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CIELO d. Alison McAlpine, 2018 UK Premiere + Panel Discussion with the director & editor/sound designer Walter Murch at ICA (25 SEP 18:30):
“CIELO is a cinematic reverie on the beauty of the night sky as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on earth to contemplate its splendour. this nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, with remarkable images of galaxies, arid land and desert shores. Interviews with astronomers and desert dwellers ground the film, as they share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, mythic stories and existential queries.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is underway (18 to 29 SEP) & we’re blogging about it on a dedicated channel. Read our latest films writeups: INFECTION / FERAL / WORLD BEYOND MY MIND. More to come!
Grab yourself a juicy discount…. for HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 presented by Back Room Cinema at The Montpelier (26 SEP 19:30). Show voucher code “RADIANT19” on your phone at the venue to save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
CHILDREN OF MEN d. Alfonso Cuarón, 2006 + Talk: People on the Move by Steve Ballinger at The Castle Cinema (25 SEP 18:45):
Science Fiction Theatre presents: “In 2027, following 18 years of global human infertility, the world is a bleak and hostile place. Former activist Theo (Clive Owen) drifts through the violence-riven streets of London without hope or purpose. However, when he reluctantly agrees to help former lover Julian (Julianne Moore) smuggle a miraculously pregnant refugee out of the country, he is unwittingly thrust into the role of all that stands between the human race and its extinction.”
INGEBORG HOLM d. Victor Sjöström, 1913 + THE WISHING RING 16mm d. Maurice Tourneur, 1914 + Intro by Kevin Brownlow at The Cinema Museum (25 SEP 19:30):
Kennington Bioscope presents: “The 1913 Swedish film INGEBORG HOLM is a social drama directed by Victor Sjöström, who later worked in Hollywood under the anglicised surname Seastrom. Reportedly based on a true story, it was adapted from a 1906 stage play by Nils Krok, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sjöström. While one needs to be wary of naming any `firsts’ in movie history, INGEBORG HOLM has been called the first true narrative film.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
APOCALYPSE NOW FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 2019 + Intro by editor/sound designer Walter Murch at ICA (25 SEP 20:35).
CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (25 SEP 19:30).
CARLOS CASAS: CEMETERY d. Carlos Casas, 2019 + Intro/Q&A with the filmmaker at Tate Modern (25 SEP 18:30).
FARMING d. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (25 SEP 18:30).
FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at Curzon Aldgate (25 SEP 18:30 – Other Curzons available!).
LATE NIGHT d. Nisha Ganatra, 2019 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (25 SEP 19:45).
THE L-SHAPED ROOM d. Bryan Forbes, 1962 at Regent Street Cinema (25 SEP 12:00 & 15:30).
LUCIA d. Humberto Solas, 1968 part of Third Cinema at Deptford Cinema (25 SEP 19:30).
MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at The David Lean (25 SEP 19:30).
PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at The Lexi (25 SEP 13:30 – Tickets only £5!).
Odyssey Film Club: HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (25 SEP 19:45 – Use code “CIRCUS19” at the box office to book & save!).
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 SEP 18:10).
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI d. Martin McDonagh, 2017 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (25 SEP 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
SUNSHINE STATE 35mm d. John Sayles, 2002 (25 SEP 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER d. Charles Laughton, 1955 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (25 SEP 18:20).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER d. Leo McCarey, 1957 (25 SEP 20:40).
DANCE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (SEP to NOV):
LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET d. Frederick Wiseman, 2009 (25 SEP 18:00).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (20 to 26 SEP).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
FAWLTY TOWERS + RIPPING YARNS + OUT OF THE TREES (25 SEP 18:10).
MARIANO LLINÁS PRESENTS LA FLOR at ICA (until 02 OCT):
LA FLOR: PART I d. Mariano Llinás, 2018 (25 SEP 13:40).
LA FLOR: PART II d. Mariano Llinás, 2018 (25 SEP 12:30).
RINGROADS: PLAYFULNESS IN BRITISH PSYCHEOGRAPHY at Close-Up (16 to 25 SEP):
REQUIEM FOR A VILLAGE d. David Gladwell, 1976 (25 SEP 20:15).
SCI-FI SELECTS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
JURASSIC PARK d. Steven Spielberg, 1993 + Q&A with David Koepp (25 SEP 19:00 + a FREE! copy of Cold Storage – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
SUMMER FILM NIGHTS at The Italian Cultural Institute (SEP – FREE!):
THE 27 CLUB aka Il Club dei 27 d. Mateo Zoni, 2018 (25 SEP 18:30 – FREE!).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- In Short Film Festival (25 to 26 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (25 to 29 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (25 JAN 18:20 & 20:50):
“For those who need a bit more to go on, this is a quietly epic inversion of sci fi classics like 2001 and INTERSTELLAR, which perpetuated the myth of the square-jawed, heroic astronaut. True enough, Major Roy McBride (Pitt) is plenty heroic as he sails off into the limbo of outer space, tasked with finding the source of the radioactive energy surges paralysing Earth. There’s a suspicion back at command centre that the attacks might be connected to Roy’s father (Tommy Lee Jones), a legendary scientist who disappeared 10 years previously while on an experiment to harness energy in space.”
THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (25 SEP 18:20 & 20:40):
“Starring Awkwafina as Billi, a young woman living in New York who moved to America from China with her parents when she was a child. She is horrified to find out that her grandma, still living in China, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and she and her parents but travel to China to say goodbye for the last time.”
SWARM SEASON d. Sarah J Christman, 2019 at DocHouse (25 SEP 18:30):
“On the remote volcanic island of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in order to breed disease-resistant colonies. Manu’s father is protesting on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea against the establishment of a gigantic telescope. On a neighbouring mountain, six NASA scientists practice living on Mars, and under the ground and the water, the Kilauea volcano quivers fatefully.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 26 SEP). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (20 to 26 SEP). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 26 SEP). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (23 to 29 SEP). MOTHER d. Kristof Bilsen, 2019 (20 to 26 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 26 SEP). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 26 SEP). SAFE SPACES d. Daniel Schechter, 2019 at JW3 (23 to 26 SEP). THE SHINY SHRIMPS d. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP).
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