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A Bug's Life (U)

A Bug's Life

Journey inside the miniature world of bugs for bigger-than-life fun and adventure under every leaf. Embark on an incredible expedition with one little ant as he searches for a band of warriors to help him battle the grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles upon a bumbling troupe of circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the power of imagination.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

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Saturday 22 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 23 Jun 202411:00am

A Matter of Life and Death (U)

A Matter of Life and Death

After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just delivered his dying wishes, and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the hereafter arrives to correct the bureaucratic error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth-painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden-climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist afterlife. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

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Saturday 18 May 20246:00pm

A New Old Play (18)

A New Old Play

The Chinese Cinema Project presents a mini-season celebrating Qiu Jiongjiong, showcasing his early non-fiction works and this modern classic.


Qiu Jiongjiong is one of China’s most innovative, critical, and entertaining artists/filmmakers, whose works joyously blur the boundaries between fiction, documentary, and experimental cinema; intimate memory and national history resonate in Qiu’s baroque rhapsodies of music and design.


One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu (Yi Sicheng), a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, is killed in an accident and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under escort of two underworld officials. Along the way, he meets old friends. As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the underworld.


Notable prior screenings:


The screening on 19 November 2022 was introduced by Tony Rayns, who also hosted an after-screening online Q&A with the director Qiu Jiongjiong. The screening on 4 February 2023 was introduced by Victor Fan and included a pre-recorded video from the leading actor Yi Sicheng.




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Monday 27 May 20247:45pm (Members' presale 1PM, 30 April) (Sold Out)

A Simple Life + Intro (PG)

A Simple Life + Intro

Based on actual life experience of renowned producer, Roger Lee, Ann Hui’s multiple award-winning A Simple Life is a story of care, trust, and relationships that transcend blood ties and redefine the concept of a family.


There is an entire generation of adults living in Hong Kong who have been, to a large extent, raised by housemaids, a social issue which Ann Hui explores with incredible sensibility and without exaggerated melodrama. Composed of a mosaic of conversations and silence, characters walking and sitting down, people holding hands or smiling gleefully - all the little things we take for granted - the film shows that it is precisely these things that make emotional bonds with people around us stronger. A Simple Life showcases Ann Hui’s authorial style in a way which is quietly challenging and warmly funny, and which above all touches the hearts of her audience.


After suffering a stroke, housemaid Chun-To (Deanie Ip) is forced to retire and moves into a nursing home. Film producer Roger (Andy Lau) whose family employed Chun-To for many years helps her go through this life-changing situation. Further medical complications allow them to come closer again. While Chun-To cared for Roger when he was a child, this nuanced drama shows us their roles being reversed as they age.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.


Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.

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Saturday 15 Jun 20245:30pm (General sales open 23/05, 6pm) (Closed)

Abrázame Como Antes (18)

Abrázame Como Antes

The screening on 22 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Jurgen Ureña, with the support of an interpreter.


Verónica is a kindly transgender sex worker in the Costa Rican capital San José, where she yearns for more from life than her existing relationships. When she witnesses a young homeless man being knocked over by a car, she takes him home to care for him. Confronted with being a motherly figure, Verónica reconciles her desire to care for others with her own painful experiences of letting go.


The film was presented at the 5th Días de Cine film festival in 2017 and won Best National Feature Film at the Costa Rica International Film Festival.


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Wednesday 22 May 20248:00pm
Tuesday 28 May 20243:15pm

All That Jazz (15)

All That Jazz

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule - mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.

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Friday 24 May 20248:50pm

Animalia (18)

Animalia

Introduced by Rabih El-Khoury, SAFAR Film Festival Curator


Itto, a young woman from a modest rural background, is slowly adapting to the Moroccan privileged codes of her husband’s family. But when supernatural events put the country in a state of emergency, Itto finds herself separated from her husband and new family. Alone, pregnant and looking for her way back, she finds emancipation.


Sofia Alaoui has directed both documentary and fiction shorts that have been selected at many festivals. Her last film, So What If The Goats Die, which screened at SAFAR in 2021, was shot in the Atlas Mountains, featuring non-professional actors and dialogue exclusively in Tamazight. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, and the César for best short fiction film in 2021. Animalia is her first feature film.


Director Sofia Alaoui delivers a compellingly different cultural and social perspective on a classic sci-fi premise in Animalia” – Variety

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Monday 24 Jun 20246:00pm (Tickets on sale 17 May)

Appropriate Behaviour (15)

Appropriate Behaviour

All screenings will be shown with English subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Sunday 7 July will be followed by a live or recorded Zoom Q&A with director Desiree Akhavan.


For Shirin (Desiree Akhavan), being part of a perfect family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.


From writer/director/actress Desiree Akhavan comes an ironic, Iranian, hipster date movie; Appropriate Behaviour is an achingly cool, post-feminist comedy about what happens when a girl comes out and discovers that extraordinary is the new ordinary.


Presented in partnership with T A P E

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Sunday 7 Jul 20247:00pm
Thursday 11 Jul 20244:00pm

Arugula Ruchelach, Aperol Schvitz + Shiva Baby (18)

Arugula Ruchelach, Aperol Schvitz + Shiva Baby

After the enthusiastic response following our Pickle Tasting event, we're thrilled to welcome back our friends at Shedletsky's Deli for another tasty gathering on Friday 12 July, as part of our season Women Aren't Funny.


Celebrating the hilarious confusion over arugula & rugelach in Shiva Baby, we'll be preceding the screening with a Rugelach & Schvitz hour. James & Nat from Shedletsky's will provide arugula-filled savoury rugelach, especially created for the occasion, to be enjoyed with their zingy pickleback hot sauce (optional, for those who can't handle the heat). They will also be setting up a pop-up shop in the bar area, where you can buy their delicious pickles, hot sauces, and possibly some fashionable pickle-based merch!


Tickets are restricted to 2 per member, so you can bring a non-member guest, and are available for just £16.50. Included in the price will be a serving of Arugula Rugelach, an Aperol/Select/Cynar or non-alcoholic Crodino Spritz, and the screening of Shiva Baby. Seating for the screening will be unallocated.


Timings:

20:00  Rugelach & Schvitz hour + Shedletsky's Deli pop-up shopping

21:00  Screening of Shiva Baby

22:30  Expected finish

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Friday 12 Jul 20248:00pm (Booking opens 17 May, 1pm)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (PG)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Hold on tight for a magical, musical, fun-filled journey in this Oscar-winning classic that mixes action and animation. When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

Book Tickets

Saturday 29 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 30 Jun 202411:00am

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (15)

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Etero (a sensitive performance by Eka Chavleishvili) is a self-contented shop owner and blackberry forager in a small Georgian town. Happily single in her late 40s, she never expected to feel a sudden surge of desire for one of the local men. Director Elene Naveriani, creates a deliciously shrewd and refreshing portrait of a woman who doesn’t want, or need, to conform.


The Garden Cinema View:


A nuanced character study, Elene Naveriani's Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry proves to be more complex than it initially seems. Etero, a 48-year-old virgin who falls short of most social standards, is expected to express gratitude for the condescending behaviour of her first-ever lover and her so-called friends. However, the surprising decisions she makes display an inspiring sense of self-confidence that makes this film an interesting case of female representation on screen. Akin to Aki Kaurismäki's finest works, the film skilfully intertwines personal narratives with social commentary, employing an intimate story as a vehicle to challenge ageism, misogyny, and societal prejudices.


Eka Chavleishvili's powerful central performance, coupled with Agnesh Pakozdi's stunning cinematography that vividly captures this Georgian village, also contribute to the uniqueness of this enchanting film that lingers in the mind long after you leave the cinema.  


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Saturday 18 May 20248:50pm
Monday 20 May 20243:30pm

Boat People + Intro (18)

Boat People + Intro

The screening will be introduced by Chris Berry (KCL).


Among the most important films to come out of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui’s devastating Boat People focuses on the experiences of refugees forced to flee their country in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.


A film with urgent contemporary resonance, Boat People sees Ann Hui documenting the hopelessness felt by many, and shows how the severity of life post-War led many people to take the dangerous decision to step into boats in hope of a better existence. For her fourth feature, which screened as part of the Official Selection at Cannes, the director takes a deeply humanistic approach to a harrowing and urgent subject.


Three years after the Communist takeover, a Japanese photojournalist (George Lam) travels to Vietnam to document the country’s seemingly triumphant rebirth. When he befriends a teenage girl (Season Ma) and her destitute family, however, he begins to discover what the government doesn’t want him to see: the brutal, often shocking reality of life in a country where political repression and poverty have forced many to resort to desperate measures in order to survive.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London. In Cantonese with English subtitles.

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Monday 10 Jun 20248:10pm (General sales open 23/05, 6pm) (Closed)

Burlesque + Dance, Girl, Dance + panel discussion (18)

Burlesque + Dance, Girl, Dance + panel discussion

Join us for the launch of Women Aren't Funny, a season celebrating 13 films directed & written by women, from different nationalities, spanning from the 1940s to now.


We're kicking things off with an event that will combine a good ol' party with an interesting conversation to contextualise the many layers of the season.


Sip on a special themed cocktail, as Kheski Kobler, an internationally award-winning drag clown and performance artist, takes the floor for an alternative burlesque performance, unlike any you've seen before.


After this, we will head into the screen for Dance, Girl, Dance by Dorothy Arzner, who was, for some years, Hollywood's only working female director. The screening will be introduced by film curator Caroline Cassin, who will discuss Arzner's career, and touch on the power of her further collaborations with other women in the industry.


The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, bringing together women curators, actors, and directors to contextualise the historical lack of representation for female filmmakers, while celebrating the advances that have been made.


Timings:

19:00  Doors open, cocktails & mingling

19:45  Burlesque performance by Kheski Kobler

20:00  Introduction by Caroline Cassin

20:10  Screening of Dance, Girl, Dance

21:40  Panel start

22:15  Expected end time


Tickets are £15, and restricted to 2 per member - meaning you can bring a non-member friend for the occasion.


