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Little Truths

Underwire Festival


Reality can be stranger than fiction. It can inspire, terrify, and make us question perceived truths. This selection of documentaries take on tales of the everyday and the extraordinary to glean truths that may entertain, shock and challenge. From the woman who is trying to bring down feminism to a celebration of black beauty in Germany to the traditional Japenese Ama divers.


After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201920:30
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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom. A hilarious classic!

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Wednesday 4 Sep 201912:0015:30
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A View To A Kill (PG)

Bond Sundays


An investigation into a horseracing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley. Preceded by the 40-minute documentary Ashby's Odyssey - When former Bond Girl Carole Ashby is rushed to hospital whilst moving home, it triggers an emotional journey of self discovery through time.


Followed by a Q&A with Carole Ashby


Carole Ashby

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Sunday 1 Sep 201914:40
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All About Me

Face to Face with German Talent


The closing film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a heart-warming true story based on the best-selling memoirs of famous German entertainer Hape Kerkeling, here played by talented young actor Julius Weckauf. Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa, Beyond Silence) delivers a charming portrait of a boy from a troubled family who, after a tragedy, is taken in by his grandmothers. The characterful young boy amuses them and their friends by dressing up and performing colourful impressions, but life is not always easy for a boy like him in 1970s Ruhr Valley.


The bittersweet coming-of-age story explores themes of family, loss, sexuality and life choices with a light touch and an eye for comedy and pathos – true to the spirit of its beloved subject, one of the most popular faces on German television.


With over 3.6 million admissions, All About Me is Germany’s #1 national box-office hit and won three German Films Awards in 2019 for Highest Admissions, Best Supporting Actress for Luise Heyer and the Best Feature Film in Bronze.



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Sunday 22 Sep 201920:30
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Animals

Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party - drink, drugs and general debauchery infuse their days while their careers and lives remain on hold. As they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite, but Laura and Tyler will not be tamed so easily. A celebration of female friendship, the film is an unconventional and very funny snapshot of two very modern women.


“a wonderful, utterly lived-in film about two women at a crossroads, one that attendees should be breathlessly, excitedly discussing around town, urging everyone else to see immediately.” – The Guardian

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Friday 30 Aug 201918:3020:45
Saturday 31 Aug 201914:0016:1518:3020:45
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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.


On the 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Caesar and his invading army. However, once Asterix and Obelix begin their quest, all hell breaks loose at home as the Romans start attacking the village and an evil wizard named Sulfurix does everything he can to steal the potion's secret recipe.

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Saturday 24 Aug 201911:30
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Bait (15)

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.



★★★★★

"Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years." - Little White Lies

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Tuesday 3 Sep 201918:30 (Closed)20:30 (Closed)
Wednesday 11 Sep 201918:3020:30
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Belonging

Open City Documentary Festival


Everybody has their own tragedy. An opening monologue, accompanied by a series of precise, pristine and entirely people-free images, details a premediated murder - a familial affair told in the first person, voiced by the filmmaker himself. From here, an extended, elegantly lensed exchange between two key participants in this crime plays out, its charming contours charged by the viewer’s understanding of where this newly blooming relationship will lead. Belonging, the second feature from new Turkish talent Burak Çevik, is a startling, impressively playful piece of autofiction; a compelling, cleverly constructed exercise in reframing and restaging the unknowable peripheries of the past.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Friday 6 Sep 201920:30
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Broken Blossoms (PG)

Frustrated in his desire to bring the teachings of Buddha to the tough denizens of London, a disillusioned young Chinese man, loses himself in the reveries of opium mists until the plight of a young waif startles him back to reality


Accompanied by a live soundtrack on our original 1936 Compton Organ performed by Donald MacKenzie.

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Monday 26 Aug 201919:00
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Newman's Own


Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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Sunday 1 Sep 201919:30
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Coffy (18)

Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club

A nurse takes vigilante justice against inner city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. Pam Grier in her first solo starring role.

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Thursday 12 Sep 201919:30
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Cut Off

Face to Face with German Talent


Fans of the TV series CSI should appreciate this nail-biting thriller in which a coroner races to save the life of his kidnapped daughter with the help of a stranger. Based on the popular novel by Sebastian Fitzek and Michael Tsokos, it stars Jasna Fritzi Bauer as Linda, a young comic book artist who happens upon a dead body on a beach. Answering the deceased man’s phone, she hears a desperate Paul Herzfeld (Moritz Bleibtreu) begging her to help him, having found the phone number hidden inside a body during an autopsy – along with the name of his daughter, Hannah. The pair then race against time to locate Herzfeld's missing daughter and discover the fate of a series of young women who've fallen victim to brutal kidnappings.


