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Of Mud & Flame: PENDA’S FEN and the World Beyond Screening + Panel Q&A with Cast & Crew at The Whitechapel Gallery (29 FEB 15:30):
- “In one young man’s search for his sense of self, writer David Rudkin takes us on a magnificent metaphysical journey quite unlike any other TV play. The cult status of PENDA’S FEN is no doubt due to its potent mix of mysticism, music and landscape, which taps into an elemental truth about our pagan past. Followed by a discussion with Rudkin and cast.”
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Read our writeup of LITTLE JOE + Jessica Hausner In Conversation (21 FEB) part of THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI (until 05 MAR).
We’ve posted our guide to this year’s BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (18 to 29 MAR) including our ‘top ten best of the fest‘.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 + Recorded Intro by the director & Performance/Creative Writing Workshop with Kit Griffiths at Curzon Soho (29 FEB 18:00):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “Céline Sciamma’s sumptuously beautiful Cannes prize-winner is one of cinema’s most compelling visions of the power of desire. Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) so she can be appraised by a suitor across the sea.”
PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 + Panel with the director, Leilani Farha (UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing), & Nicholas Burton (Grenfell Tower survivor & campaigner) at Curzon Soho (29 FEB 15:15):
- “Landlords without faces. Apartments without renters. A documentary exploring the new, unliveable city. Despite housing’s status a fundamental human right and a precondition to a safe and healthy life, it is becoming almost impossible to find an affordable place to live in cities across the world. Screening in association with Justice4Grenfell and The Grenfell Foundation.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- An Evening Of Exploding Cinema at The Cinema Museum (29 FEB 19:00).
- DIGGING FOR WELDON IRVINE d. Victorious DeCosta, 2019 presented by Doc’n Roll Film Festival at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (29 FEB 19:00).
- DOSED d. Tyler Chandler, 2019 + Panel Discussion at Genesis Cinema (29 FEB 14:55).
- DVD Preview: DOCTOR WHOE: THE FACELESS ONES (animated) + Q&A with actor Anneke Wills at BFI (29 FEB 12:00).
- FIRST LOVE d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at ICA (29 FEB 18:15).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at DocHouse (29 FEB 14:00).
- THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (29 FEB 14:00, 16:15, 18:30 & 20:45).
- MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 FEB 15:20).
- QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Catford Mews (29 FEB 21:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 (28 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue to details).
- THE MATRIX 35mm d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (29 FEB 18:15 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
AFRICAN IDENTITIES REBORN at DocHouse (31 JAN to 05 MAR):
- MALI BLUES d. Lutz Gregor, 2017 (29 FEB 20:30).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- STUDIO GHIBLI PYJAMA PARTY 6 Films, 1 Ticket (29 FEB 20:45 – All subtitled – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
- QUENTIN TARANTINO ALL-NIGHTER 5 Films, 1 Ticket (29 FEB 21:15 – Some 35mm/Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
BEST OF 2019 at Ciné Lumière (FEB to MAR):
- LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 (29 FEB 16:00).
- AMAZING GRACE d. Allan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, 2019 (29 FEB 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- THE AFRICAN QUEEN 4K d. John Huston, 1951 (29 FEB 16:20).
THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- LOURDES 35mm d. Jessica Hausner, 2009 (29 FEB 18:20).
- AMOUR FOU d. Jessica Hausner, 2014 (29 FEB 20:40).
- New Releases: LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 (21 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue for details).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- Re-release: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 (29 FEB 15:15).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- IL BIDONE 4K aka The Swindlers d. Federico Fellini, 1955 (29 FEB 15:40).
- AMACORD 35mm d. Federico Fellini, 1973 (29 FEB 18:30).
- THE CLOWNS 4K aka I clowns d. Federico Fellini, 1970 (29 FEB 21:00).
LATE NIGHTS SEASON – NICOLAS CAGE at Everyman Screen On The Green (FEB to MAR):
- MANDY d. Panos Cosmatos, 2018 (29 FEB 23:30).
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at Deptford Cinema (29 FEB to 20 JUN):
- MAGNOLIA d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999 (29 FEB 20:00).
REEL TIME FOR BLACK LOVE at Johmard Centre (17 JAN to 29 FEB – FREE!)
- IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 (29 FEB 18:30 – FREE!).
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (06 FEB to 01 MAR):
- PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 (28 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue for details).
ROMCOMS at House Of Vans (06 FEB to 01 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
- PRETTY WOMANd. Garry Marshall, 1990 (29 FEB 15:00 & 17:30 – FREE!).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (forever!):
- MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO 35mm d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (29 FEB 12:00).
- All-Nighter: STUDIO GHIBLI PYJAMA PARTY 6 Films, 1 Ticket (29 FEB 20:45 – All subtitled – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
- Dubbed versions available. Check venue for details.
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today. What have we missed?
COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 FEB 15:20 & 18:00):
- “A cosmic nightmare from the minds of H.P. Lovecraft and cult director, Richard Stanley, COLOR OUT OF SPACE follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage), Theresa Gardner (Joely Richardson) and their three children, (Madeleine Arthur, Brenden Meyer and Julian Hilliard), whose recent retreat to rural life quickly crumbles when a meteorite crashes into their front yard.”
DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (29 FEB 12:00 P&B & 18:10):
- “A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.”
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER d. Beniamino Barrese, 2019 at ICA (29 FEB 16:15):
- “As an iconic fashion model during the 1960s, Benedetta Barzini was a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, Benedetta has become exhausted with the various roles that life has imposed upon her and decides escape the world of images and disappear for good.”
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 FEB 12:30, 15:30, 18:00 & 21:00):
- “Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 05 MAR). FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 05 MAR). THE GOOD LIAR d. Bill Condon, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 MAR). JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 05 MAR). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at The Prince Charles (28 FEB to 05 MAR). LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at Catford Mews (28 FEB to 05 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 05 MAR). PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 at Rio Cinema (29 FEB to 05 MAR). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 04 MAR). THE RHYTHM SECTION d. Reed Morano, 2020 at Watermans (28 FEB to 05 MAR). TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 at Rich Mix (28 FEB to 05 MAR). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (01 to 05 MAR).
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