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Featured attraction: REY at The Whitechapel Gallery (24 MAY 19:00). “Video artist and director Niles Atallah exhumes an eccentric footnote of Chilean history with his hallucinatory and woozily experimental feature.” – Cath Clarke, The Guardian.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BLACK RUSSIANS + DISCUSSION at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (24 MAY 19:00):
- UK premiere of a feature length documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, many of them born and raised in Soviet Russia. Presented by Black History Studies as part of Black Europe On Film.
FEMMETOPIA – BARBARA HAMMER: THE FEMALE CLOSET at Rio Cinema (24 MAY 16:00):
- A doc that uses archival photographs, home movies, interviews, and other visual materials to explore the closeted lesbian histories of artists Alice Austen, Hannah Höch and Nicole Eisenman. 20th anniversary screening presented by Tara Brown, programmer, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest.
GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE + Q&A with producer Mike Plante at The Castle Cinema (24 MAY 21:00):
- While the rest of America slept, DIY filmmaker/musician Giuseppe Andrews (a one-time teen actor in INDEPENDENCE DAY) has made over 30 experimental features. Director Adam Rifkin creates a surreal, funny and touching portrait of a truly Outsider Artist.
More films in London today (A – Z): Architecture on Film: COLUMBUS at Barbican (24 MAY 18:30). THE ARTIST presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (24 MAY 19:30). CITIZEN KANE at BFI (24 MAY 18:15). THE FENCER presented by Bigger Picture Film Club at The IvyHouse (24 MAY 20:00). REY at The Whitechapel Gallery (24 MAY 19:00). SINK + Q&A with Mark Gillis at Deptford Cinema (24 MAY 20:00). SUNSHINE 35mm at The Prince Charles (24 MAY 20:45). THE THIRD MURDER at Regent Street Cinema (24 MAY 20:45). Videoclub: SELECTED 8 artist short film at The Whitechapel (24 MAY 17:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up (04 to 25 MAY):
- BREATHLESS (24 MAY 20:15).
JACQUES TATI Selectrospective at The Prince Charles (07 to 28 MAY):
- TRAFFIC (24 MAY 18:30).
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- SHORT FILM NIGHT (24 MAY 20:00, Prince Regent Pub – Free!).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- Next screening: UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE (31 MAY 19:00, Everyman Muswell Hill).
Offbeat Jazz & Cinema Festival (24 to 26 MAY)
- DJANGO + Q&A with Jazz writers Kevin Le Gendre & Selwyn Harris (24 MAY 18:30, Ciné Lumière).
Romford Film Festival (24 to 28 MAY)
- GUARDIANS (24 MAY 10:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- SHORT FILM SHOWCASE + Q&A (24 MAY 12:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- BELONGING: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE DEADLINES (24 MAY 15:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- CROWHURST (24 MAY 17:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- FASHIONISTA (24 MAY 19:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- WELCOME TO ESSEX (24 MAY 22:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- PSYCHOMANTEUM (24 MAY 23:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (24 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 (24 MAY 20:40):
- 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 (24 MAY 14:30):
- 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 (24 MAY 16:30 & 21:00):
- 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 (24 MAY 14:00 & 19:20):
- 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): REVENGE at 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 30 MAY). THE YOUNG KARL MARX at JW3 (18 to 24 MAY).
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