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Featured attraction: Zodiac Film Club presents THE DREAMERS + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (28 NOV 21:00): “Bernardo Bertolucci’s love letter to cinema, Paris and, er… three-way unconventional romance.”
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: In our continuing series of interviews with London’s independent curators, Anna de Guia-Eriksson talks Filikino, a programme of classic and contemporary Philippine cinema, the Philippine film industry and recent audience responses to ALIPATO by Khavn De La Cruz at Genesis Cinema. Read our interview HERE, then book for the next film in the series, TODO TODO TEROS at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ABOUT A WAR + Q&A with filmmakers Daniele Rugo & Abi Weaver at Curzon Soho (28 NOV 18:30):
- The Lebanese Civil War saw approximately 170,000 dead, 1 million displaced and 17,000 people still missing. During the conflict thousands of teenagers picked up arms to fight in a 15 years war that tore the nation apart. ABOUT A WAR unpicks the personal and social motivations, trauma and regret of militiamen who picked up arms during the civil war.
COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT + INTRO by Siobhán Lanigan at The Cinema Museum (28 NOV 19:00 – Free! Donations requested):
- Vito Project & The Food Chain present: a special screening of COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT, a 1989 documentary film that tells the story of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The event is part of the ENDAIDS2030 festival, marking the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which also coincides with The Food Chain 30 years anniversary.
THE DREAMERS + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (28 NOV 21:00):
- Zodiac Film Club presents: Bernardo Bertolucci’s love letter to cinema, Paris and, er… three-way unconventional romance. Matthew (Michael Pitt) a young American student in Paris meets fellow cinephiles and beguiling siblings Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel). Amidst the student riots of 1968, the three retreat into fantasy and fun in a crumbling apartment.
SEA TO SHINING SEA + Q&A with cast & crew at The Prince Charles (28 NOV 18:30):
- 25 years ago, at a halfpipe contest somewhere in Europe, two of skateboarding’s biggest loudmouths first met. Now the glory days of youth are in their rearview mirror, with only the drudgery of adulthood on the road ahead. This pre-apocalyptic road movie documents the coast-to-coast journey of two washed-up skateboarders across present day USA.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BRAZIL at The Prince Charles (28 NOV 20:30).
- CHRISTMAS EVIL at The Prince Charles (28 NOV 18:15).
- DEAD SOULS: PART TWO at ICA (28 NOV 19:15).
- DISOBEDIENCE + Q&A with Alessandro Nivola at Phoenix Cinema (28 NOV 20:00).
- THE ENTERTAINER at Regent Street Cinema (28 NOV 12:00 & 15:30).
- FACES PLACES presented by Odyssey Film Club at Screen25, Harris Academy South Norwood (28 NOV 19:45).
- NAOMI’S JOURNEY at Goethe-Instituto (28 NOV 19:00).
- THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (28 NOV 20:30).
- THEOREM + INTRO by Dr Matilde Nardelli at BFI Southbank (28 NOV 18:20).
- THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS + Q&A at Picturehouse Central (28 NOV 18:30).
- THE WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE IN 1917. HISTORY WAS MADE HERE + Q&A with Geraldine Norman at Pushkin House (28 NOV 19:00).
- THE WIZ + FOOD presented by Welcome Cinema + Kitchen at Amnesty International (28 NOV 18:00).
- THE WORKSHOP at ICA (28 NOV 12:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (until 28 NOV):
- LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT + INTRO by Rosalie Varda + Sing-A-Long with MC Garance Louis (28 NOV 20:30).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- 9 TO 5 (28 NOV 18:30 & 20:45).
HAROLD & KUMAR at Deptford Cinema (22 NOV to 06 DEC):
- HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY (28 NOV 19:00).
JANE FONDA: COMING OF AGE at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- KLUTE (28 NOV 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- London Palestine Film Festival (16 to 28 NOV).
- Russian Film Week (25 NOV to 02 DEC).
- Slow Short Film Festival, Part 1 (28 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
THE JUDGE at DocHouse (28 NOV 16:30):
- Confronting institutionalised sexism within an established, traditional court of law is no easy task – especially in the Middle East. However the remarkably courageous, undeniably talented Judge Kholoud did it anyway – becoming the first woman judge to be appointed to the Shari’a law courts in Palestine.
NAE PASARAN! at ArtHouse (28 NOV 15:35):
- Felipe Bustos Sierra’s feature charts the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.
SHOPLIFTERS at Ciné Lumière (28 NOV 15:30 & 18:00):
- Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (NOBODY KNOWS) latest film SHOPLIFTERS is a profoundly moving drama about a poverty-stricken family petty thieving to make ends meet, when they come across a shivering little girl foraging for scraps in the cold winter night.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- APOSTASY at Whirled Cinema (26 NOV to 02 DEC). BACK TO BERLIN at JW3 (25 to 29 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 02 DEC). POSTCARDS FROM LONDON at ICA (23 NOV to 06 DEC). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at Ciné Lumière (23 to 30 NOV). RAMS at Barbican (23 to 29 NOV). WIDOWS at Watermans Arts Centre (23 to 29 NOV).
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