My Twisted Valentine season, ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Harold and Maude’ and more great film fun 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…
Cigarette Burns presents ‘Venus in Furs’
We all know what a Valentine’s film screening entails: a half-price meal deal at the local bistro, a glass of flat bubbly and ‘Casablanca’ for the tenth time. Not at the Barbican. They’re offering up some darker delights with their My Twisted Valentine season: four days of films exploring the stranger side of romance, from outrageous cult thriller ‘The Honeymoon Killers’ (1969) to Sofia Coppola’s lustrous and lovely debut ‘The Virgin Suicides’ (1999). But our pick has to be this sleazy Italian exploitation flick on Valentine’s night itself, the perfect way to impress the exploratory hipster cineaste in your life.
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. Sat Feb 14, 9.25pm. £7.60–£9.50
The Before Trilogy
All three instalments in Richard Linklater’s freewheeling, semi-improvised trilogy about an American (Ethan Hawke) and a Frenchwoman (Julie Delpy) who meet on a train in Vienna. The first movie, ‘Before Sunrise’ is the best of the three, and has become something of a romantic classic. What’s magical about Linklater’s entrancing style is the way he and his actors manage to convey the emotional truths that underlie all the talk as the potential lovers test each other’s opinions and commitment. Funny, poignant and perceptive.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Fri Feb 13, 6.30pm. £15
The Nomad: ‘Harold and Maude’
See one of the all-time great romantic movies in a unique location – plus dinner! Controversial on first release, forgotten for decades and then happily rediscovered (at least in part thanks to Cameron Diaz in ‘There’s Something About Mary’), ‘Harold and Maude’ is now firmly established as one of the all-time romantic classics. The central relationship may be unconventional – teenage boy, 79-year-old concentration camp survivor – but the themes of self-discovery and universal love speak to all of us.
The Lookout, Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Fri Feb 13, 6.30pm. £25 inc meal.
Katherine Hepburn Season: ‘Holiday’
Here’s a marvellously sophisticated comedy about a prototype dropout (Cary Grant in one of his best performances) who takes a rich upper class family by storm. Arriving engaged to the conventionally snobbish younger daughter, stirring up latent doubts and resentments through his carefree disregard for material proprieties and properties, he ends up by showing the yearningly dissatisfied elder sister (Katharine Hepburn) the way to a declaration of independence. BFI
Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Thu Feb 12, 8.45pm. £8.15–£11.50.
Friday the 13th
A motley crew of teenagers whose idea of relaxation is a game of strip Monopoly take jobs at a run-down summer camp, but get gorily hacked and sliced to death by a local nutter almost before they’ve had time to unpack. This ridiculous serving of schlock helped to kickstart the slasher boom, and is inevitably screened whenever the eponymous date pops up in the calendar. Stay away from the sequels, though…
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. Fri Feb 13, 10.55pm. £8.60, £7.60 concs.