Please note: due to the nature of the burlesque performance, this is an 18+ event.


You can find additional regular screenings of Dance, Girl, Dance here.




Confirmed panelists:

Melanie Iredale is a film curator, cultural activist, and director of Reclaim The Frame – a charity with a mission to champion films by filmmakers of all marginalised genders and to build audiences for them. In partnership with cinemas, distributors and festivals across the UK and beyond, #ReclaimTheFrame creates impactful and inclusive campaigns, advocating for equity in all film spaces.

Caroline Cassin is a film and cultural events programmer, who recently graduated with an MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation from the National Film and Television School. Caroline hosts monthly pre-Code cinema series, Women & Cocaine, at the Cinema Museum in London, and she curated the recent retrospective on Dorothy Arzner at the BFI. Her projects explore and re-examine women’s history in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera.


Hannah Hamad is Reader in Media and Communication at Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture. She is the author of Postfeminism and Paternity in Contemporary US Culture: Framing Fatherhood (New York and London: Routledge, 2014) and Film, Feminism and Rape Culture in the Yorkshire Ripper Years (London: Bloomsbury/BFI: forthcoming).



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Friday 7 Jun 20247:00pm

Caramel (PG)

Caramel

The screening on July 3rd, will be introduced by  Abla Kandalaft.  A discussion will proceed after the screening between her and Laila Alj.


In Beirut, five women meet up at a beauty salon, a highly colourful and sensual microcosm. Layale loves Rabih, but he is married man. Nisrine is a Muslim and she has a problem with her coming wedding: She’s no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women. Jamale is refusing to grow old. Rose has sacrificed herself to look after her older sister. At the salon, men, sex and motherhood are the subjects at the heart of their intimate and liberated conversations.


Laila is an actor and theatre producer from Casablanca, Morocco. She is a graduate of the Theatre and Creative Writing for the Media programmes at Northwestern University in the US and has an MA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a founding member of MENA Arts UK and also currently the producer at Theatro Technis.


Abla is curator, journalist and researcher with a Syrian/Lebanese background. She co-produced BBC Arabic's Cinema Badila for 5 years, and programmes films from the Arab world and beyond. She sits on the board of the Independent Media Association. She currently oversees special programmes and discussions at the Garden Cinema

Book Tickets

Wednesday 3 Jul 20248:30pm
Wednesday 24 Jul 20244:00pm

Ceddo (18)

Ceddo

Our screening on Monday 17 June will be introduced by Estrella Sendra (KCL), programme consultant on our award winning 2023 Francophone West African season.


In precolonial Senegal, members of the Ceddo (or 'outsiders') kidnap Princess Dior Yacine (Tabata Ndiaye) after her father, the king, pledges loyalty to an ascendant Islamic faction that plans to convert the entire clan to its faith. Attempts to recapture her fail, provoking further division and eventual war between the animistic Ceddo and the fundamentalist Muslims, with Christian missionaries and slave traders from Europe also playing a role in the conflict. Banned in Senegal upon its release, Ceddo is an ambitious, multilayered epic that explores the combustible tensions among ancient tradition, religious colonisation, political expediency, and individual freedom.

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Monday 17 Jun 20246:00pm
Tuesday 25 Jun 20243:10pm

Chile Estyle (18)

Chile Estyle

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Pablo Aravena, chaired by Alborada Films Pablo Navarrete.


Young people took to the streets with political muralism all over Chile in the late 60s, at the same time that young people in New York were starting modern graffiti, and May 68 took place in Paris. Chile Estyle is a documentary film which explores the past and present of Chile's unique street art tradition, which comes from a remix of political muralism and graffiti, and has been part of Chilean cultural and political life since the 60s. The result is a visually arresting, informative, and entertaining film.



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Saturday 8 Jun 20241:30pm

Clara Sola (18)

Clara Sola

The screening on 13 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén.


Living in an isolated village on the Costa Rican hills, it is said that Clara has healing powers. But her mother has been profiteering from it. The arrival of an attractive younger man will soon arouse a new sexual and spiritual awakening. A newfound jealousy can unleash devastation.


A haunting tale of mysticism and sexual awakening set in the lush jungle of Costa Rica.


The film was Costa Rica's entry to the 2021 Academy Awards.


'A powerful and intuitive piece of work' - RogerEbert.com


'Mesmerizing first feature' - LA Times


'Astounding, 4 stars' - The Independent 


Book Tickets

Wednesday 22 May 20243:15pm

Creative Writing Workshop (12A)

Creative Writing Workshop

This workshop is led by poet, author, and curator, Labeja Kodua Okullu, and follows our screening of Paterson. We're offering a combo discount for members: when you add a ticket for the workshop and the screening of Paterson to your basket at the same time, a discount of £2.50 will automatically be applied.


Through short writing exercises, readings and discussions, this members' only workshop explores how we experience space in different emotional states, and how to heighten this through writing.


Timeline:

Intro: 15 mins

Warmup: 10 mins

Reading: 15 mins

Exercise 1: 30 mins


Break: 10 mins


Exercise 2: 30 mins


Break: 10 mins


Exercise 3: 15 mins

Reflection: 15 mins


Preparation:

Headphones and a music playing device are necessary. Please come prepared with a few songs that make you feel a range of emotions, from positive to negative. Also, bring anything you prefer to write on: a laptop, or a notebook and pen.


Labeja Kodua Okullu is a Ghanaian-British writer who lives in London. After studying English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, he went on to complete The Novel Studio writing course at City, University of London and is currently working on his first novel. Labeja has published poetry with Forward Poetry and Rattle magazine and has essays with The Smart Set, and the87press magazines, and has contributed a poem to Interior Realms, published by Theatrum Mundi. He co-edited the flagship research project publication Urban Backstages from Theatrum Mundi. He is also the programmer for Theatrum Mundi presents, an artist moving image film event that highlights new artists and their short films.


There are just 15 spaces available for this members' only workshop. Please log into your membership account before booking opens on Thursday 18 April at 13:00. Tickets for the workshop are £10, restricted to 1 per member, and include a complimentary cup of coffee or tea.

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Sunday 19 May 20243:00pm (Sold Out)

Daisies (15)

Daisies

All screenings will be shown with English subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Sunday 16 June, will be introduced by filmaker and lecturer Pavel Prokopic.

Věra Chytilová’s classic of surrealist cinema is the most adventurous and anarchic Czech movie of the 1960s. Two young women, both named Marie, revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-poem of a film that is both hilarious and mind-warpingly innovative, it has influenced generations of filmmakers.


Defiant feminist statement? Nihilistic, avant-garde comedy? Daisies remains a fascinating cinematic rollercoaster. Remarkable and refreshingly uncompromising, it continues to provoke, stimulate and entertain.


Pavel Prokopic is a Czech filmmaker, and lecturer at the University of Salford. His current work focuses on advancing cinema as a unique form of art and storytelling by combining creative experimentation, philosophical concepts, and cutting-edge technologies. His work has been widely published, exhibited and presented, including FACT in Liverpool and V&A museum in London. He holds an AHRC-funded PhD, and a Master’s degree in Film Aesthetics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.



Book Tickets

Sunday 16 Jun 20247:30pm
Thursday 20 Jun 20244:00pm

Dance, Girl, Dance (PG)

Dance, Girl, Dance

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


The screening at our launch event on Friday 7 June will be introduced by film curator Caroline Cassin.


Dorothy Arzner, the sole woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and early 40s, brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the-footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition in the ruthless world of show business, Dance, Girl, Dance follows the intertwining fates of two chorus girls: a starry-eyed dancer (Maureen O’Hara) who dreams of making it as a ballerina, and the brassy gold digger (a scene-stealing Lucille Ball) who becomes her rival both on the stage and in love. The rare Hollywood picture of the era to deal seriously with issues of female artistic struggle and self-actualization, Arzner’s film is a rich, fascinating statement from an auteur decades ahead of her time.


Caroline Cassin is a film and cultural events programmer, who recently graduated with an MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation from the National Film and Television School. Caroline hosts monthly pre-Code cinema series, Women & Cocaine, at the Cinema Museum in London, and she curated the recent retrospective on Dorothy Arzner at the BFI. Her projects explore and re-examine women’s history in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera.

Book Tickets

Monday 10 Jun 20243:40pm

Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias) (18)

Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias)

Join us on Monday 3 June for a special members-only event, featuring live Nicaraguan music, the country's national drink, and a screening of the heart-warming Daughter of Rage. Your ticket will include a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail, and the screening will be preceded by a guitar set by Nicaraguan musician Omar Rios. Tickets are restricted to 1 per member, and available for £16.50 each. Booking for the event will open on Tuesday 2 April at 18:00. 


A rare chance for Londoners to catch this beautiful and atmospheric film from Nicaragua. The country is currently witnessing significant investment in training a new generation of filmmakers.


María, 11 years old, lives with her mother Lilibeth on the edge of a huge garbage dump. Her future depends on selling a litter of purebred puppies to a local gang member. When the deal falls through, Lilibeth is forced to go to the outskirts of the city and leave Maria in a recycling factory where she has to stay working. Days go by and the mother does not return. Maria feels lost, bewildered, and angry. One night, María meets Tadeo, a noble and dreamy child who is determined to help her reunite with her mother.


The film won a number of awards at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Critics' Award at the Biarritz Latin American Festival, and the First Feature Award at the Morelia Film Festival, amongst others.


Timings:

19:00 - 19:55   Cocktail hour

19:55 - 20:00   Screen doors open

20:00 - 20:20   Live music by Omar Rios in the screen

20:20 - 22:00   Screening of Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias)


The screening on 11 June is a regular screening, open to the general public. Our regular matinee price of £5 applies for both members and non-members here.

Book Tickets

Monday 3 Jun 20248:00pm (Sold Out)
Tuesday 11 Jun 20243:30pm

El puma de Quelepa (18)

El puma de Quelepa

The screening on 31 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Victor Ruano. Ticket-holders will be offered complementary Salvadoran drinks and snacks.


