SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 26.08.19

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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).


BROKEN BLOSSOMS d. D. W. Griffith, 1919 + Live Organ Accompaniment by Donald MacKenzie at Regent Street Cinema (26 AUG 19:00):

  • “Frustrated in his desire to bring the teachings of Buddha to the tough denizens of London, a disillusioned young Chinese man, loses himself in the reveries of opium mists until the plight of a young waif startles him back to reality.”


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Films in London today: KANARIE at Genesis Cinema (26 AUG).
Films in London today: KANARIE at Genesis Cinema (26 AUG).

KANARIE d. Christiaan Olwagen, 2018 + Intro at Genesis Cinema (26 AUG 18:30).

  • Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest presents Fringe! Flings: “An ongoing love affair with queer cinema at Genesis. This time we’re screeing Christiaan Olwagen’s KANARIE. Drafted into the South African army during apartheid, a young soldier joins the military’s traveling choir, and romance on the battlefield causes him to deal with his long-repressed sexual identity.”

More films in London today (A – Z):

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Films in London today: GO FISH, part of NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI (26 AUG).
Films in London today: GO FISH 35mm, part of NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI (26 AUG).


  • CAMILLE d. George Cukor, 1936 (26 AUG 15:30).



ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):

TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):

WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):

  • THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (26 AUG 20:45).

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Films in London today: THE BANANA SPLITS, part of FrightFest (26 AUG).
Films in London today: THE BANANA SPLITS, part of FrightFest (26 AUG).

Film festivals in London this week include:


Films in London today: HAIL SATAN? at Rich Mix (23 to 29 AUG).
Films in London today: HAIL SATAN? at Rich Mix (23 to 29 AUG).

HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Rich Mix (26 AUG 15:15 & 17:30):

  • “When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.”

PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at Arthouse Crouch End (26 AUG 12:30, 15:00, 17:40 & 20:30):

  • “Long-time Almodóvar leading man Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a director whose physical ailments have led into an almost hermit-like existence, before he is reunited with an actor from his past and embarks on a wild new chapter.”

SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at JW3 (26 AUG 18:00):

  • “Jamie Bell shines in Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv’s first English language feature (Nattiv’s short film of the same name won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short this year). Bell is Bryon Widner, a young man raised by skinheads, who embarks on a near-impossible process of moving away from the community that shaped him.”

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

  • A FAITHFULL MAN d. Louis Garrel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (24 AUG to 05 SEP). AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 29 AUG). HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (23 to 29 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 28 AUG). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 29 AUG – Selected screening times). TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 AUG to 04 SEP). US d. Jordan Peele, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (26 AUG to 01 SEP). WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL d. Marcelo Gomes, 2019 at DocHouse (23 to 29 AUG).

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