This gripping thriller full of twists and turns is not for the faint hearted as it explores the grisly details of autopsies and sexual violence.

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Saturday 21 Sep 201920:30
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Everyday Warrior Queens

Underwire Festival


For the opening night of Underwire’s tenth edition, we want to spotlight the mundane stories and everyday warrior queens we all have in our lives, those women who make small but important choices, who fight daily battles, who move forward, who don’t let self-consciousness keep them from enjoying themselves, who take risks to help other women, who take up space proudly, those don’t let the constant grind get to them and just keep going. We see you, and we salute you.


After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Friday 13 Sep 201918:30
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Film 1: Look Back in Anger (PG)

A university-educated musician rejects his wife's middle-class aspirations and chooses to work at the local flea market. As time goes on, Jimmy becomes more and more bitter, and his treatment of Allyson worsens. Their already troubled marriage reaches a crisis point when an old friend of Allyson lodges with the couple and begins the object of Jimmy's aggression and attention.

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Sunday 25 Aug 201914:00
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Film 2: Sons & Lovers (PG)

Based on a novel by D.H. Lawrence. An artistically talented young man living in an English coal mining town is inhibited by his domineering and emotionally manipulative mother.

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Sunday 25 Aug 201916:00
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Greetings From Free Forests

Open City Documentary Festival

Premiere


In his debut feature, Ian Soroka creates a hauntingly atmospheric study of the southern

Slovenian landscape that was once the site of one of World War II’s most stubborn resistance movements. Following German and Italian occupation of Slovenia, thousands were forced to flee their homes, eventually seeking refuge in the forests of Yugoslavia where a communist-led resistance movement known as the Liberation Front would operate in secret for almost two years. Soroka artfully interweaves archival material with rich landscape photography and evocative testimony from survivors, historians, and naturalists to excavate the traces of memories and unearth the remains found beneath the forest floor.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 7 Sep 201913:30
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Hail Satan? (15)

Chronicles the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

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Saturday 21 Sep 201913:3515:30
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Happiness Sucks (15)

Face to Face with German Talent


A tragicomic coming of age story, Happiness Sucks sees 12-year-old Jessica (Ella Fray) trying to help her sickly 15-year-old sister Sabrina (Emilia Bernsdorf) by finding her a sex partner. Convinced that a bizarre ancient ritual will cure Sabrina’s illness, Jessica goes on a mission that's as comic as it is sad.


Director Anca Miruna Lazarescu balances comedy and pathos beautifully in this quirky story scripted by Silvia Wolkan, which explores the challenges of adolescent girlhood as intensified by the pain of serious illness. Meanwhile the girls' father, Stefan (Martin Wuttke), is a kind single dad who works as a hospice caregiver, counselling the dying, all the while facing the possibility of his own untimely bereavement.


Happiness Sucks is a bittersweet film that finds humour and comfort in the most unlikely situations.


After the film, director Anca Miruna Lazarescu and actor Christian Friedel will take to the stage for a Q&A hosted by Anna Smith, film critic and host of the Girls On Film podcast.

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Sunday 22 Sep 201915:30
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Here For Life

Open City Documentary Festival


An uncommon story told on common ground by ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal, and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents. The lines between one person’s story and another’s performance are blurred and the borders between reality and fiction are porous. Eventually coming together on a makeshift stage, Here for Life marks the culmination of a long collaboration between filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson, a group of Londoners, and a dog.


Followed by a Q&A with Daniella Shrier, Founder-Editor of Another Gaze


In partnership with Another Gaze

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Sunday 8 Sep 201920:35
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Hombre (PG)

Newman's Own


John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

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Wednesday 4 Sep 201919:30
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Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


Roman Teenager Atti is forced to join the Roman Army when one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero and is sent to "cold and miserable" Great Britain. But he gets more than he bargain for when he crosses the wrong girl.

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Saturday 7 Sep 201911:30
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Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels + programme launch

London Korean Film Festival 2019 - Final Teaser Screening

UK Premiere


Garnering universal praise at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival as well as Berlinale 2019, Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels blends theatre, traditional Korean music (gugak) and film in a heartwarming narrative of loss and redemption from award winning director Kim Tae-yong.


