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Featured attraction: Terror Vision presents LAKE MUNGO at BFI Southbank (29 NOV 20:50): “This faux-documentary is a beautifully constructed meditation on grief, as tender as it is terrifying.” – BFI.
New at RADIANT CIRCUS:
In the first of a new series of guest articles at RADIANT CIRCUS, Manila-based film writer & critic Richard Bolisay introduces John Torres’ debut feature TODO TODO TEROS (2006), Filikino’s next screening at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15).
In our continuing series with Close-Up Film Centre, RADIANT CIRCUS chats to curator Andrew Gutman about UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND, a programme of under-screened classics of the Canadian underground film scene (03 to 04 DEC).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DISASTERS OF PEACE + PANEL at The Whitechapel Gallery (29 NOV 19:00):
- Major disasters seem to characterise our age: refugee crises, genocides of indigenous populations, Chernobyl and Fukushima, catastrophic hurricanes of increased intensity and the inexorable destruction of our habitable ecosystem. How can we represent these disasters to expose the slow violence their aftermaths continue to enact?
DISOBEDIENCE + SCREENTALK with Naomi Alderman at Barbican (29 NOV 18:30):
- Sebastián Lelio (A FANTASTIC WOMAN) returns with a timely and emotionally powerful tale, set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith. Based on a novel by Naomi Alderman, the author is in conversation after this preview.
- Also DISOBEDIENCE + Q&A with director Sebastián Lelio & special guests at JW3 (29 NOV 19:30).
EVELYN + Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel at ICA (29 NOV 18:15):
- When his brother, recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffering from intense depression, died by suicide at 22, Orlando and his other two siblings buried the trauma, rarely talking about it. Over a decade later, the remaining family set out on a hiking tour, visiting landscapes his brother Evelyn had liked to walk, to reflect on his life and death.
LAKE MUNGO at BFI Southbank (29 NOV 20:50):
- Terror Vision presents: Despite being one of this century’s most critically acclaimed horror films, Joel Anderson’s multi-layered faux-documentary remains criminally underseen. Following the sudden death of their 16-year-old daughter, the distraught Palmer family invite a psychic and a parapsychologist into their home to uncover the truth behind the tragedy.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at Ciné Lumière (29 NOV 16:00).
- AE FOND KISS presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (29 NOV 19:30).
- CRIES AND WHISPERS at BFI (29 NOV 18:40).
- FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL + Q&A at Genesis Cinema (29 NOV 21:00).
- GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE at DocHouse (29 NOV 16:30).
- THE GROOVE IS NOT TRIVIAL at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 NOV 19:45).
- MANDY presented by Stow Film Lounge at Wild Card Brewery (29 NOV 19:15).
- MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (29 NOV 19:00).
- RIFFAT AHMED: CLENCH short films at The Corner (29 NOV 19:00).
- RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA presented by Commune Cinema at the House of Vans (29 NOV 19:00 – Free! / Booking required).
- SLEAFORD MODS – INVISIBLE BRITAIN + BOOK LAUNCH Q&A with director/editor Paul Sng & special guests at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 NOV 20:30).
- THE SQUARE presented by Bigger Picture Film Club at The Ivyhouse (29 NOV 20:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):
- CRIES AND WHISPERS (29 NOV 20:30).
CLOSE UP: SEBASTIÁN LELIO at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- DISOBEDIENCE + Q&A with Sebastián Lelio & Alessandro Nivola (29 NOV 20:40).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- ICO Archive Screening Day: Women in Silent Film Comedy panel discussion (29 NOV 16:00); ICO Archive Screening Day: MICKEY 35mm + INTRO (29 NOV 18:10); and, ICO Archive Screening Day: EXIT SMILING + INTRO (29 NOV 20:20).
- 9 TO 5 (29 NOV 18:30 & 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- London Migration Film Festival (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
- Russian Film Week (25 NOV to 02 DEC).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
THE JUDGE at DocHouse (29 NOV 14:30 & 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 (29 NOV 15:30):
- 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 (29 NOV 20:40):
- 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). THE JUDGE at DocHouse (23 to 29 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 02 DEC). POSTCARDS FROM LONDON at ICA (until 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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