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Before the Night - Humans and the World

Ciné Lumière
24-29 January

In the run-up to the Night of Ideas on 30 January, Institut Francais introduces a series of films centred around our relationship with the world. From our accord with the environment, to the ever-growing integration of machines in our livelihoods, this curated selection provides fascinating food for thought by exploring humans, nature and beyond.

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The Australian Dream + shorts + drinks reception & panel discussion

Regent Street Cinema
Saturday 25 January

The London Australian Film Society returns for their annual Australia Day event, presenting a 90-minute programme of short films and a feature documentary that recently sold out three sessions at the BFI London Film Festival and four screenings at Melbourne International Film Festival. Proceeds of the raffle will go to bushfire relief charities.

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Jodie Mack mini-season

Deptford Cinema
Saturday 25 January

As part of BFI Musicals, Deptford Cinema screens a trio of colourful, contemporary, cutting-edge musical documentaries by acclaimed experimental animator Jodie Mack — energetic and exuberant yet prescient and political — alongside a special screening of Stanley Donen's 1953 The Pajama Game — described by Jean-Luc Godard as "the first left-wing operetta".

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When Tomatoes Met Wagner + Q&A + snacks

Bertha DocHouse
Tuesday 28 January

In a tiny Greek village, hit hard by the economic crisis, When Tomatoes Met Wagner finds two cousins thinking creatively about their farmland. With ingenuity, patience and the help of five grannies, Christo and Alexandros are branching out into the international food market. Their tomatoes have something special - they ripen to the sounds of Wagner.

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A 9.5mm evening with Kevin Brownlow

The Cinema Museum
Wednesday 29 January

Time for another Kennington Bioscope event with a unique atmosphere, both in terms of rare films and vintage projection equipment. Among the highlights will be the 1924 western Galloping Gallagher, which survives today only in this 29-minute abridgement, and Le Mariage de Mademoiselle Beulemans, a 1927 French comedy. Screens with live piano accompaniment.

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Arike Oke: As Scene

Mitcham Library
29-31 January

Arike Oke, director of Black Cultural Archives, curates a very personal season of films which explore her mixed-heritage background. Travel to the beautiful island of Dominica with The ID Project, see Shane Meadows' defining British drama This Is England and finish off with a double bill of Noel Clarke’s breakthrough feature Kidulthood alongside a short by Caleb Femi. Part of FilmMerton, all screenings are free.

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Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures

Embassy of Brazil
Wednesday 29 January

This off-beat, charming buddy road movie follows the unlikely friendship that forms between an expat German travelling through the northeastern backlands of Brazil selling aspirin, and a local hitchhiker he picks up on his travels. The two outcasts from different worlds end up wandering the country roads together, looking for different kinds of escape.

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Havana + Q&A

Czech Embassy Cinema
Thursday 30 January

This extraordinary homage to Havana and its people opens with 16mm amateur footage of Fidel Castro’s triumphant revolution in 1959. Striking, haunting images are punctuated by voice-over poetry by leading writers and stories of artists and ordinary Cubans, young and old. Followed by a Q&A with director Jana Bokova and BBC producer and presenter Alan Yentob.

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Paddington

Redbridge Drama Centre
Thursday 30 January

Come along to The Good Company Film Club to watch films projected on the big screen and then stay for tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards. Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, the witty and delightful Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home.

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