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ZERO PATIENCE + Short: THE MAKING OF MONSTERS d. John Greyson, 1993 + 1990 at The Cinema Museum (28 JAN 19:30):
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest presents: “There never was, and never will be again, a musical like ZERO PATIENCE. Worlds collide as nineteenth century explorer Sir Richard Burton, joins forces with the ghost of ‘Patient Zero’, to refute the urban legend of how HIV was introduced to North America. Offering a subversive and sassy take on the AIDS epidemic, this film remains a jewel in the New Queer Cinema crown.”
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One of our highlights of this early part of the screen year is Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme at ICA (31 JAN to 16 FEB).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE PAWNBROKER d. Sidney Lumet, 1965 + Q&A with Peter Evans at Curzon Wimbledon (28 JAN 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “Rod Steiger launched a stellar career as a serious actor with his Oscar-nominated performance as an embittered concentration camp survivor running a pawnshop in 1960s Harlem. Powerful film from director Sidney Lumet, who made some of Hollywood’s most visionary political/social dramas.”
WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER d. Marianna Economou, 2019 + Q&A with organic farmer Alexandros Gousiaris + Greek Snacks at DocHouse (28 JAN 18:30):
- “In a tiny Greek village, hit hard by the economic crisis, Christo and Alexandros are working with ingenuity, patience and the help of five grannies to branch out into the international food market, exporting jars of their organic goods across the world. They may be up against more regular produce, but their tomatoes have something special going for them – they ripen to sounds of Wagner.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ANNE FRANK: PARALLEL STORIES d. Sabina Fedeli & Anna Migotto, 2019 at Everyman Barnet (28 JAN 18:15 – Other Everymans available!).
- BY THE GRACE OF GOD d. François Ozon, 2019 at The David Lean (28 JAN 19:30).
- Early Cinema Series 4: The Lumière Brothersat Sands Films (28 JAN 20:00 – FREE!/Donation requested).
- THE GENIUS AND THE OPERA SINGER d. Vanessa Stockley, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Regent Street Cinema (28 JAN 19:30).
- Keeping It Short: A Night Of Short Films presented by Joe Bor at Ripley & Lambert (28 JAN 19:30).
- LITTLE FUGITIVE d. Ray Ashley, Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin, 1953 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (28 JAN 20:00).
- THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE d. Mary Harron, 2005 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (28 JAN 19:30 – FREE!).
- RAIN MAN d. Barry Levinson, 1988 at TT Liquor (28 JAN 18:30).
- SEA OF SHADOWS d. Richard Ladkani & Sean Bogle, 2019 at Frontline Club (28 JAN 19:00).
- SHOW ME THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF JIM MARSHALL d. Alfred George Bailey, 2019 UK Premiere at Royal Albert Hall (28 JAN 19:00)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (28 JAN 20:45).
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 (24 to 30 JAN).
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at Close-Up & BFI Southbank (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- Vampire Power: VAMPIR-CUADECUC + MARK OF LILITH d. Pere Portabella, 1972 + d. Polly Gladwin, Isiling Mack-Nataf & Bruna Fionda, 1986 + Intro by Polly Gladwin & Bruna Fionda & Discussion with Roger Luckhurst & Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah (28 JAN 20:30 – BFI Southbank).
BEFORE THE NIGHT at Ciné Lumière (24 to 29 JAN):
- UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010 (28 JAN 18:20).
- HUMAN: DESTROYERS OF EARTH d. Jean-Robert Viallet, 2019 + Q&A with Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (28 JAN 18:30).
- NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT d. Patricio Guzmán, 2010 (28 JAN 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank (DEC to JAN):
- SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT aka Sommarnattens Leende d. Ingmar Bergman, 1955 (28 JAN 20:50).
CAROLE LOMBARD: THE BRIGHTEST STAR at BFI Southbank (JAN):
- NO MAN OF HER OWN 35mm d. Wesley Ruggles, 1932 (28 JAN 18:20).
FAY WELDON at BFI Southbank (JAN):
- WATCHING ME, WATCHING YOU + BRIGHT SMILER d. Colin Goodman, 1980 + d. David Carson, 1985 (28 JAN 18:20).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- Walkers & Wanderers: CITY OF WOMEN 4K aka La Città Delle Donne d. Federico Fellini, 1980 (28 JAN 20:20).
THE FILMS OF CÉLINE SCIAMMA at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- TOMBOY d. Céline Sciamma, 2011 (28 JAN 18:30).
HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):
- ME, MYSELF & IRENE d. Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, 2000 (28 JAN 17:00 & 19:15).
MUSICULTS at Genesis Cinema (JAN):
- VELVET GOLDMINxE 35mm d. Todd Haynes, 1998 (28 JAN 18:20).
REMINISCENCES OF JONAS MEKAS at Close-Up (19 JAN to 01 FEB):
- WALDENx 16mm Jonas Mekas, 1969 (28 JAN 19:30).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35xmm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (until 30 JAN).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We didn’t find any film festivals in London today… what are we missing?
CHINA LOVE d. Olivia Martin-McGuire, 2018 at DocHouse (28 JAN 16:20):
- “Love is an $80 billion industry in China. It’s not just the wedding itself that brings in the money – a booming trade in pre-wedding photography places the burden on couples to spend thousands on elaborately staged photos depicting lives of luxury.”
CYRANO DE BERGERAC d. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990 at BFI Southbank (28 JAN 14:30, 18:00 & 20:40):
- “The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has existed in many forms over several centuries but Rappeneau’s adaptation (now celebrating its 30th anniversary) is a delightful, tragi-comic tour de force with Gérard Depardieu’s Cyrano offering romantic tips to young Christian, a suitor with designs on Roxanne, whom Cyrano himself is keen to woo.”
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at Rio Cinema (28 JAN 15:15).
- “Hypnotising, unsettling, transgressive, dazzling and decadent, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN also takes satirical bites into a corrupt, greed-fuelled world with attacks on religion, consumerism, fascism, and authority in general. So not just a nostalgia trip then…”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 30 JAN). AKIRA 35mm d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 at ICA (26 to 31 JAN). BOMBSHELL d. Jay Roach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 30 JAN). BRIGHTBURN d. David Yarovesky, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (27 JAN to 02 FEB). BUTTERFLY at DocHouse (24 to 30 JAN). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 JAN). LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT d. Bi Gan, 2018 at ICA (until 30 JAN). MIDNIGHT TRAVELER d. Hassan Fazili, 2019 at DocHouse (until 28 JAN). MY POLISH HONEYMOON d. Élise Otzenberger, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (26 to 30 JAN). PRESENT. PERFECT d. Zhu Shengze, 2019 at ICA (24 to 30 JAN). PINK WALL d. Tom Cullen, 2019 at Watermans (24 to 29 JAN). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ICA (until 30 JAN). WEATHERING WITH YOU d. Makoto Shinkai, 2019 at ICA (until 29 JAN).
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