This immersive dive into the lives of the people of Quelepa, El Salvador, is a tour de force of experimentation, an ethnographic slice of life as vibrant as it is enigmatic. As time is spent with the main character, glimpses of life in a small mountain village teeming with history are caught.


El puma de Quelepa enters into an indigenous cosmovision, offering a semi-ethnographic depiction of quotidian realities of the community of Quelepa through the lens of slow cinematic techniques.  


Director Victor Ruano is also known for his visual art, under the moniker Sombra.

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Friday 31 May 20248:00pm
Monday 10 Jun 20244:00pm

Elegies + Intro (18)

Elegies + Intro

This screening will be followed by a post film discussion in the Garden Cinema Bar.


The latest work from Ann Hui is a long-cherished passion project that sees the award-winning auteur tackling the subject she holds most dear and which has inspired and consoled her throughout her life - poetry. A deeply personal documentary, Elegies features Hui encountering a series of Hong Kong’s most notable poets, their words reflecting the character, the sights, and the culture of the city, and its many contrasts. Through these intimate conversations, Hui’s literary journey becomes a tale of Hong Kong itself, meditating on its past and present, and on its enduring role as an artistic muse.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.



Book Tickets

Sunday 16 Jun 20242:00pm (General sales open 23/05, 6pm) (Closed)

Fatma 75 + Q&A (18)

Fatma 75 + Q&A

Introduced by Rabih El-Khoury, SAFAR Film Festival curator and followed by an online Q&A with Selma Baccar.


A pioneering film from Tunisia, Fatma 75 is the first non-fiction film by a Tunisian woman, a feminist essay film, and the first in a series of powerful films about strong female figures in the country. The film was made in the UN International Women's Year 1975, and has long been recognised as one of the most important films from North Africa, but was rarely seen due to censorship. The film was recently restored by Africa In Motion as part of their Africa’s Lost Classics programme.


University student Fatma embarks on a historical feminist journey, conducting interviews with iconic women from various eras. She engages with aristocratic women from ancient times and contemporary revolutionaries involved in the struggle for Tunisian independence. The primary focus is on the period from the 1930s to the 1950s, when Tunisian women were increasingly struggling for emancipation and the controversial Personal Status Law was passed, which aimed at the institutionalized equality of women and men.


The innovative style of docu-fiction allows director Selma Baccar to present a fictional narrative element interspersed with actual interview footage, re-enactments of historical circumstances, and archival material. Didactic and instructive in its tone, the film has gained mythical status, certainly aided by its rarity and previous unavailability for screenings due to censorship.

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Wednesday 19 Jun 20246:00pm (Tickets on sale 17 May)

Filum Presents: The Merchant of Four Seasons (Händler der vier Jahreszeiten) (18)

Filum Presents: The Merchant of Four Seasons (Händler der vier Jahreszeiten)

An unhappy ex-police officer struggles as a fruit seller while in a crumbling marriage. A West German melodrama inspired by the films of Douglas Sirk, this warts and all exploration of masculinity and the drive towards self destruction put the legendary auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the global map.


Presented by Filum Film Club- screening cinema from all over the world.

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Tuesday 4 Jun 20248:00pm

Four Little Adults (18)

Four Little Adults

Juulia is a successful Member of the Parliament with a seemingly perfect marriage with her priest husband Matias. But when Juulia finds out Matias has had a year-long affair with Enni, she collapses. To save her marriage, Juulia invites Enni to be a part of their lives, and they start a polyamorous relationship. When Juulia explores the new rules, she falls in love with young Miska, who seems to be the most mature of the quartet. There is a lot of love in the relationships among the four, but no matter how hard they try, challenges seem to remain.

Book Tickets

Friday 7 Jun 20248:30pm
Saturday 8 Jun 20246:00pm
Sunday 9 Jun 20247:10pm
Monday 10 Jun 20248:30pm
Tuesday 11 Jun 20246:00pm
Wednesday 12 Jun 20248:30pm
Thursday 13 Jun 20246:10pm

Hoard (18)

Hoard

British writer-director Luna Carmoon draws on her own life for this visceral psychological drama that won her the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at BFI London Film Festival 2023.


Seven-year-old Maria’s (Lily-Beau Leach) South East London childhood with her mother Cynthia (Hayley Squires), an obsessive hoarder, feels sparkling and magical until tragedy separates them and Maria enters a more conventional world. Years later, the now-teenage Maria (Saura Lightfoot Leon) seeks to reconnect with her mother the only way she knows how - bin-dipping for discarded treasures and collecting black bags full of festering garbage. When she meets Michael (Joseph Quinn), another troubled teen, they develop an intense and animalistic bond.


The Garden Cinema View


Luna Carmoon's Hoard is another bold debut film by a British female director that joins the ranks of recent unique voices: Rose Glass (Saint Maud), Charlotte Wells (Aftersun), Molly Manning Walker (How to Have Sex), and Georgia Oakley (Blue Jean).

Hoard explores the peculiar ways in which grief finds expression in our present-day minds and bodies. It also delves into the unexpected and frequently dysfunctional links between trauma and sexuality in a non-judgemental manner - a fascinating territory that remains largely uncharted in film.


Carmoon gets strong performances from Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake), compelling as a sympathetic, loving mother grappling with mental health challenges. But the real power of the film lies in the chemistry between leading actor Saura Lightfoot-Leon and Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things). Their scenes together convey their subconscious psychosexual connection, one that captivates the viewer with its raw intensity.

Book Tickets

Saturday 18 May 20245:30pm
Sunday 19 May 20247:00pm
Monday 20 May 20248:20pm
Tuesday 21 May 20242:20pm6:00pm
Wednesday 22 May 20245:25pm
Thursday 23 May 20242:30pm8:45pm

Hook (U)

Hook

A high-flying adventure from the magical mind of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince the middle-aged lawyer, Peter Banning, that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew - with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, of friendship and of magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, Hook was nominated for five 1991 Academy Awards


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 15 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 16 Jun 202411:00am

I Know Where I'm Going! (PG)

I Know Where I'm Going!

Headstrong Joan Webster (the wondrous Wendy Hiller) sets off, wedding dress in tow, to marry a rich older man on his remote Hebridean island. Stranded on Mull thanks to the weather, Joan finds herself struggling to cope with the unplanned turn of events. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger weave their course of true love through flashes of surrealism, a life-threatening whirlpool and an ancient curse, disarming and enchanting in equal measure.

Book Tickets

Saturday 18 May 20243:50pm
Sunday 19 May 20244:45pm

Jealousy, Italian Style (Il Dramma della gelosia) (18)

Jealousy, Italian Style (Il Dramma della gelosia)

Join us for the screening of Jealousy, Italian Style, (also known as The Pizza Triangle) by master of commedia all’italiana Ettore Scola: a tribute to Monica Vitti, the Queen of Italian Cinema, in one of her greatest comedic performances.


At a political rally, bricklayer Oreste (Marcello Mastroianni) sees flower girl Adelaide (Monica Vitti) and is so thoroughly smitten that he decides he must leave his wife for her. The pair's happiness doesn't last, however, as a young pizza chef named Nello (Giancarlo Giannini) also has eyes for Adelaide. He sends her a heart-shaped pizza pie and in no time has broken up their relationship. Adelaide leaves Oreste, who becomes passionately grief-stricken and considers suicide.


CinemaItaliaUK's Mission is to raise awareness of Italian culture by promoting Italian films that go beyond the traditional genres, and to ultimately stimulate and encourage cultural integration.



Book Tickets

Sunday 2 Jun 20245:00pm

LRB Screen X MUBI: Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One (15)

LRB Screen X MUBI: Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

LRB Screen, the London Review Bookshop’s long-running film series, continues its year-long exploration of the art of literary adaptation in partnership with MUBI.


Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One (2015), the first in a trilogy of films by the Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes, uses the framing device and other structural elements of its titular inspiration to explore the state of austerity in contemporary Portugal across all strata of society. Tonally and formally various, weaving together stories from diverse sources, locations, characters and scenarios, it’s a satirical, sobering and invigorating account of how meaning is made, power challenged and justice sought. It’s also a vivid, uninhibited celebration of the imagination itself. Hugely acclaimed upon its release, Jonathan Romney wrote in the Observer that ‘it was the most authentically crazy film on show here, the biggest splash of true innovation in Cannes, and an unmissable art event.’


Introducing the film with a brief history of adaptations and reimaginings of the 1001 Nights will be the great mythographer and contributing editor of the LRB, Marina Warner. Her celebrated 2011 study, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights, remains the pre-eminent account of how and why its approach to storytelling casts such an enduring and universally influential spell.

Book Tickets

Monday 20 May 20248:00pm

La Chimera (15)

La Chimera

Set in the 1980s, in the former Etruscian landscape of rural Italy, the film follows a vagabond-type character called Arthur (Josh O’Connor); an Englishman who embodies the spirit of the Romantics, he is searching for something he can’t quite grasp. As an archaeologist, he makes use of his unique skills to aid a ragtag group of tomboroli - local graverobbers - to find ancient tombs filled with artefacts to sell on the black market. To the locals these graves are sacred, believing curses follow those who enter. But Arthur, who is mourning the loss of his love Beniamina, is less concerned with the monetary value of the objects, using the digs to search for the door to the afterlife - of which myths speak - where he imagines reuniting with her. A cloud of mystery follows him as he walks the line between the living and the dead, between reality and trickery, between the past and the present. Bringing him into the present is Italia (Carol Duarte), a single mother who befriends him and opens his eyes to the world in new ways.


