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PLACES IN CITIES 35mm d. Angela Schanelec, 1998 + PIENSA EN MÍ 16mm d. Alexandra Cuesta, 2009 at ICA (27 NOV 18:30):
- The Machine That Kills Bad People presents: “Travel and the stories of those in transit form the focus of this screening featuring Alexandra Cuesta’s 16mm PIENSA EN MÍ (2009) and Angela Schanelec’s 35mm PLACES IN CITIES (1998). The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers.”
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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
CLAIRE d. Robert Dinesen, 1924 + THE ABYSS d. Urban Gad, 1910 + Intro by Michelle Facey + Live Accompaniment by Colin Sell & Stephen Horne at The Cinema Museum (27 NOV 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “CLAIRE: A 1924 German drama produced by Paul Ebner and Maxim Galitzenstein for Maxim-Film. It stars Hungarian actress Lya de Putti, in a role felt by some to anticipate that played by Louise Brooks in PANDORA’S BOX (1928), as she strives to avoid the attentions of five men.” “THE ABYSS: Written and directed by Urban Gad, THE ABYSS – also known as Woman Always Pays – was the film debut of Gad’s wife, Asta Nielsen, who immediately became an international star, though censorship led to her work being largely unseen in America.”
THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 + Q&A with actors Aisling Franciosi & Sam Claflin at Curzon Soho (27 NOV 18:00):
- “From the director of THE BABADOOK, Jennifer Kent, comes a blood-soaked, radical redress of history. Set in Colonial Tasmania during the brutal Black Wars, Clare (Aisling Franciosi) is indentured to Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin), denied the right to rejoin her husband and child. When Hawkins commits an act of sexual violence upon her, she hires indigenous guide Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to stalk him and his company and enact revenge.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ADAM & EVELYN d. Andreas Goldstein, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Goethe-Institut (27 NOV 19:00).
- BEANPOLE d. Kantemir Balagov, 2019 at ICA (27 NOV 12:40).
- DOWNTON ABBEY d. Michael Engler, 2019 at The David Lean (27 NOV 14:30 & 19:30).
- GREENER GRASS d. Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, 2019 at The Prince Charles (27 NOV 12:35).
- Here Be Witches: Short Films presented by The Final Girls at The Horse Hospital (27 NOV 19:00).
- JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (27 NOV 20:45).
- KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (27 NOV 15:10, 18:05 & 21:00).
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. André Singer & Werner Herzog, 2018 at JW3 (27 NOV 10:20).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at ICA (27 NOV 12:25).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at The Lexi (27 NOV 13:30 – Only £5!).
- RONNIE WOOD: SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME d. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (27 NOV 20:30).
- THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Bloomsbury (27 NOV 18:15).
- THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL aka Les Hirondelles de Kaboul d. Zabou Breitman & Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (27 NOV 14:15).
- THE THIEF OF BAGDAD d. Tim Whelan, Michael Powell & Ludwig Berger, 1940 at Regent Street Cinema (27 NOV 12:00 & 15:30).
- YESTERDAY d. Danny Boyle, 2019 presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (27 NOV 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- LATE SPRING aka Banshun d. Yasujiro Ozu, 1949 + Intro by Dr Jinhee Choi (27 NOV 18:20).
BORDERS & BOUNDARIES at Barbican (08 to 27 NOV):
- TROUBLE d. Mariah Garnett, 2019 (27 NOV 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (01 OCT to 01 DEC):
- CHINESE ROULETTE d, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976 (27 NOV 21:00).
DIRECTOR DEBUTS at Deptford Cinema (19 NOV to 10 DEC):
- OF HORSES AND MEN d. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 2013 (27 NOV 19:30).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- LOULOU d. Maurice Pialat, 1980 (27 NOV 20:45).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen: DU BARRY WAS A LADY 35mm d. Roy Del Ruth, 1943 (27 NOV 18:50).
- Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC).
RIAN JOHNSON SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (12 to 27 NOV):
- LOOPER 35mm d. Ryan Johnson, 2012 (27 NOV 18:15 – £1 Members Screening).
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 (27 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 (27 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 (27 NOV 16:00):
- “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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