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. ‘Ocean’s 11’
Celebrate the Sinatra centenary with an evening of live Frank-inspired jazz and this goofy but enjoyable crime comedy, later remade with George Clooney. Frank is joined by his entire Rat Pack, playing ex-army buddies who plan a grand heist in Las Vegas, relieving five casinos simultaneously of their loot. The evocation of Las Vegas as a neon nightmare may possibly be unintentional, since the film was made by Sinatra's own company as an extended advertisement for his shows there. The heist itself, though, is a superb piece of movie-making.
The London Edition, 10 Berners St, W1T 3NP. Tue Nov 24, 6.30pm. £35.
2. Diary of a Chambermaid + Jean-Claude Carriere Q&A
Author and Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière will introduce this screening of Buñuel’s satirical story set during the rise of fascism in the 1930s. Jeanne Moreau plays the beautiful, ambitious Célestine, who makes it from downstairs to upstairs by manipulating her right-wing boss. Buñuel digs right down to the spiritual gunge that links political, sexual and social positions, and Moreau's baleful charisma perfectly complements Buñuel's sardonic sadness.
ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Wed Nov 25, 8.20pm. £11, £7 concs.
3. Out 1: Noli Mi Tangere
Can you endure 13 hours of arty Frenchness? The full version of Jacques Rivette's grand experiment is almost too much to cope with. This features improvisations by some of the best New Wave actors, edited and arranged so that sometimes it's telling a complex mystery story – about thirteen conspirators, two theatre groups, and a couple of crazed outsiders – while the rest of the time it's telling a realistic story about the same people that deliberately makes no sense at all. It's a challenging and terrifying journey for all who can bear with it.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sat Nov 28 & Sun Nov 29. £40.
4. Alibi Film Club: ‘The Howling’
Joe Dante's 1981 werewolf movie sees TV reporter Dee Wallace seeking therapy with bizarre consciousness-raising group 'The Colony' after a traumatic incident involving a serial killer, only to discover they’re not what they seem. References to lycanthropic lore, literature and cinema abound, gags are plentiful, and the whole thing casts a pleasingly sceptical glance at self-help fads. Hardly surprising, given Dante's irreverent sense of humour and the fact that the film was co-written by John Sayles.
The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. Mon Nov 30, 8pm. FREE.
5. Fringe! ‘Shinjuku Boys’
This all-too-brief but event-stuffed festival offers heaps of new LGBT cinema including Peter Greenaway’s latest, ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’, and the wonderfully titled ‘Dyke Hard’. But our pick is ‘Shinjuku Boys’, documentary master Kim Longinotto’s 1995 study of the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo, a home-from-home for the city’s population of Onnabes – women who live as men. It’s an intimate, powerful film.
Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ. Sun Nov 29, 6pm. Free. +Q&A.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.