The film follows two children, Sun-min (Train to Busan) and her younger brother Dong-min as they are mistakenly sent to the underworld whilst retrieving their grandmother’s shoes from a junkyard, originally lost in a faustian style trade-off. Unaware of their predicament, the children continue their search accompanied by a mischievous band of kokdu; guardians that guide departed souls in the afterlife, represented by wooden figurines that decorate traditional funeral biers. The kokdu, each one carrying out a unique duty, must console the children and help them complete their journey to the underworld.


Melding fantasy and reality, Kokdu meanders between cinematic action and impressively staged theatre, creating a uniquely captivating experience. The film deftly explores the meaning and impact of death whilst maintaining an unbridled sense of joy and innocence, resonating with audiences of all ages. Traditional gugak music compliments the transcendental themes, originally performed live at the National Gugak Center in Seoul, generating record ticket sales.


Director Kim Tae-yong’s past films include the groundbreaking Memento Mori (1999) and captivating box office hit Late Autumn (2011). He now returns once more to the LKFF after his innovative recreation of Korea’s oldest silent film, Crossroads of Youth (1934), opened their Early Korean Cinema: Lost Films from the Japanese Colonial Period season in February.


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Monday 16 Sep 201919:00
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Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Open City Documentary Festival


The White Building in Phnom Penh, a large municipal apartment block originally built in 1963, emptied by the Khmer Rouge and subsequently the centre of a thriving artistic community, has been sold to Japanese developers and is scheduled for demolition. Filmmaker Kavich Neang—himself born and raised in the building—returns to interview fellow residents as they pack up their belongings and prepare for eviction. Neang interweaves their reflections and reminiscences with the turbulent national history to which the building has borne witness—the original tenants having been evacuated during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s—invoking the ghosts of the past that still reside within the building’s walls.


Followed by a Q&A with the director


In partnership with Day for Night Films.

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Tuesday 10 Sep 201919:00
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Lost Ones

Face to Face with German Talent


The opening film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a moving drama exploring the complex lives of two sisters. Director Felix Hassenfratz's first feature is a very impressive debut. Maria (Maria Dragus) lives with her younger sister Hannah (Anna Bachmann) and their father (Clemens Schick) in remote Baden-Württemberg. Since the death of her mother, Maria has become the responsible sister while Hannah has rebelled and challenged her father's authority. While Maria enjoys playing the organ at church, both young women are bored and keen to escape, but something is keeping Maria from leaving home. When Hannah discovers a shocking secret, the film takes a more serious turn and explores an urgent issue with sensitivity and strong performances.


Lost Ones is a stirring drama that focuses on character, sexuality and sibling rivalry. Fans of thoughtful arthouse dramas will be well served by its powerful themes and psychological complexity.


The film will be followed by a Q&A with actress Maria Dragus and hosted by Anna Smith, film critic and host of the Girls On Film podcast.

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Friday 20 Sep 201919:35
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MS Slavic 7

Open City Documentary Festival


Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s distinctive hybrid follows a young woman on a research trip to Harvard University Archives, where the letters of her great-grandmother—the renowned Polish poet, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa—are held. What begins as a purely scholarly endeavour soon sees simmering tensions bubbling to the surface. Familial resentments, intellectual disagreements, and matters of the heart all enter the fray, each punctuated by moments of bone-dry humour. Part of an ongoing series of collaborations between its co-directors, MS Slavic 7 is an elegant and witty investigation into the burdens of ancestral legacy, and the melancholy present in a family’s archived memories.

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Monday 9 Sep 201921:10
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Many Undulating Things

Open City Documentary Festival


A rich and expansive film essay in many forms, Many Undulating Things explores contemporary Hong Kong through its history of urban change. Formerly a British colony and now a Special Administration Region in China, Hong Kong has been passed back and forth between imperial powers of East and West for centuries. Through a forensic examination of its unique urban topography, filmmakers Bo Wang and Pan Lu shift the form of their film to draw connections across time, finding in the ghost houses, shopping malls, convention centres and skyscrapers of the capitalist present remnants and residues of a colonial past.


Followed by a Q&A with Matthew Barrington, Manager of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image


In partnership with The Essay Film Festival.

