This is a film still from SPRING BLOSSOM.

THE BALLY #106: What to see in London this week (17 to 23 MAY 2021)

Welcome to THE BALLY where we help you find what to see in London this week across DIY, indie & alternative cinema events, online, outdoors & in venues.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

Cinemas will open again. That’s the news.

It’s great to be back in the room (from 17 MAY…)

See you there!

SPRING BLOSSOM d. Suzanne Lindon, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (21 to 25 + 27 MAY various times):

“In Suzanne Lindon’s debut film, a 16-year-old girl bored with the company of her peers takes an interest in an older man. If the set-up sounds familiar, Lindon gracefully steers clear of cliché and offers more than a few surprises. In particular, a trio of musical numbers echo the everyday life song-and-dance routines of Jacques Demy’s beloved The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. And just as remarkable is the fact that Lindon wrote, directed and starred in this film when she was 20” (Ciné Lumière).

Also screening at Curzon Cinemas (from 17 MAY).

This is a film still from TINA (2021) screening at Barbican.


TINA d. Daniel Lindsay & T. J. Martin, 2021 at Barbican Cinema (17 MAY 14:00 & 19:00).

This is a film still from QUO VADIS, AIDA? screening at Riverside Studios.


QUO VADIS, AIDA? d. Jasmila Žbanić, 2021 at Riverside Studios (18 MAY 17:30).


DARAYA: A LIBRARY UNDER BOMBS aka Daraya: une bibliothèque sous les bombes d. Delphine Minoui & Bruno Joucla, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (19 MAY 21:10) / Part of Beyond Words – French Literature Festival.

This is a film still from RARE BEASTS (2021) which screens at Genesis Cinema on 20 MAY 2021 as part of their reopening programme.


RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (20 MAY 18:35).


STATE FUNERAL d. Sergei Loznitsa, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (21 MAY 18:00).


SURGE d. Aneil Karia, 2020 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (22 MAY 18:00). 


Architecture On Film: INTO GREAT SILENCE d. Philip Gröning, 2005 at Barbican Cinema (23 MAY 14:00).

DREAM PALACE at BFI Southbank (from 17 MAY)

“We celebrate getting back in to the cinema with some of our favourite filmmakers and friends.” 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings):
  • BLOW OUT d. Brian De Palma & John G Fox, 1979 + Intro by Ben Roberts, BFI CEO (17 MAY 17:45); 
  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (17 MAY 20:45); 
  • THE GENERAL 4K d. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926 + live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand + Intro by Stuart Brown, BFI Head of Programme and Acquistions (18 MAY 18:10); 
  • THE SHOUT d. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1978 + Pre-recorded Intro by director Mark Jenkin (19 MAY 17:40); 
  • THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER d. Peter Greenaway, 1989 + Intro by Justin Johnson, BFI Lead Programmer (20 MAY 17:30); 
  • FOOTLOOSE d. Herbert Ross, 1984 + Pre-recorded intro by director Francis Lee (20 MAY 20:45); 
  • DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA d. Spike Lee, 2020 + Intro by Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director (21 MAY 18:00); 
  • CAR WASH 35MM d. Michael Schultz, 1976 + Intro by Gurinder Chadha (21 MAY 20:55); 
  • BEGINNING d. Dea Kulumbegashvili, 2020 + Pre-recorded intro by director Luca Guadagnino (22 MAY 11:30 / 22 JUN 20:30); 
  • BLACK NARCISSUS 35MM d. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1947 + Intro by director Edgar Wright (22 MAY 14:20); 
  • THE WONDERS aka Le meraviglie d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2014 + Pre-recorded intro by director Mark Cousins (22 MAY 15:15); 
  • HAIR d. Milos Forman, 1979 + Pre-recorded intro by director Kleber Mendonça Filho (22 MAY 20:30); 
  • MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION 35MM d. Douglas Sirk, 1954 + Intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director (23 MAY 12:45); 
  • FEAR EATS THE SOUL aka Angst essen Seele auf d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974 + Intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director (23 MAY 15:45); 
  • BEAU TRAVAIL d. Claire Denis, 1999 + Pre-recorded intro by director Kirsten Johnson (23 MAY 18:40).

Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS d. Jonathan Demme, 1991 (20 MAY 21:00).

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