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Featured attraction: The People’s Film Club presents GAZA SURF CLUB + Q&A with Andy Martin at The Institute Of Light in aid of Explore Corps (23 AUG 20:00): “The sea plays the role of the psychotherapist here. It’s the psychotherapist of two million people.”
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
AMERICAN ANIMALS + Q&A with director Bart Layton at BFI Southbank (23 AUG 20:20):
- Two bored, overachieving university friends want to rebel against their comfortable, suburban upbringing. Their solution: to steal priceless books from their university’s special collections library with their not-quite-OCEAN’S 11 gang of student misfits. An energetic, off-kilter heist film that plays with reality and fiction.
FINDING A SPACE FOR WENDY TOYE + DISCUSSION at BFI Southbank (23 AUG 20:30):
- Explore the avant-garde work of this British dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Includes THE STRANGER LEFT NO CARD (1952), and her last ever film THE KING’S BREAKFAST (1963). You can also see Wendy Toye in action in on the same day with:
- THEATRE ROYAL + INTRO by Jo Botting at BFI Southbank (23 AUG 18:05): Flanagan and Allen star in this rib-tickling tale of a London theatre saved from closure by its loyal staff. Includes a ballet sequence choreographed and danced by Wendy Toye.
GAZA SURF CLUB + Q&A with Andy Martin at The Institute Of Light (23 AUG 20:00):
- Presented by The People’s Film Club in aid of Explore Corps. GAZA SURF CLUB explores what it means to be young and living a life under occupation. The doc tells the story of young people taking to the waves in the Gaza Strip, where they yearn for an escape.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST + Q&A with director Desiree Akhavan at Genesis Cinema (23 AUG 21:00):
- Fringe! Film Fest present a very special Fringe! Flings, a preview of the Sundance winner THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST followed by a Q&A with director Desiree Akhavan.
SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM 35MM + SALON at Genesis Cinema (23 AUG 18:30):
- The monthly screening with Nick Walker of Rochester Kino returns with a 35mm Presentation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s 120 DAYS OF SODOM, or SALÒ. The screening will be introduced by Nick and followed by a salon discussion.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BLADE RUNNER: DOUBLE FEATURE 2 films, 1 ticket at Prince Charles (23 AUG 18:20).
- GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES at Stratford Picturehouse Central (23 AUG 18:30).
- I MADE THIS FOR YOU at Regent Street Cinema (23 AUG 19:30).
- THE LAST WALTZ + Cocktails/Yakitori presented by Untitled Restaurant/Bar at Rio Cinema (23 AUG 21:00).
- LEANING INTO THE WIND at Lexi Cinema (23 AUG 20:50).
- LOVE IS THE DEVIL: STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS BACON at BFI (23 AUG 18:15).
- OCCUPATION 1968 presented by Czech Centre London at the Czech Embassy (23 AUG 19:00).
- QUADROPHENIA + Q&A with Phil Daniels presented by Matters Of Vinyl Importance at Genesis Cinema (23 AUG 20:40).
- ROMEO + JULIET at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (23 AUG 20:00).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at Lexi Cinema (23 AUG 18:20).
- SWIMMING WITH MEN at David Lean (23 AUG 14:30 & 19:30).
- TIME TRIAL at Picturehouse Central (23 AUG 18:45).
- TRUE ROMANCE at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (23 AUG 20:00).
- YARDIE + LIVE SATELLITE Q&A with director Idris Elba at Rich Mix (23 AUG 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- ICA: HAPPINESS (23 AUG 20:30).
ALTERNATE REALITIES at Barbican (20 to 27 AUG):
- WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (23 AUG 18:30).
- Alternate Realities Touring VR Exhibition (20 to 27 AUG – check venue for opening times – Free!).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
- PETER RABBIT (23 AUG 14:00).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- MILDRED PIERCE enjoys a grind show run (23 AUG 18:00).
- THE WOMEN enjoys a grind show run (23 AUG 14:30 & 20:25).
REBELS WITH A CAUSE at the Korean Cultural Centre (until 23 AUG – Free!):
- BLACK REPUBLIC (23 AUG 19:00).
WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles (until 30 AUG):
- WINGS OF DESIRE 35mm (23 AUG 15:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Festivals projecting today include:
DISTANT CONSTELLATION at ICA (23 AUG 18:45):
- Shevaun Mizrahi’s debut documentary feature records the stories told by the residents of a retirement home in Istanbul. Sitting somewhere between ethnography and magical realism, the retirement home is situated in a tower whose interior walls are bestowed with an almost painterly quality by Mizrahi’s post-production.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at The Institute Of Light (23 AUG 17:35):
- Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
MILDRED PIERCE at BFI Southbank (23 AUG 18:00):
- Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar®-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks we track Mildred’s extraordinary life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). THE ESCAPE at Lexi Cinema (17 to 20 AUG). THE GUARDIANS at Phoenix Cinema (17 to 23 AUG). LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (17 to 23 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (18 to 22 AUG). MCQUEEN at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 to 22 AUG). SPITFIRE at Watermans (17 to 23 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at ICA (17 to 22 AUG). VITCH at JW3 (19 to 23 AUG). THE WOUND at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 AUG).
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