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RED DUST d. Victor Fleming, 1932 + Intro + Raffle! at The Cinema Museum (25 FEB 19:30):
- Women & Cocaine presents: “A celebration of the month of Love with Cinema’s first ever sex symbol, the incomparable Jean Harlow. We will be screening her sweaty and sizzling classic RED DUST (1932), from legendary director Victor Fleming, who brought you THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) and GONE WITH THE WIND (1939). Harlow stars opposite Clark Gable as Vantine, a prostitute vying for Gable’s affections on a plantation against the much more refined Barbara (Mary Astor). Come and see why it is Prince Charles’s favourite film.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE CHAMPION d. Leonardo D’Agostini, 2019 + Drinks Reception at Regent Street Cinema (25 FEB 19:30):
- “Christian is a young and talented football player, a genius on the pitch but also a rebellious loose cannon. After his last screw-up, the President of his football team decides to hire a tutor to teach him some discipline. Sparks fly at the start but there is a chance that this improbable duo may be a big help to one another.”
Experimenta Mixtape #8 at BFI Southbank (25 FEB 18:20):
- “Here are some more films that we can’t tell you about; no titles are announced in advance and programme notes only given out at the end. Expect artist films, TV, early cinema and more. The programme is highly varied but not randomly put together. Old and new collide. Contains flashing images and graphic adult content.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE ACCUSED: DAMNED OR DEVOTED d. Mohammed Ali Naqvi, 2020 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (25 FEB 18:30).
- AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH d. Davis Guggenheim, 2006 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (25 FEB 19:30 – FREE!).
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 at JW3 (25 FEB 14:00).
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 at Genesis Cinema (25 FEB 20:50).
- THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at ICA (25 FEB 14:00).
- HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at The Prince Charles (25 FEB 18:30).
- ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR d. Luis Buñuel, 1954 at Sands Films (25 FEB 20:00 – Donation requested).
- TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at JW3 (25 FEB 16:35).
- TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (25 FEB 18:30).
- UNITED NATION: THREE DECADES OF DRUM & BASS d. Terry Stone & Richard Turner, 2020 + Q&A with Terry Stone & DJ Rap at Peckhamplex (25 FEB 18:30).
- WHO’S KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? d. Martin Scorsese, 1967 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (25 FEB 20:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- SNOWPIERCER d. Bong Joon-ho, 2013 (21 to 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
BEST OF THE DECADE at The Prince Charles (FEB to JUN):
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX d. Robert Aldrich, 1965 (25 FEB 20:20).
THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- New Releases: LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 (21 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue for details).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- IL BIDONE 4K aka The Swindlers d. Federico Fellini, 1955 (25 FEB 18:00).
- FELLINI’S ROMA 4K aka Roma d. Federico Fellini, 1972 (25 FEB 20:30).
GALENTINES & VALENTINES CELEBRATIONS at The Prince Charles (13 to 20 FEB):
- AMELIE 35mm aka Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (until 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
- FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 (until 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
JELINEK – HANDKE AND THE SILVER SCREEN at Austrian Cultural Forum (FEB – FREE!):
- THE PIANO TEACHER d. Michael Haneke, 2001 (25 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).
JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- SNOWPIERCER d. Bong Joon-ho, 2013 (21 to 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 (until 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (06 FEB to 01 MAR):
- EMINENT MONSTERS: A MANUAL FOR MODERN TORTURE d. Stephen Bennett, 2018 (25 FEB 16:20).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today. What have we missed?
END OF THE CENTURY d. Lucio Castro, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 FEB 21:15):
- “When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other’s histories-and maybe even their destinies?”
THE FORBIDDEN REEL d. Ariel Nasr, 2019 at DocHouse (25 FEB 14:00):
- “Under threat of execution by the Taliban, who were destroying countless aspects of Afghanistan’s culture, Afghan Film workers hid hundreds of film reels behind a secret wall. The rescued archive, which still lies in a vulnerable state in their office in Kabul, reveals an incredibly rich cinematic history. It shows facets of a modernist, left leaning Afghanistan, long crowded out by news images of violence and extremism.”
LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (25 FEB 18:45):
- “Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe’ but as it grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests…”
MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (25 FEB 18:30):
- “In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As they try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, the Ochoas struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at Watermans (until 27 FEB). AMELIE 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 at The Prince Charles (until 27 FEB). FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 27 FEB). GREED d. Michael Winterbottom, 2020 at Phoenix Cinema (21 to 27 FEB). JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 27 FEB). LEONA d. Isaac Cherem, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (23 to 27 FEB). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at Watermans (21 to 27 FEB). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 01 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 27 FEB). THE PUBLIC d. Emilio Estevez, 2019 at Rio Cinema (21 to 27 FEB). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 27 FEB). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (24 FEB to 01 MAR). SNOWPIERCER d. Bong Joon-ho, 2013 at The Prince Charles (21 to 27 FEB). SONIC THE HEDGEHOG d. Jeff Fowler, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 27 FEB). WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS d. Jon Kasbe, 2018 at DocHouse (until 27 FEB/Check venue for details).
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