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Featured attraction: SUPAKINO and Rio Cinema launch a new collab where Indian cinema meets the rest of the world in a mix of movies that share themes, stories and genres. Things kick off with a “musical incarceration double feature”: BOMBAY MIX: JAILHOUSE ROCK + LUCKNOW CENTRAL at Rio Cinema (29 SEP 12:00 + 13:50).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
- SUPAKINO presents: Indian cinema meets the rest of the world in a mix of movies that share themes, stories and genres. Things kick off with a musical incarceration double feature. First up, Elvis Presley’s iconic role in JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957). Then we jump a few decades and a continent or two to modern day India, with Ranjit Tiwari’s LUCKNOW CENTRAL (2017).
- Discount for doing the double applied checkout!
French Impressions: FATIMA + TALK at Watermans (29 SEP 13:00):
- This event looks at the way French Cinema has told the story of those form North Africa who sought a new life in post-colonial France. Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: fifteen-year old Souad, a rebellious teenager, and eighteen-year old Nesrine, who is about to start medical school.
FUTURE + Q&A with filmmaker Adam Buczek at Birkbeck Cinema (29 SEP 14:00 – Free!):
- In Japan fortune telling is as ubiquitous as counceling in the west. On the surface people visit spiritual mediums, clairvoyances, palm readers etc. to ask for help, to talk about their future. In reality they just need somebody to speak to and get the second opinion.
IT TAKES A MILLION YEARS TO BE A WOMAN + THREE LIVES at The Horse Hospital (29 SEP 15:30):
- Directed by feminist collective Sister of Jam IT TAKES A MILLION YEARS TO BE A WOMAN is a portrait of feminist activist, writer and artist Kate Millett at the feminist art colony she founded in 1978 in Poughkeepsie USA. Kate Millett’s THREE LIVES is a moving, proud, calm, aggressively self‐contained documentary feature, about what it’s like to be the three very different women who talk about their lives.
- Part of the Relating Narratives exhibition.
SCUOLA SENZA FINE + PRIVILEGE at The Horse Hospital (29 SEP 18:30):
- SCUOLA SENZA FINE (School Without End) was directed by Adriana Monti in collaboration with students from the adult education 150 Hour Secondary School diploma course with whom she had been working for a year. PRIVILEGE, directed by Yvonne Rainer, is seemingly a straight-forward documentary in which women are interviewed about their experience of the menopause – a subject that has been virtually invisible on film.
- Part of the Relating Narratives exhibition.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ADAPTATION at BFI (29 SEP 20:30).
- BENEATH THE CLOCKTOWER + INTRO at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 SEP 15:20).
- BLACKkKLANSMAN at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (29 SEP 19:00).
- DOWN TO EARTH + INTRO at Hackney Picturehouse (29 SEP 18:30).
- THE GODFATHER at BFI (29 Sep 12:30).
- THE GODFATHER PART II at BFI (29 SEP 16:00).
- THE GODFATHER PART III at BFI (29 SEP 20:10).
- ISLE OF DOGS presented by Stow Film Lounge at CentrE17 (29 SEP 10:30).
- LOVE at ICA (29 SEP 12:20).
- THE RIDER at Lexi Cinema (29 SEP 14:00).
- SMALLFOOT + INTRO by director Karey Kirkpatrick preview at BFI (29 SEP 10:00).
- Spirit of ’68 Screeningpresented by West Hampstead Cinema Club at Community Association for West Hampstead (29 SEP 19:30 – Free!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE 70mm (29 SEP 15:00).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY 7 films, 1 ticket (29 SEP 20:45).
- STEPHEN KING MARATHON 6 films, 1 ticket (29 SEP 21:00 – Sold Out!).
- Just be sure to follow the rules…
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- BODY CONTACT + Q&A with screenwriter Lee Drysdale (29 SEP 15:00).
- THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR + INTRO by Tony Warner (29 SEP 19:30 – Sold Out!).
DRAMA SHE WROTE at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- Bernice Rubens and Andrea Newman: LOVE STORY (29 SEP 18:20).
FASHION ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (14 SEP to 03 OCT):
- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ enjoys a grind show run (29 SEP 20:40).
GENERATIONS: RUSSIAN CINEMA OF CHANGE at Barbican (26 to 30 SEP):
LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen on The Green (ongoing):
- TRUE ROMANCE (29 SEP 23:30).
SCALARAMA WEEKENDER at Genesis Cinema (28 to 30 SEP):
- Edgar Wright Curates: TOP SECRET! (29 SEP 13:45); PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (29 SEP 16:00); AFTER HOURS 35mm (29 SEP 18:30); THE SENTINEL 35mm (29 SEP 21:00).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- TRACK 29 35mm (29 SEP 17:30).
WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- LA GRANDE ILLUSION (29 SEP 15:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (15 to 30 SEP).
- Darkroom Festival (24 to 30 SEP).
- Feminista Film Festival (28 to 30 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (26 to 30 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
- Scalarama (SEP).
THE OSLO DIARIES at DocHouse (29 SEP 16:30):
- In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered in Oslo, Norway– secretly and against the law. These meetings came to be known as The Oslo Accords and would have changed the Middle East forever – yet they were never officially sanctioned and were only chronicled by the negotiators’ diaries.
SKATE KITCHEN at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 SEP 18:40 & 21:00):
- In the first narrative feature from THE WOLFPACK director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.
THE SON at ICA (29 SEP 19:00):
- In Siberia, a group of young recruits compete in harsh conditions to join the elite Spetsnaz special forces. At home, a family grieves for a lost son, killed in 2013 at the age of 21. Interweaving these narratives, The Son immerses us in the intense world of the Russian military training apparatus,
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Prince Charles (28 Sep to OCT 04). A SIMPLE FAVOUR at Rio Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Prince Charles (28 Sep to 03 NOV). BLACKkKLANSMAN at JW3 (28 SEP to 04 OCT). FACES PLACES at Ciné Lumière (28 SEP to 04 OCT). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (29 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SEAGULL at Watermans (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THIS IS CONGO at The Montpelier (30 SEP to 10 OCT). WAJIB at ArtHouse Crouch End (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE WIFE at Phoenix Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT).
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