As always, there are some fab film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:
Hollywood likes its women seen and not heard. The facts speak loud and clear. Women had just 28 percent of talking roles in 2012’s biggest movies. Women account for just five percent of directors working in Hollywood. The Feminist Film Festival in Hackney wants to change that. Every film in the seven-day event is directed by a woman and challenges the way women are stereotyped in films. Highlights include ‘The Spice Girls of India’, a doco following seven sisters running the family spice business after the death of their father, and a screening of Sally Potter’s 1983 film ‘The Gold Diggers’, made with an all-female cast and crew. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. Sun Nov 24-Nov 30. More info and tickets here.
Get your crampons on, it’s the second week of the BFI’s celebration of all things mountainous. With 60 years having passed since the first ascent of Everest, now is as good a time as any to sample a selection of tantalising documentaries spanning several decades of vertiginous derring do, from Anthony Geffen’s George Mallory doc, ‘The Wildest Dream’ to the gob-smacking antics of eye-candy montage, ‘Ski, Board and Wild Water’. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Until Nov 22. More info and tickets here.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, the Curzon Soho is inviting Alex Cox, director of ‘Repo Man’ and author of ‘The President and the Provocateur: The Parallel Lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald’ to share his thoughts on the various conspiracy theories that still abound. The discussion follows a 35mm screening of Alan J Pakula’s 1974 conspiratorial thriller, ‘The Parallax View’, starring Warren Beatty as an investigative journalist who unearths a huge cover-up following the assassination of a presidential candidate. Who knows, the conversation may even stretch to 9/11, the moon landings, Diana… Curzon Soho. £14.75. 6.15pm, Wed Nov 20. Tickets can be purchased from curzoncinemas.com.
Another year, another fine selection of films from the creative corners of Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. Week two of the 23rd Latin American Film Festival kicks off with Nicole Karsin’s aboriginal documentary ‘We Women Warriors’ and closes on Sunday 24 with Joanna Lombardi Pollarolo’s complex generational social drama, ‘Casa Dentro’. Various venues. Until Sun Nov 24. More info at latinamericanfilmfestival.com.
The Nordic Film Festival returns with another fine bunch of eclectic Scandinavian and Icelandic treats to while away the darkening days. Nicolas Winding Refn (‘Drive’, ‘Bronson’) is given the lion’s share of the proceedings with screenings of his little-known 1999 thriller, ‘Bleeder’ and Laurent Duroche’s ‘NWR’, a new documentary offering insight into the mind of the popular Danish filmmaker. The rest of the festival is comprised of a number of enticing new features and docs, including Swedish director Marcus Fjellström’s silhouette-style noir animation, ‘Odboy & Erordog Suite’, Kaspar Munk’s truthful coming-of-age drama, ‘You & Me Forever’, Jørn Nyseth Ranum and Inge Wegge’s thrilling survivalist documentary, ‘North of the Sun’ and a pair of intriguing works associated with ethereal Icelandic band, Sigur Rós. Book now. Various venues. Mon Nov 25-Dec 4. More info at day-for-night.org.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.