This is a film still from THE DEMON aka Kichiku d. Yoshitarô Nomura, 1978
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SUNDAY: What’s on in London today [12/12/21]

SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER 2021 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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THE DEMON 35mm aka Kichiku d. Yoshitarô Nomura, 1978 + Intro by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby at BFI Southbank (12 DEC 14:50) / Part of JAPAN 2021.

  • “Known for his stylish thrillers, director Yoshitarô Nomura here turns his hand to less generic material in this powerful, discomforting and harrowing account of child abuse. Although he had initially been reluctant to accept the role, Ken Ogata gives an extraordinary central performance, which allows us to understand, if not to sympathise, with a man whose actions are frighteningly believable.”

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN d. Radu Jude, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with the director at The Lexi Cinema (12 DEC 19:30).
  • FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN + THE COMEBACK SPECIAL d. Tim Pope, 1993 + 2018 + Q&A with the director & Matt Johnson at ICA (12 DEC 16:00).
  • Patti Boulaye in person at BFI Southbank (12 DEC 15:30).
  • PIXIE d. Barnaby Thompson, 2020 at Whirled Cinema (12 DEC 17:00).
  • SEVEN SAMURAI aka Shichinin no samurai d. Akira Kurosawa, 1954 at Genesis Cinema (12 DEC 12:00).
  • THE SNOWMAN 16mm d. Dianne Jackson & Jimmy T. Murakami, 1982 + Shorts presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (12 DEC 13:30).
  • STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 at Genesis Cinema (12 DEC 20:00).
  • Stories from Home short film programme presented by Mile End Community Project at Rich Mix (12 DEC 10:30).
  • UNSOPHISTICATED LADY aka La Pièce rapportée d. Antonin Peretjatko , 2021 at Ciné Lumière (12 DEC 17:40).
  • THE VIRGINIAN 35mm d. Tom Forman, 1923 + Intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon & Live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney at BFI Southbank (12 DEC 13:00).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

100 YEARS: SIMONE SIGNORET, THE POLITICAL STAR – PART I at Ciné Lumière

  • ARMY OF SHADOWS aka L’Armée des ombres d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1960 + Panel discussion with Patrick Marnham & Arnaud de la Grange (12 DEC 14:00).

A CLASS OF HIS OWN: THE FILMS OF JACK CLAYTON at BFI Southbank

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (12 DEC various).

ALT. XMAS at The Prince Charles

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: CHRISTMAS ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank

CHRISTMAS at Catford Mews

  • HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (12 DEC 13:30).

CHRISTMAS at Chiswick Cinema

  • HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (12 DEC 15:00).

CHRISTMAS at The Prince Charles

CLOSE-UP ON RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI at Close-Up

  • PASSION d. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2008 (12 DEC 20:15).

CULT CLASSIC FILM POP UP at Design District

THE EDGE OF BELIEF at Close-Up

EYES ON SPIES at Ciné Lumière

  • ARMY OF SHADOWS aka L’Armée des ombres d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1960 + Panel discussion with Patrick Marnham & Arnaud de la Grange (12 DEC 14:00).
  • LE PROFESSIONNEL d. Georges Lautner, 1981 (12 DEC 16:30).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

JAPAN 2021 at BFI Southbank

  • DRIVE MY CAR aka Doraibu mai kâ d. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2021 (11 to 19 DEC various).
  • MUDDY RIVER 35mm aka Doro no kawa d. Kôhei Oguri, 1981 + Intro by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby (12 DEC 11:50).
  • THE DEMON 35mm aka Kichiku d. Yoshitarô Nomura, 1978 + Intro by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby (12 DEC 14:50).
  • THE MAN WHO STOLE THE SUN 35mm aka Taiyô wo nusunda otoko d. Kazuhiko Hasegawa, 1979 (12 DEC 18:00).

JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO LE MAGNIFIQUE at Ciné Lumière

THIS IS WHAT A FAMILY LOOKS LIKE at Rio, ActOne & Picturehouse Central

  • LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON aka Soshite chichi ni naru d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2013 + Risograph printing workshop with The Print Collective at ActOne Cinema (12 DEC: Workshop – 12:45 / Film – 13:30).
  • Presented by MilkTea Films.


BEING THE RICARDOS d. Aaron Sorkin, 2021:

DON’T LOOK UP d. Adam McKay, 2021:

LAMB d. Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021:



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