RADIANT CIRCUS is your handcrafted guide to London’s DIY, indie & alternative movie nights, film events & gallery screenings. Our latest SCREEN GUIDE helps you find repertory seasons & film festivals in London this month.
Welcome to our monthly roundup.
We’ll keep you updated on all London’s one-off screenings – including film clubs, meet the talent Q&As and other special events – in our weekly screen digests.
UPDATED [23 JAN] ARIKE OKE: AS SCENE, REEL TIME FOR BLACK LOVE & OUT IN MERTON seasons added. // UPDATED [17 JAN]: FIRST FILMS season added at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing. // IN FOCUS: KAZUO HARA season added at ICA // MUSICULTS added at Genesis Cinema. UPDATED [13 JAN]: REMINISCENCES OF JONAS MEKAS and IN HARM’S WAY: THE FILMS OF MAJED NEISI added at Close-Up. // New ESSENTIAL CINEMA dates added at Close-Up. UDATED [07 JAN]: Rainbow Umbrella added to festivals. // DIAMONDS IN THE SKY added to seasons. // HAPPY B-DAY JIM! added to seasons.
Due to festive holidays, this guide was prepared on 05 JAN, meaning we’ve possibly missed a few early screenings in 2020… No time to hang around!
Plenty of new seasons already open across London this month, including blockbuster programmes at BFI Southbank – CAROLE LOMBARD: THE BRIGHTEST STAR and FELLINI – a suite of inspiring projections at The Prince Charles (our favourites include ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY, THE FILMS OF CÉLINE SCIAMMA and an invitation to JOIN THE #BONGHIVE), and two rousing strands at Regent Street, ACADEMY (ratio that is…) and PRE-CODE classics. Further F-rated programmes include a day of JODIE MACK at Deptford Cinema, a celebration of FAY WELDON at BFI Southbank and two chances to revisit the works of Lynne Ramsay (at both ICA and The Prince Charles).
Our featured attraction of the month goes to a venue, Ciné Lumière, for a triple bill of outstanding events. TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST continues from last year whilst MELODIA!: DISCOVERING MUSICALS FROM RUSSIA & THE CAUCASUS takes 2019’s interest in movie musicals in a fascinating direction. BEFORE THE NIGHT leads into the venue’s annual Night of Ideas, giving one of this month’s two chances to see a RADIANT CIRCUS favourite, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES* (the other chance being Close-Up’s essential ESSENTIAL CINEMA series).
Squeezing into this month’s roundup by the narrowest of margins is the always fascinating Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme which focuses this year on HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND: JOY & DESPAIR IN JAPANESE CINEMA. Screenings start at ICA on 31 JAN.
Festivals are relatively thin on the ground this month, but that gives guilt-free space for you to indulge in one of the year’s finest, the London Short Film Festival, across London from 10 to 19 JAN.
We’ll update this guide as the month unfolds, so keep coming back for more. See you in darkness soon…
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FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH
REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
“Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with”:
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (08 JAN 20:15 / 11 JAN 12:00 / 14 JAN 20:15 / 18 JAN 17:00 / 20 JAN 20:15 / 23 JAN 20:15); JOKER 70mm d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (25 JAN 17:55 / 28 JAN 20:45).
1950s HITCHCOCK at The Prince Charles (JAN to APR):
- STRANGERS ON A TRAIN 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1951 (11 JAN 15:45).
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- THE HOST 35mm d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (13 JAN 20:45); SERENITY d. Joss Whedon, 2005 (19 JAN 18:05); MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE ONE all-nighter (25 JAN 20:45).
ACADEMY AT REGENT ST. at Regent Street Cinema (JAN to FEB):
“Before the advent of widescreen formats such as CinemaScope, VistaVision and Todd A-O, all films were shot at the (by modern standards) boxy aspect ratio of 1.37:1, also known as the Academy ratio. Some of the greatest films ever made were produced on this format and we’re delighted to bring them back to the big screen.” Includes:
- KING KONG d. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933 + Intro by The Ray Harryhausen Foundation (05 JAN 14:30); CITIZEN KANE d. Orson Welles, 1941 (19 JAN 14:00); and, LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN d. Max Opuls, 1945 (26 JAN 14:30).