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Thursday 5 Sep 201920:30
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Naomi Kawase: Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth

Open City Documentary Festival


In these two deeply personal films, Naomi Kawase reflects on her relationship with her father, absent throughout her childhood. Embracing (1992) revolves around Naomi’s search for her father despite her adoptive mother’s discouragement and her own doubts about what she might find. Combining nostalgic home movies and handheld Super 8mm footage of nature, Kawase weaves together an achingly beautiful search for identity and the true meaning of family. Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth (2001) chronicles Naomi’s reaction to her father’s death a decade later, drawing lifelong connections between her original search, her childhood with her adoptive parents and her unfulfilled longing for a relationship with her birth parents.


Followed by a Q&A with the director, hosted by Julian Ross, a programmer at Locarno Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Sunday 8 Sep 201913:30
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Naomi Kawase: Katatsumori + See Heaven + Chiri

Open City Documentary Festival


This triptych of moving tributes from Naomi Kawase creates an affectionate portrait of her bond with her great-aunt who adopted and raised her. Capturing her lovingly with close up Super 8mm photography, Katatsumori (1994) introduces us to Uno Kawase as she enters her eighties. A recurrent figure in all of Kawase’s personal documentaries, Uno remains kind, good-humoured and devoted to her adoptive daughter, and See Heaven (1995) offers an intimate, experimental collage of images dedicated to the playful but tender relationship between the two. In Chiri (2012), we witness Uno’s daily routine as she nears her final days and Kawase grapples with coming to terms with her great-aunt’s passing.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 8 Sep 201916:00
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New Shorts: I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All

Open City Documentary Festival


Individual and collective identities are expressed through movement and migration in this collection of personal, intimate short film portraits.


Followed by a Q&A with the directors

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Saturday 7 Sep 201916:10
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Oldboy (18)

Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors...


Directed with immense flair by Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) as the second instalment of his Vengeance Trilogy, OLDBOY blazed a trail at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it was lauded by the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. The film went on to become a huge international smash, blowing audiences minds with its concoction of filmmaking virtuosity, ingenious plotting, pathos and violence. Now, this masterpiece has been newly remastered and is presented to exhibition in the best format possible.

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Wednesday 28 Aug 201920:50
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On The Edge: The Films of Loran Dunn

Underwire Festival


Producer Loran Dunn has crafted an enormous body of work over the past ten years, culminating in her feature film debut with last year’s acclaimed documentary A Deal With the Universe. Interested in brave, edgy, challenging and provocative stories, often centered on characters in turmoil,  her work is distinctive, and she’s chosen to work with exciting new filmmaking voices. Through her company Delaval Film, she is defining a new era of British screen talent and. It’s about time we spotlight her work, most of which has screened in previous editions of Underwire.


After the screening of a selection of her short film work, Loran will be joining us for a Q&A about her work so far and future ambitions.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201918:30
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Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood (18)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


“With an obsessive sense of detail, the result is an L.A. where fiction and reality blur together to form a magnificent locale only Tarantino could concoct.” – USA Today

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Sunday 15 Sep 201919:30
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One Breath

Face to Face with German Talent


Two women are pushed to their limits in this gripping drama featuring terrific performances from its female leads. Intriguingly showing two points of view on the same story, it opens with the experiences of Elena (Chara Mata Giannatou), a young Greek woman living in Germany who reluctantly takes work as a nanny for Tessa (Jördis Triebel) and her husband Jan (Benjamin Sadler), who are struggling to adjust to being working parents after having their first child. When a terrible event happens, Elena is plunged into a state of extreme stress, and the focus shifts to Tessa, whose world will be even more rocked by the situation that unfolds.


Promoting empathy and understanding of others, this film from acclaimed director Christian Zübert looks at culture clashes and class dramas within a dramatic story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Sunday 22 Sep 201918:00
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Pain and Glory (15)

The latest film from Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory explores the tumultuous life of an aging director as he comes face to face with his life choices. In a semi-autobiographical cinematic experience, the film is a candid roundup of key moments within the auteur’s personal and professional past. and also reunites him with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

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Friday 23 Aug 201918:3020:50
Saturday 24 Aug 201913:4516:0518:2520:45
Sunday 25 Aug 201918:1520:45
Monday 26 Aug 201914:0016:30
Tuesday 27 Aug 201918:3020:50
Wednesday 28 Aug 201918:30
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Princess Emmy (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


Princess Emmy is a young girl with a secret gift - she is the only one in the Kingdom of Kandis who can speak to horses.  When her scheming cousin Gizana appears, she threatens Emmy's chances of becoming an officially inaugurated princess.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201911:30
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Rainer Kohlberger: Brainbows Live A/V Performance

