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FEATURED ATTRACTION OF THE DAY
Cinemas of Sisterhood at The Whitechapel Gallery (27 APR 11:30):
- “Focusing on the feminist body as a site of trauma and resistance, this extended presentation of films is curated by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and features conversations with the makers. The day includes a special preview screening of THE CANCER JOURNALS REVISITED, Lana Lin’s new feature portrait of the great writer Audre Lorde, and Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari’s remarkable essay 10 + 4, alongside key new short films.”
FEATURED ATTRACTION OF THE WEEK
- Our featured attraction of the week London Porn Film Festival continues today (26 to 28 APR). Read about why they need your support here.
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, RADIANT CIRCUS will be talking about our work, discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE. Hope you can join us (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!)!
- As we get ready for another dose of MIDNIGHT EXCESS (11 MAY 23:00+) we thought we’d turn our obsessive attention to listing London’s regular late night movies, double bills, cults & (not so…) classics.
- Celebrating their first birthday, Zodiac Film Club write about the most Zodiac AKA terrifying birthdays in cinema.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Bret Easton Ellis introduces THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE d. Brian De Palma, 1974 at BFI Southbank (27 APR 18:00):
- Deeper Into Movies presents: “Writer Bret Easton Ellis introduces a film that has inspired him. Brian De Palma’s comic, musical horror film is based on the The Phantom of the Opera and is a tale of treachery, love and revenge within the music business. Despite a disappointing reception at the time it has deservedly gone on to become a cult hit.”
PLAYEDBACK 3: Live Music + The Films of Norman McLaren at Deptford Cinema (27 APR 19:30):
- “Yusufla return to Deptford Cinema for another edition of their residency ‘PlayedBack’ featuring live improvised music to the films of legendary Scottish-Canadian animator Norman McLaren. McLaren’s films are humorous and colourful, spotlighting his original work in drawn-on-film animation, hand-drawn technique and more. The evening will feature his Oscar-winning film NEIGHBOURS amongst other great short works.”
PONDLIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 + INTRO by actor Daisy Edgar Jones at ArtHouse Crouch End (27 APR 20:50):
- “It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. Trevor is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm is trying to mend his broken heart and best friends Shane and David have nothing better to do. When rumours of a giant carp at the local ponds begin to swirl about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.”
- Enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (26 APR to 02 MAY).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 3 FACES d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (27 APR 18:30).
- 3 FACES d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 at ICA (27 APR 18:40).
- AMELIE 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 at The Prince Charles (27 APR 15:35).
- AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at The Lexi (27 APR 18:20).
- THE PONDS d. Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith, 2019 + Q&A with the directors at The Lexi (27 APR 15:45).
- THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (27 APR 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- SIX FILMS BY WES ANDERSON 6 Films, 1 Ticket (27 APR 21:00).
- DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY 3 7 films, 1 ticket (27 APR 21:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- NOTHING BUT A MAN d. Michael Roemer, 1964 (27 APR 16:30).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- THE FIREMAN’S BALL d. Miloš Forman, 1967 (27 APR 18:00).
- DAISIES d. Vera Chytilová, 1966 (27 APR 20:00).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Close-Up, Goethe-Institut & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- IL RITORNO DEL FIGLIO PRODIGO / UMILIATI + INCANTATI + DOLANDO (27 APR 14:15, ICA).
KENNINGTON BIOSCOPE SILENT LAUGHTER WEEKEND at The Cinema Museum (27 to 28 APR):
- Day One (27 APR 10:00+) includes: RUNNING WILD d. Gregory La Cava, 1927; Chaplin Unrestored! inc THE VAGABOND, 1916 + THE IMNIGRANT, 1917; The Real Stan & Ollie inc BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, 1927 & WE FAW DOWN, 1928; GRANDMA’S BOY d. Fred Neweyer, 1922 + SHORTS; SO THIS IS PARIS d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1926; and, THE GOLD RUSH, 1925.
JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):
- BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA d. John Carpenter, 1986 (27 APR 18:30).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- Stanley, Meet Alexa: AI and Filmmaking in the Flesh screenings & panel discussion (27 APR 12:00).
- BARRY LYNDON d. Stanley Kubrick, 1975 (27 APR 14:15 35mm).
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
LIVES UNWRITTEN: WOMEN AND DOMESTIC WORK ON FILM at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (23 MAR to 27 APR):
- THE SECOND MOTHER aka Que Horas Ela Volta? d. Anna Muylaert, 2015 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (27 APR 14:30).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at The Prince Charles (27 APR to 12 MAY):
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 (27 APR 15:15).
PLOT TWISTS at House Of Vans (06 to 28 APR – FREE!/No booking required):
- SHUTTER ISLAND (27 APR 15:00 & 17:30).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (26 APR to 02 MAY):
- THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2008 (26 to 02 MAY).
- THE GLEANERS AND I d. Agnès Varda, 2000 (26 APR to 02 MAY).
- LA POINTE COURTE d. Agnès Varda, 1954 (27 APR to 02 MAY).
SCENES at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB to 16 MAR):
- THE FALL d. Tarsem, 2006 (27 APR 14:30 – part of NXDFFF, FREE!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Camberwell Mini Free Film Festival (25 to 27 APR – LAST CHANCE!).
- Canada Now 2019 (24 to 28 APR).
- London Porn Film Fest (26 to 28 APR).
- London Turkish Film Week (26 to 28 APR).
- New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (26 APR to 05 MAY).
- Unrestricted View Film Festival (23 to 28 APR).
ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at Barbican (27 APR 14:50 & 20:05):
- “From modern master Jia Zhangke, an allegorical portrait of Chinese national malaise wrapped in the romantic tragedy of a jianghu epic.”
DONBASS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (27 APR 15:30):
- “In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.”
HEARTBOUND d. Janus Metz & Sine Plambech, 2018 at DocHouse (27 APR 20:30):
- “In a small fishing community in Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men. It all began in 1992 when former sex worker Sommai moved to Thy, Denmark to marry Niels, whom she had met in the resort city of Pattaya, Thailand. With Sommai’s help, hundreds of Thai women from her village have since arrived to find security and love with Danish men.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (27 APR to 02 MAY). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at The Prince Charles (26 APR to 02 MAY). BEL CANTO d. Paul Weitz, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Rich Mix (26 APR to 02 MAY). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at ICA (26 to 02 MAY). KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 at ICA (01 to 08 MAY). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 The Castle Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 at Rio Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 01 MAY). THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE d. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018 at DocHouse (until 01 MAY). PONDLIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 APR to 02 MAY). RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Lexi (19 APR to 02 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 MAY). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 02 MAY). THE WORLD IS YOURS d. Romain Gavras, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 02 MAY). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY).
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