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- EL TOPO d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970 (10 to 16 JAN); THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 (24 to 30 JAN); and, FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 (07 FEB 16:00 / 09 FEB 12:15 / 12 FEB 18:30).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
“Butt-numbing marathons” (their words…ED.) of cult, horror, themed & film franchises including:
- JOHN CARPENTER MARATHON (11 JAN 23:30); DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY 4 (11 JAN 23:59); MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE ONE all-nighter (25 JAN 20:45); and, A WES ANDERSON MOVIE MARATHON (25 JAN 21:00).
ALTERNATE REALITIES at The Barbican (13 to 19 JAN):
“Join us for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s pioneering digital art strand, featuring two works from the festival’s Alternate Realities exhibition of interactive and immersive non-fiction.” Includes:
- TROUGH THE WARDROBE Installation (13 to 19 JAN – FREE! Check venue for timings); ECHO Installation (13 to 19 JAN – FREE! Check venue for timings); SELFIE d. Agostino Ferrente, 2019 (14 JAN 19:00); and, SHELTER – FAREWELL TO EDEN d. Enrico Masi, 2019 (18 JAN 15:30).
AMERICAN NEW WAVE at The Prince Charles (2020):
“We’re going to be runnin this strand throughout the year so keep checking back, as there is a lot more still to come!” Includes:
- BONNIE AND CLYDE d. Arthur Penn, 1967 (09 JAN 15:30 – £1 Members Screening); THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE d. Peter Yates, 1973 (13 JAN 18:20); WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? d. Mike Nichols, 1966 (19 JAN 15:30); FACES 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1968 (19 JAN 20:45); and, THE PAKULA PARANOIA TRILOGY d. Alan J. Pakula, 1971-1976 (26 JAN 11:45).
ARIKE OKE: AS SCENE at Mitcham Library (29 to 31 JAN – FREE!):
“Arike Oke, director of Black Cultural Archives, curates a very personal season of films which explore her mixed-heritage background. Presented by FilmMerton.” Includes:
- ID PROJECT d. Richard Etienne, 2019 (29 JAN 15:15); THIS IS ENGLAND d. Shane Meadows, 2006 (30 JAN 15:15); and, KIDULTHOOD d. Menhaj Huda, 2006 + Short: THE SECRET OF GS d. Caleb Femi (31 JAN 15:15).
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at Close-Up & BFI Southbank (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
“The most ambitious, creative and complete retrospective of works by ‘the most important living director you’ve never heard of’—Pere Portabella—will tour London’s most engaged cultural institutions from November 2019 until February 2020.” Includes:
- Pere Portabella Short Films (21 JAN 20:15); NOCTURNO 29 + Short: NO COMPTEU AMB ELS DITS d. Pere Portabella, 1967 + 1968 (23 JAN 20:30); Carles Santos Shorts (24 JAN 20:15); THE DELINQUENTS d. (25 JAN 18:00); EL COCHECITO d. Marco Ferreri, 1960 (25 JAN 20:00); TREN DE SOMBRAS d. Jose Luis Guerin, 1997 (26 JAN 18:00); VIRIDIANA d. Luis Buñuel, 1961 (26 JAN 20:00); IN THE SAME BOAT d. Rudy Gnutti, 2016 (27 JAN 20:15); and, Vampire Power: VAMPIR-CUADECUC + MARK OF LILLITH d. Pere Portabella, 1972 + d. Polly Gladwin, Isiling Mack-Nataf & Bruna Fionda, 1986 (28 JAN 20:30).
BEFORE THE NIGHT at Ciné Lumière (24 to 29 JAN):
“In the run-up to the Night of Ideas on 30 January, a film programme will be exploring the two main themes of the Night, Nature And Us and Machines Like Us, providing further food for thought!” Includes:
- ALL ABOUT YVES 35mm d. Benoît Forgeard, 2019 + Q&A with the director (24 JAN 18:45); THE NINE MUSES d. John Akomfrah, 2012 (25 JAN 18:20); ALPHAVILLE d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (25 JAN 20:30 / 29 JAN 18:20); NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT d. Patricio Guzmán, 2010 (26 JAN 16:00 / 28 JAN 20:30); UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010 (26 JAN 18:15 / 28 JAN 18:20); BECOMING ANIMAL d. Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, 2018 (27 JAN 18:40); HUMAN: DESTROYERS OF EARTH d. Jean-Robert Viallet, 2019 + Q&A with Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (28 JAN 18:30); and, LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 + Q&A with actor Emily Beechman & scriptwriter Géraldine Bajard (29 JAN 18:30).
