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Welcome to another screen week.
For ardent planners, I’ve posted my latest epic roundup of London’s rep seasons and film festivals for the month of March. Highlights include, THE CAMERA IS OURS: BRITAIN’S WOMEN DOCUMENTARY MAKERS at BFI, OTHER MODERNISMS, OTHER FUTURES at Barbican, ONE AND DONE – a series of one-take wonders – at Genesis, and a new run of WONG KAR WAI at Close-Up. There’s also a series of 70S CINEMA LATE NIGHTS from 35mm at Everyman Screen on the Green that I missed when the guide was first posted (updated now!). I’ve chosen MARA MATTUSCHKA: DIFFERENT FACES OF AN ANTI-DIVA as my Featured Attraction of the Month, a series of 5 events featuring work by and about the Austrian experimental filmmaker, also at Close-Up.
The festival scene gets busier this month, including Glasgow Film Festival at venues across town (02 to 13 MAR), BFI Flare on the Southbank and online (16 to 27 MAR), and Essay Film Festival at ICA, Birkbeck Cinema, Bertha DocHouse, Goethe Institute and online (19 MAR to 23 APR). National cinemas get several great showcases, with Cinema Made in Italy at Ciné Lumière (03 to 07 MAR), Nordic Focus Film Festival presented by South Social at Riverside Studios (12 MAR), and multiple venue events for St. Patrick’s Day Film Festival on Trafalgar Square and in cinemas (11 to 14 MAR), Hong Kong Film Festival (19 to 27 MAR) and Kinoteka Polish Film Festival which you can also find online c/o BFI Player (09 MAR to 03 APR).
In this week’s special event screenings, there’s a 40th Anniversary screening of BLADE RUNNER featuring a Q&A with original producer Ivor Powell at Riverside (05 MAR). A busy Sunday includes another edition of African Odysseys at BFI, this time featuring the restored films of “polymath” Edric Connor, an Indie Film Showcase by The London Horror Society at Hen & Chickens, and a silent cinema screening of THE JOKER (no, not that one….) at BFI (all 06 MAR). If format’s your thing, THE MASTER starts a 70mm run at The Prince Charles on Sunday too.
Tuesday is International Women’s Day and there’s a lot to explore: London Australian Film Society presents Leah Purcell’s THE DROVER’S WIFE at Regent Street Cinema, Birds’ Eye View’s #ReclaimTheFrame campaign supports several screenings of Blerta Basholli’s THE HIVE with a recorded Q&A (see listings for venues), Genesis presents Claire Oakley’s MAKE UPto raise money for Solace Women’s Aid, and Wimbledon Film Club has an F-Rated presentation of Cathy Brady’s WILDFIRE (all 08 MAR).
Turns out there’s a little film called THE BATMAN doing the rounds… In one of the strangest things I’ve had to report on these pages, you can book yourself in for the full Oreo Experience at the Rio Cinema this weekend…
In other new releases, both Clio Barnard’s ALI & AVA and William E Badgley’s doc about Don Letts REBEL DREAD get good support with both live and recorded Q&A screenings across town. ICA has an exclusive engagement with Marcos Martínez’s DREAMS, and JW3 gets Damon Shalit’s THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU (opening 10 MAR). THE GODFATHER: PART II returns this week, but we could only find regular indie runs of it across the Picturehouse chain and a couple of screenings at The Prince Charles as part of their ongoing FRANCIS FORD COPPOLAseason. Expect more soon. Full details in the GRIND SHOW section.
And then there’s what’s happening in Ukraine… You will have found your own way of seeking reliable information I’m sure, but when researching these listings, I found the resources at The Ukrainian Institute a helpful reference point, including ways of giving to Ukrainian media outlets. The UK Government is match-funding donations up to £20million through the Disaster Emergency Committee’s new Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Coming next week, there’s a fundraiser screening of THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE presented by The Ukrainian Institute, The People’s Film Club, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, and London Migration Film Festival at Genesis Cinema (12 MAR 15:00). I’m sure there will be more. If other promoters want to show Ukrainian films, London Short Film Festival and their Ukrainian collaborators Takflix have posted some useful advice and links to resources, they will also help promote your event.
