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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
NOVA NIGHTS: EP #11 – Beautiful Nightmares: the films & videos of Prano Bailey-Bond at The Horse Hospital (23 MAY 19:00):
- Billy Chainsaw presents an evening of films by the award-winning director Prano Bailey-Bond who grew up on a diet of TWIN PEAKS in the depths of a strange Welsh community. Her work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure, revealing how beauty resides in strange places.
THE SPANISH DANCER at The Cinema Museum (23 MAY 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents THE SPANISH DANCER (1923), a Famous Players-Lasky production starring Pola Negri, Antonio Moreno and Wallace Beery. A programme of silent shorts precedes the main film.
THE THREEPENNY OPERA 35mm + INTRO by Margaret Deriaz at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 18:15):
- GW Pabst’s adaptation of Brecht and Kurt Weill’s stage hit makes a few changes and drops some songs, but its anti-capitalist thrust and its acerbic view of society as uniformly rotten remain intact.
More films in London today (A – Z): AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD at BFI (23 May 21:00). ARTISTS’ FILM CLUB: Ephraim Asili: DIASPORA SUITE at ICA (23 MAY 18:45). THE BIG BLEND networking presented by Shorts On Tap & the London Filmmaking Network at Cafe 1001 (23 MAY 19:00 – Free!). Double Bill: THE CHELSEA HOTEL & BEAT THIS – A HIP HOP HISTORY + Q&A with Barry Miles & Anthony Wall presented by Heavenly Films at Regent Street Cinema (23 MAY 19:30 & 21:20). INTERSTELLAR 70mm at The Prince Charles (23 MAY 20:15). MCQUEEN + Q&A with directors Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui at Everyman Hampstead (23 MAY 18:30). THE SQUARE presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (23 MAY 19:30). TWO FOR THE ROAD at Regent Street Cinema (23 MAY 12:00 & 15:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
- SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (23 MAY 19:30).
CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (01 MAY to 23 JUL):
- PHASE IV (23 MAY 18:00).
LET LOVE IN: NICK CAVE ON SCREEN at Genesis Cinema (until 01 JUN):
- WINGS OF DESIRE + SALON with Nick Walker (23 MAY 18:35).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- RIVER’S EDGE 35mm (23 MAY 20:45).
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
- THE HOLY GIRL (23 MAY 21:00, ICA).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (23 MAY 16:00).
RETURNING THE COLONIAL GAZE at Barbican (02 to 30 MAY):
- SI MOH, THE UNLUCKY MAN + THE EAST WIND (23 MAY 18:30 – Sold out!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (23 MAY 21:00, Canopy Beer – Free!).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- Next screening: UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE (31 MAY 19:00, Everyman Muswell Hill).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (23 MAY 14:30 & 18:00):
- For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation, with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits, that is showing exclusively at Picturehouse cinemas. This screening will have a 15 minute interval.
FILMWORKER at ICA (23 MAY 16:00):
- Director Tony Zierra puts filmworker Leon Vitali centerstage in this documentary about his staggering career and creative involvement with director Stanley Kubrick. Vitali, a budding actor, initially starred in Kubrick’s period drama BARRY LYNDON before becoming his muse and right-hand man.
- Also at Picturehouse Central (18 to 24 MAY) and Rio Cinema (18 to 24 MAY).
MAYSKAYA STREET at DocHouse (23 MAY 18:30):
- Belarus has been called ‘Europe’s last Dictatorship’, ruled by President Lukashenko since the collapse of the USSR. Young Kostia – 18 and about to vote for the first time – muses on the future for his country with his family and friends in his small village.
RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at DocHouse (23 MAY 14:30 & 20:30):
- Gaining unprecedented access to the lives of religious fundamentalists, RECRUITING FOR JIHAD is a powerful examination of extremism in Europe, which makes its UK Premiere at Bertha DocHouse.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 70mm at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 19:15):
- This handsomely mounted film of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is an exemplary translation from stage to screen. Right from the aerial opening – presented in glorious 70mm for an exclusive two-week run at BFI – Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman place passion, energy, movement and musical expression at the heart of their brisk, eloquent storytelling.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE POETESS at DocHouse (until 23 MAY). REVENGE at Barbican (until 20 MAY), The Castle Cinema (19 to 23 MAY), Ciné Lumière (19 to 31 MAY). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Whirled Cinema (21 to 27 MAY). THE WILD BOYS aka Les Garçons Sauvages at ICA (until 23 MAY). THE WOUND at Lexi Cinema (22 & 23 MAY). THE YOUNG KARL MARX at JW3 (18 to 24 MAY).
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