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…
LOCO: ‘Stolen Kisses’
The London Comedy Film Festival returns with 12 days of classic screenings, UK premieres and funny happenings across the capital. In one key strand, they revisit Francois Truffaut’s ‘Antoine Doinel’ movies, the series of films beginning with his debut ‘The 400 Blows’, following the life and exploits of Antoine, played by Jean-Pierre Leaud. This third instalment is a persuasively charming comedy in which Doinel wanders into a job as a private detective and falls hopelessly and idealistically in love with a client's wife.
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH. Thu Apr 21, 7.30pm. £5.
Edgar Wright All-Nighter
A tribute to British cinema’s finest working comedy director, featuring the complete ‘Cornetto’ trilogy (‘Shaun Of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End’) bookended by DIY debut ‘A Fisftul of Fingers’ and (in our opinion) his greatest work, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’. This joyous comic-book adaptation still takes us by surprise every time we pay it another visit (which is often). Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are a wonderfully unpredictable central couple, but it’s Wright’s direction that makes the movie fly, balancing comedy, sweetness and manic video-game action to intoxicating effect.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sat Apr 23, 8.45pm. £20.
If ‘The Revenant’ has given you a taste for the great outdoors, you won’t want to miss this bolshier, sillier, far more fun-packed survival story. Getting back to nature in the Alaskan hinterland, billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins, overacting like a maniac) peruses a tattered book, ‘Lost In the Wild’. Soon a plane crash allows him to show off his encyclopaedic memory, coping with hunger and the elements, plus smarmy photographer Alec Baldwin. Moreover, there's a Kodiak bear on their trail.
Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn St, SW4 0AT. Sat Apr 23, 1pm. £13.
Another unmissable masterpiece from the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival’s classics strand. The crafty double meaning in its title gives some clue as to what to expect from ‘Possession’: yes, it’s a horror movie, but it’s also an intimate, intelligent drama about people, about their hold over one another. Isabelle Adjani’s marriage to Sam Neill is imploding: secret love affairs come to light, harsh words are spoken and eventually the knives come out. But that’s only half the story: we won’t give away what Adjani is hiding in her secret bolthole by the Wall; suffice to say that its revelation elevates ‘Possession’ from a punishing fever-pitch psychological thriller to something far more bizarre.
ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Tue Apr 19, 8.40pm. £11, £7 concs.
‘Beat Girl’ + Q&A
This iconic 1950s British youth-in-revolt flick will be introduced by the ‘Beat Girl’ herself, starlet Gillian Hills, who also appeared in the likes of ‘Blow-Up’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Here she plays a resentful teenager, daughter of a middle-class father remarried to a gorgeous 'woman with a past', who decides to rebel by playing jukebox records and mixing with Beatniks. The result is fascinating for the sheer prurience of its content, and also for Adam Faith's first film appearance.
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, W1B 2UW. Wed Apr 20, 6.30pm. £11, £10.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.