Film Club: 16-22 August
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It's a pretty strong week this week for all you little film buffs - we've got not one but two 1960s murder mystery classics, bagfuls of controversy, and a good solid dose of kick-ass ladies fighting the odds and doing amazing things.
Being the first indie film made by a female director in Iran, Marva Nabili's brave debut has still never been shown in her home country, and had to be secretly smuggled out in order to get on screen at all. Winner of the Outstanding Film Of The Year award at the 1977 London Film Festival (no biggie), this is the story of a young girl in an Iranian village who is fighting against the patriarchal structure of her society and trying to assert her independence - and it's executed with style and flair.
Hailed (or condemned, depending on who you're asking) as one of the most controversial films of all time, Gaspar Noé's drama is perhaps best known for its highly graphic, stomach-churning, completely repulsive rape scene. Having said that, it depicts the reality of rape in a way that forces viewers to confront it head on, which is why ultimately the scene wasn't cut. It's definitely worth a see, and a thought-provoking discussion with your mates afterwards, if you can stomach it.
Experience this staple of '60s British cinema blown up on London's biggest outdoor screen, 50 years since its original run. Somewhere between a cult classic and a classic classic, Michelangelo Antonioni's swingin' '60s murder mystery will have your heads swirling. Avant-garde, stylish, and prescient even for our jaded 2017 selves, this is a must-see, and not only for the amazing mod aesthetic.
Aside from learning the choreography of Thriller and shootin' it with his brother and cousins, Boy spends most of his time concocting fantasies about his estranged father, building him up as a hero until he comes back and Boy is in for a bit of a rude awakening. Set in 1984 and directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople) it's kind of like Stand By Me (minus the murder plot) meets the humour of Flight of The Concords, but it's also wholly original - anyways, it's great and you'll all love it.
Tom Of Finland
Towing the fine line between art and porn and more often than not overlapping between the two, Tom of Finland's homoerotic sketches were once highly controversial. This biopic follows the life of the artist and the man behind the pen name of those saucy images, from his time serving in WW2 to his return to Finland where homosexuality was banned.
Showing at Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, and Crouch End Picturehouse.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
11 years later and not only is the ozone layer still looking like Swiss cheese and the ice caps are still melting, but now the Great Barrier Reef is dead, the bees are struggling hard, and the US has a climate change-denying president. So that sucks, a lot.
But never fear, because Al Gore is here and he's holding Truth To Power and travelling the world with his green crusaders to fight for pro-environment policy changes. Al, if you're reading this, we're rooting for you bae!
Showing at all the places.
In a long line of feel-good films about disadvantaged youths finding a way to better their situations through dance, comes this real-life story of a kick-ass group of teenage girls in Baltimore. Pursuing their goals of going to college and bringing their high-school step group to victory, this is a heartwarming glimpse into the true power of female friendship and following your dreams, even when it seems like the world is up against you. It might sound cheezy, but Step is an insightful look into the reality of living below the poverty line and growing up black in Baltimore (and arguably, America in general).
Showing at most Picturehouse cinemas and Curzon Bloomsbury.
We love a classic film noir, and this is one of the best (and most underrated). In celebration of what would have been director Jean-Pierre Melville's 100th birthday, Le Doulos is being re-released in 4K this week. The story of a burglar who gets released from prison only to turn around and commit a murder, and his equally shady friend is full of crime, '40s gangster tropes, and enough twists and turns to confuse M Night Shyamalan (LOL film jokes). It's a chef d'oeuvre of the genre, from one of the greatest director, point blank.
Showing at ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, and BFI Southbank.