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OF HUMAN BONDAGE d. John Cromwell, 1934 + Intro at The Cinema Museum (26 NOV 19:30):
- Women & Cocaine presents: “See the film that made Bette Davis a star! The actors’ actor and legendary icon Bette Davis will be gracing our screens with her breakout performance in W. Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece Of Human Bondage released in June 1934, just 3 days before censorship came into effect. Life magazine wrote that it was the greatest performance by an actress ever recorded on screen.”
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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest might be over for another year, but we’re posting a special series of Fringe! Diaries to report from the action. Next: (DEEP) INTO YOU sex positive shorts.
Fringe!’s next Fling – part of their year-round programme of screenings – is JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 + Q&A with the director (05 DEC 18:20 – Genesis Cinema).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
SELFIE d. Agostino Ferrente, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (26 NOV 18:30):
- “With this collaborative documentary-fiction, in competition at the Berlinale, Agostino Ferrente delivers a unique record of the case of 16-year-old Davide Bifolco, who was shot dead in the Neapolitan district of Traiano, through the ‘selfie’ films of his friends Pietro and Alessandro. They comment live their own daily experiences, their close friendship, their neighbourhood as well as police violence and the long shadow the Mafia still casts over today’s Italy.”
Simon Payne: Systems Cinema at Close-Up (26 NOV 20:30):
- “Simon Payne’s videos are predominantly orientated around bold graphic forms and highly structured sequences that produce unexpected colour combinations and conflicting planes. This programme, originally commissioned by Lightcone (Paris), also includes 16mm films by three friends and colleagues: Nicky Hamlyn, Neil Henderson and Jennifer Nightingale.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A DOG CALLED MONEY d. Seamus Murphy, 2019 + Intro by the director presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (26 NOV 19:30).
- A THIN WALL d. Mara Ahmed, 2015 at University of Westminster – Harrow (26 NOV 18:00 – FREE!).
- ATLANTICS d. Mati Diop, 2019 at ICA (26 NOV 17:50).
- THE COMMUNIST d. Andreas Goldstein, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Goethe-Institut (26 NOV 19:00).
- JACKIE BROWN d. Quentin Tarantino, 1997 presented by Plantation Rum at TT Liquor (26 NOV 18:30).
- KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 previews at BFI (26 NOV 20:15).
- THE LAST OF ENGLAND d. Derek Jarman, 1987 + Live Score by Joe Summers, Rosa Irwin-Clark & Thomas Summers at The Castle Cinema (26 NOV 21:30).
- THE LOBSTER d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (26 NOV 19:30).
- MEDIUM COOL d. Haskell Wexler, 1969 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (26 NOV 20:00).
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. André Singer & Werner Herzog, 2018 at JW3 (26 NOV 13:00).
- MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (26 NOV 18:50).
- PROMARE d. Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019 at The Prince Charles (26 NOV 18:30).
- ROJO d. Benjamin Naishtat, 2018 at The David Lean (26 NOV 19:30).
- RONNIE WOOD: SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME d. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (26 NOV 20:50).
- THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 + Q&A with co-director Robert Bahar at Frontline Club (26 NOV 19:00).
- THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 + Panel Discussion with the director presented by Urban Lab Films at DocHouse (26 NOV 18:30).
- WARREN MILLER’S TIMELESS presented by Helly Hansen at Genesis Cinema (26 NOV 20:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Close-Up, Cafe Oto & Brixton Prison (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- Launch Event: VAMPIR-CUADECUC + ACCIÓ SANTOS d. Pere Portabella, 1971 + 1973 + Intro by filmmakers Albert Serra & Ben Rivers at ICA (26 NOV 20:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- JOURNEY TO ITALY aka Viaggio in Italia d. Roberto Rossellini, 1954 (26 NOV 14:30).
BORDERS & BOUNDARIES at Barbican (08 to 27 NOV):
- WESTLER d. Wieland Speck, 1985 + Intro by Alex Davidson (26 NOV 18:30).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
DIRECTOR DEBUTS at Deptford Cinema (19 NOV to 10 DEC):
- ARCTIC d. Joe Penna, 2018 (26 NOV 19:30).
HISTORICAL FILM SERIES – A TRIBUTE TO ANNA GMEYNER & PAUL HENREID at Austrian Cultural Forum (12 NOV to 03 DEC – FREE!/Booking required):
- THE PASSING OF THE THIRD FLOOR BACK d. Berthold Viertel, 1935 (26 NOV 19:00).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: A SINGLE GIRL 35mm aka La Fille seule d. Benoît Jacquot, 1995 (26 NOV 18:10).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Barbara Streisand: YENTL d. Barbra Streisand, 1983 (26 NOV 20:20).
- Talks & Events: The Rebirth of the TV Musical (26 NOV 18:15).
- Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC).
THE TALENTED MR DELON at Ciné Lumière (20 OCT to 26 NOV):
- L’ECLISSE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962 (26 NOV 18:40).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH d. Michael Apted, 1999 (26 NOV 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Czech Velvet 1989-2019 (01 to 29 NOV).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London Palestine Film Festival (15 to 30 NOV).
- Russian Film Week (24 NOV to 01 DEC).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (10 to 26 NOV).
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (26 NOV 19:50):
- “Shot in black and white and drawing on letters, diaries, and other personal documents, HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME traces the story of German filmmaker Thomas Heise’s family over several generations. Composed of a series of fragmented narratives, the film is a monumental historical essay and moving account of a family torn apart by the upheavals of the 20th century.”
JUDY & PUNCH d. Mirrah Foulkes, 2019 at Rich Mix (26 NOV 18:15 & 20:40):
- “Famous puppeteers Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and her husband Punch (Damon Herriman) live in the town of Seaside. A strange place that is located nowhere near any sort of coastline, the town and its inhabitants are in thrall to a frenzy of witch hunts and superstition. But while the townspeople revel in the drama of the various trials and punishments, Judy and Punch provide welcome distraction with their magical puppet show.”
RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (26 NOV 16:30):
- “High in the remote mountainside of Peru, 14-year-old Segundo is being groomed to follow his father’s footsteps in the traditional folk art of retablo-making — crafting intricate, artisan story-boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Segundo reveres his father, however the young boy is becoming restless realizing that the weight of carrying the family legacy on his shoulders will keep him on the mountain forever. When he stumbles across a heartbreaking secret his father is harbouring, Segundo will come to face the raw reality of his deeply religious and conservative landscape, as well as a more profound connection with his father than he’d ever imagined.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at DocHouse (22 to 28 NOV). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Barbican (22 to 28 NOV). HERE FOR LIFE d. Andrea Luka Zimmerman & Adrian Jackson, 2019 at DocHouse (22 to 27 NOV). THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 28 NOV). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (25 NOV to 01 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUEd. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 28 NOV). PERMISSION d. Soheil Beiraghi, 2018 at ICA (22 to 28 NOV). SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE d. Cédric Klapisch, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 27 NOV).
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