Every Monday we’ll be rounding up the five most exciting leftfield film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals.
1. Open City Docs Fest, UCL, Thu Jun 20 to Sun Jun 23.
It’s literally impossible to pack this many amazing documentaries into a single weekend: 100 films including docs on Pussy Riot, Richard Nixon and drug trafficking (not all at once) plus workshops, talks and special activities. Stuff yourself with truth!
2. The Holy Mountain, Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm, Mon Jun 24.
Funded by (among others) John Lennon and Yoko Ono, directed by tarot-obsessed mystic genius Alejandro Jodorowsky and featuring a cast of gurus, freaks, chameleons and toads, ‘The Holy Mountain’ is perhaps the most brilliantly mind-expanding movie to emerge from the psychedelic movement.
3. Filmbar 70 presents ‘Venus in Furs’, Roxy Bar & Screen, 7pm, Thu Jun 20.
Those trash-happy cineastes at Filmbar 70 present a tribute to Spanish filmmaking legend Jess Franco, with an evening of groovy soundtrack tunes, an introduction to European exploitation and a screening of Franco’s wild supernatural thriller ‘Venus in Furs’.
4. Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, Lexi Cinema, 8.30pm, Wed Jun 19.
Beatrice Mtetwa is a crusading Zimbabwean lawyer who has fought for human rights and press freedom in her embattled country. Documentary maker Dorie Conway will be on hand to introduce her new film about this fascinating but little-known figure.
5. Closely Observed Trains, Ealing Town Hall, 7.30pm, Fri Jun 21.
This funny, charming and insightful 1966 coming of age movie is one of the gems of the Czech New Wave. It’s the tale of a young station master during World War 2 whose quest to lose his virginity results in a flirtation with the resistance.
You can find more details about these events and many, many more on Time Out’s film events page here.