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VENUS & SERENA d. Maiken Baird & Michelle Major, 2012 + Short: SPAR d. Anthony Vander + Q&A with sports psychologist Dr Linda Duffy at Rich Mix (31 JUL 20:00):
- We Are Parable presents: “Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They’ve been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last?” Part of Winning Mentality.
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We caught up with the closing event in Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest’s QUEER SQUEE, a celebration of film & TV fandom. Read our writeup of JUDY JUDY JUDY at The Cinema Museum (27 JUL 2019).
London’s favourite, Genesis Cinema (results of the recent Time Out 25 Best Cinemas where they polled first!) celebrates two modern auteurs with mini seasons wrapped around their latest releases: Tarantino x Almodóvar (AUG 2019).
Our summer-long love affair with community cinema Screen25 continues tonight with HIGH LIFE, part of their LIFT OFF! moon landing season at Harris Academy South Norwood (31 JUL 19:45). Check out our Special Attractions for full listings & then use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE GOLDEN BOAT d. Raúl Ruiz, 1990 at ICA (31 JUL 18:45):
- “In experimental Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz’s 1990 punk rock picaresque, an assassin falls in love with a soap opera star and pursues her with the unlikely help of a rock critic and a philosopher. A metaphor for the genre-crossing art practices of the then-New York art scene, The Golden Boat includes appearances by Kathy Acker, Vito Acconci, Annie Sprinkle and The Wooster Group.” Part of part of I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker.
OF FISH & FOE d. Andy Heathcote & Heike Bachelier, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at Curzon Soho (31 JUL 18:30):
- “Brothers Kevin and John Pullar are continuing their family’s tradition of net fishing wild Atlantic salmon along the Scottish coastline. Eco-activist groups Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs are opposed to the practice and doggedly pursue the brothers, forcefully urging them to discontinue.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (31 JUL 14:15).
- ARE YOU PROUD? d. Ashley Joiner, 2019 at ICA (31 JUL 12:35).
- THE BRINK d. Alison Klayman, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (31 JUL 18:30 & 20:30).
- THE DARJEELING LIMITED d. Wes Anderson, 2007 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (31 JUL 19:30 – FREE!).
- QUEEN BEE d. Ranald MacDougall, 1955 at Regent Street Cinema (31 JUL 12:00 & 15:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 70mm d. David Lean, 1962 (31 JUL 18:20 – LAST CHANCE!).
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- PITCH PERFECT (31 JUL 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen, 1998 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (31 JUL 18:15).
CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):
- BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm d. Claire Denis, 1999 (31 JUL 20:15 – LAST CHANCE!).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- DAGUERRÉOTYPES d. Agnès Varda, 1976 (31 JUL 20:35).
JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):
- THE WARD 35mm d. John Carpenter, 2010 (31 JUL 18:30 – £1 PCC Member Screening).
LIFT OFF! at Harris Academy South Norwood (10 JUL to 31 AUG):
- HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 (31 JUL 19:45).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- DIRTY DANCING (31 JUL 20:00).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (31 JUL 16:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- A STAR IS BORN, 2018 (31 JUL 21:00).
SALON MEXICO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- MACARIO d. Roberto Gavaldón, 1960 (31 JUL 18:20).
- IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND d. Roberto Gavaldón, 1951 (31 JUL 20:30).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (31 JUL 13:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- DukeFest 2019 (28 to 31 JUL).
THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (31 JUL 17:00):
- “Set in a luxury high-rise hotel in Mexico City, Lila Avilés’ quietly compelling debut follows the routinised existence of Eve, an enterprising young hotel worker. With nuanced direction and a spare script bolstered by Gabriela Cartol’s breakthrough performance, THE CHAMBERMAID offers wry observations about class, privilege and exploitation as it sensitively depicts Eve’s day to day life.”
MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (31 JUL 15:15 & 21:00):
- “A beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.”
ON THE INSIDE OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP d. Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JUL 20:40 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “After 50 years of military dictatorial rule in Myanmar, the military generals began to realise something needed to change for sanctions to be lifted. Following the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of 2010, the military installed a so-called civilian democracy, including putting Aung San Suu Kyi onto the political stage, who in turn made a dangerous pact with her opponents.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 01 AUG). ARE YOU PROUD? d. Ashley Joiner, 2019 at Picturehouse Hackney (26 JUL to 01 AUG). ARMSTRONG d. David Fairhead, 2019 at The Prince Charles (26 JUL to 01 AUG). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 01 AUG). THE CURRENT WAR d. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2017 at Phoenix Cinema (26 JUL to 01 AUG). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 01 AUG). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (until 31 JUL). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (29 JUL to 04 AUG). THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 01 AUG). MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 31 JUL). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 01 AUG). ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at Watermans (26 JUL to 01 AUG). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 30 JUL). RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 at The Prince Charles (26 JUL to 01 AUG). TEL AVIV ON FIRE d. Sameh Zoabi, 2018 at JW3 (until 28 JUL). VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 01 AUG). WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO? d. Georges Gachot, 2018 at ICA (27 JUL to 01 AUG – UK Premiere 27 JUL listed above).
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