BEST OF 2019 at DocHouse (DEC to JAN):
- MINDING THE GAP d. Bing Lui, 2018 (05 JAN 16:00); ARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (05 JAN 18:00); DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 (06 JAN 16:00 / 09 JAN 14:00); GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 (06 JAN 18:30); FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (07 JAN 16:30); APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 (07 JAN 18:30); HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov (08 JAN 16:30); AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 (08 JAN 20:30); and, MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 (09 JAN 21:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank (DEC to JAN):
- FREAKS 35mm d. Tod Browning, 1932 (06 JAN 18:00 / 16 JAN 21:00 / 18 JAN 18:00 / 21 JAN 18:00); TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI d. Jacques Becker, 1954 (06 JAN 20:50 / 08 JAN 21:00 / 23 JAN 17:50); THE ASPHALT JUNGLE d. John Huston, 1950 (07 JAN 20:45 / 27 KAN 18:10); SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT aka Sommarnattens Leende d. Ingmar Bergman, 1955 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (08 JAN 18:05); 12 ANGRY MEN d. Sidney Lumet, 1957 (09 JAN 17:45 / 19 JAN 16:50 / 20 JAN 20:45); JOHNNY GUITAR 4K d. Nicholas Ray, 1954 (10 JAN 18:20 / 26 JAN 19:50); TO SLEEP WITH ANGER 35mm d. Charles Burnett, 1990 (10 JAN 20:40); THE WOMEN 35mm d. George Cukor, 1939 (11 JAN 14:20); HUSBANDS 4K d. John Cassavetes, 1970 (11 JAN 20:20); RIO BRAVO d. Howard Hawks, 1959 (12 JAN 13:30); SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT aka Sommarnattens Leende d. Ingmar Bergman, 1955 (12 JAN 19:50 / 28 JAN 20:50); DAY FOR NIGHT 35mm aka La Nuit Américaine d. François Truffaut, 1973 (13 JAN 18:10 / 24 JAN 18:10 / 26 JAN 20:00 / 30 JAN 20:50); ARMY OF SHADOWS L’armée Des Ombres d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (14 JAN 20:15 / 25 JAN 17:30 / 31 JAN 20:15); TO SLEEP WITH ANGER 35mm d. Charles Burnett, 1990 + Intro by David Somerset (15 JAN 18:10); THE ASPHALT JUNGLE d. John Huston, 1950 + Intro by Dr Lucy Bolton (22 JAN 18:00); and, RIO BRAVO d. Howard Hawks, 1959 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (29 JAN 18:00).
BLOOD ON EARTH: FILMS FROM THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN DIASPORA at Deptford Cinema (until 16 MAY 2020):
“A series of films embracing work which explores the human condition through stories from the African and Caribbean diaspora.” Includes:
- CITY OF GOD d. Kátia Lund & Fernando Meirelles, 2002 18 JAN 19:30).
CAROLE LOMBARD: THE BRIGHTEST STAR at BFI Southbank (JAN):
“We celebrate a bright, shining star of the silver screen with a selection of her best films, from the ‘origins’ of screwball to dazzlingly delightful romcoms.” Includes:
- MY MAN GODFREY 4K d. Gregory La Cava, 1936 (06 JAN 18:10 / 22 JAN 20:50 / 26 JAN 14:40); IN NAME ONLY 35mm d. John Cromwell, 1939 (07 JAN 17:40 / 24 JAN 20:35); TRUE CONFESSION 35mm d. Wesley Ruggles, 1937 (08 JAN 20:50 / 26 JAN 17:30); NOTHING SACRED 35mm d. William A Wellman, 1937 (10 JAN 18:00); HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE d. Mitchell Leisen, 1935 (11 JAN 15:10); FAST & LOOSE 35mm d. Fred Newmeyer, 1930 (13 JAN 21:00); Carole Lombard and the Birth of Screwball Talk by Miriam Bale (14 JAN 18:15); TO BE OR NOT TO BE 35mm d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1942 (14 JAN 20:40 / 20 JAN 18:10); VIGIL IN THE NIGHT 35mm d. George Stevens, 1940 (15 JAN 17:45 / 25 JAN 20:45); TWENTIETH CENTURY 4K d. Howard Hawks, 1934 (16 JAN 18:10 / 29 JAN 18:15); BOLERO 35mm d. Wesley Ruggles, 1934 (17 JAN 20:45); SWING HIGH, SWING LOW 35mm d. Mitchell Leisen, 1937 (18 JAN 15:50); MR & MRS SMITH 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1941 (19 JAN 14:20 / 31 JAN 18:10); and, NO MAN OF HER OWN 35mm d. Wesley Ruggles, 1932 (28 JAN 18:20).
