival at – and later his equally sudden departure from – the mansion of a wealthy industrialist family.
THE VELVET REVOLUTION + PANEL with Pavel Seifter and Jiří Přibáň at Czech Centre London (22 NOV 19:00):
- A testimony to the heady days following the 17 November 1989, this edited footage of interviews and news journals successfully evokes the atmosphere of the 30 days which paved the way to democracy in Czechoslovakia.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S presented by Nomad at Hatton Garden (22 NOV 18:30).
- DOGMAN at ICA (22 NOV 18:50).
- ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK at Picturehouse Central (22 NOV 21:10 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- ESCAPE FROM NEW YORKat ArtHouse Crouch End (22 NOV 22:15).
- FAHRENHEIT 11/9 at DocHouse (22 NOV 14:00).
- JOURNEY’S END presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Centre (22 NOV 19:45).
- JURASSIC PARK 35mm at The Prince Charles (22 NOV 15:30).
- Kino London Open Mic Short Film Night at Candid Arts (22 NOV 19:00).
- LES CHOSES DE LA VIE at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV 16:00).
- THE LAB + NOT IN OUR NAME presented by Haringey Independent Cinema at Park View School (22 NOV 19:00).
- MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (22 NOV 19:00).
- MATANGI | MAYA | M.I.A. presented by Dogwoof at House Of Vans (22 NOV 19:00 – Free! / Booking required).
- SWIMMING WITH MEN presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Centre (22 NOV 19:30).
- WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN at Lexi Cinema (22 NOV 18:30).
- WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN at DocHouse (22 NOV 18:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- 9 TO 5 (22 NOV 14:30, 18:20 & 20:40).
- THIS IS SPINAL TAP 35mm + INTRO by comedy actor-writer Morwenna Banks (22 NOV 18:10).
- Philosophy up to 11: Memory, Truth and Masculinity in THIS IS SPINAL TAP (22 NOV 20:10).
HAROLD & KUMAR at Deptford Cinema (22 NOV to 06 DEC):
- HAROLD & KUMAR GET THE MUNCHIES (22 NOV 19:00).
Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- THE WEDDING RING aka L’alliance 35mm (22 NOV 18:30).
WE LOVE JOHN HUGHES at The Prince Charles (22 to 26 NOV):
- PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES 35mm (22 NOV 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- GFEST (12 to 24 NOV).
- Irish Film Festival (21 to 25 NOV).
- London Palestine Film Festival (16 to 28 NOV).
- November Film Festival (22 to 25 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (08 to 22 NOV).
- Underwire Film Festival (16 to 25 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (11 to 24 NOV).
9 TO 5 at BFI (22 NOV 14:30, 18:20 & 20:40).
- This gloriously feminist revenge comedy sees three put-upon office workers turn the tables on their sleazy boss. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) bond over being mistreated by their boss: he yells at Judy on her first day, consistently takes credit for Violet’s ideas and sexually harasses Doralee. Fed up with him, and the sexist practices of their office, they dream of his removal.
SUSPIRIA (2018) at Rio Cinema (22 NOV 17:00 & 20:15):
- A very original re-visit to Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic by the director of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features powerful performances from Tilda Swinton (x2), Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth plus a haunting score from Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke.
THE WORKSHOP at ICA (22 NOV 16:15):
- Director Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning film THE CLASS (2008), used documentary style and improvisation by its teenage cast to trace a teacher’s interactions with his working-class high school students. Centring on a writing class comprising working-class Black, Arab and white students led by a celebrated Parisian novelist, THE WORKSHOP starts out looking similar but soon reveals its differences.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at Ciné Lumière (16 to 30 NOV). ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (until 20 NOV). CHARM CITY at DocHouse (16 to 21 NOV). CLIMAX at ICA (until 22 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 02 DEC). NAE PASARAN at ICA (until 22 NOV). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). SOME LIKE IT HOT at BFI (02 to 18 NOV). THIS IS HOME at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). WAJIB at Whirled Cinema (19 to 25 NOV). WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 22 NOV). WILDLIFE at BFI (16 to 21 NOV).
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