Every Monday, we round up the most exciting 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 this week’s top five…
1. Berlin Alexanderplatz
Over two days, the ICA will screen all of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s shattering 14-part 1980 German TV drama, remastered for 35mm. Aided by great design, cinematography, and, not least, performances, Fassbinder tells the story of a small-time criminal named Biberkopf who, in 1920s Berlin, is released from prison and becomes enmeshed in the criminal underworld. The work of a genuine master with nothing left to lose or hide. The entire epic will also screen again next weekend. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. 11am, Sat Nov 9 and Sun Nov 10 – £40, £35 concs.
2. Film Africa: ‘A Screaming Man’
The film Africa festival offers up a prime selection of new and classic features, docs and shorts. One of the highlights of this year’s event has been a chance to catch up on the work of Chadian writer-director Mahamet Saleh-Haroun, including his new film, Cannes favourite ‘Grigris’. This 2011 work uses simple framing and meditative, chat-free storytelling to offer a wise parable about ageing, pride and conflict in modern Africa. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. 9pm, Wed Nov 6 – £8.
3. Jewish Film Festival: ‘The Congress’
This sprawling, event-crammed festival continues to screen a fascinating programme of new features made by, for and about modern Jews. In the former category comes Ari Folman, whose first feature, animated documentary ‘Waltz With Bashir’ dealt head-on with political reality. His follow-up, ‘The Congress’, is a much more elaborate and distanced affair, taking equal inspiration from socially prescient science fiction, the dayglo cartoon fantasies of ‘Heavy Metal’ animator Ralph Bakshi and the psychological, psychedelic fantasy of authors like Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray. It’s a fascinating, difficult film that will amaze some and infuriate others. Odeon Leicester Square, 24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H 7JY. 9pm, Sun Nov 10 – £20.
4. 70×70: ‘Beat’
Either we had our heads in the sand back in 2000, or this genuinely odd-sounding indie drama never got a UK release. Starring Kiefer Sutherland as William S Burroughs (!) and Courtney Love as his wife Joan Vollmer Burroughs (!!), the film follows the couple as they travel to Central America, where disaster awaits. Oddly, the film is playing as part of Hackney-based writer Iain Sinclair’s birthday celebrations. If only we could get Iain and Courtney in the same room… Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX. 6.45pm, Thu Nov 7 – £8, £7 concs.
5. Made in Prague: ‘Closely Observed Trains’
The Made in Prague festival collects new Czech films alongside a fistful of classics both familiar and obscure. 1966’s ‘Closely Observed Trains’ is a real charmer from the heyday of the Czech New Wave. It’s set during the German occupation but totally immersed in the pubescent problems of a youth taking up his first job as an apprentice railway platform guard with the firmly anti-social resolve to do as little work as possible while others slave. This airy comedy celebrates a whole universe of frustration, eroticism, adventure and romance. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. 6.20pm, Sat Nov 9 – £8.50, £7.50 concs.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.