CHINESE NEW YEAR at BFI Southbank (19 to 26 JAN):
“Celebrate Chinese New Year in a variety of genres, from the traditional New Year’s fare of comedy-drama, to popular new documentary.” Includes:
- LITTLE Q d. Wing-Cheong Law, 2019 (19 JAN 15:00); ALL’S WELL ENDS WELL aka Ga yau hei si d. Clifton Ko, 1992 (23 JAN 18:00); FOUR SPRINGS d. Qingyi Lu, 2017 + Intro (26 JAN 14:20).
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- MEMENTO 35mm d. Christopher Nolan, 2000 (24 JAN 20:45).
DIAMONDS IN THE SKY at Genesis Cinema & The Prince Charles (09 to 17 JAN):
“A season exploring pop music and freedom of female expression. Curated by Annie Mullineux as part of the Film Studies, Programming and Curation MA at NFTS.” Includes:
- GIRLHOOD d. Céline Sciamma, 2014 + Intro by Hannah Ewens (09 JAN 18:20 – Genesis); AMERICAN HONEY d. Andrea Arnold, 2016 + Intro by Alice Pember (12 JAN 12:30 – Genesis); and, ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION d. David Mirkin, 1997 (17 JAN 18:15 – The PCC).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (23 DEC to 31 JAN):
“Our ongoing repertory series presenting masterpieces from throughout the history of cinema. The current programme particularly focusses on fairytales, folklore, ghost stories and the uncanny.” Includes:
- PARIS, TEXAS d. Wim Wenders, 1984 (06 JAN 20:15); CRÍA CUERVOS d. Carlos Saura, 1976 (07 JAN 20:15 / 30 JAN 20:15); THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES d. Sergei Parajanov, 1969 (09 JAN 20:30); WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 (08 JAN 20:15); YI YI d. Edward Yang, 2000 (11 JAN 19:00); THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE d. Víctor Erice, 1973 (12 JAN 17:30 / 20 JAN 20:15); SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (12 JAN 19:30 / 17 JAN 19:30); UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010 (13 JAN 20:30); LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD d. Alain Resnais, 1961 (14 JAN 20:30); HIDDEN d. Michael Haneke, 2005 (15 JAN 20:15); THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES d. Sergei Parajanov, 1969 (16 JAN 20:15); and, L’AVVENTURA d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (19 JAN 19:30).
FAY WELDON at BFI Southbank (JAN):
“We celebrate the groundbreaking TV work of Britain’s first lady of feminist fiction.” Includes:
- THE CLONING OF JOANNA MAY d. Philip Saville, 1992 + Q&A with Patricia Hodge (25 JAN 14:20); and, WATCHING ME, WATCHING YOU + BRIGHT SMILER d. Colin Goodman, 1980 + d. David Carson, 1985 (28 JAN 18:20).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
“Enjoy the start of a two-month season on one of world cinema’s most exuberantly playful filmmakers.” Includes:
- Walkers & Wanderers: I VITELLONI 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1953 (07 JAN 20:30 / 12 JAN 17:00 / 19 JAN 20:10 / 21 JAN 20:50 / 24 JAN 20:45); CITY OF WOMEN 4K aka La Città Delle Donne d. Federico Fellini, 1980 (08 JAN 18:00 / 16 JAN 20:15 / 28 JAN 20:20); LA STRADA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1954 (09 JAN 18:30 / 18 JAN 13:00 / 25 JAN 20:40); NIGHTS OF CABIRIA 4K aka Le Notti di Cabiria d. Federico Fellini, 1957 (10 JAN 20:45 / 13 JAN 20:35 / 24 JAN 18:15 / 27 JAN 18:00); and, THE VOICE OF THE MOON 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1990 (06 JAN 20:30 / 11 JAN 20:35 / 29 JAN 18:10).
