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Chantal Akerman: LÀ-BAS d. Chantal Akerman, 2006 + Shorts + Readings at Barbican (28 SEP 16:00):
Silver Press & A Nos Amours present: “In 2013, Chantal Akerman’s mother was dying. In between caring for her, she wrote. Akerman’s memoir My Mother Laughs, translated by Daniella Shreir, is both the distillation of the themes the filmmaker pursued throughout her creative life, and a version of the simplest and most complicated love story of all: that between a mother and a daughter.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
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Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is underway (18 to 29 SEP) & we’re blogging about it. Read our latest film writeups: INFECTION / FERAL / WORLD BEYOND MY MIND / MACABRE. More to come!
#32BoroughsOfFilm: We started our yearlong tour of community cinemas with a visit to Richmond Film Society at The Exchange to see Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS (24 SEP 2019). Next stop: Leytonstone Loves Film (27 to 29 SEP).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 + Q&A with composer Nainita Desai & activist Muzna Al-Naib at DocHouse (28 SEP 16:00):
Birds’ Eye View presents: “FOR SAMA is a letter from young mother Waad al-Kateab to her baby daughter Sama, to whom she gave birth surrounded by the cataclysmic conflict in Aleppo. Starting from filming her group of friends, some of whom are doctors who are choosing to remain and do what they can to resist and care for the community, Waad captures a shattering first-person experience of war.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
AMÉLIE d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 + Live Music & Wine Tasting presented by Collective Cinema at St Margaret’s (28 SEP 19:00).
BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (28 SEP 18:45 & 20:45).
BLINDSPOTTING d. Carlos López Estrada, 2018 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at Waterhouse Hall Theatre (28 SEP 19:30).
Indonesian Horror and Action! inc: VIRGINS FROM HELL (1987) + THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (1979) presented by World Wide Weird! at The Printing Project (28 SEP 18:00 – FREE!).
INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at The Lexi (28 SEP 20:00).
PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (28 SEP 20:15).
THE WIFE d. Björn Runge, 2017 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at Waterhouse Hall Theatre (28 SEP 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (28 SEP 14:30).
A FEW FROM DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles (until 28 SEP):
THE STRAIGHT STORY 35mm d. David Lynch, 1999 (28 SEP 15:20).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
SCI-FI ACTION MARATHON 7 Films, 1 Ticket (28 SEP 20:45).
DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY 3 7 Films, 1 Ticket (28 SEP 21:00).
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
CHI-RAQ d. Spike Lee, 2015 (28 SEP 17:50).
STRANGE DAYS d. Kathryn Bigelow, 1995 (28 SEP 20:10).
ANIME’S HUMAN MACHINES at Barbican Centre (12 to 30 SEP):
SUMMER WARS d. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009 + Intro (28 SEP 18:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER d. Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1959 (28 SEP 15:15).
THE TRIAL d. Orson Welles, 1962 (28 SEP 20:30).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER d. Leo McCarey, 1957 (28 SEP 15:20).
HOUSEBOAT 35mm d. Melville Shavelson, 1958 (28 SEP 18:00).
INDISCREET d. Stanley Donen, 1958 (28 SEP 20:45).
CLOSE-UP ON DEREK JARMAN at Close-Up (18 to 30 SEP):
Derek Jarman’s Super 8 Film Cycle d. Derek Jarman, various (28 SEP 18:00).
THE GARDEN d. Derek Jarman, 1990 + Intro by James Norton at Close-Up (28 SEP 20:00).
CYBERPUNKS at House Of Vans (SEP):
THE MATRIX (28 SEP 15:00 & 17:30).
DANCE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (SEP to NOV):
ONE DAY PINA ASKED d. Chantal Akerman, 1983 (28 SEP 16:00).
HARRY POTTER SEASON at The Prince Charles (03 AUG to 16 NOV):
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE 35mm d. Mike Newell, 2005 (28 SEP 12:00).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD at Rich Mix & Birkbeck Cinema (19 to 28 SEP 2019):
AMAZONS IN SARIS d. Rani Khanna, 2001 + Q&A with the filmmaker at Birkebck Cinema (28 SEP 11:30 – FREE!).
JAI BHIM COMRADE d. Anand Patwardhan, 2012 at Birkbeck Cinema (28 SEP 14:00 – FREE!).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (SEP):
A STAR IS BORN (28 SEP 19:00 – Stratford).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Barnes Film Festival (27 to 29 SEP).
- Darkroom Festival (28 SEP).
- Feminista Film Festival (27 to 28 SEP).
- Last Frame Smartphone Film Festival (28 SEP).
- Leytonstone Loves Film (27 to 29 SEP).
- London Palestine Film Pre-Festival Weekend (27 to 29 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (25 to 29 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 at The Prince Charles (28 SEP 18:10):
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.
THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Peckhamplex (28 SEP 17:50 & 20:30):
“Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.”
NORMAL d. Adele Tulli, 2019 at ICA (28 SEP 15:00 & 19:00):
“Through a series of wry and acerbic vignettes, Italian filmmaker Adele Tulli’s Normal playfully exposes the spectacle of gender in our everyday lives. Featuring quotidian scenes shot throughout Italy, the film observes individuals – from childhood to adulthood – navigating normative gendered behaviour.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (until 03 OCT). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at ICA (until 03 OCT). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (30 SEP to 06 OCT). CIELO d. Alison McAlpine, 2018 at ICA (27 SEP to 02 OCT). CURTIZ d. as Yvan Topolanszky, 2018 at JW3 (02 to 10 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (until 03 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). THE GOLDFINCH d. John Crowley, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at DocHouse (until 03 OCT). HOTEL MUMBAI d. Anthony Maras, 2019 at Rio Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HUSTLERSd. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 SEP). THE LAUNDROMAT at ArtHouse Crouch End d. Steven Soderbergh, 2019 (27 SEP to 03 OCT). ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 OCT – Check schedule for formats). ONE CHILD NATION d. Zhang Lynn & Nanfu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (27 SEP to 01 OCT). ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS d. James Jones & Olivier Sarbil, 2019 at DocHouse (27 SEP to 03 OCT). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 OCT). SEA OF SHADOWS at Ciné Lumière (27 SEP to 03 OCT). SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 03 OCT).
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