This is a film still from MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 presented by We Are Parable at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 2021).
THE BALLY

THE BALLY #109: What to see in London this week [04 to 10 JUN 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


The good news of venue reopening continues… 

Close-Up Film Centre will resume cinema screenings with, appropriately enough, a socially distanced screening of Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film CLOSE-UP (25 JUN 20:15 – already SOLD OUT!). That’s followed by their perennially popular Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky season (26 JUN to 01 AUG – booking now!). 

The Horse Hospital has finally been able to confirm tenure for a further 4 years, reaching a “more achievable” 33.3% rent increase rather than the originally proposed 333%. The underground venue has been supported by the Mayor Of London’s Culture At Risk Office and will need audiences to flood back in when the time is right. 

Finally, ICA will reopen for exhibitions and cinema screenings from 06 JUL…

Our Featured Attraction of the Week is We Are Parable’s special preview screening of the new 4K restoration of Ousmane Sembène’s 1968 film, MANDABI at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 18:30). The event includes live performance and is part of We Are Parable’s nationwide Who We Are season, a celebration of Black Cinema from around the world.

We also want to give an honourable shout out to two other events at the Rio this week: Club des Femmes and Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest’s Lesbian Camp: Yes It’s F**king Political (05 to 06 JUN)* and Doc’n Roll Festival’s presentation of THIS FILM SHOULD NOT EXIST (09 JUN). It’s exactly this kind of adventurous, alternative film programming that got us blogging in the first place. Get out there if you can…

See you in the darkness…

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

*Why not make a DIY weekender of women’s weightlifting docs, starting with LIFT LIKE A GIRL (at BFI Southbank as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest, 05 JUN), and PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN (at Rio Cinema, part of Club des Femmes’ Lesbian Camp weekender, 06 JUN)?


MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 + performance by musician Moussa Dembele & spoken word artist Aaron James presented by We Are Parable at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 18:30) / Part of Who We Are.

  • “The first feature film made entirely in an African language, MANDABI tells the story of Ibrahim who receives a windfall from his nephew in Paris. As news of the money order becomes the talk of the community, Ibrahim has to face a number of challenges and obstacles to cash his cheque.”
PLAN YOUR RETURN TO CINEMA WITH OUR COMPREHENSIVE WEEKLY SCREEN GUIDE AT RADIANT CIRCUS [04 to 10 JUN 2021].


FRIDAY

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT d. Brian Gibson, 1993 at BFI Southbank (04 JUN 18:00) / Part of Her Voice.

This is a film still from LIFT LIKE A GIRL, screening at BFI Southbank as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest (05 JUN 2021).

SATURDAY

LIFT LIKE A GIRL d. Mayye Zayed, 2021 + Recorded Q&A at BFI Southbank (05 JUN 20:15) / Part of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

This is a film still from PUMPING IRON II screening at Rio Cinema (06 JUN 2021).

SUNDAY

PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN d. George Butler, 1985 + Intro by Sam McBean at Rio Cinema (06 JUN 16:15) / Part of Lesbian Camp: Yes It’s F**king Political presented by Club des Femmes & Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (05-06 JUN).

This is a film still from ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER which screens at Catford Mews in June 2021.

MONDAY

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER d. Pedro Almodóvar, 1999 at Catford Mews (04 JUN 20:45 / 07 JUN 18:00 / 09 JUN 18:00) / Part of Chicas to the Front.

This is a film still from MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 presented by We Are Parable at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 2021).

TUESDAY

MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 + performance by musician Moussa Dembele & spoken word artist Aaron James presented by We Are Parable at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 18:30) / Part of Who We Are / Our Featured Attraction of the Week!

This is a film still from EUROPA EUROPA screening at Ciné Lumière.

WEDNESDAY

EUROPA EUROPA d. Agnieszka Holland, 1990 at Ciné Lumière (06 JUN 14:00 / 09 JUN 18:10) / Part of Women Pioneers of French Cinema / Our Featured Attraction of the Month.

This is a film still from LIMA SCREAMS, showing at Barbican Cinema as part of Return To The City season (June 2021).

THURSDAY

LIMA SCREAMS d. Dana Bonilla & Ximena Valdivia, 2018 at Barbican Cinema (10 JUN 18:20) / Part of Return to the City.


RETURN TO THE CITY at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)FREE TIME d. Manfred Kirchheimer, 1960/2020 + Intro by Will Jennings at Barbican Cinema (08 JUN 18:15); LIMA SCREAMS d. Dana Bonilla & Ximena Valdivia, 2018 at Barbican Cinema (10 JUN 18:20).


FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS d. Terry Gilliam, 1998 at Bar Elba (09 JUN 21:00).



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