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FEATURED ATTRACTION OF THE DAY
LETTER FROM MY VILLAGE d. Safi Faye, 1976 + PANEL at Regent Street Cinema (29 APR 18:30):
- CREAM Screen presents: “A rare and timely opportunity to see Safi Faye’s 1976 docu-drama Kaddu Beykat (Letter from my Village), considered to be the first feature film made by a Sub-Saharan African woman. Taking the form of a letter narrated by the filmmaker, the film is set in the filmmaker’s native village of Fadjal, Senegal, with the villages playing themselves.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Getting a film education needn’t be expensive… particularly when your local indie venue delivers one on your doorstep! Lexi Film School starts tonight (29 APR) & runs until 24 JUN.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, RADIANT CIRCUS will be talking about our work, discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE. Hope you can join us (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!)!
- As we get ready for another dose of MIDNIGHT EXCESS (11 MAY 23:00+) we thought we’d turn our obsessive attention to listing London’s regular late night movies, double bills, cults & (not so…) classics.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + Q&A with screenwriter Lindsay Shaperoat Phoenix Cinema (29 APR 19:30):
- “Phoenix patron Judi Dench stars in Trevor Nunn’s drama inspired by the extraordinary true story of the KGB’s longest-serving British agent. Lindsay Shapero’s BAFTA-nominated TV biopic ENID for the BBC, starred Helena Bonham Carter and won an International Emmy. Since then, she has written ROYAL WIVES AT WAR for the BBC and MADAME TUSSAUD for Arte.”
- Enjoys a grind show run at the same venue.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BOX FOR LIFE d. Uri Borreda, 2017 at JW3 (29 APR 13:00).
- OUT OF BLUE d. Carol Morley, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (29 APR 20:50).
- THE PANAMA PAPERS d. Alex Winter, 2018 at DocHouse (29 APR 20:30).
- WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY d. Roberta Grossman, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (29 APR 18:00).
- YULI – THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY d. Icíar Bollaín, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 APR 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS d. Howard Hawks, 1939 (29 APR 18:20).
CLOSE-UP ON THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE at Close-Up (23 APR to 15 MAY):
- CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS d. Jiří Menzel, 1966 (29 APR 20:15).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
- “Inspired by Kubrick”: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 35mm d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 + INTRO with the director (29 APR 20:30).
LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):
- ROME, OPEN CITY d. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 + TALK by Jonathan Romney (29 APR 19:45).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- STILL WALKING d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008 (29 APR 20:40).
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (26 APR to 09 MAY).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (26 APR to 02 MAY):
- LA POINTE COURTE d. Agnès Varda, 1954 (27 APR to 02 MAY).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (26 APR to 05 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at Barbican (29 APR 20:05):
- “From modern master Jia Zhangke, an allegorical portrait of Chinese national malaise wrapped in the romantic tragedy of a jianghu epic.”
DONBASS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 APR 15:10):
- “In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.”
HEARTBOUND d. Janus Metz & Sine Plambech, 2018 at DocHouse (29 APR 14:30):
- “In a small fishing community in Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men. It all began in 1992 when former sex worker Sommai moved to Thy, Denmark to marry Niels, whom she had met in the resort city of Pattaya, Thailand. With Sommai’s help, hundreds of Thai women from her village have since arrived to find security and love with Danish men.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (27 APR to 02 MAY). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at The Prince Charles (26 APR to 02 MAY). BEL CANTO d. Paul Weitz, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Rich Mix (26 APR to 02 MAY). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at ICA (26 to 02 MAY). KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 at ICA (01 to 08 MAY). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 The Castle Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 at Rio Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 01 MAY). THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE d. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018 at DocHouse (until 01 MAY). PONDLIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 APR to 02 MAY). RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Lexi (19 APR to 02 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 MAY). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 02 MAY). THE WORLD IS YOURS d. Romain Gavras, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 02 MAY). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY).
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