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Depending upon how you regard Valentine’s Day, the start of this screen week is either one to love or loathe… Either way, there are more than enough great screen events for you to indulge in and/or escape that ole devil. Begin by heading to Genesis Cinema for The Celluloid Sorceress’ exclusive revival of GHOST on 35mm, or a special preview of Céline Sciamma’s PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE from Fringe! and Birds’ Eye View. For those after something, well, a little rougher, try POSSESSION at The Lexi or JE T’AIME, MOI NON PLUS at Barbican (all 14 FEB – details below).
Looking further ahead, there are (or at least were…) two chances on Wednesday to see Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING. Ciné-Real Film Club’s 16mm projection at The Castle Cinema is currently looking SOLD OUT! (don’t worry, there’s another chance on 23 FEB), so we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the programme from Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (19 FEB).
Taking that as our excuse to dive into genre cinema, there’s another arterial spray of great horror shows this week with a double bill of Crawling Intruders from World Wide Weird! at The King & Queen (15 FEB), COME TO DADDY with intro from FrightFest’s very own Alan Jones at The Prince Charles (17 FEB), and Japanese zombie breakthrough movie-within-a-movie, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD screams at the normally polite Richmond Film Society (18 FEB).
As February is LGBT History Month, there are plenty of queer screens too. We like the look of The New Black’s presentation of HUSTLERS complete with live pole dancing at Picturehouse Stratford East, and VITA & VIRGINIA at Wimbledon Film Club (both 18 FEB). And they don’t come much queerer than a 35th Anniversary screening of Paul Schrader’s biopic, MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB). BFI’s Experimenta Salon is discussing a 16mm queer gem that has been heavily censored across its history, Jean Genet’s sexually explicit, UN CHANT D’AMOUR (19 FEB).
Of course, attacks on creative expression come in many guises. Beloved undergound venue The Horse Hospital has been threatened before by the rising tide of gentrification and is once again in serious risk of closing for good (from a 333% rent rise). Join the protest with an evening of clips about London and its landlord problem (15 FEB).
Our featured attraction of the week memorialises filmmakers who have paid a horrific price for their freedom of expression. YAMA – ATTACK TO ATTACK was a film that sought to liberate workers from the yoke of criminal gangs. Both of its directors were murdered by Japanese yakuza as a result of its making. The finally finished film screens with a content warning at Close-Up (20 FEB).
See you in darkness…
Richard – Barker-In-Chief, RADIANT CIRCUS
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (31 JAN to 16 FEB) returns to ICA for its final weekend. We’ve posted the second of our event writeups: HER SKETCHBOOK + Intro/Q&A with director Masaya Ozaki (02 FEB 2020). RADIANT CIRCUS also went to see TEN DARK WOMEN (01 FEB 2020) on the opening weekend.
FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
GHOST 35mm d. Jerry Zucker, 1990 + Intro by Rebecca Nicole Williams at Genesis Cinema (14 FEB 21:00):
- The Celluloid Sorceress presents: “Sam and Molly love each other, but their romance is short-lived when Sam is killed by a thug. Unable to tell Molly that her life is in danger, Sam’s spirit takes help of a psychic. 30th anniversary screening and exclusive engagement on film.”
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 + Creative Writing Workshop with artist/drag king Kit Griffiths at Genesis Cinema (14 FEB 18:20)
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest + Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame present: “Romance and art entwine in a sumptuous new masterpiece from Céline Sciamma (TOMBOY, GIRLHOOD). A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the Best Screenplay award.”
