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Anne Robinson: WAKEFUL with Mairéad McClean at The Whitechapel Gallery (23 JAN 19:00):
- “Artist filmmaker Anne Robinson presents and is in conversation with writer Cherry Smyth about her long-term, multi-disciplinary project Wakeful. Building on a fragmented childhood memory and looking back to a 1918 sea voyage to the Baltic on which her father was ship’s cook, she experiments with film technologies to record time strangely. The screening will also include two films by artist Mairéad McClean: A LINE WAS DRAWN (2019) and NO MORE (2013).”
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
EAT + RESTAURANT d. Andy Warhol, 1963 + 1965 at Regent Street Cinema (23 JAN 19:30):
- The Photographers’ Gallery presents: “To coincide with the current exhibition Feast for the Eyes, join us for a unique screening of Andy Warhol’s EAT (1963) and RESTAURANT (1965). The former captures the simple act of a man eating mushrooms in a one-man show starring Robert Indiana in a single 35-minute shot. RESTAURANT, on the other hand, is a moving still life, opening with a tight shot of a chequered tablecloth. With off camera conversations and the appearance of Warhol superstars like Edie Sedgwick, this 34-minute film documents a staged dinner in a New York restaurant.”
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE d. Terry Gilliam, 2018 + Pre-recorded Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (23 JAN 18:30):
- “A legendary and fantastic literary tale of adventure and daring-do. A modern epic tale of disaster and disappointment with a happy ending that has already become a filmmaking legend. Terry Gilliam’s 30 year passionate but seemingly doomed struggle to complete his version of Cervantes’ masterpiece is finally over and the result is the gloriously witty THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE.”
- Also at (by screening time): Curzon Victoria (23 JAN 18:00 – Other Curzons available!); Genesis Cinema (23 JAN 18:20); Everyman Hampstead & Muswell Hill (23 JAN 19:45) Picturehouse West Norwood (23 JAN 20:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BREAKING THE LIMITS aka Najlepszy d. Łukasz Palkowski, 2017 at Polish Social and Cultural Association (23 JAN 19:30).
- CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (23 JAN 20:00).
- DUCK SOUP d. Leo McCarey, 1933 at The Prince Charles (23 JAN 16:20 – £1 Members Screening).
- EL TOPO d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970 at ICA (23 JAN 21:15).
- LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at The David Lean (23 JAN 14:30 & 19:30).
- LA DOLCE VITA d. Federico Fellini, 1960 at ICA (23 JAN 14:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at Close-Up & BFI Southbank (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- NOCTURNO 29 + Short: NO COMPTEU AMB ELS DITS d. Pere Portabella, 1967 + 1968 (23 JAN 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank (DEC to JAN):
- TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI d. Jacques Becker, 1954 (23 JAN 17:50).
CHINESE NEW YEAR at BFI Southbank (19 to 26 JAN):
- ALL’S WELL ENDS WELL aka Ga yau hei si d. Clifton Ko, 1992 (23 JAN 18:00).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- Society & Spectacle: GINGER & FRED 4K aka Ginger e Fred d. Federico Fellini, 1986 (23 JAN 18:10).
- Re-release: LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 (06 to 26 JAN).
HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):
- ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE d. Tom Shadyac, 1994 (23 JAN 17:00 & 19:15).
MUSICULTS at Genesis Cinema (JAN):
- TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1974 (23 JAN 21:00).
TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):
- JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES d. Chantal Akerman, 1975 (23 JAN 18:45 + Intro by Professor Laura Mulvey).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Maybe nothing today… let us know what we’ve missed!
BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ d. Pamela B. Green, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 JAN 18:20 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Narrated by Jodie Foster, this documentary follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year international career.”
WAVES d. Trey Edward Shults, 2019 at BFI (23 JAN 14:30 & 20:20 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is a high-school senior with a star spot on the wrestling team, an adoring girlfriend and an affluent middle-class home. Yet bubbling pressures slowly cause his bright future to unravel. This complex and devastating family melodrama is fuelled by an array of raw and intense performances. An eclectic soundtrack fused with vivid camerawork firmly establishes Shults (IT COMES AT NIGHT) as one of contemporary cinema’s most exciting new voices.”
WEATHERING WITH YOU d. Makoto Shinkai, 2019 at ICA (23 JAN 12:30):
- “The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…”
- Extended to 29 JAN.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 1917 d. Sam Mendes, 2019 at The Lexi (17 to 23 JAN). ADVOCATE d. Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche, 2019 at DocHouse (until 23 JAN). A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 to 23 JAN). BOMBSHELL d. Jay Roach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (17 to 23 JAN). BUDDHA IN AFRICA d. Nicole Schafer, 2019 at DocHouse (17 to 23 JAN). EL TOPO d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970 at Rio Cinema (17 to 20 JAN). THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS d. Peter Medak, 2018 at DocHouse (until 23 JAN). JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 at Rich Mix (17 to 23 JAN). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 JAN). LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT d. Bi Gan, 2018 at ICA (until 23 JAN). MIDNIGHT TRAVELER d. Hassan Fazili, 2019 at DocHouse (17 to 23 JAN). THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR d. Ry Russo-Young, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 JAN). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ICA (until 23 JAN).
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