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The Bicycle Thieves on 16mm

The Castle Cinema
17 January

This landmark Italian neorealist drama tells the story of an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, he and his young son begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. Presented by Cine-real, one of the only film clubs in the UK to exclusively play films on 16mm format.

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The Raft + ScreenTalk

Barbican Cinema
18 January

Imagine Big Brother at sea, but with no evictions. Emerging Swedish director Marcus Lindeen uncovers the human stories behind a 1973 social experiment, salaciously dubbed 'The Sex Raft', and what ultimately took place on that three month journey. The screening of this award-winning documentary will be followed by a discussion with the director.

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The Man Behind the Microphone

Draper Hall
18 January

Maghreb Ciné is back with a fascinating portrait of Hedi Jouini, the most popular music star in Tunisian history, also known as the "Frank Sinatra of Tunisia". His songs continue to inspire, striking at the heart of the post-colonial social and political upheaval of Tunisia and its continuing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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London Unplugged + Q&A

Various
18-25 January

An anthology about modern Londoners, this film comprises ten shorts of largely female-led stories from emerging filmmakers. Exploring the themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity, it creates a rich tapestry of London as it is experienced right now; one of the most expensive and extraordinary cities in the world.

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Drifting Shadows: Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema

Close-Up Cinema
18-30 January

Cinema in Finland got a flying start with a visit of the Lumière company in 1896, but for a long time it remained a treasure for domestic consumption only. This programme sheds light on one of the most overlooked Nordic national cinemas which is currently enjoying a boom in audience success, production volume, and versatility.

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Chocolat

Lantern Arts Centre
19 January

As part of their Borough of Culture programme, FilmMerton invite you to the first screening of their 2019 Film Festival - Food on Film pop-up cinema season. The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in Chocolat, a charmingly light-hearted fable featuring a lovely central performance by Juliette Binoche.

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening + Q&A

ICA
19 January

Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening was filmed over five years and is constructed from fleeting moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings. It offers an urgent and current political critique, questioning issues of representation and stereotype prevalent in images of Black America. Followed by Q&A with director RaMell Ross.

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Zama + intro

The Exchange Twickenham
22 January

Diego de Zama is an 18th-century administrator in the service of imperial Spain, who appears to have covered himself in military glory, yet his 'reward' is a posting to a colonial backwater. Blighted by bureaucratic setbacks, he brings to mind Kafka's Joseph K as his increasingly frantic efforts to escape his colonial prison lead to nought. The film will be introduced by Dr Jon Hackett from St Mary’s University.

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Turn Up the Archive: Black British Sitcoms

Bernie Grant Arts Centre
24 January

Celebrate Black British sitcom legends The FostersDesmond’sThe Real McCoyand No Problem! with a playful evening of memories, film and stand-up comedy. Presented in partnership with FOC IT UP (Femmes of Colour) Comedy Club, the night will feature the best women and femme comedians to shine new light on the sitcoms and Turn Up the Archive.

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