Hopelessly in love? Got an unrequited crush (or two)? Think that love’s for the birds? There are enough great Valentine’s Day films & seasons this year to melt even the frostiest of hearts. Here’s our handy guide to what’s on. We’ll update as we go.
A TO Z BY VENUE
MY TWISTED VALENTINE (14 FEB):
Cigarette Burns Cinema presents DER FAN d. Eckhart Schmidt, 1982 (14 FEB 20:45) “Pop idols profess their undying love for us; serenade us from our screens; gaze seductively down at us from the posters on our walls. But the reality is all illusion; a glossy sham.”
GALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL (13 FEB):
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB d. Hugh Wilson, 1996 + AFTERPARTY* (13 FEB 18:10). *Free to ticket holders, subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.
VALENTINE’S DAY SCREENINGS (14 FEB):
“Romantic films to share with your loved one.” Includes: THE LADY EVE d. Preston Sturges, 1941 (14 FEB 18:10); BEAUTIFUL THING d. Hettie Macdonald, 1996 (14 FEB 18:30); and, BOUND 35mm d. The Wachowskis, 1996 (14 FEB 20:40).
VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL (14 FEB):
“Part of a new year-long residency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at Ciné Lumière, bringing archive films associated with the Oscars and on-stage conversations.” MIDNIGHT IN PARIS d. Woody Allen, 2011 + Q&A with art director Anne Seibel (14 FEB 18:30).
CLOSE-UP ON VERA CHYTILOVÁ (13 FEB to 01 MAR):
Includes: FRUIT OF PARADISE d. Vera Chytilová, 1970 (14 FEB 20:15) “A rare, inventive union of allegory, feminism, and the avant-garde, FRUIT OF PARADISE defies all interpretations, yet suggests new ones in every frame.” – Jason Sanders.
EDIBLE CINEMA (14 FEB):
Curzon and Edible Cinema team up for a Valentines Day screening of TRUE ROMANCE d. Tony Scott, 1993 (14 FEB 18:20). Along with your ticket to the film, Edible Cinema offers an 8 item, bite sized menu of food & drink. In order for food & drink to be prepared for the event, tickets will be taken off sale at 5.00pm on Wednesday 13 February.
LOVE? (09 to 23 FEB):
“With Valentine’s Day making its imposing presence known in February, we are celebrating, commiserating, ridiculing and generally contemplating all types of Love with our month long season.” Includes: MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S d. Eric Rohmer, 1969 (09 FEB 19:30); LA REINE MARGOT d. Patrice Chereau, 1994 (12 FEB 19:00); THE WAY HE LOOKS d. Daniel Ribeiro, 2014 (14 FEB 20:00); THE ECLIPSE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962 (19 FEB); BUFFALO’66 d. Vincent Gallo, 1998 (23 FEB).
GALENTINE’S DAY (13 FEB):
“Inspired by Ariana Grande’s hit, come on down and kick it with us this Galentine’s Day!” Includes: LEGALLY BLONDE d. Robert Luketic, 2001 (13 FEB 20:00 Muswell Hill – Other Everymans available!); and, MEAN GIRLS d. Mark Waters. 2004 (13 FEB 20:00 Barnet – Other Everymans available!).
VALENTINE’S DAY (14 FEB):
MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrman, 2001 (14 FEB 18:45 for food/ 19:30 for film Crystal Palace).
TWICKENHAM CINEMA CLUB PRESENTS (13 FEB):
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar-Wai, 2000 (13 FEB 19:30) “A lush, wonderfully cinematic and colour-infused drama, director Wong Kar-Wai tells a simple but compelling story of love, loneliness, bad timing and betrayal”.
LOBOTOMY ROOM PRESENTS (20 FEB):
THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW d. Douglas Sirk, 1956 (20 FEB 20:00 – FREE!). “A love story: irresistible tear-jerking melodrama by Hollywood’s undisputed maestro of deluxe “women’s pictures”! Warning: this film is a masterpiece of romantic agony – you WILL cry!”
SPECIAL VALENTINE’S SCREENING + QUIZ (14 FEB):
LOVE HOTEL d. Phil Cox, 2014 + VALENTINE’S QUIZ (14 FEB 19:00): Pensioners, lawyers, married couples and teenagers are all regular clients at the unique Angelo Love Hotel in Osaka Japan. With unprecedented access throughout the hotel, this film reveals their desires, fantasies and secrets as they inhabit one of the most private and anonymous spaces in Japanese society.
THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM OF THE HOME
VALENTINE’S FILM SCREENINGS (16 FEB):
“A pair of non-traditional love stories for the modern age; exploring aging, infidelity, loss and sexual chemistry – the perfect antidote to a schmaltzy Valentine’s.” Includes: LOVE IS STRANGE d. Ira Sachs, 2014 (16 FEB 15:00); and, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE d. Leslye Headlund, 2015 (16 FEB 19:00).
HARRIS ACADEMY SOUTH NORWOOD
SCREEN25 PRESENTS (13 to 15 FEB):
A week of special Valentine’s screenings. Includes: DISOBEDIENCE d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 (13 FEB 19:45) “A story of forbidden love between two women in an orthodox Jewish community”; and, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 (15 FEB 19:45) “a classic romantic comedy”.
