What's On This Week
In the Mood for Food
28 June - 5 July
Part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival, this delicious smorgasbord of screenings on the theme of food runs in parallel to the V&A exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate. Treat yourself to a selection of films addressing themes from food production to the environment, from trading to farming, via organic and traditional ways, as well as artistic and comic takes on food, its pleasures and complexities.
Never Look Away + Q&A
Curzon Mayfair & Everyman Hampstead
From the Academy Award winning writer/director of The Life Of Others, and nominated for two Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography - this epic drama is an inter-generational tale of love, sorrow, art and politics spanning three decades of 20th century German history, from Nazism through much of the Cold War. Followed by Q&A with director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
Beyhive double bill
Sunday 30 June
The Beyhive is one of the most powerful fan forces on the planet and Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest celebrates this in their Queer Squee season. Join them for a most delightful diva double bill - from Queer Brazilian working class youths creating a campsite community as they queue for concert tickets in Waiting for B, to the glamour and camp of Dreamgirls. Screened as part of Film Feels: Obsession, supported by the National Lottery and the BFI.
Short Film Club: Cannes Comes to the Phoenix
Sunday 30 June
Straight from La Croisette, Short Film Club brings you five Cannes Cinéfondation films focused on women, presented by filmmaker Fateme Ahmadi. The club's inaugural event will see stories from Colombia, Belgium, Iran, UK and Argentina share the screen at the iconic Phoenix Cinema.
Up the Mountain
30 June - 2 July
Up the Mountain is a masterful insight into the social fabric of a village in remote China, where the inhabitants are preserving a rich culture. The focus of Yang Zhang’s latest documentary is Shen Jianhua, an artist and teacher living in a mountain settlement in the Yunnan province, where pace of life is worlds away from the bustling city of Shanghai.
Tuesday 2 July
Topping the BBC’s 2016 ‘greatest films' culture poll, Mulholland Drive is widely considered director David Lynch’s 21st century masterpiece - a surreal möbius strip tale of obsessive desire for fame, love, and Hollywood glamour. This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide season supported by the National Lottery and the BFI.
Movies, Memories, Magic + intro
Wednesday 3 July
This film details how iconic South Asian films have been screened in renowned cinema halls in London, from the winding alleyways of Brick Lane to the bustling streets of Southall, galvanising cultural conversations and shaping trends in music, food, fashion and politics. Free screening curated by Tongues on Fire and introduced by the director, cast and crew.
Minding the Gap + short
Harris Academy South Norwood
Wednesday 3 July
Making waves globally for speaking to a generation of forgotten youth and nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, Bing Liu’s love letter to skateboarding is an emotional and transformative experience. It gives an insight into skateboarding as a form of escapism and therapy, while using it as a bridge to understand the current state of race, class and domestic violence in American society.
The Lorry + intro
Regent Street Cinema
Thursday 4 July
The first screening in the series Another Gaze Presents: The Films of Marguerite Duras, catch The Lorry in 35mm, preceded by Duras' short Les Mains Négativesand introduced by Professor Sarah Cooper. Starring Duras and Gérard Depardieu, who read from the film's script and discuss a film that might have been but never got made, with periodic cutaways to a truck driving along the highway at night.
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