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THE DEVILS d. Ken Russell, 1971 + INTRO/SALON by Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (30 MAY 18:30):
- Cult Classic Collective presents: “In 17th-century France, Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) is a priest whose unorthodox views on sex and religion influence a passionate following of nuns, including the sexually obsessed Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave). When the power-hungry Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Logue) realizes he must eliminate Grandier to gain control of France, Richelieu portrays Grandier as a satanist and spearheads a public outcry to destroy the once-loved priest’s reputation.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Obsessive behaviour is the rocket fuel that propels RADIANT CIRCUS through the universe of London’s alternative cinema scene. Now Deptford Cinema has launched a new season that looks at CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS and we invite you along for the ride (11 JUN to 29 JUL).
- Our friends at Close-Up have announced a new programme of thirteen films, by three masters of Taiwanese New Cinema, set in & around Taipei throughout the 20th & 21st Century. We’ve written a handy guide to the season (including news of an exclusive season discount).
- As we start stockpiling Pro Plus for the next edition of SUPAKINO’s MIDNIGHT EXCESS (15 JUN 23:00+), we caught up with guest programmer Amos Levin to talk ROCKY, 16mm, cinema’s ‘holy shit’ moments & The Lonely Island.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE d. Jeff L. Lieberman, 2015 + INTRO by Charmaine Simpson at The Lexi Cinema (30 MAY 18:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
- Black History Studies presents: “Takes audiences on Nina’s own journey, from the segregated South, through to the distinct worlds of classical music, jazz joints and international concert halls. Within the context of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, the film delves into Nina’s artistry and intentions, answering questions behind her most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements, and finally, the reason why she left America.”
IN SAFE HANDS d. Jeanne Herry, 2018 + Q&A with the director & actor Elodie Bouchez at Ciné Lumière (30 MAY 18:20):
- “Abandoned at birth, baby Theo embarks on a journey through the Child Welfare Services, which will lead him temporarily to the care of Jean until a suitable home is found for him. Alice, 41, is unable to bear children and has been struggling to adopt a child for ten years. IN SAFE HANDS recounts how Theo and Alice’s paths come across. Nominated for 7 César Awards in 2019.”
STEEL COUNTRY d. Simon Fellows, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (30 MAY 21:00):
- Big Picture Film Club presents: “When a young boy turns up dead in a sleepy Western Pennsylvania town, a local outsider takes it upon himself to play detective, embarking on an obsessive investigation in order to the prove that the boy had been murdered, leading to unthinkable and harrowing consequences.”
TORSE d. Charles Atlas, 1977 + Bill Dietz & Amy Cimini in Conversation at ICA (30 MAY 18:30):
- “As part of a series of programmes devoted to the work of composer Maryanne Amacher (30 to 31 MAY), her former collaborator Bill Dietz is in conversation with musicologist Amy Cimini, author of a forthcoming monograph on Amacher. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Charles Atlas’ two-channel work documenting Merce Cunningham’s eponymous choreography through multiple cameras, performed to Amacher’s composition Remainder (1976).”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2008 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (30 May 19:30).
- BURNING d. Chang-dong Lee, 2018 presented by Das Kino at The Old Baths (30 MAY 20:00).
- EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE d. Joe Berlinger, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (30 MAY 18:30 & 20:45).
- GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS d. Michael Dougherty, 2019 at Peckhamplex (30 MAY 20:35).
- GRAVITY 3D d. Alfonso Cuaron, 2013 presented by Empire Magazine at at Picturehouse Ritzy (30 MAY 20:00).
- THE ISLE d. Matthew Butler Hart, 2018 & Q&A with cast & crew at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 MAY 20:30).
- LATE SPRING d. Yasujiro Ozu, 1949 presented by Redmond Pictures at Redmond Community Centre (30 MAY 19:30 – FREE/Booking essential!).
- LOVE, CECIL d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, 2017 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (30 MAY 20:00).
- THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (30 MAY 21:00).
- STAGE FRIGHT aka Deliria, aka Aquarius, aka Bloody Bird d. Michele Soavi, 1987 at BFI (30 MAY 20:40).
- STRANDED d. Frank Borzage, 1935 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (30 MAY 19:30).
- WAKE IN FRIGHT d. Ted Kotcheff, 1971 at BFI (30 MAY 18:15).
- WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at The David Lean (30 MAY 14:30 HOH & 19:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE d. Henrik Galeen, 1926 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (30 MAY 18:10 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
- WAXWORKS 35mm d. Paul Leni, 1924 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (30 MAY 21:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- WALKABOUT d. Nicolas Roeg, 1971 (30 MAY 18:20).
HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (02 APR to 30 MAY – FREE!):
- AMOUR FOU d. Jessica Hausner, 2014 (30 MAY 19:00 – FREE!).
KOREAN FILM NIGHTS: HOME TRUTHS at Korean Cultural Centre (02 MAY to 20 JUN – FREE!):
- THE ROOM NEARBY d. Ko Tae-Jeong, 2009 (30 MAY 19:00 – FREE!).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1963 enjoys a grind show run (18 to 30 MAY).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 (30 MAY 20:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
TEMPLE CINEMA at Andaz London Liverpool Street (ongoing):
- MANDY d. Panos Cosmatos, 2018 (30 MAY 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
AFTER LIFE d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998 at Rio Cinema (30 MAY 18:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Which memory would you choose? After the wonderful MABOROSI, Hirokazu Kore-eda, future director of SHOPLIFTERS, continued his exploration of the mystery of life with this remarkable and touching film that explores the profound human need to discover meaning in everyday existence and asks what makes us truly happy.”
TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (30 MAY 12:50):
- “Chile 1990, a country stretching its wings post-Pinochet, exhilarated by new-found freedom but still tentative in the face of an uncertain future. This political reality is paralleled by this story of an idealistic community living off-grid in a commune in the foothills of the Andes.”
XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 at DocHouse (30 MAY 16:30 & 20:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “The historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. XY CHELSEA is the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (until 30 MAY). AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (until 30 MAY). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 30 MAY). BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY). BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II 35mm d. Robert Zemeckis, 1989 at The Prince Charles (24 to 30 MAY). BEATS d. Brian Welsh, 2019 at Watermans (24 to 30 MAY). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 30 MAY). DR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING & LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 + Short Film at The Prince Charles (23 to 29 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 30 MAY). GIRL d. Lukas Dhont, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (27 MAY to 02 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 MAY). JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION d. Julien Faraut, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 to 30 MAY). MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at Barbican (until 22 MAY). MEMOIR OF WAR d. Emmanuel Finkiel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (24 MAY to 25 JUL). OUTDOORS d. Asaf Saban, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (26 to 30 MAY). ROCKETMAN d. Dexter Fletcher, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 to 30 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at The Prince Charles (24 to 30 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 30 MAY).
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