Uncanny Valentine: POSSESSION d. Andrzej Żuławski, 1981 + Intro by Irene Silvera Frischknecht at The Lexi (14 FEB 18:25):
- “In 1981 West Berlin, US undercover agent Mark (Sam Neill) returns home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani, who won ‘Best Actress’ at Cannes for this) exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior following her request for a divorce. The film, which initially promises to be a relationship intrigue, quickly develops into a gem of an unclassifiable psychological-horror-drama, and it has found a dedicated cult following since being first identified with the ‘video-nasties’ of the 80s.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 1917 d. Sam Mendes, 2020 at Rich Mix (14 FEB 20:50). BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 at Regent Street Cinema (14 FEB 20:30). BRIEF ENCOUNTER d. David Lean, 1945 at Regent Street Cinema (14 FEB 18:30). EVERYTHING – THE REAL THING STORY d. Simon Sheridan, 2019 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (14 FEB 19:00). FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 at Rio Cinema (14 FEB 12:45). FIRST LOVE d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at Deptford Cinema (14 FEB 20:00). GHOST d. Jerry Zucker, 1980 at Everyman Baker Street (14 FEB 20:00 – Other Everymans available). THE GOOD SOLDIER OF SCHWEJK d. Christine Edzard, 2018 at Sands Films (14 FEB 19:30 – Donation requested). THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at Frontline Club (14 FEB 19:00). My Twisted Valentine: JE T’AIME, MOI NON PLUS d. Serge Gainsbourg, 1976 at Barbican (14 FEB 20:45). NO.ONE.GIVES.A … by Nástio Mosquito at Tate Modern (14 FEB 19:00). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (14 FEB 18:20). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ICA (14 FEB 18:25). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at Rio Cinema (14 FEB 18:30). ROMEO + JULIET d. Baz Luhrmann, 1996 + Live Music & Wine Tasting at St Margaret’s Church, Lewisham (14 FEB 19:00). S.O.U.L OF A BLACK WOMAN d. Rebecca Graham, 2019 presented by Women of the Lens at Black Cultural Archives (14 FEB 18:30). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY d. Rob Reiner, 1989 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (14 FEB 19:45).
Crawling Intruders inc. CRAWLSPACE d. David Schmoeller, 1986 + INTRUDER d. Scott Spiegel, 1989 at The King & Queen (15 FEB 18:00):
- World Wide Weird! presents: “A double bill of independent 80s horror with live music from keyboard maestro Gary Baxter’s Random Loop Generator! CRAWLSPACE: Klaus KInski being… Klaus Kinski! INTRUDER: From the team behind the EVIL DEAD films!”
London and Landlords: An Unfinished Video History by William Fowler & Matthew Harle at The Horse Hospital (15 FEB 19:00):
- “After 25 years of presenting alternative and underground culture, the future of the Horse Hospital hangs in the balance. Its landlords have demanded a 333% increase in rent and the Horse Hospital has been given a deadline of February 28th to negotiate with their proprietors, otherwise it faces eviction. This is not an isolated story. Here, we contextualise the Horse Hospital’s current struggle in moving image history in an impressionistic, carefully compiled mix drawing from a rich array of sources, including: broadcast television, community video, corporate video and alternative film.”
One Night, One Country: JAPAN at The Cinema Museum (15 FEB 18:00):
- South Social presents: “Take a trip to Japan with cinema, dance and flavours. Intriguing feature DEMOLITION GIRL (d. Genta Matsugami, 2019), about a girl earning money as a video fetish performer, is followed by a panel with academic experts on Japan. Plus a dance performance by Yukiko Masui, a delicious menu and a quick workshop on sushi-making, courtesy of chef Keiko Urakawa.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Concrete & Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Visionary Architecture Walk in Harlow Town, Essex + Film Screenings & Panel Discussion at The Whitechapel Gallery (15 FEB 11:00). Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon talk at Birkbeck Cinema (15 FEB 18:00 – FREE!). FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 at Rio Cinema (15 FEB 12:00). FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 + Q&A with the director presented by Other Cinemas at The Yellow (15 FEB 19:00 – FREE!). Indonesian Film Screening: THE BAJAU d. Dhandy Dwi Laksono + Panel at Goldsmiths University of London (15 FEB 13:00 – FREE!). Life Writing: Paul Hallam Remembered at Birkbeck Cinema (15 FEB 14:00 – FREE!). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at BFI (15 FEB 18:15). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at ICA (15 FEB 12:45). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2020 + Q&A with the director & writer Michael Morpurgo at BFI (15 FEB 13:00). WAVES d. Trey Edward Shults, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (15 FEB 14:00, 17:00 & 20:00).
