Free film screenings, Freddy Krueger’s second coming, Juliette Binoche and more film events happening this week
Each week, 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…
BFI Flare: Queer Eye for the Dead Guy + ‘A Nightmare on Elm St 2: Freddy’s Revenge’
BFI Flare is the new name for the annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, screening new features and documentaries plus a hearty helping of gay classics. This year there’s a particular focus on ‘queer fear’ – horror movies with a gay subtext, including ‘Fright Night’, ‘The Lost Boys’ and the most notorious of all ass-whipping horror sequels, the hilarious ‘A Nightmare on Elm St 2’. First up, festival programmer and horror expert Michael Blyth will present a history of LGBT scares in ‘Queer Eye for the Dead Guy’, before a screening of the ultra-camp Freddy flick. All together now: ‘something is trying to get inside my body!’. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. 8.40pm. Fri Mar 21 – £9 – £11.50.
Camberwell Free Film Festival: ‘Repo Man’ + ‘The Warriors’
Camberwell’s little Cool Cats Café adds a slice of tasty Americana to its menu this Friday with a warmly welcome, freebie double featuring maverick Brit Alex Cox’s deliciously quirky 1984 feature debut, ‘Repo Man’, and Walter Hill’s evergreen urban Western, ‘The Warriors’. Snap your molars down on a juicy rib-eye steak while you absorb the offbeat brilliance of Cox’s punk rock sci-fi comedy, gawp at the phantasmagoric weirdness of Hill’s iconic gangland spectacle, and then hop on the bus and head back to cold, hard reality. Cool Cats Café, 149 Southampton Way, SE5 7EW. 8pm. Fri Mar 21 – FREE.
Three Colours Trilogy
The Riverside invites you to almost five hours of pure narrative class, courtesy of the late and extraordinarily great Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski. The director’s masterful triptych of 1993 and 1994 begins with ‘Blue’, a lucid examination of a woman’s state of mind starring Juliette Binoche as a widowed wife and mother who attempts to leave the past behind. In the second film’ ‘White’, we witness the despair and desire for revenge felt by a Polish hairdresser when his French wife divorces him. And in the conclusive film, ‘Red’, the director whisks us to Geneva for what is surely one of the most stunningly beautiful, powerfully scored and immaculately performed films of the past 20 years. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. £15, or £7.50 per film. 3.40pm. Sun Mar 23.
In remembrance of Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó, who passed away in January, the ICA is holding a special one-off event commemorating the director’s highly regarded political masterpiece of 1966. Set during the years that followed the collapse of the 1848 revolution against Hapsburg rule, ‘The Round-Up’ is a brutal cat-and-mouse drama that focuses on the dehumanising incarceration of a group of prisoners accused by the Austrian authorities of being rebellious insurgents. Not surprisingly, ‘The Round-Up’ is widely considered one of the best films ever to come out of Hungary. Catch it while you can. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. £10, £8 concs. 5.30pm. Sun Mar 23.
The Thief of Baghdad
Six directors – including Michael Powell and the Korda brothers – were responsible for this delightful hocus-pocus of colour and dashing adventure. Think of it as a special effects-ridden epic for grown-up kids, a la ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Arabian Nights’. Made in Britain during the Blitz, ‘The Thief of Bagdad’ is both magical and classically entertaining, and features several memorable highlights, most notably Rex Ingram as a Genie in a bottle and Sabu as the elephant boy thief who accompanies the cast-out Prince Ahmad on a spellbinding fantasy-filled quest. Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Rd, E15 1BX. £6.50. 6.30pm. Wed Mar 19.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.