This is a film still from REFLECTION dir Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2021, showing at Barbican (18 MAY 2022).
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WEDNESDAY: What’s on in London today [18/05/22]

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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REFLECTION d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2021 presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (18 MAY 18:10).

“Navigating between Kyiv and Eastern Ukraine, REFLECTION pays equal attention to war’s horrific devaluation of human life, and to the trauma inflicted on the survivors psyche. Frames-within-frames, often shaped as screens, populate almost every shot in the film, filling it with striking metaphors and provoking the spectator to accept the role of a witness.”

“Directed, filmed and edited by Valentyn Vasyanovich, REFLECTION shares a universe with his acclaimed ATLANTIS (2019). The film’s singular vision and pressing questions on PTSD, family, and the limits of fate, place Vasyanovich as one of the great contemporary voices of Ukraine.” (New East Cinema)


  • AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN d. Dante Alencastre, 2021 + Q&A with the director & Andria Mordaunt (ACT UP London) at Rio Cinema (18 MAY 18:45).
  • Experimenta: Lensing the Landscape: RIVER YAR d. William Raban & Chris Welsby, 1972 + Discussion with the artists at BFI Southbank (18 MAY 18:15).
  • THE FRENCH DISPATCH d. Wes Anderson, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (18 MAY 20:00 / 22 MAY 17:00).
  • JULES ET JIM d. François Truffaut, 1962 at Regent Street Cinema (18 MAY 17:10).
  • MYSTERY STREET d. John Sturges, 1947 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (18 MAY 19:30).
  • REFLECTION d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2021 presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (18 MAY 18:10).
  • SHALL WE DANCE d. Mark Sandrich, 1937 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church Ealing (18 MAY 15:00).
  • WEST SIDE STORY d. Steven Speilberg, 2021 at Rio Cinema (18 MAY 14:30).
  • WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church Ealing (18 MAY 20:15).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

1982 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • DINER d. Barry Levinson, 1982 (18 MAY 20:35 – £1 Members Film).

BEST OF CÉSAR at Ciné Lumière

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: A QUESTION OF FAITH at BFI Southbank

  • CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1961 + Intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large (18 MAY 18:10).

CRUEL FLESH: FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY at BFI Southbank

CULTITUDE at Catford Mews

FROM THE MIND OF PAUL SCHRADER at The Prince Charles 

NICHOLAS CAGE 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

RETURN OF THE OUTSIDER: THE FILMS OF MIKE HODGES at BFI Southbank

SCI-FI MOVIES at The Prince Charles


Check venues for full listings…

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford



THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON dir. Leah Purcell, 2021:

THE QUIET GIRL aka An Cailín Ciúin dir. Colm Bairéad, 2021:

VORTEX dir. Gaspar Noé, 2021:



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