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THE BOX d. Richard Kelly, 2009 + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (23 MAY 19:00):
- Science Fiction Theatre presents: “A suburban couple, Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur (James Marsden), face a moral dilemma when they receive a gift that bears irrevocable consequences. With the press of a button, their simple wooden box will bestow $1 million; however, a stranger somewhere else will die, at the same time.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DEAD CALM 35mm 30th Anniversary d. Phillip Noyce, 1989 + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (23 MAY 21:00):
- The Celluloid Sorceress presents: “Rae Ingram and her husband, John, struggle to overcome the sudden death of their young son. In an attempt to move past their loss, the couple take their yacht out for an extended vacation trip. While far out at sea, they come across a sinking schooner and rescue the ship’s sole survivor.”
THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2012 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 20:30):
- Woman With A Movie Camera presents: “Chilean writer-director Dominga Sotomayor Castillo – whose latest film TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG previews this month – made her feature-length debut with this achingly familiar coming-of-age story, set in the very particular brand of hell that is the family holiday car trip.”
- Also: TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo + Q&A with the director at BFI (23 MAY 18:15).
XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (23 MAY 18:30):
- “What would you do if you had access to government secrets that could change the world for the better if released? In 2010, Manning was an intelligence analyst and uploaded thousands of documents to WikiLeaks revealing U.S soldiers targeting civilians in Iraq. It was the biggest leak of state secrets in U.S history, and she faced the full force of the law.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 40th Anniversary + Q&A with Kim Newman at Moving Pictures Cinema (23 MAY 19:30).
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhang-Ke, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 MAY 15:30).
- CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND d. Zara Balfour & Marcus Stephenson, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at Curzon Richmond (23 MAY 18:15 – Other Curzons available, without Q&A!).
- CONFESSION d. Joe May, 1937 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (23 MAY 19:30).
- DIAMANTINO d. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018 at ICA (23 MAY 14:00).
- EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (23 MAY 12:00).
- EQUAL PLAYING FIELD + Q&A with players, filmmakers & special guests presented by Feminista Film Festival at The Soho Hotel (23 MAY 19:00).
- FREE SOLO d. J. Chinn & E.C. Vasarhelyi, 2018 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Wildcard Brewery (23 MAY 19:15).
- JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION d. Julien Faraut, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (23 MAY 18:30).
- MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at The Prince Charles (23 MAY 15:40).
- Philip Saville: An Enduring Talent. AFTERNOON OF A NYMPH + discussion at BFI (23 MAY 18:20).
- THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The David Lean (23 May 14:30 & 19:30).
- THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! d. Gordon Douglas, 1970 + INTRO by Stuart Baker + DJs presents day Soul Jazz Records at Regent Street Cinema (23 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEBOP NEW YORK: BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDIE CINEMA at Barbican (23 MAY to 25 JUN):
- SHADOWS 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1959 (23 MAY 19:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- THE DISCRETE CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE d. Luis Buñuel, 1972 (23 MAY 20:40).
CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF THE BATMAN! at The Prince Charles (06 to 27 MAY):
- BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY).
HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (02 APR to 30 MAY – FREE!):
- MOZART aka The Life & Loves of Mozart d. Karl Hartl, 1955 (23 MAY 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1963 enjoys a grind show run (18 to 30 MAY).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (23 MAY 18:15):
- For over 2,000 years, female shellfish divers, known as ama-san, have fished for abalone off the coast of Japan. Focusing on three women who have spent decades diving together near a small fishing village on the Shima peninsular, AMA-SAN is a unique portrait of an ancient custom which is at risk of disappearing.
TUCKED d. Jamie Patterson, 2018 at Rio Cinema (23 MAY 14:30 & 21:00):
- “Gender non-conforming Jackie Collins is an 80+ years old drag queen with an acerbic nightclub comedy act. Diagnosed with cancer but determined to keep on performing and boozing, but between a surprising new friendship with young, non-binary newcomer Faith and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (until 23 MAY). THE ARCTIC CAMELS d. Karl Emil Rikardsen, 2019 at DocHouse (17 to 23 MAY). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 23 MAY). BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY). BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 to 23 MAY). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at Barbican (17 to 23 MAY). DR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING & LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 at ArtHouse Crouch End (18 to 23 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (until 22 MAY). FERRANTE FEVER d. Giacomo Durzi, 2017 at DocHouse (17 to 23 MAY). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 23 MAY). MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at Barbican (until 22 MAY). PICK OF THE LITTER d. Don Hardy & Dana Nachman, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 to 23 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 23 MAY). THE TESTAMENT d. Amichai Greenberg, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (19 to 23 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 23 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (17 to 23 MAY).
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