The Garden Cinema view:


It’s a Josh O’Connor spring, and here he plays a (somehow) even more rumpled and crumpled character than his washed up tennis pro in Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers. He is Arthur, a perpetually exhausted and sullen English archaeologist-cum-tomb raider, decked out in creased, and increasingly grubby, white linens. This feels like an instantly iconic role for O’Connor, and one which director Alice Rohrwacher places within a beautiful evocation of 1980s Italy. As in the wonderful Happy as Lazzaro, Rohrwacher captures Tuscany and Lazio on nostalgic 16mm Kodak film. Her scenes are full of humour and music, and the film as a whole beckons in dreams, ghosts, and creatures of myth. Filled with melancholia, but never sombre, La Chimera is grumpily romantic, very slightly fantastical, and always a delight.      

Book Tickets

Saturday 18 May 20241:00pm8:30pm
Sunday 19 May 20241:45pm7:30pm
Monday 20 May 20242:30pm5:15pm
Tuesday 21 May 20243:15pm8:35pm
Wednesday 22 May 20244:20pm7:15pm
Thursday 23 May 20243:10pm8:20pm

La Llorona (18)

La Llorona

The screening on 17 May will be followed by a discussion with Maria Chiara D'Argenio (UCL), who specialises in indigenous cultures and ethnicity in Latin American cinema.


Alma is murdered with her children during a military attack in Guatemala, but 30 years later when the general who ordered the genocide is found not guilty, Alma comes back to the world of the living to torment the man.


Part-political drama, part-supernatural thriller, La Llorona conjures the Guatemalan folkloric 'weeping woman' to make a powerful statement about a dark episode in the country's recent history, during which military leaders attempted to erase indigenous tribes.


A beautiful and haunting film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, La Llorona was selected as the Guatemalan entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards.


Screenings of La Llorona will be preceded by Camino, a short film by Veronica Sacalxot, produced by The Lemow Collective, which focuses on women’s lives in Guatemala.


Book Tickets

Tuesday 4 Jun 20243:15pm

London Breeze Film Festival presents Drift + Q&A with screenwriter Susanne Farrell (15)

London Breeze Film Festival presents Drift + Q&A with screenwriter Susanne Farrell

London Breeze presents Drift, in support of Refugee Week. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter, Susanne Farrell (Hope Street; Dirty God).


Drift is the first English language feature film from Singaporean director, Anthony Chen (ILO ILO; Wet Season), from a screenplay by Susanne Farrell and Alexander Maksik. It is based on the novel A Marker to Measure Drift by Maksik


Jacqueline (Cynthia Erivo), a young refugee, lands alone and penniless on a Greek island, where she tries first to survive and then to cope with her past. While gathering her strength, she begins a friendship with a rootless tour-guide (Alia Shawkat) and together they find the resilience to forge ahead. Drift also features Honor Swinton Byrne (The Souvenir I, The Souvenir II)                                                                                      

                                                                                           

'A mesmerizing showcase for Cynthia Erivo’s talents' - New York Times


'Cynthia Erivo’s performance remains unwaveringly riveting' 

The Wrap


'A typically sensitive, understated tale of trauma and the healing balm of friendship.'

ScreenDaily


An unlikely ode to healing and human connection

Variety


Miraculous… Cynthia Erivo Is the Reason You Need to See ‘Drift’ ” -Rolling Stone


Grounded in realism and empathy

An assured and compassionate portrait

★★★★ Time Out


Riveting … a compelling exercise in empathy

★★★★ Rolling Stone


Captivating

★★★★ Empire


★★★★ Total Film


★★★★ The Times


London Breeze is a BIFA-qualifying independent film festival showcasing emerging filmmakers and award-winning films from the UK and around the world. The 9th edition of our Festival will take place between 23rd - 27th October 2024, and will be our most ambitious festival yet. With our rebrand from Barnes Film Festival and new partner venues, we are committed to a year round programme of screenings and film events in addition to our flagship annual film festival in October.

Book Tickets

Sunday 23 Jun 20241:30pm

Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger (12A)

Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger

Martin Scorsese first encountered the films of Powell and Pressburger when he was a child, sitting in front of the family TV. When their famous logo came up on screen, Scorsese says, 'You knew you were in for fantasy, wonder, magic - real film magic.'


Now, in this documentary, he tells the story of his lifelong love-affair with their movies, including The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, and The Tales of Hoffmann.


Drawing on a rich array of archive material, Scorsese explores in full the collaboration between the Englishman Powell and the Hungarian Pressburger - two romantics and idealists, who thrived in the face of adversity during World War II but were eventually brought low by the film industry of the 1950s.


Scorsese celebrates their ability to create 'subversive commercial movies' and describes how deeply their films have influenced his own work.  


This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.


The Garden Cinema View:


Martin Scorsese is our erudite and enthusiastic guide through The Archers’ career. What is evidently a meaningful project for Marty, Made in England serves as a personal tribute to a filmmaking duo who exerted huge influence on his own films, as well as a loving showcase of both their classic and lesser known work. And archival interviews with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger underscore their own charisma and intelligence. This may be a long documentary, but always a pleasure to immerse oneself in. The enduring takeaway being a profound need to (re)watch these films, however familiar some of them may be.


And you can! We’re scattering some of Powell & Pressburger’s classic 1940 works across our programme to complement our screenings of Made in England.


The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)


I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)  


A Matter of Life and Death (1946)


Book Tickets

Saturday 18 May 202412:15pm

Nezouh (12A)

Nezouh

The screening on Sunday May 19 will be followed by a Q&A with dir. Soudade Kaadan.


14-year-old Zeina and her family are the last to have stayed in their besieged hometown of Damascus in Syria. A missile rips a giant hole in their home, exposing them to the outside world. When a rope is mysteriously lowered into the hole, Zeina gets her first taste of freedom, and an unimaginable world of possibility opens up for her. As the violence outside escalates, the family is pressured to evacuate, but Mutaz, her father is adamant that they stay, refusing to flee to the uncertain life of a refugee. Faced with a life or death dilemma, Zeina and Hala, her mother, must make the choice whether to stay or leave.

Book Tickets

Sunday 19 May 20244:00pm

Paterson (15)

Paterson

The screening will be preceeded by poetry readings surrounding the idea of place or origin, written and performed by Labeja Kodua, buitumelo and Jordan Blanchard.


Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. He's also a poet, recording his daily observations and thoughts in the form of beautiful prose. Paterson thrives on routine: he drives his bus route, he goes home for dinner with his wife Laura, he walks his dog, he visits his local bar for one beer. By contrast, Laura's world is ever-changing, with new projects and ideas striking her daily. During the course of one fateful week, Paterson experiences both triumph and disaster, and finds inspiration from the most unlikely source.


This screening will be followed by a members' only Creative writing workshop. As spaces for the workshop are very limited, tickets need to be booked in advance. See the event page for full details.



About the poets:


Labeja Kodua Okullu is a Ghanaian-British writer who lives in London. After studying English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, he went on to complete The Novel Studio writing course at City, University of London and is currently working on his first novel. Labeja has published poetry with Forward Poetry and Rattle magazine and has essays with The Smart Set, and the87press magazines, and has contributed a poem to Interior Realms, published by Theatrum Mundi. He co-edited the flagship research project publication Urban Backstages from Theatrum Mundi. He is also the programmer for Theatrum Mundi presents, an artist moving image film event that highlights new artists and their short films.


buitumelo (b.1991, Bulawayo) is an artist and poet. they’re africanfuturist and their practice across mediums focuses on the unravelling and reconstruction of our worlds centring the global majority and the echoes of Black peoples through time. they're a part of black fly, a sexual health zine and art collective and host an open mic poetry night in east london called pagesixtyfive and are currently working on the release of their first poetry collection.


Jordan Blanchard is an esoteric fish woman hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work has been published with Autograph Gallery, BRUISER Mag, Crashtest, the Kenyon College Anthology, Wired the Zine, and more. Her self-published collection, river muck, baby is out now.


Book Tickets

Sunday 19 May 202412:40pm

Polite Society (12A)

Polite Society

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Book Tickets

Sunday 21 Jul 20247:00pm
Thursday 25 Jul 20243:30pm

Robot Dreams- Family Screening (PG)

Robot Dreams- Family Screening

Oscar-nominated Robot Dreams is the first animated film from Pablo Berger. This dialogue free, hand-drawn delight invites audiences of all ages to explore love and loss through its tender portrait of a new friendship.


Dog is lonely and he decides to purchase a friend. When his order arrives, he builds Robot, a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky companion to keep him company. Dog and Robot spend an idyllic day together, ending up at Coney Island to enjoy the fun. But they are soon separated on the beach. Dog, devastated at the loss of his friend, does everything in his power to get Robot back.  


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 6 Jul 202411:00am
Sunday 7 Jul 202411:00am

Rome, Open City (12A)

Rome, Open City

On 14th August 1943, Rome was declared an ‘open city’ after being liberated by Allied troops. Rosselini’s film shows the struggle of the Italian Resistance in Rome during the last days of the German occupation. Anna Magnani plays the pregnant wife of one of the resistance fighters working with a local priest who risks his life to help them. The film launched the careers of director Rosselini, screenwriter Fellini, and actress Anna Magnani . Commenting on the film, Rosselini said "it’s a film about fear, the fear felt by all of us. I too had to go into hiding at that time. I too was on the run. I had friends who were captured and killed."



Book Tickets

Sunday 26 May 20244:30pm
Tuesday 28 May 20248:30pm
Wednesday 29 May 20243:00pm

Sarah Maldoror in Focus: Sambizanga (18)

Sarah Maldoror in Focus: Sambizanga

Introduced by Annouchka de Andrade.


Sarah Maldoror (1929-2020) has been hailed as one of the great directors of anti-colonial cinema, finally starting to receive her due. We present an evening of screenings of her work, in partnership with the London Review of Books and as part of the BFI’s Tigritudes season; and we’re delighted to welcome her daughter Annouchka de Andrade, currently engaged in completing a digitised archive of her mother’s remarkable body of work, to introduce her most famous feature.