Short Film Club: From Venice With Love & Squalor at Phoenix Cinema (16 FEB 15:40):
- “A short film programme of five award-winning shorts screened over the years at Venice Film Festival, based around the theme of love.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 2040 d. Damon Gameau, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (16 FEB 13:15). A STAR IS BORN d. George Cukor, 1954 presented by Sunday Musicals at The Cinema Museum (16 FEB 14:00). BOB’s BURGERS Marathon presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (16 FEB 15:00 – FREE!). CASABLANCA d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 at Picturehouse Bromley (16 FEB 12:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). FANDO Y LIS d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1968 at Rio Cinema (16 FEB 12:45). THE KILLING FIELDS d. Roland Joffé, 1984 presented by Exotic Travel Film Club at The Exhibit (16 FEB 14:30). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at BFI (16 FEB 15:20). SAUVAGE d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (16 FEB 18:00). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (16 FEB 13:20). WAVES d. Trey Edward Shults, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (16 FEB 19:30).
COME TO DADDY d. Ant Timpson, 2019 + Intro by Alan Jones at The Prince Charles (17 FEB 21:00):
- “An urban hipster faces major daddy issues in a coastal Oregon town in a deliciously edgy stunner. 30-something Norval (a career best performance by Elijah Wood) receives a surprise invitation to visit his estranged father’s remote cliff house. Nervous and desperate to impress his uncaring dad, Norval stretches the truth about his life until finally his father’s growing animosity reaches a dark fever pitch.”
MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS 35th Anniversary Screening d. Paul Schrader, 1985 at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB 19:15):
- “Paul Schrader’s visually stunning portrait of the legendary Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the internal turmoil and fascinating contradictions of a man who attempted the impossible task of finding harmony among self, art, and society.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 1917 d. Sam Mendes, 2020 at Rich Mix (17 FEB 15:30). The Comedy of Chris Morris – A Lecture By David Stubbs presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (17 FEB 19:30). GREED d. Michael Winterbottom, 2019 previews at BFI (17 FEB 18:20). THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE d. Terry Gilliam, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (17 FEB 20:30). Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV Talk by Stephen Bourne at BFI (17 FEB 18:30).
HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 + Q&A + Live Pole Dancing in celebration of LGBT History Month at Picturehouse Stratford East (18 FEB 19:00):
- The New Black presents: “Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny’s life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona – the club’s top money earner. Ramona soon shows Destiny how to finagle her way around the wealthy Wall Street clientele who frequent the club. But when the 2008 economic collapse cuts into their profits, the gals and two other dancers devise a daring scheme to take their lives back.”
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD d. Shin’ichirô Ueda, 2017 + Intro at The Exchange (18 FEB 20:00):
- Richmond Film Society presents: “A minor movie, latched on to at the Udine Far East Film Festival, went on to become an international hit and one of the biggest grossing Japanese films of recent years, A multi- film film and the funniest zombie movie you will ever see!”
VITA & VIRGINIA d. Chanya Button, 2019 + Q&A with Chris Park of Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum at Curzon Wimbledon (18 FEB 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “Enjoyable period drama/biopic from director Chanya Button brings a modern sensibility & soundtrack to the relationship between aristocrat Vita Sackville-West & novelist Virginia Woolf, charting its impact on Woolf’s landmark work Orlando.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 1917 d. Sam Mendes, 2020 at Rich Mix (18 FEB 20:50). ABOUT A BOY d. Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, 2002 at TT Liquor (18 FEB 18:30). THE ACCUSED: DAMNED OR DEVOTED + Q&A with the filmmakers at Frontline Club (18 FEB 19:00). BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ d. Pamela B. Green, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (18 FEB 20:50). FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 at JW3 (18 FEB 16:00). FINDING BOBBI d. Ava Karvonen & Scot Morison, 2019 + SHORT: DUSK + Panel presented by Raindance Film Club & TransCreative at Century Club (18 FEB 18:30). FIRST LOVE d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (18 FEB 21:00). Fringe! Shorts: Hide & Seek at Colours Hoxton (18 FEB 19:00). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (18 FEB 18:10). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 + Q&A with the director at ICA (18 FEB 19:25). MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL d. Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam, 1975 screened in tribute to Terry Jones & Neil Innes by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (18 FEB 20:00). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 + Q&A with Kate Gerova presented by Breakthrough Women in Film at Bvlgari Hotel London (18 FEB 18:30 – Donation requested). STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 presented by Westminster Film Society at University of Westminster, Harrow Campus (18 FEB 18:00 – FREE!). TWENTY-FOUR EYES d. Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954 at Sands Films (18 FEB 20:00 – Donation requested).
