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Showing This Weekend

Friday 23 August: Apur Sansar

Friday 23 August: Apur Sansar

Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events. Demonstrating Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a moving conclusion to this monumental trilogy.
Saturday 24 August: Figures of Absence: The Films of Dore O.

Saturday 24 August: Figures of Absence: The Films of Dore O.

We're thrilled to present a rare programme of experimental films by the German artist Dore O. which occupy a state in-between opaqueness and translucency, hypnosis and clarity. The programme has been selected by Berlin-based archivist and scholar Masha Matzke, who will also introduce the screening. Supported by Goethe-Institut London.
Sunday 25 August: Lola

Sunday 25 August: Lola

Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a seductive cabaret singer – prostitute, exults in her power as a tempter of men, but she wants more – money, property, and love. Shot in childlike candy colors, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola, an homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel, is a wonderfully satirical tribute to capitalism.
Sunday 25 August: Three Colours: Red

Sunday 25 August: Three Colours: Red

Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colours trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet sombre runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.

Showing Next Week

Monday 26 August: Veronika Voss

Monday 26 August: Veronika Voss

A once-beloved Third Reich-era starlet, Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, she encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. Based on the true story of a World War II Ufa star, Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as a 1950s melodrama.
Tuesday 27 August: Nights of Cabiria

Tuesday 27 August: Nights of Cabiria

One of Fellini’s most haunting films, Nights of Cabiria is the tragic story of a naive prostitute searching for true love in the seediest sections of Rome. Giulietta Masina’s perfomance as Cabiria – an impoverished prostitute living on the outskirts of Rome who is betrayed by her faith in human nature – is rightly considered one of the great performances in cinema.
Wednesday 28 August: L’avventura

Wednesday 28 August: L’avventura

An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti). Antonioni’s controversial masterwork is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.
Thursday 29 August: Mulholland Drive

Thursday 29 August: Mulholland Drive

Like Billy Wilder’s film named after another iconic Hollywood street, Mulholland Drive tells a sordid tale of the industry of illusion and its boulevards of broken dreams – but for Lynch, these dreams fold into dreams within dreams within dreams. The noir cracks open and gives way to a multi-toned, terrifyingly beautiful hallucination that is as much a complex reflection on Hollywood as it is an endlessly transforming psychological puzzle.
Friday 30 August: Pather Panchali

Friday 30 August: Pather Panchali

With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him.
Saturday 31 August: L'eclisse

Saturday 31 August: L'eclisse

The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise, L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.
Saturday 31 August: Aparajito

Saturday 31 August: Aparajito

Aparajito, the second film in the Apu trilogy, continues the story of the Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.
Sunday 1 September: Apur Sansar

Sunday 1 September: Apur Sansar

Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events. Demonstrating Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a moving conclusion to this monumental trilogy.
Sunday 1 September: Sansho the Bailiff

Sunday 1 September: Sansho the Bailiff

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Coming Soon

12 September 2019: Stephen Winter: Chocolate Babies

12 September 2019: Stephen Winter: Chocolate Babies

In this audacious debut comic political satire, a band of HIV-positive black drag queens, trans and queer urban activists – including a young Pilipino-American lad – stage a series of surprise attacks on local officials to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic. Introduced by Rabz Lansiquot, this screening accompanies LUX's BL CK B X exhibition Rabz Lansiquot where did we land
16 - 25 September 2019: Ringroads: Playfulness in British Psychogeography

16 - 25 September 2019: Ringroads: Playfulness in British Psychogeography

A four-part programme of psychogeographic shorts and features, selected by Joel Whitaker.
21 September 2019: JAEFF: Nation

21 September 2019: JAEFF: Nation

JAEFF: Nation examines national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history through a programme of repertory cinema and contemporary experimental short film. Fierce satires and poetic meditations on existence from the post-war period are interwoven with expressive and intimate reflections on ‘being’ in present-day Japan.
26 September 2019: The Liberated Film Club IX with Laura Mulvey

26 September 2019: The Liberated Film Club IX with Laura Mulvey

"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it." We're thrilled to welcome Laura Mulvey as our special guest for the ninth instalment of The Liberated Film ClubFree to attend for Close-Up members, but booking is essential.

Calendar

Sun 25 Aug 6:00pm
Lola
Sun 25 Aug 8:30pm
Three Colours: Red
Mon 26 Aug 8:15pm
Veronika Voss
Tue 27 Aug 8:15pm
Nights of Cabiria
Wed 28 Aug 8:15pm
L’avventura
Thu 29 Aug 8:15pm
Mulholland Drive
Fri 30 Aug 8:15pm
Pather Panchali
Sat 31 Aug 6:00pm
L'eclisse
Sat 31 Aug 8:30pm
Aparajito
Sun 01 Sep 6:00pm
Apur Sansar
Sun 01 Sep 8:30pm
Sansho the Bailiff
Thu 12 Sep 8:15pm
Chocolate Babies
Mon 16 Sep 8:15pm
London Orbital
Sat 21 Sep 8:30pm
Fighting Elegy + Shorts
Tue 24 Sep 8:15pm
Ghosts of Landscapes
Wed 25 Sep 8:15pm
Requiem for a Village