RADIANT CIRCUS #ScreenGuide - Films in London today: IN THE ABSENCE at ICA (25 JAN).

SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 25.01.20

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


IN THE ABSENCE d. Yi Seung-Jun, 2018 + Q&A with producer Gary Byung-Seok Kam at ICA (25 JAN 14:50).

  • UK Premiere: “When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.”



Films in London today: SON OF SAUL at SET (25 JAN).
Films in London today: SON OF SAUL at SET (25 JAN).

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM d. Daniel Gordon, 2019 + Short Film Programme + Reception, Panel Discussion & Raffle at Regent Street Cinema (25 JAN 18:30):

  • The London Australian Film Society presents: “The annual Australia Day event, including a 90-minute programme of short films and a feature documentary that recently sold out three sessions at the BFI London Film Festival and four screenings at Melbourne International Film Festival. Proceeds of the raffle will go to bushfire relief charities.”

SON OF SAUL aka Saul fia d. László Nemes, 2015 + Intro by Prof. Sue Vice – Raising funds for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at SET (25 JAN 13:00):

  • Deeper Into Movies presents: “Set in Auschwitz, László Nemes’ startling, Academy Award-winning SON OF SAUL follows a member of the Sonderkommando as he attempts to give a child a proper burial. With an introduction from Prof. Sue Vice, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on Claude Lanzmann’s SHOAH.”

More films in London today (A – Z):

  • A Cinematic Night with Film Director Azize Kabouche presented by French Touch By Marie at Century Club (25 JAN 19:00).
  • ANOTHER YEAR d. Shengze Zhu, 2016 at ICA (25 JAN 12:35).
  • ARCC Russian Film Studies 2020: Russian Wordless Animation at Sands Films Cinema (25 JAN 18:00).
  • GODSPELL d. David Greene, 1973 + After Party presented by TNB & The Batty Mama at The Chateau (25 JAN 18:00).
  • JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2020 at Barbican (25 JAN 13:15).
  • THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at DocHouse (25 JAN 20:30).
  • LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 at Regent Street Cinema (25 JAN 14:30).
  • THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO d. Whit Stillman, 1998 + Dancing + Food Bank Collection for The Trussell Trust presented by Zodiac Film Club at The Curtain (25 JAN 19:00 – advance bookings only).
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Roger Eggers, 2019 at ICA (25 JAN 18:30).
  • MARLEY d. Kevin Macdonald, 2012 + Community Lunch by SNK at Harris Academy South Norwood (25 JAN 12:00 + 14:00 – Pay As You Feel).
  • MIDNIGHT TRAVELER d. Hassan Fazili, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (25 JAN 16:00).
  • Nightmare Americana Double Bill: LEMORA: A SHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL d. Richard Blackburn, 1973) + MESSIAH OF EVIL d. Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz, 1973 presented by World Wide Weird! at The King & Queen (25 JAN 18:00 – FREE!/Donation requested for Macmillan Cancer Support).
  • NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR d. Ashvin Kumar, 2019 + Q&A with the director at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 JAN 17:45).
  • NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR d. Ashvin Kumar, 2019 + Q&A with the director at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 JAN 17:45).
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Catford Mews (25 JAN 17:45).
  • PAKEEZAH d. Kamal Amrohi, 1972 + Dance Workshop/Performance & Food presented by Tongues On Fire at Harrow’s Community Kitchen (25 JAN 17:00).
  • THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT d. Kevin Connor, 1977 + The Return Of Dana Gillespie at The Cinema Museum (25 JAN 19:30).
  • QUEENS OF SYRIA d. Yasmin Fedda, 2014 + Q&A with the director presented by Other Cinemas at The Yellow (25 JAN 19:00 – FREE!).
  • SATURDAY CHURCH d. Damon Cardasis, 2017 presented by Fringe! at Rio Cinema (25 JAN 15:45).

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Films in London today: THE GRAND BIZARRE, part of JODIE MACK at Deptford Cinema (25 JAN).
Films in London today: THE GRAND BIZARRE, part of JODIE MACK at Deptford Cinema (25 JAN).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (25 JAN 17:55).

1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):

ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):

ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):


BEFORE THE NIGHT at Ciné Lumière (24 to 29 JAN):


  • ARMY OF SHADOWS L’armée Des Ombres d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (25 JAN 17:30).


FAY WELDON at BFI Southbank (JAN):

FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):

  • Society & Spectacle: FELLINI SATYRICON 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1969 (25 JAN 17:45).
  • Walkers & Wanderers: LA STRADA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1954 (25 JAN 20:40).

HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):

JODIE MACK at Deptford Cinema (25 JAN):

THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):

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Films in London today: CYRANO DE BERGERAC at BFI (24 to 30 JAN).
Films in London today: CYRANO DE BERGERAC at BFI (24 to 30 JAN).

CHINA LOVE d. Olivia Martin-McGuire, 2018 at DocHouse (25 JAN 18:30):

  • “Love is an $80 billion industry in China. It’s not just the wedding itself that brings in the money – a booming trade in pre-wedding photography places the burden on couples to spend thousands on elaborately staged photos depicting lives of luxury.”

CYRANO DE BERGERAC d. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990 at BFI Southbank (25 JAN 14:40, 17:50 & 20:20):

  • “The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has existed in many forms over several centuries but Rappeneau’s adaptation (now celebrating its 30th anniversary) is a delightful, tragi-comic tour de force with Gérard Depardieu’s Cyrano offering romantic tips to young Christian, a suitor with designs on Roxanne, whom Cyrano himself is keen to woo.”

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at Rio Cinema (25 JAN 15:00).

  • “Hypnotising, unsettling, transgressive, dazzling and decadent, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN also takes satirical bites into a corrupt, greed-fuelled world with attacks on religion, consumerism, fascism, and authority in general. So not just a nostalgia trip then…”

More films in London this week (A – Z):

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