Experimenta Salon: UN CHANT D’AMOUR 16mm d. Jean Genet, 1950 + Panel Discussion at BFI Southbank (19 FEB 20:20):
- “Banned upon release for its sexually explicit nature, this queer, homoerotic underground classic from novelist and poet Jean Genet focuses on the charged relationship between two prisoners and their guard. Following this special 16mm screening, our panel will discuss the film’s production and release history, analyse key scenes, and reflect on its legacy and influence on filmmakers and artists from Derek Jarman to Andy Warhol.”
HOPE & GLORY d. John Boorman, 1987 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (19 FEB 18:10):
- “Seen through the eyes of a young boy, World War II for him was a glorious adventure with bombed ruins as a perfect playground and skies filled with dogfights between the Luftwaffe and the RAF. To be followed by a Q&A with John Boorman about his latest memoir, Conclusions. The Q&A will be hosted by director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST).”
THE KILLING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1956 + Full Supporting Programme at The Cinema Museum (19 FEB 19:30):
- Kennington Noir presents: “Stanley Kubrick’s second feature was his only film noir, and it’s a doozy. An audacious five man heist at a race track seems perfectly orchestrated, and is prepared with a surgical precision, until a minor glitch transforms the operation into a disaster. Watch for cult favourite Tim Carey and noir queen Marie Windsor in supporting roles.”
- FYI: THE KILLING 16mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1956 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm at The Castle Cinema (19 FEB 19:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! – Also 23 Feb 14:00).
PEGGY & FRED IN HELL: FOLDING d. Leslie Thornton, 1984-2016 + Intro by the director at Close-Up (19 FEB 20:15):
- “Leslie Thornton’s remarkable, mind-boggling experimental feature-length cycle of short films which she’s been working on and releasing in episodes since 1981 is a postapocalyptic narrative about two children feeling their way through the refuse of late-20th-century consumer culture.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (19 FEB 15:35). A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE d. Staten Cousins-Roe + Q&A with actor Katie Brayben & producer Giles Alderson at Deptford Cinema (19 FEB 19:30). BACHELOR FLAT d. Frank Tashlin, 1961 at Regent Street Cinema (19 FEB 12:00 & 15:30). ESTÔMAGO aka A Gastronomic Story d. Marcos Jorge, 2007 presented by CineClub at Embassy of Brazil (19 FEB 18:00 – FREE!). FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 at JW3 (19 Feb 13:20). FLESH & BLOOD d. Louise Hooper, 2020 + Q&A with the director, actors Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis & Stephen Rea, & writer Sarah Williams TV preview at BFI (19 FEB 18:15). GUYS & DOLLS d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (19 FEB 14:00). HERE FOR LIFE d. Andrea Luka Zimmerman & Adrian Jackson, 2019 + Q&A with Andrea Luka Zimmerman & performers presented by Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame at Rio Cinema (19 FEB 18:30). Inside The Mind animated shorts from London International Animation Festival at Barbican (19 FEB 18:30). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The David Lean (19 FEB 14:30 & 19:30). LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 3D d. Bi Gan, 2018 at Curzon Wimbledon (19 FEB 18:00). Mirror Mirror: A Symposium on Body Image Short Film Programme & Panel Discussion presented by Shorts On Tap at Regent Street Cinema (19 FEB 19:30). NEW MOON d. Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, 2018 + Q&A with the director at SOAS University of London (19 FEB 19:00 – FREE!). TANGERINE d. Sean Baker, 2015 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (19 FEB 19:45 – Pay As You Feel).
LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (20 FEB 18:20):
- “LITTLE JOE follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe.’ But as their plant grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.”
YAMA – ATTACK TO ATTACK d. Mitsuo Sato & Kyoichi Yamaoka, 1985 at Close-Up (20 FEB 20:30):
- “Filmed at the height of Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s, YAMA – ATTACK TO ATTACK is an unflinching record of the struggles of unionised day-labourers in the San’ya district of Tokyo. From the start its original director Mitsuo Sato makes clear that this documentary is not an appeal for pity. It is instead a film for the workers, meant to function as a weapon in their struggle by exposing the criminal role of the yakuza gangsters in restructuring the job market. Sato paid for this stance with his life, murdered by a member of the yakuza during filming. A collective of directors finished the film, led by Kyoichi Yamoka, who was also murdered upon its completion.”
