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BLADE RUNNER – THE FINAL CUT d. Ridley Scott, 1982/2007 + PANEL at Regent Street Cinema (23 APR 19:30):
- Days Of Future Past presents: “Join us in 2019 – the year BLADE RUNNER is originally set – to explore the themes of artificial intelligence, robotics and humanity which underpin the film, and which are starting to move from science fiction to science fact. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the ethics of robotics and A.I.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- As we get ready for another dose of MIDNIGHT EXCESS (11 MAY 23:00+) we thought we’d turn our obsessive attention to London’s regular late night movies, double bills, cults & (not so…) classics.
- Ahead of tonight’s featured screening of BLADE RUNNER – THE FINAL CUT (23 APR 19:30, Regent Street Cinema), Gerry Maguire introduces new film strand DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
- Celebrating their first birthday, Zodiac Film Club write about the most Zodiac AKA terrifying birthdays in cinema.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Nova Nights #17 – An Experimental Film & Horror Extravaganza with Eric Leiser & Samantha Oči at The Horse Hospital (23 APR 19:00):
- Billy Chainsaw presents: “A showreel of award-winning artist and experimental filmmaker Eric Leiser’s surrealist shorts plus an exclusive screening of 2 dark videos & an even darker experimental short by director Samantha Oči. Both filmmakers will be interviewed by Billy take part in an audience Q&A.”
Three Thrilling Shorts + INTRO by Jonathan Rigby at BFI Southbank (23 APR 18:10):
- Projecting The Archive presents: “Three archive short films with supernatural themes, from ghostly apparitions to a chilling curse. Including: THE FATAL NIGHT 35mm d. Mario Zampi, 1948; PORTRAIT OF A MATADOR 35mm d. Theodore Zichy, 1958; and, RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL 35mm d. Hilton Edwards, 1953.”
VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 + Q&A with the director & actors Raffey Cassidy & Stacy Martin at Curzon Mayfair (23 APR 18:15):
- “Natalie Portman is a troubled pop star in Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux. Having shot to fame as a victim of a school shooting, Celeste (Portman) has reached the other side of teen stardom, and is on the brink, manipulated by her manager (Jude Law). Narrated by Willem Dafoe, what follows is nothing less than an exploration of modern America, with celebrity, terrorism and the media in the sights.”
WOMEN OF THE GULAG d. Marianna Yarovskaya, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Barbican (23 APR 18:30):
- New East Cinema presents: “While Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin’s camps and settlements for ‘crimes against the state’, this acclaimed film features six women, all in their eighties and nineties. They tell their stories while going about their daily lives in the remote villages of the Urals, suburbs of Moscow and in the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY d. Steve Sullivan, 2018 at DocHouse (23 APR 20:30).
- EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Picturehouse Central (23 APR 18:30 – Other Picturehouse available!).
- ENTER THE VOID d. Gaspar Noé, 2009 at The Prince Charles (23 APR 15:15).
- LAURA d. Otto Preminger, 1944 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (23 APR 20:00).
- LORDS OF CHAOS d. Jonas Åkerlund, 2018 at The Prince Charles (23 APR 21:00).
- THE PANAMA PAPERS d. Alex Winter, 2018 at DocHouse (23 APR 14:20).
- PUPPET MASTER : THE LITTLEST REICH d. Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund, 2018 at The Prince Charles (23 APR 16:00).
- SUNSET BLVD. d. Billy Wilder, 1950 at The Prince Charles (23 APR 18:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER d. Werner Herzog, 1974 (23 APR 20:50).
BORN DIGITAL: RAISED BY THE INTERNET at BFI Southbank (APR):
- OUR NEW PRESIDENT d. Maxim Pozdorovkin, 2018 (23 APR 18:15).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- THE WHITE DOVE d. František Vláčil, 1960 (23 APR 20:15).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Goethe-Institut & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- SICILIA! + IL VIANDANTE + L’ARROTINO (23 APR 18:20, ICA).
HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (02 APR to 30 MAY – FREE!):
- THE WHITE RIBBON d. Michael Haneke, 2009 (23 APR 19:00).
JOHN WATERS SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019):
- POLYESTER d. John Waters, 1981 (23 APR 20:45).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- LOLITA d. Stanley Kubrick, 1961 (23 APR 20:10).
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- AIR DOLL 35mm d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2009 (23 APR 20:30).
SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH at Genesis Cinema (02 to 25 APR):
- LOST HIGHWAY d. David Lynch, 1997 (23 APR 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Unrestricted View Film Festival (23 to 28 APR).
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at Rio Cinema (23 APR 14:10 & 20:15):
- “Definitely the movie title of the year but perhaps also one of its most controversial, writer-director-composer S. Craig Zahler’s DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE appropriately cements his standing as one of the great contemporary movie genre blenders as he follows the breathless intensity of BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 with an equally gritty and gripping thriller.”
GRETA d. Neil Jordan, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (23 APR 21:00):
- “Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz), a sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness.”
THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE d. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018 at DocHouse (23 APR 18:30):
- “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s celebrated philosophical children’s book The Little Prince, is one of the world’s most widely translated literary works and has been translated into more than 300 languages. THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE connects the vast distances between translators working to save some of the world’s most oppressed and diminishing languages.”
SHONGRAM d. Munsur Ali, 2014 at Rich Mix (23 APR 15:30):
- “A young Karim and Asha fall in love in the most testing of times. A complicated relationship, between a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl, Karim is forced to go underground and join a small band of freedom fighters. He must play his role for the cause before he can finally search for the love of his life.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 FACES d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 at ICA (until 25 APR). A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 at ICA (19 to 25 APR). BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 at ICA (until 25 APR). COLLISIONS d. Lynette Wallworth at Barbican (until 20 APR – daily VR viewing times – limited numbers). THE GOONIES d. Richard Donner, 1985 at The Prince Charles (19 to 25 APR). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 24 APR). HOLY LANDS d. Amanda Sthers, 2018 at Watermans (19 to 25 APR). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 to 25 APR). THE MAN WHO STOLE BANKSY d. Marco Proserpio, 2018 at DocHouse (19 to 25 APR). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (19 to 25 APR). OUT OF BLUE d. Carol Morley, 2018 at Watermans (19 to 25 APR). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (20 to 25 APR). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Lexi (19 APR to 02 MAY). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at The Prince Charles (19 to 25 APR). THE WILD PEAR TREE d. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (22 to 28 APR). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 25 APR). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (until 25 APR).
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