Sambizanga (1972) was shot in Congo-Brazzaville and is set in Portuguese Angola in 1960, on the eve of the Angolan armed struggle. The film follows the desperate search of Mária for the whereabouts of her lover Domingos, a worker on a dam project who has been arrested by the colonial police. Most of the actors in this masterpiece had never appeared in front of a camera. They were pro-independence Angolans, young and elderly, exiled in Congo-Brazzaville and recruited by Maldoror for the film. The soundtrack includes an exquisite solo piece by the Angolan singer Belita Palma, ‘Caminho do Mato’ (The Track through the Bush). Listen out as Mária trudges from pillar to post with her child on her back, in search of her jailed lover.


About Sarah Maldoror


Maldoror made her name in theatre in Paris during the 1950s as a co-founder of an all-Black troupe known as The Griots, whose productions included Sartre’s play Huis Clos, dramatised readings from work by the Martinican poet Aimé Césaire, and the premier of Jean Genet’s play Les Nègres. In 1959 she moved to newly independent Guinea, under its radical president Sekou Touré, and embarked on a career as a filmmaker. After relocating to Algeria, she worked with Gillo Pontecorvo on The Battle of Algiers, released in 1966. Monangambeee, her first short feature, appeared in 1969, followed three years later by Sambizanga, her breakthrough film. She went on to make a further forty, mostly for French television. Some were brief, pithy items for mainstream arts and culture slots; others were full-length TV dramas, including Un Dessert pour Constance (1979) and Le Passager du Tassili (1986). Maldoror’s work has won acclaim from scholars of Black history and African cinema, as well as growing numbers of eclectic cinephiles. But as the film critic and cultural analyst Sukhdev Sandhu remarked after Maldoror’s death, hers is ‘a damaged, fugitive filmography’: several of her works are missing, others in urgent need of restoration.


A discount applies for those buying tickets to both of our Sarah Maldoror in Focus events. If you have a ticket for the shorts screening, and for Sambizanga in your basket, the price will automatically discount to £17.50 for both tickets.



Book Tickets

Saturday 8 Jun 20248:40pm

Sarah Maldoror in Focus: Shorts + Discussion (18)

Sarah Maldoror in Focus: Shorts + Discussion

Followed by a conversation between Annouchka de Andrade and Jeremy Harding. 


Sarah Maldoror (1929-2020) has been hailed as one of the great directors of anti-colonial cinema, finally starting to receive her due. We present an evening of screenings of her work, in partnership with the London Review of Books, and are also delighted to welcome her daughter Annouchka de Andrade, currently completing a digitised archive of her mother’s remarkable body of work, to introduce and discuss the films, in conversation with the LRB’s Jeremy Harding.


Monangambeee (1969, 17 minutes) tells the story of an anti-colonial activist detained by the Portuguese secret police in pre-independence Angola. Shot in Algeria and funded by the FLN, Monangambeee is both a gem of activist anti-colonial cinema and a forerunner of Maldoror’s best-known film, Sambizanga.


The Leningrad Hospital (1982, 52 minutes), commissioned by France 2 TV, speaks to Maldoror’s anxieties about the future of a Third World struggle deadlocked by the Cold War. Based on a story by Victor Serge, the great figure of the Left Opposition in Stalin’s heyday, The Leningrad Hospital pulls us out of Africa, and back in time, to the Soviet Union of the early 1930s. Like Monangambeee and Sambizanga, it traces the path of a militant towards arrest and detention. Maldoror, an admirer of Serge, always envisaged African liberation in a broad global context.


About Sarah Maldoror


Maldoror made her name in theatre in Paris during the 1950s as a co-founder of an all-Black troupe known as The Griots, whose productions included Sartre’s play Huis Clos, dramatised readings from work by the Martinican poet Aimé Césaire, and the premier of Jean Genet’s play Les Nègres. In 1959 she moved to newly independent Guinea, under its radical president Sekou Touré, and embarked on a career as a filmmaker. After relocating to Algeria, she worked with Gillo Pontecorvo on The Battle of Algiers, released in 1966. Monangambeee, her first short feature, appeared in 1969, followed three years later by Sambizanga, her breakthrough film. She went on to make a further forty, mostly for French television. Some were brief, pithy items for mainstream arts and culture slots; others were full-length TV dramas, including Un Dessert pour Constance (1979) and Le Passager du Tassili (1986). Maldoror’s work has won acclaim from scholars of Black history and African cinema, as well as growing numbers of eclectic cinephiles. But as the film critic and cultural analyst Sukhdev Sandhu remarked after Maldoror’s death, hers is ‘a damaged, fugitive filmography’: several of her works are missing, others in urgent need of restoration.


A discount applies for those buying tickets to both of our Sarah Maldoror in Focus events. If you have a ticket for the shorts screening, and for Sambizanga in your basket, the price will automatically discount to £17.50 for both tickets.


Book Tickets

Saturday 8 Jun 20246:30pm

Secret Ceremony presents: The Love Witch (15)

Secret Ceremony presents: The Love Witch

This special screening of The Love Witch marks the inauguration of LONDNR magazine’s brand-new film club, Secret Ceremony.


Join us for an evening that blends the aesthetic and the esoteric, with tarot card readings, cocktails at the bar, and a mysterious opening ritual taking place just before showing this modern witchy classic…


Elaine Parks, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, then picks up men and seduces them. When she at last meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity. Known for its late-60s glamour and occult energy, The Love Witch is a must-see cult cinema sensation.


18:45 Drinks and tarot card readings in the bar

20:00 Introductions & Secret Ceremony

20:15 Film Starts


Dress code: think chic in red and black (extra points for 70s inspired outfits!)


SECRET CEREMONY is a new pop-up film club, created by LONDNR Magazine, a print and digital culture publication. Curated by Camille Joy and Nina-Sophia Miralles, Secret Ceremony shows supernatural masterpieces, mind-bending surrealism, cult classics, witchy fantasies, and sumptuous forgotten gems. Hosted in visually stunning spaces, every event has its own distinctive flavour, whether it comes from exclusive talks, custom cocktails, or complimentary aura readings. Sign-up to our newsletter

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Thursday 6 Jun 20248:00pm

Shiva Baby (15)

Shiva Baby

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby focuses on twentysomething Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a perennial student who’s been lying to her supportive but overbearing parents about her faltering academic career. Then again, she has a lot of secrets she’s keeping, including her relationship with an older man, Max (Danny Deferrari), who also gives her money. Hauled off to a shiva by her parents, she’s mortified to encounter her embittered ex Maya (Molly Gordon), followed by other people who make things increasingly more awkward. Much to her chagrin, she finds out that many of them have secrets of their own.


Shiva Baby is a caustically affectionate comedy about tightly knit families and communities, and the comfort and anguish they’re often responsible for. Seligman structures the film expertly: Danielle lurches from one potentially catastrophic encounter to another - each one threatening to expose her multiple fabrications - while navigating spilled drinks, wailing babies, and an endless string of friends and relations anxious to give advice. Seligman’s stellar ensemble cast, led by Sennott and including Polly Draper and Fred Melamed, is spot-on.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 17 Jul 20244:00pm

Slow (15)

Slow

The screening Thursday May 23 will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Marija Kavtaradze.


From Sundance-winning Lithuanian director Marija Kavtaradze comes a modern love story about two people exploring how to build their own kind of intimacy. When dancer Elena meets sign language interpreter Dovydas their instant connection bodes well for a romantic relationship. But when Doyvdas reveals he’s asexual, their dynamic changes as both try to find a way to be together while fulfilling their respective needs.


Winner: World Cinema Directing Award (Sundance 2023)


Lithuania's official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards®


The Garden Cinema View:


From the tactile grain of the 16mm film stock, the unobtrusive handheld cinematography, and the easy chemistry of the leads, Slow provides a naturalistic and authentic depiction of a relationship. A film about issues (asexuality, trust, boundaries) which never in any way feels like an ‘issue movie’. Rather, this loose and lovely study of working out the configuration of being together is a pleasure to immerse yourself in; and to think about how we communicate our emotional interiors (options including but not limited to contemporary dance and sign language).

Book Tickets

Thursday 23 May 20245:30pm
Friday 24 May 20246:00pm
Saturday 25 May 20248:30pm
Sunday 26 May 20247:00pm
Monday 27 May 20248:30pm
Tuesday 28 May 20246:00pm
Wednesday 29 May 20245:30pm
Thursday 30 May 20248:00pm

Soraida, A Woman of Palestine (18)

Soraida, A Woman of Palestine

Introduced by Rabih El-Khoury, SAFAR Film Festival curator


Soraida, A Woman of Palestine (2004) captures the reflections, concerns and imagination of a Palestinian woman, her family and her neighbourhood: the soul of a nation that is doing its best to survive the war and occupation. Produced exactly twenty years ago for Canadian television, it challenged Western depictions of the region and compelled audiences at the time to ask fundamental questions about what life is like in the Middle East. Today, it offers a rarely seen portrait of life in Ramallah at the turn of the century and an insight into the daily realities of Palestinians over the decades.


Born in Egypt, Tahani Rached settled in Quebec in 1966. After attending École des beaux-arts de Montréal, she was involved in community action until she made her first film, Pour faire changement (1972), a documentary produced by Le Vidéographe, which set the tone for all her future work. In 1979, her first feature film, Les voleurs de jobs, revealed her distinctive view of the world. A documentary on immigration, it demonstrated her ability to capture reality. After joining the NFB as a staff filmmaker in 1980, she tackled many sensitive topics through film: war in Beirut! Not Enough Death to Go Round (1983); the resourcefulness of the disadvantaged, through the songs in Au Chic Resto Pop (1990); a doctor’s battle against AIDS in Doctors with Heart (1993); Four Women of Egypt (1997) women’s search for meaning and tolerance through 50 years of contemporary Egyptian history in Four Women of Egypt (1997), and many more.


Book Tickets

Monday 24 Jun 20248:00pm (Tickets on sale 17 May)

Summer Snow + Intro (18)

Summer Snow + Intro

The screening will be introduced by Tony Rayns.


