THE BALLY #16: Sensational screens you must not miss [11 to 17 JAN]

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Welcome to THE BALLY where we voice our enthusiasm for London's alternative screen attractions.

This week, we've given you some handpicked highlights from London's one-off screen events and a flavour of what's projecting in the city's repertory seasons and regular runs. Discover more online at radiantcircus.com.

THIS MONTH [JANUARY]:


Our featured attraction of the month is new season DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up Film Centre (18 to 30 JAN):

  • RADIANT CIRCUS view: Part of the great joy of putting these listings together is discovering cinema we know very little about, and that pretty much includes everything in this amazing selection at Close-Up…

> Find out more in our monthly roundup, HERE.

THIS WEEK [11 to 17 JAN]:

Films in London this week: THE CLOCK at Tate Modern (12 JAN).
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK 24-HOUR SCREENING at Tate Modern (12 to 13 JAN – Last Chance!):

  • "Due to overwhelming demand, for one last time Tate Modern is keeping the free display of Christian Marclay’s THE CLOCK (2010) open outside of regular museum hours. You will be able to see the late night and early morning sections of the installation, which are not normally possible to view."

> Find more indie films in our weekly digest, HERE.

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FRI //:

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL at ICA (11 JAN 14:10):

  • An elephant that sits and ignores the world becomes an obsession for the protagonists of the late writer and filmmaker Hu Bo’s four-hour epic, for whom it represents the possibility of escape from the stagnation and violence of their daily lives.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:

WHITE BADGE at Birkbeck Cinema (12 JAN 10:30 – Free!):

  • Based on Ahn Jung-Hyo’s 1983 novel Of War and the Metropolis, reissued as The White War in 1993, WHITE BADGE is a gripping account of the lives of South Korean soldiers involved in the Vietnam War, and its impact on their lives. Part of: Changing Landscapes – The New Korean Cinema Movement on Screen.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

HIGH-RISE + DISCUSSION at Deptford Cinema (13 JAN 14:30):

  • Deptford Cinema’s Film and Book Club starts the year with a successful collaboration between writer Amy Jump and director Ben Wheatley with their stylish adaptation of JG Ballard’s dystopian tale of social disintegration.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

EVELYN + Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel & producer Joanna Natasegara at Frontline Club (14 JAN 19:00):

  • Following his Oscar-winning THE WHITE HELMETS, Orlando von Einsiedel turns his camera on his own family as they attempt to cope with a devastating loss.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUE //:

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + Q&A with director RaMell Ross at BFI Southbank (15 JAN 18:15):

  • Photographer-turned-filmmaker RaMell Ross has crafted an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama, offering a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the USA.
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup, HERE.

> Find more films in London this week HERE.

WED //:

ON HER SHOULDERS + Q&A with director Alexandria Bombach at DocHouse (16 JAN 18:30):

  • Everything changed on the night of August 3rd 2014. Isis stormed Nadia Murad’s Yazidi community and killed 700 people. Nadia Murad eventually escaped and lived in a refugee camp until she came to Europe. As Nadia engages with the global media, she faces insensitive and personal questions about rape, while trying to address how people can help the surviving Yazidi community.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

THE BICYCLE THIEVES 16mm + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (17 JAN 18:45):

  • Ciné-Real presents: This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies. Written and directed by neorealist pioneers Cesare Zavattini and Vittorio DeSica, the movie featured all the hallmarks of the neorealist style.
  • Visit Ciné-Real's spangly new website to pick up a discount code.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

// COMING SOON:

FRENCH IMPRESSIONS - THE WORKSHOP at Watermans (19 JAN 13:00).

  • From Laurent Cantet, writer-director of Palme d’Or-winner THE CLASS, and writer Robin Campillo (120 BPM) comes a riveting contemporary drama that blends social commentary with a complex study of the modern world.

> More event info HERE.

// COMING SOON:

METTI LA NONNA IN FREEZER + Q&A with Co-Director Giuseppe Stasi at Genesis Cinema (20 JAN 15:00):

  • CinemaItaliaUK presents: Claudia works as an art restorer living on her grandma's retirement checks. When the old lady dies, Claudia hides the body in a freezer, and devises a scheme with the help of two of her colleges to avoid bankruptcy. A quirky comedy starring Fabio De Luigi and Miriam Leone.

> More event info HERE.

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SEASONS TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO:

Films in London this week: PRIDE OF PLACE at Deptford Cinema, part of KIM LONGINOTTO: VIXEN FILMS RETROSPECTIVE (17 JAN).

KIM LONGINOTTO: VIXEN FILMS RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (17 to 26 JAN):

> Find more rep seasons in our weekly digest, HERE.

SONS OF THE DESERT

LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):

> Find more rep seasons in our weekly digest, HERE.

A FEAST OF FESTIVALS:

Jasmine De Silva at AIRDRAFT, part of LSFF2019 (13 JAN).

The London Short Film Festival opens tonight (11 to 20 JAN 2019) & many screenings are selling fast. We took a look at all the special events you could still buy tickets for at the time of posting, picking our top ten best of the fest.

> Read our RADIANT CIRCUS guide HERE.

Other film festivals in London this week include:

> Find more indie films in London in our weekly digest, HERE.

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