- Content warning: “Please note that the film opens with the aftermath of the fatal stabbing of Mitsuo Sato which some viewers may find distressing.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CATS d. Tom Hooper, 2019 at The David Lean (20 FEB 14:30 & 19:30). COLD WAR d. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (20 FEB 20:00). COME TO DADDY d. Ant Timpson, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 FEB 12:45). Kino Short Film Open Mic Night at Candid Arts (20 FEB 19:00). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Polish Social and Cultural Association (20 FEB 19:30). PRIDE d. Matthew Warchus, 2014 screening for LGBT History Month at The Cinema Museum (20 FEB 18:30 – FREE!). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at BFI (20 FEB 18:15). Soul Of A Movement: Screening & Panel Discussion at Genesis Cinema (20 FEB 19:00). South London Shorts: LOVE & WAR (20 FEB 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
SEASONS (by event/venue)
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.” Includes:
- BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN d. Sergei Eisenstein, 1925 (16 FEB 14:30).
AFRICAN IDENTITIES REBORN at DocHouse (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
“Going beyond the misconceptions to look at how complex African identities are today.” Includes:
- MALI BLUES d. Lutz Gregor, 2017 (14 FEB 14:30 / 15 FEB 17:50 / 16 FEB 20:45 / 19 FEB 14:30 / 20 FEB 18:30); TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 (14 FEB 16:30 / 17 FEB 14:30 / 18 FEB 20:50 / 19 FEB 16:30); and, WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS d. Jon Kasbe, 2018 (daily 14 to 20 FEB 18:30/Check venue for details).
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & AUTOFICTION at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB to 31 MAR):
“Be it fictitious or real, our classic film season explores autobiography and autofiction through the lens of the greatest masters, from Truffaut to Tarkovsky, Akerman to Fellini.”
- THE MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975 (16 FEB 14:00 / 18 FEB 18:30).
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at Close-Up (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:
- Jonathan Rosenbaum on Portabella Masterclass (15 FEB 13:00); and, HORTENSIA/BEANCÉ d. Jose Antonio Maenza, 1969/2020 (15 FEB 19:30).
- See also: JONATHAN ROSENBAUM ON PORTABELLA & SAEED-VAFA at Close-Up (15 to 16 FEB).
BEST OF 2019 at Ciné Lumière (FEB to MAR):
“For those who missed some of the standout films or those who want to watch them again, our Best of 2019 gathers a selection of 8 of the most acclaimed films of last year, giving you one more chance to see them on the big screen!” Includes:
- PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 (14 FEB 20:40); APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 (17 FEB 18:20); and, FOR SAMA d. Waad al- Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (19 FEB 18:20).
BEST OF THE DECADE at The Prince Charles (FEB to JUN):
“We bring back some of our favourite films released in the last decade; 2010 to 2019!” Includes:
- LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details); and, BAIT 35mm d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 (14 to 19 FEB/Check venue for details);
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
“Humanity’s insatiable thirst to control everything that stands in its way has been especially true when it comes to the natural world. These films present different perspectives of mankind and nature bumping into each other in various ways.” Includes:
- THE AFRICAN QUEEN 4K d. John Huston, 1951 (14 FEB 20:40); LORD OF THE FLIES d. Peter Brook, 1963 (15 FEB 20:45); THE WAGES OF FEAR 4K aka Le salaire de la peur d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953 (16 FEB 20:00); KOYAANISQATSI d. Godfrey Reggio, 1982 (17 FEB 20:50); THE GOLD RUSH d. Charles Chaplin, 1925 + Intro by Professor Ian Christie (19 FEB 18:20); and, WAITING FOR HAPPINESS 35mm aka Heremakono en attendant le bonheur d. Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002 (20 FEB 20:45).
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:
- RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (15 FEB 19:30).
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- INSOMNIA 35mm d. Christopher Nolan, 2002 (18 FEB 20:30).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
“Be awed by the brilliant performances that Kazan elicited throughout his directing career, in our two-month season featuring Brando, Dean, Hepburn, Kerr and many more.” Includes:
- ON THE WATERFRONT 4K d. Elia Kazan, 1954 (15 FEB 15:40); EAST OF EDEN 4K d. Elia Kazan, 1955 (16 FEB 17:50); and, BABY DOLL 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1956 (19 FEB 20:40).