Summer Snow is a brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying ailments in a serious and dignified manner


One of Ann Hui’s most acclaimed and awarded films, Summer Snow is a light, and at times humorous portrayal of the everyday struggles of the 40-year-old May Sun (Josephine Siao), who tries to reconcile her professional duties and family obligations in the form of her father-in-law (Roy Chiao), suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After the premature death of his wife, tradition requires May to take over the role of his caretaker, though overwhelmed by new responsibilities, she is soon faced with the difficult decision whether to place him in a care home.


Hui describes the tensions and attachment between people and the need for deeper understanding, patience and forgiveness, through which we can contemplate the fragility of life and the importance of family. The film won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.


Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 11 Jun 20248:10pm (General sales open 23/05, 6pm) (Closed)

Sweetie (15)

Sweetie

Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion should also be remembered for her stunning debut feature, Sweetie, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie - and on their family's profoundly rotten roots. A feast of colourful photography and captivating, idiosyncratic characters, the tough and tender Sweetie heralded the emergence of this gifted director, as well as a renaissance of Australian cinema, which would take the film world by storm in the nineties.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 26 Jun 20248:30pm
Tuesday 2 Jul 20243:30pm

Swept Away (18)

Swept Away

Content warning: The film contains scenes of violence, sexual assault and graphic/explicit language that some might find triggering.


The screening on Sunday 23 June will be in partnership with CinemaItaliaUk.


On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island.


CinemaItaliaUK's mission is to raise awareness of Italian culture by promoting Italian films that go beyond the traditional genres, and to ultimately stimulate and encourage cultural integration.

Book Tickets

Sunday 23 Jun 20247:00pm
Tuesday 25 Jun 20243:30pm

That They May Face The Rising Sun (15)

That They May Face The Rising Sun

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in late 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern. Joe (Barry Ward) and Kate (Anna Bederke) have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. He’s a writer, she’s an artist who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons. A delicate, meditative exploration of ritual, community bonds, and the question of how best to live.


The Garden Cinema View:


Perhaps it’s time to pack it all in and start again in the countryside. Here’s a film that presents such a notion as perfectly feasible. Joe and Kate Ruttledge retain their London-artist-adjacent work whilst enjoying the pastoral beauty of Loch Nafooey in County Galway. Their lives are only as dramatic as ours. Seasons change, friends and neighbours pass by. Life passes and lives pass on. A car number registration playfully reads: ‘OZU’, although That They May Face the Rising Sun has more in common with Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days than directly with the likes of Tokyo Story. The sense of location is particularly powerful here, and much of the film's pleasures lie in the immersive visuals and sounds of Western Ireland. There is a certain strange smiling benevolence in Barry Ward’s lead performance which holds the more weathered locals as eccentric curiosities; their problems cast into relief by the Ruttledges’ somewhat condescending contentment. But admittedly, this may just be envy speaking.

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Saturday 18 May 20243:00pm

The Beast (15)

The Beast

The year is 2044: artificial intelligence controls all facets of a stoic society as humans routinely "erase" their feelings. Hoping to eliminate pain caused by their past-life romances, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) continually falls in love with different incarnations of Louis (George MacKay). Visually audacious director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) fashions his most accomplished film to date: a sci-fi epic, inspired by Henry James' turn-of-the-century novella, suffused with mounting dread and a haunting sense of mystery.


The Garden Cinema View:


To call Bertrand Bonello’s The Beast a kind of arthouse Cloud Atlas might sound flippant, but like the Wachowski sisters’ mad epic, there is a certain ambition (and a certain pretension) here which is laudable in itself. The triptych structure of The Beast does lead to the kind of unevenness found in anthology filmmaking (although there is a core connection throughout the film, and the editing is nonlinear at times). The 19th century romance is convincing even as a standalone, and George MacKay’s very fluent French acting is impressive. The dystopian section is odd and intriguing. Reminiscent of Kogonada’s After Yang and Spike Jonze’s Her, this vision of future Paris also recalls Nouvelle Vague sci-fi experiments like Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville and Chris Marker’s La Jetée. The middle section, a long, often single location exploration of incel culture and domestic terrorism will likely be divisive. MacKay and Léa Seydoux perform this faultlessly, and a nightmarish dream logic (think late career David Lynch) pervades. A unique film which will delight some and frustrate others.  

Book Tickets

Friday 31 May 20245:00pm
Saturday 1 Jun 20248:15pm
Sunday 2 Jun 20247:25pm
Monday 3 Jun 20243:00pm
Tuesday 4 Jun 20245:15pm
Wednesday 5 Jun 20245:20pm
Thursday 6 Jun 20245:00pm

The Elephant Man (12A)

The Elephant Man

This film was proposed by our member Kirsty, who writes: 'It’s one of two Lynch films I’ve not seen and I only want to see them in the cinema!'


John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into becoming a circus sideshow freak and spurned by society due to the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well-meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he escapes a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. With news of Merrick quickly spreading, he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London’s upper class, including with the famed actress Mrs. Kendal (Anne Bancroft). Despite being treated somewhat more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves’ actions are in fact a just a further form of exploitation of Merrick.


Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Cape Fear) and with BAFTA-winning production design by Stuart Craig (The English Patient, Harry Potter), The Elephant Man is an unforgettable story of human dignity and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity, that proved to be David Lynch’s first commercial and critical success.


Please note, the first screening on Tuesday May 21 is a general public screening, while our Free Members' Screening is scheduled for the following week, on Tuesday May 28.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 21 May 20248:15pm (Booking opens 14 May at 18:00)
Tuesday 28 May 20245:20pm (Booking opens 16 May 13:00) (Sold Out)

The Farewell (PG)

The Farewell

All screenings will be shown with English Subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Sunday July 14 will be followed by a discussion between Hester Yang and Emma Carleschi 


In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.


Hester Yang, a London-based Chinese filmmaker and film programmer, focuses on alternative documentary storytelling. Collaborating with Chinese and East & Southeast Asian communities in the UK, her artistic and curatorial practice explores memory, historical erasure, migration, and complex diasporic experiences. Co-founding Sine Screen弦影像, an emerging screening collective, Hester aims to showcase independent cinema and moving image works from East and Southeast Asia, opening discussions on dominant representations of ESEA culture and history.

Emma Carleschi, a recent graduate from the NFTS Masters in Film Studies, Programming and Curation, is a multidisciplinary artist and film curator. Originally from Italy, she is particularly interested in transnational and queer cinema, as well as inclusive practises of film exhibition and curation. Her most recent project, The Art of Returning, explored themes of home, identity and belonging through film screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and poetry readings. She was also recently a featured artist at the British Museum as a part of their Michelangelo showcase.


The screening on Sunday 14 July, will be in partnership with Chinese Cinema Project.



Book Tickets

Sunday 14 Jul 20247:00pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20243:30pm

The Heartbreak Kid (PG)

The Heartbreak Kid

All screenings of will be shown with English subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Thursday 20 June, will be introduced by Julie Lobalzo Wright.

The matinee screening on Monday 17 June, will be introduced by Darren Richman. Afterwards, he and Devorah Baum will hold a post-screening discussion.



During their honeymoon in Miami, Lenny meets beautiful and sophisticated Kelly (Cybill Shepherd). Every chance he gets, Lenny sneaks away from Lila to be with Kelly, and the more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love. Problems arise when the two women learn about each another.



Julie Lobalzo Wright is an Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She has taught and researched film and television stardom, animation, and Hollywood musicals. Her next project is a book length study of Barbra Streisand that will focus on the authorship of her star image throughout her career.


Devorah Baum is the author of a number of books including On Marriage (Hamish Hamilton) and The Jewish Joke (Profile). With Josh Appignanesi she is co-director of the films The New Man and Husband. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, Tate Etc and the Financial Times. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton.


Darren Richman is a writer and journalist. He has a monthly column in The Jewish News and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Little White Lies and The Daily Telegraph. Between 2014 and 2018, he had a regular column for The Independent in which he championed obscure or forgotten films. He co-wrote My Life as Pat Sharp, a spoof memoir published in November 2020 by Little Brown.



The Heartbreak Kid is screening from the best materials currenty available.

 


Book Tickets

Monday 17 Jun 20243:30pm
Thursday 20 Jun 20248:30pm

The King and the Mockingbird (eng sub) (U)

The King and the Mockingbird (eng sub)

Widely considered one of the best animated features of all time, and certainly a masterpiece of French animation, The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’Oiseau) has been cited by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as a profound influence on their work.


A collaboration between director Paul Grimault and French poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert (Les Enfants du Paradis), it’s adapted from a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson about a tyrannical King who is in love with a shepherdess in a painting. The two-dimensional beauty, however, desires the dashing young chimney sweep in the frame next door. The two seek to escape the dastardly clutches of the tyrant with the help of a brightly feathered mockingbird. 


In French with English subtitles.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 25 May 202411:00am
Sunday 26 May 202411:00am
Monday 27 May 20241:00pm

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (U)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Considered by some to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history, 1902 to 1942, only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Candy’s and she as young women of three consecutive generations-a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver-who inspire him. Colonel Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in gorgeous Technicolor.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 21 May 20245:00pm

The Living Magoroku (18)

The Living Magoroku

This screening will be introduced by Earl Jackson (Associate Professor Emeritus from the University of California, Santa Cruz), and will be followed by a conversation between Earl Jackson and Victor Fan (KCL).


A superstitious farming family is hesitant to use its fields to grow crops to help feed the nation’s troops. Keisuke Kinoshita’s rural drama was made to promote the war effort, but he subtly and courageously undermines that message in subplots such the family’s heirloom samurai sword that actually hold up the military and their myths to scrutiny and even ridicule.


This event is co-organised by:


Department of Film Studies, King’s College London


School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London


School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London

Book Tickets

Sunday 9 Jun 20244:15pm

The London International Animation Festival presents Amazing Animated Shorts for 3-12 year-olds (U)

The London International Animation Festival presents Amazing  Animated Shorts for 3-12 year-olds

We’ve dug deep into the LIAF archives and have selected 14 of the best short animated films full of visually dazzling joy from all around the world, for kids of all ages and the whole family.