For my Featured Attraction of the Week, I’ve chosen Valentyn Vasyanovych’s unsettlingly prophetic Ukrainian film ATLANTIS, which returns for a week-long engagement at ICA (04 to 10 MAR).
Stay safe, and #StandWithUkraine
Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS
ATLANTIS d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019 at ICA (04 to 10 MAR):
“Eastern Ukraine, 2025. The war has ended, leaving the country in ruins – and Sergey (Andriy Rymaruk), a former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is struggling to his new reality. After losing his job as a steelworker, Sergey joins Katya (Liudmyla Bileka) as a volunteer for the Black Tulip Mission, recovering the degraded bodies of soldiers killed in the conflict – and hoping to understand if, and how, he might shape for himself a better future.
Winner of Best Film in the Horizons section of the 76th Venice International Film Festival, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s post-apocalyptic drama is an urgent parable of life after war. Featuring a largely non-professional cast (including Ryamaruk, himself a veteran of the Donbas War), Atlantis is at once a bleak tale about the horrors of conflict – and an optimistic reassurance that another world might be possible.” (ICA)
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ATLANTIS d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019 at ICA (04 to 10 MAR).
HEAVEN’S GATE 35mm d. Michael Cimino, 1980 + Intermission at The Prince Charles (07 MAR 19:00).
Experimenta: TICKET OF NO RETURN aka Bildnis einer Trinkerin d. Ulrike Ottinger, 1979 + Pre-recorded intro remembering Tabea Blumenschein with Ulrike Ottinger at BFI Southbank (08 MAR 18:00).
REBEL DREAD d. William E Badgley, 2020 + Q&A with Don Letts hosted by Lava la Rue presented by We Are Parable at Picturehouse Hackney (10 MAR 18:30).
Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
MARA MATTUSCHKA: DIFFERENT FACES OF AN ANTI-DIVA at Close-Up
“For more than 35 years, Mara Mattuschka has been among Austria’s most eminent experimental filmmakers. In addition to her film work, the Bulgarian-born artist is also an actress, painter, professor, performance artist and film producer. Mara Mattuschka’s first ‘painted’ films were made as part of Maria Lassnig’s animation studio. From the 1980s on, Mattuschka shot numerous short experimental films using her alter ego: Mimi Minus. Since 2005 she has been collaborating with the performance collective Liquid Loft lead by Chris Haring, constantly trying out new cinematic forms. This 5 parts programme presents her short and feature films as well as Elisabeth M. Klocker’s documentary on the artist.” (Close-Up).
- Includes (check venue for full listings): Early Shorts (05 MAR 19:00); PHAIDROS d. Mara Mattuschka, 2018 (06 MAR 18:15); PERFECT GARDEN d. Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring, 2013 (13 MAR 18:30); LEGAL ERRORIST / RUNNING SUSHI / BURNING PALACE d. Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring, 2005-2009 (20 MAR 18:45); DIFFERENT FACES OF AN ANTI-DIVA d. Elisabeth M. Klocker, 2013 (27 MAR 18:30).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Cinema Made in Italy at Ciné Lumière (03 to 07 MAR).
- Glasgow Film Festival (02 to 13 MAR).
- Kinoteka Polish Film Festival (09 MAR to 03 APR).
ATLANTIS d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019:
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Oliver Dickens presents two films by Kira Muratova to raise funds for Ukraine at Rio Cinema & Ciné Lumière (07 & 14 JUN 2022).
- Lost Vampires presents BILLY THE KID AND THE GREEN BAIZE VAMPIRE 35mm + Q&A with Phil Daniels at The Prince Charles (27 JUN 2022).
- Science Fiction Theatre returns with three sci-fi classics this summer at The Castle Cinema (10 JUN to 12 AUG 2022).
- Queer Horror Nights presents THE FLY at The Castle Cinema (24 JUN 2022).
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