ICA & CURZON SOHO
JAPAN FOUNDATION TOURING FILM PROGRAMME: PEOPLE STILL CALL IT LOVE (02 to 21 FEB): “Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. Japanese cinema is no different.” Includes:
ICA: TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT d. Akiko Ohku, 2017 (02 FEB 13:50); WHERE CHIMNEYS ARE SEEN d. Heinosuke Gosho, 1953 (02 FEB 16:10); THE SCYTHIAN LAMB d. Daihachi Yoshida, 2018 (02 FEB 18:20); DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURAd. Takashi Yamazaki, 2017 (03 FEB 13:30); DAD’S LUNCH BOX + INTRO d. Masakazu Fukatsu, 2017 (03 FEB 16:00); HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER d. Ryôta Nakano, 2016 (03 FEB 18:00 + 08 FEB 20:40); BLINDLY IN LOVE d. Masahide Ichii, 2013 (05 FEB 18:15 / 10 FEB 13:10); YURIGOKORO d. Naoto Kumazawa, 2017 (05 FEB 20:30); DEAR ETRANGER d. Yukiko Mishima, 2017 (06 FEB 18:20); PUMPKIN & MAYONNAISE d. Masanori Tominaga, 2017 (07 FEB 18:30); MY FRIEND ‘A’ d. Takahisa Zeze, 2018 (07 FEB 20:30); THICKER THAN WATER + Q&A with director Keisuke Yoshida, 2018 (08 FEB 18:20 & 09 FEB 20:30); GOOD STRIPES d. Yukiko Sode, 2015 (09 FEB 13:40); PENGUIN HIGHWAY d. Hiroyasu Ishida, 2018 (09 FEB 16:00); TONIGHT, AT THE MOVIES/COLOUR ME TRUE d. Hideki Takeuchi, 2018 (09 FEB 18:20); BORN BONE BORN d. Toshiyuki Teruya, 2018 (10 FEB 15:30); and, THREE STORIES OF LOVE d. Ryosuke Hashiguchi, 2015 (10 FEB 18:00).
Curzon Soho: OF LOVE & LAW + Q&A with director Hikaru Toda & producer Elhum Shakerifar, 2017 (21 FEB 18:30).
SHORT FILM NIGHT (18 FEB):
In collaboration with Fabulosis Films, LOVE (18 FEB 18:30) short film programme is followed by a Q&A with directors. Includes OUTSIDE THE BOX d. Katherine Hearst, 2018.
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
LOVE IS IN THE AIR (08 to 17 FEB):
Includes: THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (08 FEB 20:45); THEY CAME TOGETHER d. David Wain, 2014 (11 FEB 18:45); YOU’VE GOT MAIL 35mm d. Nora Ephron, 1998 (11 FEB 20:45); HIS GIRL FRIDAY d. Howard Hawks, 1940 (12 FEB 18:25); BRIEF ENCOUNTER 35mm d. David Lean, 1945 (12 FEB 20:45); LOVE & BASKETBALL d. Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000 (13 FEB 18:05); THELMA & LOUISE 35mm d. Ridley Scott (13 FEB 20:45); PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002 (14 FEB 18:10); SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 35mm d. Nora Ephron, 1993 (14 FEB 18:30); HOT FUZZ 35mm d. Edgar Wright (14 FEB 21:00); THE BEFORE TRILOGY 35mm+DCP d. Richard Linklater, 1995, 2004 & 2013 (15 FEB 18:20); AMELIE aka Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (16 FEB 15:00); TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 (17 FEB 17:50); and, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 (17 FEB 20:45).
FILM & CHILL PRESENTS (16 FEB):
VALENTINE’S DAY PREVIEW (14 FEB):
BORDER d. Ali Abassi, 2018 (14 FEB 18:30 includes a goodie bag!) “From the writer of the cult vampire classic LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. In equal parts thriller, adult fairytale, romantic drama and social commentary, it’s as impossible to define as Love itself.” Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup of this fine film, HERE.
MIDNIGHT EXCESS (16 FEB – featured image THE STUD)*:
Launching a new film programme that brings back the thrill of late night movies and subversive double features to London’s alternative cinema scene, SUPAKINO and ZODIAC FILM CLUB bring you a dirty disco double bill featuring the infamous Joan Collins: THE STUD/THE BITCH d. Quentin Masters, 1978/Gerry O’Hara, 1979 (16 FEB 23:00+ includes an intermission disco + goodie bag!).
CROFTON PARK PICTURES PRESENTS (13 to 15 FEB):
ST. BARNABAS MILLENIUM HALLS
PITSHANGER PICTURES PRESENTS (13 FEB):
BRIEF ENCOUNTER d. David Lean, 1945 (13 FEB 20:15). “Can the clandestine lovers find the courage to claim back their innocence, and above all, their happiness?”
CINEMAATTIC LONDON PRESENTS (15 FEB):
“February belongs to lovers and in CinemaAttic we are keen to look further into human relationships, specially those orbiting around love.” ALL MY LOVING short film programme (15 FEB 19:30).
There’s a screening of MAD LOVE d. Karl Freund, 1935 at The Old Operating Theatre (14 FEB 19:00) that’s currently taking a waiting list. We’d be there for the poster strap line alone… ” DEAD HANDS THAT LIVE… AND LOVE… AND KILL!”
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