Open City Documentary Festival


Rainer Kohlberger uses digital-projection technology in a radical way. Through impulses and waves of pure light, the intentional overload of the human perception apparatus leads to visual impressions that appear exclusively in the literal »eye of the beholder«. Layers of noise, drones and stroboscopic lights unfold a sense of the infinite as well as the very now. Image surface and image space meld into one (consciousness-)state, in which categories such as being and non-being, material and immaterial appear obsolete. In this event, Kohlberger will present a unique live A/V performance, preceded by a screening of his most recent film.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Friday 6 Sep 201918:40
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Shabaka Hutchings Presents: Slam

Open City Documentary Festival


A central figure in the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings is a Mercury Prize nominated British-Barbadian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and band leader. He leads the bands Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors, and is one third of The Comet Is Coming. Hutchings has also played saxophone with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Floating Points, Mulatu Astatke, Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down and more. Hutchings has selected Slam (1998), and will be present to introduce and discuss it.


A winner at both Sundance and Cannes, Marc Levin’s powerful and hugely influential work of cinema verité follows a young performance poet, Raymond Joshua (Saul Williams), as he struggles to survive life inside a tough Dodge City jail. With Williams’ searing poetry and featuring a score from DJ Spooky, Slam is a gut-wrenching testament to the importance and the impact of artistic expression.


After the screening, Shabaka Hutchings will be in conversation with broadcaster, journalist and NTS DJ Teju Adeleye.

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Monday 9 Sep 201918:30
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Solidarity

Open City Documentary Festival


Solidarity is a rigorous, impassioned investigation into the long-lasting impact of blacklisting in the UK construction industry; a now illegal process through which thousands of workers were denied employment for even tenuous involvement in workplace disputes and trade union activism. Through a composite structure of worker interviews, archival footage from the parliamentary inquest, and a law school’s contemporary investigations, Parker carefully examines the situation from a multiplicity of angles as she seeks to understand, rather than explain, the agendas underlying the Blacklist and its far reaching, continuing consequences. A spare yet immensely powerful enquiry into the systemic and ideological dismantling of workers’ rights in the UK.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 7 Sep 201920:50
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Spirited Away (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.

In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a 10-year-old girl Chihiro wanders into a world ruled by witches and monsters, where humans are changed into animals. A surreal, enchanting animated film from one of Japan's greatest movie makers, Hayao Miyazaki. The film was the first anime to win Best Animated Feature Picture at the Academy Awards, in 2001.

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Saturday 31 Aug 201911:30
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (U)

Special screening of 7th Voyage of Sinbad followed by a presentation from filmmaker John Walsh on his new book Harryhausen The Lost Movies. For the first time, the secrets have been unearthed for those unmade films. Missing scenes from the films you love. Stunning artworks, models and test footage all revealing new worlds, epic lands and fearsome creatures that until now had thought to have been lost for all time.


Followed by a Q&A

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Sunday 15 Sep 201915:00
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


The angry birds are back! And this time they need to join forces with those scheming pigs to save their islands from an eagle on a mission!

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Saturday 21 Sep 201911:30
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The Last Wagon (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff's prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.

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Wednesday 18 Sep 201912:0015:30
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The Man Who Bought The Moon

CinemaItaliaUK


L'uomo che comprò la luna

The Italian intelligence agency obtains intelligence too hard to believe: An unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, and with each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon, they decide to dispatch a Sardinia-born secret agent into the island. Though the agent really was born in Sardinia, he has since lost all characteristics of a Sardinian, and must get private lessons to learn what it is to be a Sardinian.


Following the screening there will be a reception with free Italian food and wine.

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Tuesday 17 Sep 201919:30
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The Scapegoat (12A)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s


An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

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Wednesday 28 Aug 201912:0015:30
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The Whickers Audio Evening

Open City Documentary Festival


What does £7,000 of documentary funding give to the world? A fine piece of audio brilliance, that’s

what. Join us for a special live performance and world premiere of Isis Thompson’s 2018 RAFA

(Radio & Audio Funding Award) winning work. Charting a new growing landscape of activism in the

UK, the piece will be performed in collaboration with composer Axel Kacoutié. The audio showcase

will be followed by a Q&A with Isis Thompson.


