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Featured attraction: KEN RUSSELL DAY at Deptford Cinema (26 MAY 13:00).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DEREK JARMAN NOW at The Whitechapel Gallery (26 MAY 13:00):
- To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Film London Jarman Award, a special day of screenings by this “singular, inspired and constantly relevant artist, writer and cultural activist”. The event focuses on Jarman’s final film works and includes producer Tariq Ali in conversation.
GEORGIA 100: FILM/FEST/FEAST at Close-Up (26 MAY 18:00 & 20:30):
- Marking the centenary of the founding of the first Georgian Republic and the centenary of the death of the outsider artist Niko Pirosmani, Life Through Cinema and cARTveli foundation present a programme of young Georgian filmmakers, video-artists and curators.
KEN RUSSELL DAY at Deptford Cinema (26 MAY 13:00):
- A celebration of one of the UK’s most visionary and maverick directors. Includes two of Russell’s most daring, drug fuelled and hallucinatory films: the mind-bending cult sci-fi classic ALTERED STATES (1980) and the nightmarish take on the origins of Frankenstein, GOTHIC (1986).
- A double bill with a rare opportunity to hear composer Justin Hurwitz talk about his Academy Award winning score for Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND. Followed by a recorded introduction from Hurwitz to GUY & MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, his first collab with Damien Chazelle.
- There’s a discount for doing the double.
More films in London today (A – Z): 8 BORDERS, 8 DAYS + Q&A at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 MAY 16:00). BLACK DYNAMITE 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 MAY 21:00). CASABLANCA 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 MAY 14:45). DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE + Recorded Q&A to celebrate the announcement of Oz Film Festival at Regent Street (26 MAY 18:00). EXPLODING CINEMA at The Horse Hospital (26 MAY 19:00). THE RECKLESS MOMENT 35mm + TALK + BOOK LAUNCH at Birkbeck Cinema (26 MAY 13:00 – Free!). SCARFACE (1932) at BFI (26 MAY 17:20). SPIRITED AWAY at BFI (26 MAY 12:30). THERE WILL BE BLOOD 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 MAY 17:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- Next screening: INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE: STREET PIANO + LIVE MUSIC outdoors (27 MAY 19:00, Station Square – 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)
- WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? + INTRO (26 MAY 14:00, Ciné Lumière).
Romford Film Festival (24 to 28 MAY)
- SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU (26 MAY 10:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- SHORT FILM SHOWCASE + Q&A (26 MAY 12:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- DARK BEACON + Q&A (26 MAY 15:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- MY BLOODY BANJO + Q&A (26 MAY 19:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- HOUSE SHARK (26 MAY 21:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- LANDSCAPE OF LIES (26 MAY 21:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
- SHANE RYAN RETROSPECTIVE (26 MAY 23:00, Premiere Cinemas Romford).
Latin America Monthly: ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA at ICA (26 MAY 16:15):
- This politically charged, Afrofuturist sci-fi begins in 1959 and travels through time to present day Brasil, parodying the shortcomings of Brazilian politics while throwing a sharp jab at the country’s entrenched structural racism.
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE at DocHouse (26 MAY 14:00 & 20:00):
- 80-year-old Spanish matriarch Julieta Salmerón had her three childhood wishes granted: she had lots of kids, she owned a monkey and she lived in a castle. Her life was as she had always dreamed – and then the financial crash hit.
ZAMA at ICA (26 MAY 16:00 & 18:15):
- Nine years after the critically acclaimed THE HEADLESS WOMAN, director Lucrecia Martel returns with ZAMA, a colonial-era satire based on the 1956 existential novel by Argentinian writer Antonio Di Benedetto.
More films in London this week (A – Z): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (until 31 MAY). AMANT DOUBLE at Ciné Lumière (29 MAY to 14 JUN). THE BREADWINNER at Rich Mix (25 to 31 MAY). THE OUTSIDER at DocHouse (25 to 31 MAY). THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 to 31 MAY). REVENGE at Ciné Lumière (until 31 MAY). SWEET COUNTRY at Whirled Cinema (28 MAY to 03 JUN). THIS IS CONGO at ICA (25 to 31 MAY). THE WILD BOYS at ICA (until 30 MAY).
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