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Santantango, Pickpocket, Logan’s Run and more great film events happening this week

Posted at 1:15 pm, September 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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…

1. Scalarama: Filmbar 70 presents ‘Logan’s Run’

The annual Scalarama Film Festival aims to rekindle the spirit of London’s famed fleapit picture palace, the Scala, by rounding up movie fans and DIY exhibitors across the country for a month of screenings in pubs, clubs, galleries, and even a few actual cinemas. The programme is packed with everything from the most far-out grindhouse and arthouse movies to family events, triple bills and parties. Selecting a single event in the first week is nigh-on impossible, but Filmbar 70’s presentation of British sci-fi adventure ‘Logan’s Run’ seems to sum up the Scalarama ethos: the film’s a gold-plated classic, this venue is a tucked-away cinema-bar-warehouse in the backstreets of Hackney, and there’s added entertainment from psych-synth masters Raagnagrok, plus a tribute to the film’s star, Jenny Agutter, presented by the worryingly knowledgeable and enthusiastic Filmbar folks. Hollywood Spring. 7pm, Fri Sep 5. £7.

2. Satantango

What, the whole thing?! Yes, the ICA will be showing all 450 minutes (that’s seven and a half hours) of Bela Tarr’s sprawling slow-cinema masterwork. This wildly ambitious work is structured in 12 chapters and the narrative movement follows the titular dance steps, moving back and forth around pivotal scenes, viewed from multiple perspectives. It opens with arguments and planned betrayals over the year’s wages for a failing collective farm – with the tense interaction noted by an alcoholic doctor. It then shifts into a larger frame with the reappearance of a quasi-Messianic leader. Allegorical yet historically precise, it is an epic anti-authoritarian satire and metaphysical treatise. ICA. 11am, Sat Sep 6. £15, £12 concs.

3. Pickpocket

If you’ve spent all of Saturday watching ‘Satantango’, why not wash it down on Sunday afternoon with Robert Bresson’s comparatively slight (at 75 minutes) but just as confrontational and wondrous ‘Pickpocket’? Released in the same year as Godard’s ‘Breathless’ (1959) and filmed on the same sun-dappled Parisian streets, Bresson’s mid-career tale of the mysterious operation of grace and redemption on the fate of a young thief is considered by many to be his masterpiece. Bresson’s goals were deep; to sweep away the dross of expectation and viewing conventions by means of a purified cinema. Cine Lumiere. 2pm, Sun Sep 7. £8, £6 concs.

4. Peter Lorre season: ‘Mad Love’ + ‘The Face Behind the Mask’

The BFI’s month-long Peter Lorre season kicks off with a pair of the actor’s first Hollywood outings. ‘Mad Love’ is a classic slab of grand guignol, with Lorre in great form – bald, bulging-eyed and blessed with a magnificent leer – as the insane surgeon who lusts after the gorgeous Frances Drake, and in order to win her, operates on her concert pianist husband after his hands are mutilated in an accident, deliberately grafting on the hands of a guillotined, knife-throwing murderer. ‘The Face Behind the Mask’ is the downbeat tale of a scarred Hungarian immigrant, and features one of Lorre’s most heartbreaking performances. BFI Southbank. 6pm, Sun Sep 7. £8.15–£11.50.

5. The Scoop: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

The weather may not have been great these past weeks, but let’s hope it cheers up in time for The Scoop’s month-long season of outdoor films at riverside arts venue More London. The programme isn’t exactly groundbreaking – expect the likes of ‘The Goonies’, ‘ET’ and ‘The LEGO Movie’ – but they’re all solid crowd pleasers and best of all every event is completely free. We’re sure you’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s action masterpiece ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ a hundred times, but this is a great chance to catch it on the big screen with a packed audience. More London. 7.30pm, Wed Sep 3. FREE.

For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.

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