After, comedian and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts the presentation of this year’s RAFA and DARA awards. Following the live pitch (page 52) earlier in the afternoon, one of the five RAFA finalists will be awarded £7000 to make their audio documentary, with £3000 for a runner-up. £3000 will also be given to a completed project through the DARA (Documentary Audio Recognition Award), with £1000 for the runner-up. There will be networking drinks in the foyer between each part of the audio afternoon, featuring free beer and fun activities.

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Thursday 5 Sep 201918:00
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Tom Jones (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

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Wednesday 11 Sep 201912:0015:30
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Transit (12A)

German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy.


In Marseille, only those who can prove they will leave, may remain. Visas for possible host countries, transit visas, and those scarce tickets for passage by ship are much needed. Georg has memorized Weidel's papers and assumes his identity. He delves into the quasi-existence of flight: refugee chatter in the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbor... He befriends Driss, the son of his comrade Heinz, who died on the run. Why move on at all? Are new beginnings possible elsewhere anyway?


Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Is it devotion or calculation that has led her to share her life with a doctor, Richard, before journeying on in search of her husband? He's said to have surfaced in Marseille in possession of a Mexican visa for him and his wife.


"Christian Petzold’s beguiling refugee romance is like a Kafkaesque Casablanca" - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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Friday 13 Sep 201920:50
Saturday 14 Sep 201914:0016:15
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Upstairs Planet: Cleaners from Venus & Universe of Martin Newell (15)

UPSTAIRS PLANET: Cleaners From Venus & The Universe of Martin Newell


This is the World Premiere of Graham Bendel's latest film, the third in a trilogy of 'rugged individualists' who've rocked the fringes and occasionally crossed over into the musical mainstream.


Martin Newell is a raconteur, poet, musical genius and the Godfather of Lo-Fi.

'Upstairs Planet' is about the greatest band from the 1980s you've possibly not heard of: Cleaners From Venus. Funny, moving and hugely entertaining, it's about a relatively unknown  - but hugely talented -  cult 80s musician who has been a tremendous influence on many well-known acts and admired by a whole host of others (John Cooper Clarke, XTC, Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco, etc).


Will he ever get the credit that he so richly deserves? Does he even want that approval? In the meantime, reaching a wider audience is threatened by health setbacks and, quite probably, his irascible temperament.  Find out more about the 'Greatest Living Englishman' and his unique & eccentric take on the world.

Previous documentaries from director Graham Bendel have been on Vic Godard/Subway Sect & Billy Childish, which have been screened all over the world.


+ Short film by JF Whitney on Billy Childish (I'm Hurting/ The Bitter Cup)  5 mins 12 secs


Plus live special guest: Martin Newell, in a rare London performance, will perform a short set after the film.  


Music before and after in the Bar from DJs: (including:  

special guest DJ Richard Norris (The Grid/Beyond The Wizards Sleeve) who'll be playing a psychedelic & suitably eclectic set.


Earlybird Offer

Tickets just £9 until midnight June 14th

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Thursday 29 Aug 201920:00
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Winter's Yearning

Open City Documentary Festival


In Maniitsoq, Greenland, US aluminium giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Promising economic renewal for the region, the sense that the plant may never actually come to fruition is palpable throughout Winter’s Yearning. Following the lives of the area’s loyal ageing population and its stymied youth—in a place where employment opportunities are limited to fisheries the contemporary colonial violence of Denmark is figured through stories of economic ruin, frustrated communities and shared national trauma. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people of Maniitsoq await their plant - and with it, Greenland’s possible first step towards sovereignty.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 8 Sep 201918:10
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Women of War

TRT World Citizen and Shorts On Tap present ‘Women of War’: finalists from the 2019 TRT World Citizen Short Film Competition.


The World Citizen Short Film Competition addresses the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time by focusing on human stories.

This year’s theme, Women of War, addresses the situation in conflict zones around the world where women and girls are often paying the highest price, facing systematic violence, oppression, and persecution.


We'll be presenting the best short films from the TRT World Citizen Short Film Competition alongside a selection of hand-picked works from Shorts On Tap.

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests and attending filmmakers.


PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED SOON


Join TRT World Citizen and Shorts On Tap on Monday, September 2nd.


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Monday 2 Sep 201919:30
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Yeh Freedom Life

Open City Documentary Festival


Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, feverishly trying to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlour; Parveen runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. Surrounded by a cacophonous city, Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen charts their pursuit of, according to Sachi, their “freedom lives” – an open existence outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.


Followed by a Q&A with the director


In Partnership with UCL Urban Lab Films

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Saturday 7 Sep 201918:35