To help in the hunt for adventurous moving pictures, RADIANT CIRCUS has hand-picked some of London’s screen highlights for the week ahead*.
FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017 19:00, TATE MODERN
TATE MODERN kickstarts the week with a retrospective of collaborative works by Los Angeles artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto. Given that Friday will be a special day for a certain Donald J. Trump, it’s impossible to overlook the significance of the Japanese American brothers’ work: their family was incarcerated during WWII and their video art and installations frequently subvert Hollywood’s racist and homophobic tropes.
BRUCE AND NORMAN YONEMOTO: THE FUTURE OF MY DESIRE runs from 20-22 January 2017 at TATE MODERN as part of their PIONEERS series. Opening night screens their first collaborative work, GARAGE SALE, and includes a Q&A with Bruce Yonemoto. Take note: This programme is rated 18+ and contains scenes of a sexually explicit nature. Delicious.
Looking for an alternative? SOUL JAZZ RECORDS’ screening of COFFY at the historical REGENT STREET CINEMA. Two words: Pam Grier.
SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017 18:20, CINÉ LUMIÈRE
Ciné Lumière continues its review of 2016 with the acclaimed Amazonian adventure drama EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. Winner of multiple awards and featured in many “best of” lists, this stunning black and white drama is justifiably lauded for its cinematic richness.
Looking for an alternative? Get animated. THE IRON GIANT (11.30) at REGENT STREET CINEMA and/or MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in its original Japanese with English subs at the PRINCE CHARLES (16:15), part of their STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER season.
SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 2017 15:00, PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA launch their Andrei Tarkovsky season – SCULPTING TIME – with a screening of his mesmeric science fiction masterwork SOLARIS. The season runs until March and includes THE MIRROR, STALKER, NOSTALGHIA and THE SACRIFICE. Everything here is pretty much essential.
MONDAY 23 JANUARY 2017 20:45, PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
A rare 35mm screening of Harmony Korine’s still-shocking GUMMO as the movie – rather unbelievably – celebrates its 20th anniversary. Not one to watch if you’re a cat lover.
TUESDAY 24 JANUARY 20:30, BFI SOUTHBANK
BFI screen an evening of works by acclaimed video artist BRUCE CONNER with an introduction by curator William Fowler. Featuring 8 films in nearly pristine 16mm and a new 4K scan of CROSSROADS, Conner’s acclaimed meditation on the atomic bomb, this evening is set to stun.
Looking for an alternative? For lovers of all things atomic, DOCHOUSE at CURZON BLOOMSBURY continue their screenings of Robert Kenner’s documentary COMMAND AND CONTROL (20-25 JANUARY).
WEDNESDAY 25 & THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2017, BFI SOUTHBANK
Continuing the BFI’s SCORSESE SEASON, we’ve picked a couple of movies to take advantage of their amazing SCORSESE DOUBLES ticket offer (2 films for £17). Our choices are BOXCAR BERTHA on Wednesday (18:00) and THE RIVER on Thursday (20:20). If you’re familiar with Scorsese’s work, seeing his personal picks will drill you further into his cinematic brain.
Looking for an alternative? PRINCE CHARLES screen a 35mm print of Richard Kelly’s SOUTHLAND TALES (26 JANUARY 20:15) – aka what the DONNIE DARKO guy did next.
FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017 19:30, REGENT STREET CINEMA
Just tilting outside of our cinematic week, but worthy of advance mention, is a screening of acclaimed Hungarian future fantasy THE WHITE KING complete with Director and Cast Q&A. We don’t know about you, but our knowledge of Hungarian cinema is pretty pathetic. Time to make amends.
More places to shelter from the storm in next week’s GUIDE.
* As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any mistakes.
FEATURED IMAGE: Bunny Boy, GUMMO (1997)