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LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA d. Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001 – Immersive Screening at Fairfields Hall (23 NOV 16:00):
- Bollywood Fever presents: “An immersive screening of the Oscar-nominated LAGAAN with live dance choreographed by the award-winning Aakash Odedra Company. This Bollywood festival will also offer a host of activities including interactive VR entertainment, Bollywood dance workshops, mehndi, children’s face painting, plus desi style street food. Film-only ticket option.”
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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest might be over for another year, but we’ve started posting a special series of Fringe! Diaries to report from the action.
Fringe!’s next Fling – part of their year-round programme of screenings – is JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 + Q&A with the director (05 DEC 18:20 – Genesis Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Annik Leroy: The European Edge at The Whitechapel Gallery (23 NOV 11:30):
- “Belgian artist Annik Leroy introduces her three remarkable 16mm feature essay films on Berlin in the late 1970s, the presence and poetics of the Danube and the constant psychic challenge of permanent conflict. She will be in conversation with film-makers Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin during the day. Includes: IN DER DÄMMERSTUNDE BERLIN DE L’AUBE À LA NUIT, VERS LA MER, and TREMOR: ES IST IMMER KRIEG.”
Juliet Jacques Presents, Part II at ICA (23 NOV 18:45):
- “Writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques presents a two-part programme of experimental queer cinema. Focusing on works from the 21st century, Part II includes films by Wolfgang Rupert Muhr, Igor Grubic, Beatrice Gibson, Evan Ifekoya, Tina Takemoto and Juliet Jacques. Charting the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, these films offer speculative engagements with queer pasts and utopian imaginings of queer futures.”
Marcia Hafif: Ideal Women at Tate Modern (23 NOV):
- “Join us for the first UK presentation of the films and videos of late American artist Marcia Hafif. Best known for her monochrome paintings, Hafif’s films offer a different view of her practice, exploring duration, movement, autobiography, and gender. The series opens with a programme considering the relationships Hafif’s films forge with painting and photography.” Includes: MARCIA HAFIF: VIENNA SUITE + Intro by Sebastian Schneider (23 NOV 16:00); and, NOTES ON BOB AND NANCY d. Marcia Hafif, 1970-7 + Intro by Sebastian Schneider (23 NOV 19:00).
Remembering Channel 4’s OUT ON TUESDAY continues at Birkbeck Cinema (22 to 23 NOV – FREE!/Booking recommended).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BY THE GRACE OF GOD d. François Ozon, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 NOV 18:00).
- CITY LIGHTS d. Charles Chaplin, 1931 at The Prince Charles (23 NOV 15:30).
- DOCTOR WHO: THE CURSE OF FENRIC (Special Edition) d. Nicholas Mallett, 1989 + Q&A with actor Sophie Aldred & script editor Andrew Cartmel at BFI (23 NOV 12:00).
- INTO THE MIRROR d. Lois Stevenson, 2018 + After Party at Catford Mews (23 NOV 19:30).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at ICA (23 NOV 20:25).
- Misty Moon Presents An Evening With Julian Holloway at The Cinema Museum (23 NOV 20:00).
- MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (23 NOV 13:45).
- MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (23 NOV 14:30).
- SHOWMAN – THE LIFE OF JOHN NATHAN TURNER d. Chris Chapman, 2019 DVD Preview at BFI (23 NOV 10:00).
- Sketch In Studios Super Saturday short film programme presented by Kino London at Rio Cinema (23 NOV 11:00).
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (Subtitled) d. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman, 2018 + Live Performance for d/Deaf + Hard of Hearing audiences presented by Sign For All Community Ltd. at Stratford Picturehouse (23 NOV 11:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
20 YEARS at House Of Vans (01 NOV to 01 DEC – FREE!/No booking required):
- 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU d. Gil Junger, 1999 (23 NOV 15:00 & 17:30).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- THE ULTIMATE HARRY POTTER MARATHON 35mm (23 NOV 20:15); and, THE FILMS THAT INSPIRED STRANGER THINGS: SEASON 3 (23 NOV 21:00).
AMERICAN INDEPENDENT: A FOCUS ON SHIRLEY CLARKE at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- THE COOL WORLD 35mm d. Shirley Clarke (23 NOV 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS [Director’s Definitive Cut] d. Michael Mann, 1992 (23 NOV 16:00).
BLOOD ON EARTH: FILMS FROM THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN DIASPORA at Deptford Cinema (12 OCT to 23 NOV):
- I AM NOT A WITCH d. Rungano Nyoni, 2017 (23 NOV 19:30).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- CASABLANCA 35mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 (23 NOV 17:45).
CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (01 OCT to 01 DEC):
- BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980 (23 & 24 NOV various times).
- GERMANY IN AUTUMN d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978 (23 NOV 20:30).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- LOULOU d. Maurice Pialat, 1980 (23 NOV 18:30).
MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema (12 OCT to 14 DEC):
- ERASER d. Charles Russell, 1997 + Intro by Ranjit S. Ruprai (23 NOV 23:30).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- OKLAHOMA! 4K d. Fred Zinnemann, 1955 (23 NOV 18:45).
- Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen: FUNNY FACE d. Stanley Donen, 1957 (23 NOV 16:15).
- Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (forever!):
- MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (23 NOV 13:15).
- Dubbed versions are also available (check venue for details).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Czech Velvet 1989-2019 (01 to 29 NOV).
- EFG London Jazz Festival (15 to 24 NOV).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- Irish Film Festival (20 to 24 NOV).
- London Palestine Film Festival (15 to 30 NOV).
- NY Portugese Short Film Festival ’19 (23 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (10 to 26 NOV).
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (23 NOV 14:35):
- “Shot in black and white and drawing on letters, diaries, and other personal documents, HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME traces the story of German filmmaker Thomas Heise’s family over several generations. Composed of a series of fragmented narratives, the film is a monumental historical essay and moving account of a family torn apart by the upheavals of the 20th century.”
JUDY & PUNCH d. Mirrah Foulkes, 2019 at Rich Mix (23 NOV 15:50, 18:15 & 20:45):
- “Famous puppeteers Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and her husband Punch (Damon Herriman) live in the town of Seaside. A strange place that is located nowhere near any sort of coastline, the town and its inhabitants are in thrall to a frenzy of witch hunts and superstition. But while the townspeople revel in the drama of the various trials and punishments, Judy and Punch provide welcome distraction with their magical puppet show.”
RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (23 NOV 11:45):
- “High in the remote mountainside of Peru, 14-year-old Segundo is being groomed to follow his father’s footsteps in the traditional folk art of retablo-making — crafting intricate, artisan story-boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Segundo reveres his father, however the young boy is becoming restless realizing that the weight of carrying the family legacy on his shoulders will keep him on the mountain forever. When he stumbles across a heartbreaking secret his father is harbouring, Segundo will come to face the raw reality of his deeply religious and conservative landscape, as well as a more profound connection with his father than he’d ever imagined.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at DocHouse (22 to 28 NOV). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Barbican (22 to 28 NOV). HERE FOR LIFEd. Andrea Luka Zimmerman & Adrian Jackson, 2019 at DocHouse (22 to 27 NOV). THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 28 NOV). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (25 NOV to 01 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUEd. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 28 NOV). PERMISSION d. Soheil Beiraghi, 2018 at ICA (22 to 28 NOV). SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE d. Cédric Klapisch, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 27 NOV).
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