- Re-release: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 (07 to 20 FEB).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to FEB):
“Our ongoing repertory series presenting masterpieces from throughout the history of cinema.” Includes:
- LA DOLCE VITA d. Federico Fellini, 1960 (14 FEB 19:30); LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD d. Alain Resnais, 1961 (15 FEB 20:30); ACCATTONE d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1961 (17 FEB 20:15); and, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA d. Federico Fellini, 1956 (18 FEB 20:15).
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:
- AND THE SHIP SAILS ON 4K aka E la nave va d. Federico Fellini, 1983 (15 FEB 15:10 / 18 FEB 20:30); JULIET OF THE SPIRITS 4K aka Giulietta degli spiriti d. Federico Fellini, 1965 (15 FEB 17:30); FELLINI’S ROMA 4K aka Roma d. Federico Fellini, 1972 (16 FEB 15:10); AMACORD 35mm d. Federico Fellini, 1973 (16 FEB 20:15); and, INTERVISTA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1987 (17 FEB 18:10):
FIND YOUR MUSE at Catford Mews (FEB):
“This February we’ll be offering something for everyone with a series of Valentines-adjacent screenings and events.” Includes:
- PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (14 FEB 18:45).
GALENTINES & VALENTINES CELEBRATIONS at The Prince Charles (13 to 20 FEB):
“Our tradition of screening a bunch of films of people falling in [and out] of love over Valentines Week continues with a few staple classics, a heartbreaker and a couple films exploring the darker side of romance!” Includes:
- FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details); SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 35mm d. Nora Ephron, 1993 (14 FEB 18:20); AMELIE 35mm aka Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details); HOT FUZZ 35mm d. Edgar Wright, 2007 (14 FEB 21:00); THE BEFORE TRILOGY d. Richard Linklater, 1995, 2004 & 2013 (15 FEB 12:00/Some 35mm – check venue for details); WHEN HARRY MET SALLY d. Rob Reiner, 1989 (15 FEB 18:05); THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (15 FEB 20:45); CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 (15 FEB 21:00); TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 (16 FEB 18:00); BLUE VALENTINE 35mm d. Derek Cianfrance, 2010 (17 FEB 20:45); MISTRESS AMERICA d. Noah Baumbach, 2015 (18 FEB 18:20); and, BOUND d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1996 (19 FEB 18:20).
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:
- MY LOVE STORY!! aka Ore Monogatari!! d. Kawai Hayato, 2015 (15 FEB 14:40); OUR MEAL FOR TOMORROW aka Bokura no gohan wa ashita de matterud. Ichii Masahide, 2017 (16 FEB 14:30); and, RIDE YOUR WAVE aka Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara d. Yuasa Masaaki, 2019 (16 FEB 16:45).
- ‘Japan Now’: I GO GAGA, MY DEAR aka Bokemasukara, yoroshiku onegaishimasu d. Nobutomo Naoko, 2018 (15 Feb 16:45).
JELINEK – HANDKE AND THE SILVER SCREEN at Austrian Cultural Forum (FEB – FREE!):
- THE GOALKEEPER’S FEAR OF THE PENALTY d. Wim Wenders, 1972 (18 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).
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.” Includes:
- MOTHER 35mm aka Madeo d. Bong Joon-ho, 2009 (17 FEB 18:00); and, MEMORIES OF MURDER aka Salinui chueok d. Bong Joon-ho, 2003 (19 FEB 20:45).
JONATHAN ROSENBAUM ON PORTABELLA & SAEED-VAFA at Close-Up (15 to 16 FEB):
“We’re pleased to welcome American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum for a weekend of screenings and masterclasses.” Includes:
- DAY 1: VAMPIR-CUADECUC d. Pere Portabella, 1971 (15 Feb 13:00); WARSAW BRIDGE d. Pere Portabella, 1989 (15 FEB 14:30); Jonathan Rosenbaum: Portabella and Continuity (15 FEB 16:00); Q&A with Pere Portabella (15 FEB 17:30); HORTENSIA/BEANCÉ d. Jose Antonio Maenza, 1969/2020 (15 FEB 19:30) (ticketed separately).
- DAY 2: JERRY AND ME + A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME: WRIGHT OR WRONG d. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, 2013 + 2020 (16 FEB 16:00); Jonathan & Michael Rosenbaum on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (16 FEB 18:15); SALESS: FAR FROM HOME d. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, 1998 + A SIMPLE EVENT d. Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1973 (16 FEB 20:30 – Ticketed separately).
