As always, there are some great film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:
1. Deep Desires and Broken Dreams: ‘Tom at the Farm’
Deep Desires and Broken Dreams is an annual festival at Riverside Studios which explores the breadth and depth of modern gay-friendly filmmaking. From DIY projects to movies by major directors, the festival’s programme is always impressive. This year’s highlight promises to be ‘Tom at the Farm’, the latest from Xavier Dolan, the Canadian prodigy behind ‘I Killed My Mother’ and ‘Heartbeats’. It concerns a young ad designer who travels to the country for his boyfriend’s funeral only to discover that not only were the deceased’s family completely unaware of their relationship, but that the dead man’s brother has a number of nasty surprises in store… Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. 9pm Sun Feb 23. £9.50, £8.50 concs
2. The Muppet Movie Sing-along
Find your Rainbow Connection – and sing your little socks off – with the first big-screen outing for everyone’s favourite fuzzy-felt freaks. The Muppets travel to Hollywood, where Kermit is no longer a stand-up comic but a star in the making. Numerous guest stars make brief appearances, slapstick chases and movie references abound, and if the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive (and Mel Brooks’ sinister, crazed Jewish Nazi surgeon looks particularly out of place), it’s all thrown together with enthusiasm and aplomb. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. £13.50, £11 concs. 9pm. Fri Feb 21.
3. Nymphomaniac + cast Q&A
Stellan Skarsgard and Stacy Martin – plus supporting players – join host Edith Bowman to answer your questions following an epic screening of Lars von Trier’s two-part drama of sex and sin. ‘Nymphomaniac’ is the story of one woman, Joe’s self-destructive sex life, first as a young girl, then in her teens and twenties (played by dazzling newcomer Martin) and later middle-aged (Charlotte Gainsbourg). It’s framed by Joe in the present recalling her life to a man (Stellan Skarsgård) who finds her crumpled and bloodied in an alleyway and takes her back to his place to recover. We cut from this long, dark night of the soul in this bookish virgin’s sparse flat to flashes of Joe’s past. Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon St, W1J 7TY. £26. 6pm. Sat Feb 22.
The Picturehouse chain’s season of Wes Anderson movies (tying in to his upcoming latest, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’) continues with arguably his finest film to date. The world Anderson creates here – the grounds and environs of Rushmore Academy – is at once familiar and strange, populated by bored millionaires and Scottish vagabonds, lost aquatic heroes and their grieving lovers, gruff headmasters and winsome Asian teens and, of course, Max Fischer, arguably the most original, loveable but infuriating movie creation of the past three decades. Even as it passes its quarter century, ‘Rushmore’ still feels entrancingly unique. The best film of the ’90s? Very possibly. Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Rd, SE10 8NN. £10. 8.45pm. Mon Feb 24.
A low priced, teen-friendly screening for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ director Jean-Marc Vallee’s heartfelt debut. It all begins to go wrong for eight-year-old Zachary when his father finds him in a dress. After a relatively idyllic young childhood in Québec – during which the strains of being younger brother to a tearaway, a jock and a bookworm are offset by the extra indulgence his purported gift for healing earns from an already doting mother – a persistent shadow is cast by dad’s suspicions that Zac might be ‘un fifi’. Fast-forward seven years to 1975 and teenage Zac is agog over Ziggy Stardust and his cousin’s boyfriend – not, he insists, that that makes him gay. A zippy, colourful coming-of-age tale. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. £5, £3 concs. 3.45pm. Sun Feb 22.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.