- Society & Spectacle: FELLINI SATYRICON 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1969 (08 JAN 20:35 / 15 JAN 20:30 / 25 JAN 17:45); LIGHTS OF VARIETY 35mm aka Luci del varietà d. rico Fellini & Alberto Lattuada, 1950 (09 JAN 20:40 / 29 JAN 21:00); FELLINI’S CASANOVA 4K aka Il Casanova di Federico Fellini d. Federico Fellini, 1976 (11 JAN 17:00 / 12 JAN 19:30 / 26 JAN 16:45); THE WHITE SHEIK 4K aka Lo Sceicco Bianco d. Federico Fellini, 1952 (18 JAN 21:00 / 31 JAN 18:15); FELLINI: A DIRECTOR’S NOTEBOOK 4K + ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1969 + 1978 (20 JAN 18:00 / 31 JAN 20:20); and, GINGER & FRED 4K aka Ginger e Fred d. Federico Fellini, 1986 (23 JAN 18:10 / 27 JAN 20:35).
- Talks: Perspectives on Fellini Panel Discussion (07 JAN 18:20).
- Weekender: Viva Fellini! (18 to 19 JAN – check venue for programme).
- Re-release: LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 Previews (06 to 23 JAN); and, LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 + Intro by Giulia Saccogna (09 JAN 14:00).
THE FILMS OF CÉLINE SCIAMMA at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- WATER LILIES aka Naissance Des Pieuvres d. Céline Sciamma, 2007 (14 JAN 18:10); and, TOMBOY d. Céline Sciamma, 2011 (28 JAN 18:30).
THE FILMS OF LYNNE RAMSAY at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- RATCATCHER 35mm d. Lynne Ramsay, 1999 (08 JAN 18:00); and, MORVERN CALLAR d. Lynne Ramsay, 2002 (20 JAN 18:00).
FIRST FILMS at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (JAN to FEB):
“We begin the new year and decade with some important firsts in cinema: promising debuts; first-time collaborators; and the first motions of major film movements. Featuring famous all-time greats and lesser-known masterpieces, we hope some of these are new to you.” Includes:
- THE MALTESE FALCON d. John Huston, 1941 (10 JAN 19:30); DRUNKEN ANGEL d. Akira Kurosawa, 1948 (17 JAN 19:30); THE SPY IN BLACK d. Michael Powell, 1939 (24 JAN 19:30); and, DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT d. Jan Nemec, 1964 (31 JAN 19:30).
HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND: JOY & DESPAIR IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
“Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive. And yet, the search for happiness has long provided Japanese cinema with a staple theme.” Includes:
- AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING aka Kimi No Tori Wa Utaeru d. Sho Miyake, 2018 (31 JAN 18:20).
HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):
“It’s January, the month of the new year’s resolutions and, of course, the birthday of the king of comedy: Jim Carrey. To celebrate, we’ll be screening a retrospective film series in ode to Jim’s life on the big screen.” Includes:
- DUMB & DUMBER d. Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, 1994 (16 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); THE MASK d. Chuck Russell, 1994 (18 JAN 15:00 & 17:30); YES MAN d. Peyton Reed, 2008 (19 JAN 14:00 & 16:00); ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE d. Tom Shadyac, 1994 (23 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); LIAR LIAR d. Tom Shadyac, 1997 (24 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); BRUCE ALMIGHTY d. Tom Shadyac, 2003 (25 JAN 15:00 & 17:30); ME, MYSELF & IRENE d. Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, 2000 (28 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); THE TRUMAN SHOW d. Peter Weir, 1998 (31 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND d. Michel Gondry, 2004 (01 FEB 15:00 & 17:30); and, MAN ON THE MOON d. Milos Forman, 1999 (02 FEB 14:00 & 16:00).