Like childhood, animation is full of wonder and simple pleasures. The London International Animation Festival has long been at the forefront of championing storytelling that inspires the imaginations of children and adults alike and this selection of films features diverse viewpoints and stories told in stylistically striking ways. A feast of seriously fun adventures and wondrous tales to spark those little imaginations.



Bibimbap

A delightful stop-motion music video set to the Nat King Cole song ‘Bibimbap’.

UK 2017 Dir: Heather Colbert 2 mins


Sloth

A slow groove just may be the answer when your energy is low.

Germany 2018 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


The Swimming Lesson

On a busy beach day, a little boy is captivated by the aquatic adventure stories he hears, but soon has to put his own swimming skills to the test.

Russia 2017 Dir: Tatyana Okruzhnova 3 mins


Between the Lines

A Zebra thinks she is completely alone in a world where everyone has a partner, until she finds another Zebra.

Russia 2017 Dir: Maria Koneva 4 mins


I Want to Live in the Zoo

Sasha doesn’t like the rules at home, so she decides to move to the zoo.

UK 2017 Dir: Evgenia Golubeva 6 mins


Watercolors

When the room is empty tiny watercolour paints jump onto the canvas.

Japan 2017 Dir: Takashi Yoneoka 2 mins


Ant

An anthill is no simple thing. Each ant has their task and it’s hard to imagine what would happen if one of them rebelled and decided to do things differently…

Germany 2017 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


Konigiri-Kun: Music Box

Konigiri-Kun eats a super-sour pickled plum to wake himself up, then grabs his music box to show his friends.

Japan 2017 Dir: Mari Miyazawa 5 mins


Crab Story

What happens when a crab finds a pineapple on the beach.

Australia 2017 Dir: Filippo Rivetti and Tatiana Poliektova 4 mins


Jazzoo

Koalas, hippos, elephants, and fish find their own groove in this melodic menagerie of a film.

Sweden 2017 Dir: Adam Marko-Nord 9 mins


Koyaa: Naughty Toy Car

On a rainy day, Koyaa decides to tidy up his room. He steps on a toy car, taking a crazy ride. The toy starts acting naughty but Koyaa manages to outsmart it.

Slovenia/Croatia Dir: Kolja Saksida 3 mins


Mogu and Perol

Two friends live on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere.

Japan 2018 Dir: Tsuneo Goda 8 mins


Mister Paper Goes For A Walk

Mister Paper goes for a walk. He finds old newspapers, takes out his scissors and starts cutting what he needs for the stroll: a hat for the sun and a dog for company.

Belgium 2018 Dir: Ben Tesseur, Steven De Beul 9 mins


Penguin

A timid penguin waiter with a red bow tie goes out of his way to perform his job to perfection.

Germany 2018 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Sunday 19 May 202411:00am

The Passionate Stranger (12A)

The Passionate Stranger

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


The screening on Sunday 9 June, will be introduced by Professor Melanie Williams and will be followed by a discussion between her and Dr. Lawrence Napper.


Upper-middle-class housewife Judith Wynter (Margaret Leighton) has a closely guarded secret: Under a pen name, she's a best-selling author of steamy bodice-rippers. As her beloved husband, Roger (Ralph Richardson), convalesces from a serious illness, the couple's new driver, Carlo (Carlo Justini), discovers Judith's latest manuscript about an unhappy housewife's passionate affair with the family chauffeur. He jumps to conclusions that create increasingly awkward situations for them all.


Melanie Williams is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. A historian of British cinema, she has written and edited books on directors David Lean, J. Lee Thompson and Shane Meadows, on Ealing studios, 1960s British cinema, women’s cinema and female stars. Her most recently published book was A Taste of Honey for the BFI Film Classics series, and she is currently working on a monograph on the filmmaker Muriel Box, to be published by BFI Bloomsbury.


Lawrence Napper gained his PhD at the University of East Anglia in 2001, and is also a graduate of UEA’s Film Studies with an Archiving MA. He was senior researcher on UEA’s British Cinema History Research Project from 2001-2005, and taught on the MA and BA courses at UEA. Since 2005 he has taught at a variety of institutions, including Southampton University, De Montford University, Birkbeck College and The University of Greenwich. He is currently a full time lecturer at King's College London.

Book Tickets

Sunday 9 Jun 20246:30pm
Thursday 13 Jun 20244:00pm

The Rescuers (U)

The Rescuers

In this charming animated Disney classic, two brave mice from the international Rescue Aid Society - the sophisticated Miss Bianca and the timid janitor Bernard - are on the trail of young Penny, kidnapped by the evil Madame Medusa who wishes to use the plucky orphan in her plan to unearth a giant diamond somewhere in the creepy Devil's Bayou swamp. In true Disney tradition, The Rescuers is a great mix of lovable characters (notably the goofy albatross 'airline', Orville) and top quality vocal talent including Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor and Geraldine Page


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 8 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 9 Jun 202411:00am

The Secret + Intro (18)

The Secret + Intro

This is the opening film in Celebrating Ann Hui Season and the screening will be introduced by Tony Rayns. A complimentary drink from the Garden Cinema Bar will be included in the ticket.


A rare screening of the debut feature by legendary Hong Kong director Ann Hui, digitally restored to its original splendour.


Penned by renowned screenwriter Joyce Chan, The Secret is the first feature film by acclaimed director Ann Hui. Based on the infamous real-life ‘Hong Kong Double Corpse Murder Case’ of 1970, the skillfully-crafted film utilises a non-linear narrative structure to unpeel layer after layer of secrets and illusions. Its clever use of visual contrast not only underscores the clashes between traditional and modern cultures, but also mirrors the psychological tension of characters. The film explores the dark side of the human psyche and experiments with innovative styles, heralding the Hong Kong New Wave and creating a beguiling and nostalgic world of mystique.


Timings:

3pm-4pm: Season Opening Reception

4pm: The Secret Screening


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.


Screens courtesy of Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.

Book Tickets

Sunday 9 Jun 20244:00pm (General sales open 23/05, 6pm) (Closed)

The Teachers' Lounge (12A)

The Teachers' Lounge



Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is a dedicated and idealistic new high-school teacher. A fresh face at the school, she seems to have connected with her Year 8 students, who are engaged and eager to learn in her maths class. But something is bubbling underneath the surface, and she’s quickly thrust into a delicate situation when a Turkish boy is suspected of theft. Not convinced of his guilt, Carla takes matters into her own hands and inadvertently starts down a path that soon begins to spiral out of control. As she tries to mediate between students, parents and opinionated colleagues, she is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. Carla is pushed to her limits, and the school becomes a proxy for the cultural and ethical clashes of modern day society.


The Garden Cinema View:


This isn’t going to play out how you expect it to. İlker Çatak’s fourth feature slips through genres with ease. Starting in social drama/’inspirational educator’ mode (how will she reach/teach these kids?), before shifting to moral dilemma/social injustice territory, and then plunging into mind game thriller depths. All this is packaged with some enjoyable but heavy handed Orwellian authoritarianism which casts the school as a microcosm of a surveillance state, including interrogations, and crackdowns on press freedoms (the school newspaper). The social commentary certainly feels a little forced compared to the raw conflict that drives the narrative, although the performances are so committed that most scenes feel stressfully authentic in the moment.


A film that is unlikely to boost primary school teaching applications, The Teachers' Lounge is a thoroughly gripping thriller masquerading deceptively as a social drama.


(Our 20:00 screening on 23 April was followed by a Q&A with lead actor Leonie Benesch.)


Book Tickets

Monday 20 May 20246:00pm

The Watermelon Woman (15)

The Watermelon Woman

All screenings will be shown with English subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Sunday 30 June, will be introduced by Aude Konan.


The wry, incisive debut feature by Cheryl Dunye gave cinema something bracingly new and groundbreaking: a vibrant representation of Black lesbian identity by a Black lesbian filmmaker. Dunye stars as Cheryl, a video-store clerk and aspiring director whose interest in forgotten Black actresses leads her to investigate an obscure 1930s performer known as the Watermelon Woman, whose story proves to have surprising resonances with Cheryl’s own life as she navigates a new relationship with a white girlfriend (Guinevere Turner). Balancing breezy romantic comedy with a serious inquiry into the history of Black and queer women in Hollywood, The Watermelon Woman slyly rewrites long-standing constructions of race and sexuality on-screen, introducing an important voice in American cinema.


Aude Konan is a writer, filmmaker and workshop leader. They wrote My little sister (Ma petite soeur), her first novel, at only 12 years old. It got published by the publishing company Dagan. As a playwright, she is an alumni of Talawa TYPT 15, Soho Writers Group and the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting. Aude is an award-winning writer, and writes scripts as well as articles for British, French and American magazines such as Complex UK, Style Caster, Gal-Dem, Okay Africa, and The Guardian.

Book Tickets

Sunday 30 Jun 20247:15pm
Thursday 4 Jul 20244:00pm

The Whisper of Silence (El Suspiro del Silencio) (18)

The Whisper of Silence (El Suspiro del Silencio)

The screening will be preceded by a live music set in the screen by Salvadoran guitarist Rafael Sanchez.

Ticket-holders will be treated to a live music set and offered complementary Salvadoran drinks and snacks.


Set in the scenic coffee fields of El Salvador, Josefina Moreno, a 20-year-old peasant coffee picker with a rare keen sense of smell, unexpectedly begins to shatter the primarily male dominated world of coffee tasting competitions — but her tormented shadowed past, will soon catch up to her — bringing devastating results.


