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XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 + Q&A with the director & Bent Bars Project at Genesis Cinema (28 MAY 21:00):
- Fringe! Flings presents: “The historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. XY CHELSEA is the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman. Bent Bars Project will illuminate Chelsea’s current situation and share vital ways to support Chelsea and others.”
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- Every week we do our bit to make cinema going in London that little more affordable by finding as many FREE film nights as we can. We’ve put together a quick guide to FREE films in London this week [25 to 30 MAY].
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
PROPERTY IS NO LONGER THEFT d. Elio Petri, 1973 + INTRO/SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at the Italian Cultural Institute (28 MAY 19:00 – FREE! – Currently looking SOLD OUT! – Check for availability/returns):
- “A bank cashier, who’s allergic to banknotes, quits his job after an armed robbery. He decides to start a new life, as a thief. He starts by targeting a popular former client, a butcher. But being a neurotic Marxist has its drawbacks. Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society.”
WOMEN IN REVOLT – BEYOND THE VISIBLE at Regent Street Cinema (28 MAY 19:30):
- Indie Society (aka London Film Academy, Shorts On Tap & UK Actors Tweetup) present: An immersive breath work session with Richie Bostock followed by a programme of short films & Q&A with the attending filmmakers.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ALL THE WILD HORSES d. Ivo Marloh, 2017 presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (28 MAY 20:30).
- EACH AND EVERY MOMENT d. Nicolas Philibert, 2018 at DocHouse (28 NOV 18:30).
- GLORY d. Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanovon, 2016 presented by Richmond Film at The Exchange (28 MAY 20:00).
- JELLYFISH d. James Gardner, 2018 + INTRO by Brent Carers at The Lexi Cinema (28 MAY 18:30).
- THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at The David Lean (28 MAY 19:30).
- PAN’S LABYRINTH d. Guillermo del Toro, 2006 at TT Liquor (28 MAY 19:00).
- PILLOW TALK d. Michael Gordon, 1959 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (28 MAY 20:00).
- STILL WALKING d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008 at Picturehouse Central (28 MAY 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- THE WORLD OF US d. Yoon Ga-eun, 2016 presented by KCCUK at Deptford Cinema (28 MAY 19:30 – FREE!/Currently looking SOLD OUT).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DUNE 70mm d. David Lynch, 1984 (28 MAY 20:45).
BEBOP NEW YORK: BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDIE CINEMA at Barbican (23 MAY to 25 JUN):
- Stan Brakhage: An Adventure in Perception 16mm (28 MAY 19:00).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- MADAME DUBARRY d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1919 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (28 MAY 18:10).
- Sight & Sound Discussion: The Birth of Criticism (28 MAY 18:15).
- THE OYSTER PRINCESS + I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1919/1918 (28 MAY 20:40).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD d. Alain Resnais, 1961 (28 MAY 20:50 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
CLOSE-UP ON SCOTT WALKER at Close-Up (24 APR to 31 MAY):
- DRIFTING CLOUDS d. Aki Kaurismäki, 1996 (28 MAY 20:15).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (28 MAY 18:10).
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1963 enjoys a grind show run (18 to 30 MAY).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- ROSETTA 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (28 MAY 18:25).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
AFTER LIFE d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998 at Rio Cinema (28 MAY 18:30):
- “Which memory would you choose? After the wonderful MABOROSI, Hirokazu Kore-eda, future director of SHOPLIFTERS, continued his exploration of the mystery of life with this remarkable and touching film that explores the profound human need to discover meaning in everyday existence and asks what makes us truly happy.”
TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (28 MAY 20:50):
- “Chile 1990, a country stretching its wings post-Pinochet, exhilarated by new-found freedom but still tentative in the face of an uncertain future. This political reality is paralleled by this story of an idealistic community living off-grid in a commune in the foothills of the Andes.”
XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 at DocHouse (28 MAY 14:30):
- “The historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. XY CHELSEA is the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (until 30 MAY). AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (until 30 MAY). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 30 MAY). BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY). BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II 35mm d. Robert Zemeckis, 1989 at The Prince Charles (24 to 30 MAY). BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 at Watermans (24 to 30 MAY). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 30 MAY). DR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING & LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 + Short Film at The Prince Charles (23 to 29 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 30 MAY). GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (27 MAY to 02 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 MAY). JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION d. Julien Faraut, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 to 30 MAY). MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at Barbican (until 22 MAY). MEMOIR OF WAR d. Emmanuel Finkiel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (24 MAY to 25 JUL). OUTDOORS d. Asaf Saban, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (26 to 30 MAY). ROCKETMAN d. Dexter Fletcher, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 to 30 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at The Prince Charles (24 to 30 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 MAY).
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