IN FOCUS: KAZUO HARA at ICA (31 JAN to 04 FEB):
“A programme of four feature films from one of Japan’s most renowned documentary filmmakers, presented in partnership with Second Run.” Includes:
- THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON d. Kazuo Hara, 1987 + Intro (31 JAN 20:30).
IN FOCUS: LYNNE RAMSAY at ICA (29 DEC to 07 JAN):
“A programme of three feature films celebrating the singular work of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay.” Includes:
- RATCATCHER 35mm d. Lynne Ramsay, 1999 (05 JAN 14:30); WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 (05 JAN 16:20); and, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE d. Lynne Ramsay, 2017 (07 JAN 18:30).
IN HARM’S WAY: THE FILMS OF MAJED NEISI at Close-Up (18 JAN & 08 FEB):
“Born in Southwest Iran, Majed Neisi has dedicated himself to examining the pathology of war in a succession of Middle Eastern battlegrounds, documenting a rare picture of ordinary people’s resilience. We’re delighted to welcome Majed Neisi to Close-Up for the first UK retrospective of his documentaries.” Includes:
JODIE MACK at Deptford Cinema (25 JAN):
- YARD WORK IS HARD WORK + DUSTY STACKS OF MOM d. Jodie Mack, 2008 + 2013 (25 JAN 16:30); THE GRAND BIZARRE d. Jodie Mack, 2018 (25 JAN 18:00); and, THE PAJAMA GAME d. George Abbott & Stanley Donen, 1957 (25 JAN 19:30).
JOHN CASSAVETES IN 35MM at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- FACES 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1968 (19 JAN 20:45).
JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
“we’re trying to bring as many of Bong Joon-ho’s titles to our screen as possible; there are continual rights issues with SNOWPIERCER, and MEMORIES OF MURDER has recently become unavailable, but we’re working on both so keep your fingers crossed!” Includes:
- THE HOST 35mm d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (13 JAN 20:45); and, MOTHER 35mm aka Madeo d. Bong Joon-ho, 2009 (22 JAN 20:45).
MELODIA!: DISCOVERING MUSICALS FROM RUSSIA & THE CAUCASUS at Ciné Lumière (07 to 31 JAN):
“A thrilling season of classic and contemporary musicals from Russia and the Caucasus, Melodia! celebrates the diversity and complexity of the genre across Soviet, Russian and Caucasian cultures.” Includes:
- WE ARE FROM JAZZ d. Karen Shakhnazarov, 1983 + Intro by Peter Bradshaw (07 JAN 18:30); CHERYOMUSHKI 35mm d. Gerbert Rappaport, 1963 + Intro by Owen Hatherley (08 JAN 18:30); CARNIVAL NIGHT d. Eldar Ryazanov, 1956 (14 JAN 18:30); MELODIES OF THE VERA QUARTER 35mm d. Giorgi Shengelaia, 1973 (15 JAN 18:30); KARINE d. Arman Manaryan, 1969 (21 JAN 18:30); A MAN FROM BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES d. Alla Surikova, 1987 (22 JAN 18:30); HIPSTERS d. Valeriy Todorovskiy, 2008 (26 JAN 18:00); and, LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 + Q&A with actor & musician Roman Bilyk (31 JAN 19:30).
MUSICULTS at Genesis Cinema (JAN):
“Forget everything you’ve known about musicals… Genesis presents musiCULTS, a season of dirty, daring and in your face flicks that will make you reconsider the genre as a whole.” Includes:
- THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG: A RESTORATION d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (19 JAN 12:30); TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1974 (23 JAN 21:00); VELVET GOLDMINE 35mm d. Todd Haynes, 1998 (28 JAN 18:20); and, CABARET 35mm d. Bob Fosse, 1972 (30 JAN 21:00).
NOAH BAUMBACH SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 (05 JAN 17:15 / 06 JAN 15:20 / 07 JAN 18:10); and, THE SQUID & THE WHALE 35mm d. Noah Baumbach, 2005 (29 JAN 18:25).
ON FOOD & SUBVERSION at ICA (20 DEC to 05 JAN):
“The dining room becomes an open arena for lust, brutality, irrationality and ultimately, liberation in this programme of four outstanding works of European cinema.” Includes:
- THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE d. Luis Buñuel, 1972 (05 JAN 18:30).