A beautifully shot, contemplative film, The Whisper of Silence was the opening gala screening of the Internacional Film Festival, Suchitoto in Central America


'Fascinatingly meditative...a fascinating mood piece' - The Geek Show


'Visually striking debut' - Film Review Daily

Book Tickets

Saturday 1 Jun 20243:00pm

Toni Erdmann (15)

Toni Erdmann

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


When Winfried’s career-driven, expat daughter Ines pays a flying visit from Romania, the pair’s awkward reunion is incessantly and - from her perspective - gratefully interrupted by work-related calls. Shortly after, Winfried travels to see Ines in Bucharest. The trip doesn’t go well and Winfried decides that his daughter’s life needs a few changes. Or rather, his bewigged, snaggle-toothed alter ego ‘Toni Erdmann’ does. Toni turns up at the worst moments, ambushing and pranking an already stressed Ines at work meetings and social engagements, to ends neither of them could possibly predict. Writer-director Maren Ade’s near-three-hour tragi-comedy is as continually surprising, hilarious, exasperating and bizarrely touching as its shambling, mischievous, titular shapeshifter.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 9 Jul 20243:00pm
Thursday 11 Jul 20247:45pm

Toy Story 2 (U)

Toy Story 2

Buzz, Woody, and their friends are back as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector name Al McWhiggin, owner of Al's Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody.  At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called 'Woody's Roundup.'  He meets the other prized toys from the show:  Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector.  Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match, and Woody has to decide where he and his heart truly belong.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

Book Tickets

Friday 31 May 202411:00am
Saturday 1 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 2 Jun 202411:00am

Trainspotting (18)

Trainspotting

A jolt of adrenaline shot straight to the heart of 1990s British cinema, this darkly funny adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel was a major breakthrough for director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge. With live-wire energy and stylistic verve, Trainspotting bounces across the life and times of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish heroin addict who, along with his misfit mates, gets high, gets in trouble, gets clean, and gets high again, all in a bid to outrun the banality of modern existence. Kinetically cut to an iconic soundtrack of techno, rock, and Britpop, this indie phenomenon chooses life in all its ugly, beautiful, terrifying exhilaration.

Book Tickets

Sunday 26 May 20245:00pm
Thursday 30 May 20248:30pm

Viaje (A Trip) (18)

Viaje (A Trip)

The screening on 25 May will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Paz Fabrega.


After meeting at a party, Luciana and Pedro spark up a spontaneous rendezvous. Eschewing the nature of traditional relationships, the pair embarks on a journey that takes them to the forest. Along the way, they discuss their beliefs surrounding love, obligations, and attraction. Lusciously shot in black and white, the film is an engaging and tranportative ode to relationships.


Her film Agua fría de mar (Cold Water of the Sea) earned the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Viaje had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and was the first Central American film to premiere at the Festival.


'Best film' in the narrative competition at Tribeca, Stephen Holden (NY Times)

Book Tickets

Saturday 25 May 20246:15pm
Friday 7 Jun 20243:15pm

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Dead Ringers (18)

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Dead Ringers

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Dead Ringers + Twins of Evil at The Garden Cinema


Discover your dark doppelgänger in a fiendish late night double-bill of David Cronenberg’s lurid Dead Ringers (1988) followed by John Hough’s lustful Hammer horror, Twins of Evil (1971). Book for each film separately or take a deep dive with the double-bill and save £5 (add both films to your basket before purchasing and the discount will be applied automatically).


Video Bazaar and Queer Horror Nights weren’t separated at birth, but they are collaborating to present two contrasting examinations of identical twins in (queer) horror cinema.


In David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, Jeremy Irons plays twins Elliot and Beverly Mantle, struggling with the destructive forces that arise from their separation. John Hough’s Twins of Evil (aka Twins of Dracula) is much more of a 17th Century period-costume romp, casting real-life twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson as siblings with passionately contrasting desires.


Video Bazaar’s view: Dead Ringers delves into the psychological and physical horrors that arise from the twins' inseparable bond, blurring the lines between reality and nightmare. Through its visceral imagery and psychological depth, Dead Ringers confronts audiences with unsettling questions about the nature of identity, erotic desire and the boundaries of the human form.”


Queer Horror Nights’ view: Queer experience dismantles gender binaries, but the potent forces of hetero– and homo–normativity can impose a sense of duality, where we have to pass between different states of openness. Twins of Evil is a decadent illustration of how horror cinema’s obsession with twins exposes and exploits the destructive consequences of repression and suppression.


Dead Ringers will be screened first, followed by Twins of Evil. Both films will begin with an introduction from Video Bazaar and Queer Horror Nights. The Garden Cinema bar will close after the start of Twins of Evil.


@videobazaarpresents is a cult film club showcasing the weird and the obscure in venues across London. #QueerHorrorNights is an ongoing collaboration between @tokenhomo & @lastframeclub staging irregular film screenings at venues across London.


Book Tickets

Friday 24 May 20248:30pm

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Twins of Evil (15)

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Twins of Evil

Video Bazaar x Queer Horror Nights: Dead Ringers + Twins of Evil at The Garden Cinema


Discover your dark doppelgänger in a fiendish late night double-bill of David Cronenberg’s lurid Dead Ringers (1988) followed by John Hough’s lustful Hammer horror, Twins of Evil (1971). Book for each film separately or take a deep dive with the double-bill and save £5 (add both films to your basket before purchasing and the discount will be applied automatically).


Video Bazaar and Queer Horror Nights weren’t separated at birth, but they are collaborating to present two contrasting examinations of identical twins in (queer) horror cinema.


In David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, Jeremy Irons plays twins Elliot and Beverly Mantle, struggling with the destructive forces that arise from their separation. John Hough’s Twins of Evil (aka Twins of Dracula) is much more of a 17th Century period-costume romp, casting real-life twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson as siblings with passionately contrasting desires.


Video Bazaar’s view: Dead Ringers delves into the psychological and physical horrors that arise from the twins' inseparable bond, blurring the lines between reality and nightmare. Through its visceral imagery and psychological depth, Dead Ringers confronts audiences with unsettling questions about the nature of identity, erotic desire and the boundaries of the human form.”


Queer Horror Nights’ view: Queer experience dismantles gender binaries, but the potent forces of hetero– and homo–normativity can impose a sense of duality, where we have to pass between different states of openness. Twins of Evil is a decadent illustration of how horror cinema’s obsession with twins exposes and exploits the destructive consequences of repression and suppression.


Dead Ringers will be screened first, followed by Twins of Evil. Both films will begin with an introduction from Video Bazaar and Queer Horror Nights. The Garden Cinema bar will close after the start of Twins of Evil.


@videobazaarpresents is a cult film club showcasing the weird and the obscure in venues across London. #QueerHorrorNights is an ongoing collaboration between @tokenhomo & @lastframeclub staging irregular film screenings at venues across London.

Book Tickets

Friday 24 May 202410:55pm

Vietnamese Short Films + Panel Discussion (18)

Vietnamese Short Films + Panel Discussion

This screening will have a live introduction and in conversation with the season curators.


A selection of shorts from Vietnamese filmmakers and the diaspora:


Flowing Home’ (Như một dòng sông) by Sandra Desmazieres (2021).

An animated story of two sisters who got separated after the Vietnam war. An epistolary relationship across borders that stretches over 15 years and narrates their journey until their reunion.


Good Chips’ by Nell Hensey (2023)

Set in Dublin 1989, tells the story of the resettlement through a Vietnamese family’s struggle to keep their takeaway business afloat, while their young daughter Tam unexpectedly finds friendship with a local Irish boy.


Sigh Gone’ by Jeannie Nguyen (2019)

Sign Gone tells the story of Thuy who finds herself on the verge of death by boredom, as she is deprived of the guide of her "lost love". Having no agenda, she finds original ways to interact with the bustling city of Saigon, Vietnam.


Stay Awake, Be Ready’ (Hãy Tỉnh Thức Và Sẵn Sàng) by Pham Thien An 2019

This short plays out on a street corner, a conversation among three young men plays out at a local street watering hole, the night brings together a mélange of alcohol-fueled wisdom, a luminous street panorama, juxtaposed with a sobering but gruelling sight.


With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery and the British Council. Supported by Longdan LTD

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Tuesday 28 May 20248:00pm

Wakamusha + Q&A (18)

Wakamusha + Q&A

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ryutaro Ninomiya.


Wataru (Ryota Bando), a quiet factory worker, Eiji (Rion Takahashi), a hot-blooded restaurent employee, and Mitsunori (Naoya Shimizu), a seemingly gentle carer, are childhood friends. On a late autumn afternoon, with too much time on their hands, they unleash their anger at the at the petty transgressions and discriminations of people in the street, in the name of 'Reformation'.


This new film by Ryutaro Ninomiya is the story of young people resisting the future, while questioning their aimless lives.


His second feature film, Sweating the Small Stuff, in which he also starred, was the only Japanese entry in the feature film category at the 70th Locarno International Film Festival. His film Dreaming In Between was officially selected at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, as part of ACID Cannes 2023.


This is the very first title of the new film label New Counter Film.



Book Tickets

Friday 28 Jun 20243:00pm

When the Tenth Month Comes (18)

When the Tenth Month Comes

When the Tenth Month Comes has been newly restored and is screening in the UK for the first time. The screening will have a live introduction from one of the curators. 


1984: After a visit to the South-Eastern border to see her husband, Duyên returned home carrying an indescribable pain: her husband had been killed. This devastating news caused her to accidentally fall into the river while crossing it, but Teacher Khang, who was with her, saved her life. Upon returning home, Duyên chose not to reveal her husband's death to her family, as her father-in-law was gravely ill. In an attempt to provide some comfort, she asked Teacher Khang to occasionally write letters pretending to be from her late husband, to maintain the illusion that he was still alive.


This arrangement led to misunderstandings, causing Teacher Khang to face judgement from his loved one and his school community, ultimately forcing him to transfer to another school. As Duyên's father-in-law's illness worsened, he requested that Duyên send a telegram to his son, urging him to come home. In a poignant turn of events, Duyên's son encountered soldiers and brought them home just as the old man was drawing his last breath.


With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery and the British Council. Supported by Longdan LTD

Book Tickets

Wednesday 29 May 20248:00pm