Every Monday we are 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. Here’s what you need to be seeing this week…
Indian Film Festival, various venues, Thu Jul 18 to Jul 25
Back off, Bollywood. This week-long festival showcases the grittier, darker, weirder side of Indian filmmaking, from cops ‘n’ killers action with ‘Monsoon Shooutout’ to grief-stricken melodrama in ‘B.A. Pass’. Our pick of the festival has to be ‘Tasher Desh’, a beautiful, dreamlike psychedelic musical from a director called ‘Q’.
More on the Indian Film Festival.
Possession, Roxy Bar & Screen, 7.30pm, Wed Jul 17
One of the greatest and least-known horror movies of all time, Polish director Andrzej Zulawski’s Berlin-set psychodrama is a relentless and breathtaking slice of brain-battering heavy weirdness. This free screening is being hosted by the good folks at Scalarama to raise awareness of this September’s festival.
Possession, Roxy Bar & Screen, 7.30pm, Wed Jul 17.
Iain Sinclair introduces ‘The Sorcerers’ with Alan Moore, Hackney Picturehouse, 8.15pm, Wed Jul 17
For his 70th birthday, writer, psychogeographer and all-round raconteur Iain Sinclair is hosting screenings of the 70 films which have made the deepest impact on his life and his writing. Accompanied by ‘Watchmen’ author Alan Moore and filmmaker Chris Petit, he’ll kick off with this 1969 oddity starring Boris Karloff, plus a fistful of short films.
Iain Sinclair introduces ‘The Sorcerers’ with Alan Moore, Hackney Picturehouse, 8.15pm, Wed Jul 17.
Cockney Heritage Festival, various venues, Thu Jul 18 to Jul 27
Not purely a celebration of apples, pears and old joannas, this cultural knees-up also has a strong film component, including screenings of Cockney classics – from ‘Sparrows Can’t Sing’ (1963) to ‘The Long Good Friday’ (1980), plus a whole host of new docs on sport, local affairs and music, including one on punk heroes Cockney Rejects.
Cockney Heritage Festival, various venues, Thu Jul 18 to Jul 27.
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Union Chapel, 7pm, Wed Jul 17
Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent about the trial, torture and execution of Joan of Arc is one of cinema’s purest, more heartbreaking masterpieces, and this screening – appropriately located in the hushed, hallowed hall of the Union Chapel – comes with a brand new score combining organ, voice and electronic sounds.
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Union Chapel, 7pm, Wed Jul 17.
You can see a whole host of different film events at Time Out’s film events page here.