OUT IN MERTON at various venues (24 JAN to 28 FEB):
“FilmMerton presents a short season of LGBT+ films.” Includes:
- THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT d. Stephan Elliott, 1994 (24 JAN 19:00 – Wimbledon Arts Space); and, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB d. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013 (31 JAN 19:00).
PRE-CODE AT REGENT ST. at Regent Street Cinema (JAN to FEB):
“The 1934 Motion Picture Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) attempted to ensure that “no picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it.” In the brief window of major Hollywood productions pre-Code, however, many films did just that. And we are delighted to screen them for you…” Includes:
- DESIGN FOR LIVING d. Ernst Lubitsch (05 JAN 17:15); and, BABY FACE d. Alfred E Green (26 JAN 16:30).
REEL TIME FOR BLACK LOVE at Johmard Centre (17 JAN to 29 FEB):
- BLACK NATIVITY d. Kasi Lemmons, 2013 (17 JAN 18:30).
REMINISCENCES OF JONAS MEKAS at Close-Up (19 to 22 JAN):
“A year after his passing, the Lithuanian Embassy and Close-Up remember the great Jonas Mekas.” Includes:
- AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY 16mm d. Jonas Mekas, 2000 (19 JAN 14:00); and, WALDEN 16mm Jonas Mekas, 1969 (22 JAN 19:00).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- DADDY LONGLEGS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2009 w/ Little White Lies ‘Truth & Movies’ Podcast (09 JAN 20:35); UNCUT GEMS d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (10 to 16 JAN); and, GOOD TIME d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2017 (31 JAN 20:45).
SCI-FI SUNDAYS: IS THIS YESTERDAY? at Deptford Cinema (2020):
“This year Sci-Fi Sundays is pleased to be working alongside another DC science fiction season – Is This Yesterday? A film season exploring issues of invasion, atomic power and the red threat in 1950s Hollywood Sci-Fi.” Includes:
- Double Bill: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS d. Don Siegel, 1956 + d. Philip Kaufman, 1978 (26 JAN 15:30).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (forever!):
“Never far from our screen are the legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet, Studio Ghibli.” Includes:
- LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY 35mm d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1986 (18 JAN 12:00).
- Dubbed versions also screening – check venue.
TRIBUTE TO DELPHINE SEYRIG – ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND ACTIVIST at Ciné Lumière (01 DEC 2019 to 04 FEB 2020):
“From being a film icon to supporting emerging women directors, Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990) increasingly got involved in the women’s rights and social struggles of her times, both in France and internationally, especially via the making of activist videos with her collective ‘Les Insoumuses’ (Defiant Muses) and through co-founding the Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Centre in Paris.” Includes:
- BAISERS VOLÉS 35mm aka Stolen Kisses d. François Truffaut, 1968 (05 JAN 14:00 / 09 JAN 18:30); PEAU D’ÂNE aka Donkey Skin d. Jacques Demy, 1970 (11 JAN 13:00 Cake Baking Workshop 14:00 Film / 12 JAN 11:00); SOIS BELLE ET TAIS-TOI! aka Be Pretty and Shut Up! d. Delphine Seyrig, 1976 + Q&A with Nicole Fernández Ferrer (11 JAN 19:00); Delphine Seyrig & Her Legacy Symposium (11 JAN 13:00); Delphine Seyrig & Video Activism Short Film Programme + Q&A with Nicole Fernández Ferrer (12 JAN 16:00); MASO ET MISO VONT EN BATEAU aka Maso and Miso Go Boating d. Carole Roussopoulos, Ioana Wieder, Delphine Seyrig & Nadja Ringart, 1975 + Intro/Q&A with Nicole Fernandez Ferrer (12 JAN 18:15); LE CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE aka The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie d. Luis Buñuel, 1972 (12 JAN 14:00 + Discussion with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino / 14 JAN 18:40); JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES d. Chantal Akerman, 1975 (19 JAN 14:00 / 23 JAN 18:45 + Intro by Professor Laura Mulvey); and, JOHANNA D’ARC OF MONGOLIA d. Ulrike Ottinger, 1989 (26 JAN 14:00 + Q&A with the director (26 JAN 14:00).
FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)
Film festivals in London this month include:
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