What's On This Week
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
This festival features empowering documentaries and dramas celebrating courageous people from 14 countries, with inspiring insights into activist leaders, indigenous rights, the ongoing struggle for disability rights, and the power of journalism. 11 of the 14 films selected for this 24th edition are directed by women.
Close-Up's ongoing repertory series presents masterpieces throughout the history of cinema, across the globe. Spanning four decades, the core of the current series riffs on the themes of class, power-dynamics, home invasion, entrapment and replacement broached in Bong Joon-ho's Parasite.
Ealing Green Church Hall
Friday 13 March
The narrative of Ju Dou is inspired by ancient Greek tragedy, hardboiled literature and classic Hollywood melodrama, and was processed in ravishing Technicolor. Director Zhang Yimou and star Gong Li collaborated on a series of thematically-linked films including Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and The Story of Qiu Ju.
St Patrick's Day Festival 2020
Regent Street Cinema
Irish Film London celebrates St Patrick’s Day with a special three-day festival of screen magic, including an acclaimed gangster drama set in rural Ireland and a sneak preview of one of the most eagerly anticipated TV series of the year. Set in modern Dublin, Normal People is a love story of two teenagers who try to work through an awkward, tangled set of circumstances.
Rocks preview + Q&A
Saturday 14 March
Join Reclaim the Frame for a special preview of Rocks plus a Q&A with director Sarah Gavron and associate director Anu Henriques. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood, it follows teenager Rocks who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life.
Chronicle of the Years of Fire
15 & 17 March
In 1975, Chronicle of the Years of Fire won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, the most coveted film festival prize. Yet, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina's sweeping saga of the Algerian Revolution went virtually unseen. Now this once controversial winner returns to the big screen with support from Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project and the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Lexi Film School - Spring 2020
The Lexi Cinema
16 March - 4 May
Welcome to your neighbourhood film school, the Lexi Cinema's regular series of hosted screenings exploring film history and introducing current debates in cinema culture. London has one of the most exciting and diverse cinema screens in the world, and the Film School brings the writers, critics, curators and filmmakers of the capital to NW10. Everyone welcome.
Woman at War
The Exchange - Twickenham
Tuesday 17 March
An environmental activist wages her own private war against an industrial threat to the breathtaking beauty of rural Iceland. The heroine’s single-minded and bold crusade is, however, given an unexpected jolt and she is faced with a hard choice. Richmond Film Society screens a political and eco-action thriller with comedic and surreal overtones.
The Marines Who Never Returned
Korean Cultural Centre UK
Thursday 19 March
To commemorate 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean War, the KCCUK presents a series of free screenings, launching with influential director Lee Man-hee's tragic story of loss centred on a small group of South Korean marines. Throughout the film, the viewer gets to know the richly painted characters as they head further into enemy territory.
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On screen this month; a special agent chase through the capital, the return of a teen assassin and a new London-centric BBC drama series! Read all about the productions filmed in and around the capital, and where to watch them on demand.
July will see some of London’s cinemas begin to open their doors again safely as lockdown restrictions start to ease, allowing film lovers to watch their favourite movies on the big screen after months of closure.