- Weekend pass available (£60).
NOAH BAUMBACH SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to FEB):
- MISTRESS AMERICA d. Noah Baumbach, 2015 (18 FEB 18:20).
THE OSCARS – AND THE NOMINEES ARE… at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
“We’ve got the Oscar fever, how ’bout you? Catch some of the top films of 2019 once more on the big screen, ahead of the biggest awards show of the year.. THE OSCARS!” Includes:
- JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 (until 20 FEB/Check venue for details).
OUT IN MERTON at various venues (24 JAN to 28 FEB – FREE!):
“FilmMerton presents a short season of LGBT+ films.” Includes:
- BEAUTIFUL THING d. Hettie Macdonald, 1996 (14 FEB 19:00 – Colour House Theatre).
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:
- RED DUST 35mm d. Victor Flemming, 1932 (16 FEB 17:00).
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (06 FEB to 01 MAR):
“If your rights were at risk before, what do the current political changes mean for tomorrow?” Includes:
- SOLIDARITY d. Lucy Parker, 2019 (14 to 20 FEB/Check venue for details); and, EMINENT MONSTERS: A MANUAL FOR MODERN TORTURE d. Stephen Bennett, 2018 + Panel Discussion with the director (16 FEB 14:15).
ROMCOMS at House Of Vans (06 FEB to 01 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
“Who said that Valentine’s has to be restricted to one day? This month, we’re getting cosy in the screening room as we show some of the best blockbuster romcoms for every situation, curated by us. We hope you love them.” Includes:
- NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 (15 FEB 15:00 & 17:30); and, THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (16 FEB 14:00 & 16:00).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (19 FEB 20:30).
SECOND SIGHT at Barbican (18 to 23 FEB):
“In association with LUX, the ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.” Includes:
- New Commissions + Q&A with the artists inc Ayo Akingbade, B.O.S.S. Collective, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman (18 FEB 18:30).
VALENTINE’S DAY SCREENINGS at BFI Southbank (14 FEB):
“Bring your loved one to the cinema and prepare to be swept away…”
- BRIEF ENCOUNTER d. David Lean, 1945 (14 FEB 14:30); MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE d. Stephen Frears, 1985 (14 FEB 18:10); CASABLANCA d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 (14 FEB 18:15); and, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (14 FEB 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
FILM FESTIVALS (by event)
Film festivals in London this week include:
- BFI Future Film Festival (20 to 23 FEB).
- Catfish Shorts! Short Film Festival (15 FEB).
- Doker Film Fest (13 to 15 FEB).
- Ealing Music & Film Festival (12 to 16 FEB).
- North Europe International Film Festival (16 to 21 FEB).
- The Second Larry David Festival (16 FEB).
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REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
A PARIS EDUCATION d. Jean-Paul Civeyrac, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (14 to 20 FEB):
- “Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s partly autobiographical drama, gorgeously shot in black and white, tells the story of Etienne, a young impressionable man who goes to Paris to study filmmaking at the Sorbonne. He meets Mathias and Jean-Noël who share his passion for films, and soon falls under the thrall of the seductive Mathias.”
FIRST LOVE d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 to 20 FEB):
- “The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.”
THE SHARKS d. Lucía Garibaldi, 2019 at ICA (14 FEB 16:20 / 15 FEB 14:40 / 18 FEB 21:25 / 20 FEB 16:20):
- “The first feature-length film from Uruguayan director Lucía Garibaldi is a study of romantic fumbling and youthful obsession. Fourteen-year-old Rosina lives in a beach resort rumoured to be plagued by sharks. Upon meeting the older Joselo, she feels a desire to bridge the distance between their bodies and begins to circle him, as if inspired by the mysterious predators.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at Watermans (14 to 27 FEB). BAIT 35mm d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 19 FEB). EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Phoenix Cinema (14 to 20 FEB). FARMING d. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 FEB). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 (15 to 20 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 20 FEB). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 20 FEB FEB). THE OTHER STORY d. Avi Nesher presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (16 to 20 FEB). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 20 FEB). THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD d. Armando Iannucci, 2020 at The Castle Cinema (until 18 FEB). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 20 FEB). SONIC THE HEDGEHOG d. Jeff Fowler, 2020 at The Castle Cinema (14 to 23 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (until 19 FEB).
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