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Featured attraction: SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS accompanied by The Meg Morley Trio at 1901 Arts Club (26 JUL 19:30): “The more you consider SUNRISE the deeper it becomes – not because the story grows any more subtle, but because you realize the real subject is the horror beneath the surface.” – Roger Ebert.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ALICE, SWEET ALICE at BFI Southbank (26 JUL 20:50):
- Appearing two years before John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN defined a genre, this classy slasher prototype featured a young Brooke Shields (in her screen debut) as a young girl brutally murdered at her first holy communion. As the mayhem escalates, could her older sister be the culprit? Part of BFI’s Terror Vision strand.
LIFE IS WONDERFUL + Q&A with director Sir Nick Stadlen at DocHouse (26 JUL 18:30):
- Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial was one of the most gripping and important trials in legal history, charging Mandela and members of the group of South Africans who were planning to overthrow apartheid with the capital offence of sabotage. This documentary follows the lead up to the trial, its duration and aftermath.
SARA JORDENÖ’S KIKI AND TRAVIS ALABANZA POETRY READING at Tate Britain (26 JUL 19:00):
- In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-colour practice a performance-based artform, Ballroom. The artform was made famous by Madonna’s music video Vogue and the documentary Paris Is Burning. Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS accompanied by The Meg Morley Trio at 1901 Arts Club (26 JUL 19:30):
- A regular feature in discussions of the greatest movies ever made (ranking #5 in the latest Sight & Sound critics poll) SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) tells the deceptively simple tale of The Man (George O’Brien) and The Wife (Janet Gaynor), whose peaceful country life is shaken by the arrival of The Woman from the City (Margaret Livingston). Before that, another absolute gem in the shape of THE GOAT (1921). One of Buster Keaton’s most surreal (and best!) short comedies
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN at Genesis Cinema (26 JUL 21:00).
- BACK TO THE FUTURE at Backyard Cinema (26 JUL 20:30).
- THE BIG SICK presented by Bigger Picture Film Club at The Ivy House (26 JUL 20:00).
- Bring Along Baby Screening: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (26 JUL 11:00).
- THE DELINQUENT SEASON at Regent Street Cinema (26 JUL 19:30).
- THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 JUL 18:35 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening).
- FLOATING CLOUDS 35mm at BFI (26 JUL 18:20).
- FOOTLOOSE + DANCE WORKSHOPS at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (26 JUL 21:00).
- THE HEIRESS presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (26 JUL 19:30).
- MARIO at Genesis Cinema (26 JUL 18:20).
- MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at The David Lean (26 JUL 14:30 English version & 19:30 Subtitled version).
- PANDORA’S BOX at Ciné Lumière (26 JUL 15:45).
- THE POST + DISCUSSION presented by Welcome Cinema + Kitchen at Amnesty International Action Centre (26 JUL 18:00).
- POSTCARDS FROM THE 48% + Q&A with director David Nicholas Wilkinson at JW3 (26 JUL 14:30).
- THE ROOM without Tommy Wiseau at The Prince Charles (26 JUL 21:00).
- RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA presented by MUBI at Genesis Cinema (26 JUL 18:20 – inc a free month’s MUBI membership).
- THE SEVENTH SEALpresented by Sydenham Film Club at the Sydenham Centre (26 JUL 19:30).
- STUDIO 54 presented by commune cinema at House Of Vans (26 JUL 19:00 – Free!).
- TOP GUN at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (26 JUL 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
FACE OF ANOTHER at Close-Up (01 to 26 JUL):
- SECONDS (26 JUL 20:30).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- THE SERVANT (26 JUL 20:40).
REBELS WITH A CAUSE at the Korean Cultural Centre (19 JUL to 02 AUG – Free!):
- THE SEA KNOWS (26 JUL 19:00).
WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles (until 30 AUG):
- THE AMERICAN FRIEND 35mm (26 JUL 15:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals projecting in London today. But that means we’ve probably missed something…
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EXTINCTION at ICA (26 JUL 18:45):
- Hypnotic and multi-layered, EXTINCTION aka Extinção, meditates on the troubled borders of Eastern Europe with melancholic lyricism. Shot in black and white, Salomé Lamas’s filmic essay follows Kolya, a young man loyal to Transnistria, the Communist state that broke away from the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, which is unrecognized by the international community today.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN at Ciné Lumière (26 JUL 20:30).
- Based on the memoir by Billy Moore, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s film recounts the visceral journey through hell of a British drug-dealer who is arrested in Bangkok and sentenced to three years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.
THE RECEPTIONIST at ICA (26 JUL 16:40):
- Inspired by true events, Jenny Lu’s award-winning debut follows the lives of the employees and clients of an illegal massage parlour in London.
More films in London this week (A – Z): EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARYat ICA (until 26 JUL). GENERATION WEALTH at Barbican (20 to 25 JUL). THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK at ICA (20 to 26 JUL). JEUNE FEMME at Whirled Cinema (23 to 29 JUL). KEEP THE CHANGE at JW3 (until 26 JUL). LEAN ON PETE at Whirled Cinema (until 22 JUL). MADAME at Ciné Lumière (20 to 26 JUL). MARIO at Hackney Picturehouse (20 to 24 JUL). MCQUEEN at Rich Mix (20 to 24 JUL). NAILA AND THE UPRISING at DocHouse (until 25 JUL). ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS at ICA (20 to 24 JUL). RACER & THE JAILBIRD at Ciné Lumière (until 25 JUL). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODAat ICA (until 25 JUL). SUMMER 1993 at Lexi Cinema (22 to 26 JUL). VERTIGO at BFI Southbank (until 26 JUL).
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