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.
Welcome to another screen week!
Before we get going, I’ve just published our latest epic roundup of London’s rep seasons and film festivals for the month. Be sure to check it out.
Underway this week, BFI Southbank’s headline season is one OF SIN & SALVATION: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT BRESSON, ably supported by their Big Screen Classics strand that examines the many filmmakers influenced by the French master, AFTER BRESSON…. Their other new season screening this week is JUDY GARLAND: A STAR IS REBORN.
The Garden Cinema – rapidly becoming a reliable source of in-depth film seasons – continues their celebration of onscreen legends with ANNA MAGNANI, this time in collaboration with CinemaItaliaUK, and then turns their attention to the dark side of human nature with a season of FILM NOIR. COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION continues a collaboration between ICA and Portuguese production companies, TERRATREME and Uma Pedra no Sapato, whilst JOURNEYS ACROSS AFRO-FUTURISM looks at how this intersectional aesthetic is manifest on film at Barbican.
Everyman Screen On The Green continues their late night run of 35mm screenings on Saturdays (repeated early on Wednesday mornings!) with 80S CINEMA ON 35MM, whilst the Picturehouse chain continues their season dedicated to the scores of MORRICONE.
The summer is always a quieter time for film festivals, but appropriately enough the big opening this week goes to Sundance Film Festival: London (09 to 12 JUN) at Picturehouse Central.
In this week’s special events, The Laurel & Hardy Society returns to The Cinema Museum with the next of their quarterly meetings on Saturday (04 JUN), whilst Sappho’s Cinema and Lesflicks continue their excellent celebration of lesbian cinema with Peter Strickland’s THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY featuring a Q&A with actor Chiara D’Anna on Sunday at the same venue (05 JUN). On Monday, Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners will help raise funds for Outside Project with a special screening of PRIDE at Rio Cinema, and Deeper into Moviesshows the rarely screened TV doc LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH: THE FILMS OF DAVID CRONENBERG at Farr’s Dalston (both 06 JUN).
Tuesday brings you Film Talks Live: IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, an evening of ‘expanded cinema and sonics’ at Cafe Oto, and Tufnell Park Film Club’s presentation of THE FORTUNE COOKIE at The Lord Palmerston (both 07). Wednesday includes a return of the excellent Experimenta Mixtape evenings at BFI, and The People’s Film Clubstages another fundraiser for Ukraine with Elie Grappe’s OLGA at The Garden Cinema (both 08 JUN). Ending the week, I like the look of Animation Brüt at Close-Up (09 JUN 20:15), and there’s a chance to learn mixology from one of the hosts of my BAR TRASH summer residency with a Tom Cruise Cocktail Masterclass with Bobby + COCKTAIL at Genesis Cinema Bar Paragon (09 JUN 19:00).
I’ve chosen three features directed by (various!) women as my highlights of this week’s new releases: Mia Hansen-Løve’s BERGMAN ISLAND, THE CAMERA IS OURS: BRITAIN’S WOMEN DOCUMENTARY featuring work by Marion Grierson, Ruby Grierson, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper, Kay Mander & Sarah Erulkar, and Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim’s LUCHADORAS. Scroll down for all the details of these and other new releases.
This week, a special mention goes to the various screenings of Audrey Diwan’s HAPPENING that are raising funds for the Abortion Support Network that helps people obtain access to safe abortions in countries and states where access is restricted (see listings for venues). My Featured Attraction of the Week goes to Oliver Dickens for THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME at Rio Cinema (07 JUN), the first of his two screenings of films by Kira Muratova to raise funds for Ukraine.
See you in the darkness, and stay safe.
Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS
THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME dir Kira Muratova, 1989 + Intro by Dr Elena Gorfinkel presented by Oliver Dickens at Rio Cinema (07 JUNE 18:15).
“A distraught widow who has just buried her husband is about to destroy everything and everybody, but mainly herself. An exhausted man tries to find an escape from his daily chaos and routine in perpetual sleep. While their paths don’t really cross, the film implies they both suffer from the titular syndrome—a weakness, enervation, fatigue that is equally concrete and allegorical.”
“Muratova’s most celebrated film, the epic THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME was winner of the Silver Bear at the 1990 Berlinale and brought her international acclaim. The film has been called a magnificent fresco and an apocalypse. Muratova created vivid images of desperate characters determined to endure, capturing and divining the state of the USSR on the eve of its collapse. A searing portrait of individual malaise and collective apathy, with polyphonic elements and absurdist tableaus, the film stuns the viewer with shock therapy, destroying every illusion.” – Elena Gorfinkel
Followed by: THE LONG FAREWELL dir Kira Muratova, 1971 + Intro by Dr Elena Gorfinkel at Ciné Lumière (14 JUN 18:30).
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THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY d. Peter Strickland, 2014 + Talk/Q&A with Chiara D’Anna presented by Sappho’s Cinema & Lesflicks at The Cinema Museum (05 JUN 15:30).
Projecting the Archive: KING OF THE DAMNED 35mm d. Walter Forde, 1935 + Intro by film historian Jonathan Rigby at BFI Southbank (06 JUN 18:20).
THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME d. Kira Muratova, 1989 + Intro by Dr Elena Gorfinkel presented by Oliver Dickens at Rio Cinema (07 JUNE 18:15).
Animation Brüt short film programme at Close-Up (09 JUN 20:15).
Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
OF SIN & SALVATION: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT BRESSON at BFI Southbank
- Includes (check venue for listings): LES ANGES DU PÉCHÉ 35mm aka Angels of Sin d. Robert Bresson, 1943 (03 JUN 14:20); LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE d. Robert Bresson, 1945 (03 JUN 18:30); MOUCHETTE 4K Restoration d. Robert Bresson, 1966 (03 JUN 20:30); DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST aka Journal d’un curé de campagne d. Robert Bresson, 1951 (04 JUN 12:40); A MAN ESCAPED aka Un Condamné à mort s’est échappé d. Robert Bresson, 1956 (04 JUN 15:40); AU HASARD BALTHAZAR 4K Restoration d. Robert Bresson, 1966 (04 JUN 18:20 / 07 JUN 20:45); L’ARGENT aka Moneyd. Robert Bresson, 1983 (05 JUN 16:00); THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC 4K aka Procès de Jeanne d’Arc d. Robert Bresson, 1962 (05 JUN 18:40); UNE FEMME DOUCE aka A Gentle Creature d. Robert Bresson, 1970 (09 JUN 20:40).
- Talks: Style, Anti-style and Influence: Robert Bresson Re-assessed season intro (07 JUN 18:20).
- Re-releases: PICKPOCKET d. Robert Bresson, 1959 (03 JUN to 30 JUN various).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
THE CAMERA IS OURS: BRITAIN’S WOMEN DOCUMENTARY MAKERS d. Marion Grierson, Ruby Grierson, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper, Kay Mander & Sarah Erulkar, 1935-67:
- Various venues, inc: ICA
LUCHADORAS d. Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim, 2021:
- Various venues, inc: Bertha DocHouse
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Brixton Community Cinema presents THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN at Brixton Village (02 DEC 2022).
- Cinema of Ideas presents ‘Repetition as Differentiation via LATIFAH AND HIMLI’S NOMADIC UNCLE’ curated by Jemma Desai (online 05 to 20 DEC 2022)
- The Vito Project presents IMITATIONS OF LIFE at The Cinema Museum (18 SEP 2022 to 22 JAN 2023)
- The Social Cinema presents FRAMEBURN at Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom (08 SEP to 08 DEC 2022).
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