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. La Regle du Jeu
This Friday, the Renoir Cinema near Russell Square reopens as the Curzon Bloomsbury. We popped in last week as they were adding the finishing touches. As if by magic, the cinema’s two screens have been carved into six, one which will be dedicated to documentaries. This inaugural week features heaps of classic film screenings, including Jean Renoir’s brilliant social comedy about the citizens of a French country house, a hilarious yet melancholic picture of a nation riven by petty class distinctions.
Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1N 1AW. Fri Mar 27, 6pm. £8.50.
2. Pixar Pyjama Party
Snuggle up in your jim-jams and settle down to all-nighter of seven of the greatest animated films ever made. None of that ‘Cars’ rubbish, here, either. For the most part, this is a cherry-picked selection of Pixar’s very finest, from insanely inventive adventures like ‘Toy Story’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Monsters Inc’ to smarter, more complex tales like ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Up’. If you’re going to spend a whole night battering your brain with bright colours, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sat Mar 28, 8.45pm. £20, £17.50 concs.
3. BFI Flare: ‘Jamie Marks is Dead’
One of the best new films screening in the BFI’s lesbian and gay film festival is this unsettling US indie. Based on American novelist Christopher Barzak’s 2008 coming-of-age tale ‘One For Sorrow’, this is a genuinely unusual teen drama poised somewhere between ‘Twilight’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’. In a backwoods American town, a body is discovered by the river. Jamie Marks was unremarkable in life: a nerdy, bespectacled teenager noticed only by those who bullied him. After death, he becomes something more powerful and strange.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Fri Mar 27, 8.15pm. £8 – £11.70.
4. Bechdel Test Fest: ‘Fish Tank’
The Bechdel Test Fest is screening classic films that pass the feminist film test throughout 2015. This first run of films comes to an end with Andrea Arnold’s follow-up to ‘Red Road’, a film that brilliantly and sensitively buzzes with life and offers a unique take on our world and our city. It delivers in spades attitude, humour, sadness, love, anger and hope – all wrapped up in a way of telling stories that is very much the director’s own.
Genesis Cinema, 93 – 95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ. Wed Mar 24, 7pm. FREE.
5. Camberwell Free Film Festival: ‘Death Line’
Among the many treats screening – for absolutely no money – at this year’s Camberwell Free Film Festival, our top pick has to be this outrageously entertaining 1973 shocker set on the London underground. The basic premise is a gruesome one: following a cave-in in 1892, successive generations of plague-ridden cannibals have survived and developed their own subterranean culture. The film’s great achievement is in eliciting sympathy for a creature whose residual capacity for human feeling is ultimately more moving than horrifying.
JazzLive at the Crypt, St Giles Trust, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8JB. Thu Mar 26, 8.30pm. FREE.