Barbican Cinema: December 2017 highlights

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
December 2017 highlights
Box Office 0845 120 7527

Barbican Cinema Special Events:

Finland: Independence Day
Until 3 Dec, Cinema 2

Celebrating the centenary of Finnish independence with a season of films curated by the Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland’s coolest film event. Founded in 1986 by Finnish filmmakers Mika and Aki Kaurismäki, the festival is located in the village of Sodankylä, in the heart of Finnish Lapland, some 120 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, where audiences watch films 24 hours a day, as the summer sun never sets. In December Barbican Cinema will screen The Year of the Hare (Jäniksen vuosi) (1977); People in the Summer Night (Ihmiset suviyössä) (1948); and Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016).

Presented in partnership with the Finnish Film Foundation and National Audiovisual Institute

Cinema Matters Part 6 - Time, Memory, Dream
Until 17 Dec, Cinema 3

In the final part of a year-long series exploring cinema’s impact on the world, Time, Memory, Dream examines film as a medium that inscribes and unspools in time, and its specific innovations in relation to the representation of time, memory and dreams. December screenings include Peter Weir's unsettling dreamscape Picnic At Hanging Rock; and widely credited as one of the finest British films ever made, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

Free CeCe

Sat 9 Dec 4pm, Cinema 3

US 2016 Dir Jacqueline Gares 100 min

This moving documentary tells the story of Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald, a trans woman who was attacked on her way to the store with a group of friends, resulting in a man being killed. CeCe was subsequently prosecuted and incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota and an international campaign to free her garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), who narrates the film.

Free CeCe presents some of the realities of trans lives, and the effects of structural oppression, while specifically exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case.

Presented in association with Transpose at the Barbican Theatre, 8-9 December

John Akomfrah Presents: Memories of Underdevelopment (15)

Tue 12 Dec 8.45pm, Cinema 2

Cuba 1968 Dir Tomás Gutiérrez Alea 104 min Digital presentation

To complement his exhibition Purple in the Curve, John Akomfrah selects a short season of films that have inspired his work and world view.

Memories of Underdevelopment shows Cuba at a critical moment in its history, and offers an insightful reflection on being an outsider at a time of change. Sergio, a wealthy man, stays behind while the rest of his family leaves for the States following the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. Sceptical of the promises of a new Cuba, Sergio feels alone in a brave new world. It was the subtlety and sophistication of its political analysis – exceptional in a product of Cuba’s state-sponsored film industry of the time – plus its stylistic virtuosity, which led this film to become the first from post-revolutionary Cuba to gain widespread international acclaim.

Meet Me in St Louis (U)

Wed 13 Dec 8.30pm, Cinema 3

US 1944 Dir Vincente Minnelli 113 min

One of the most joyful and exuberant of the classic MGM musicals, this period family story set at the time of the 1904 World's Fair, was shot in glorious technicolor as a wonderful tonic to the grim background of World War 2 reality.

Judy Garland is at her best as literally the girl next door, whilst also giving some of her greatest screen singing performances including The Trolley Song and the festive classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Directed with verve and style by Vincente Minnelli who would soon become Garland's real life husband.

Also screening at Barbican:

London International Animation Festival 2017

1-10 Dec, Cinemas 1 & 3

The UK’s largest animation festival returns for its 14th year with the best international and local shorts and features, including International Showcases, special children’s screenings and the ever-popular The Best of the Fest. Local and international guests include the worlds most adventurous, innovative and perverse filmmaker David OReilly, the team behind Barcelona's Punto Y Raya Festival exploring pure form, colour, motion and sound and 'Female Figures' a timely panel discussion and screening about the onscreen representation of women. Features include Cleopatra, a newly rediscovered Japanese Anime by the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka and a special screening of Academy Award nominee and festival favourite Don Hertzfeldt's hugely anticipated 'World of Tomorrow' films - Episodes 1 and 2.

Global Health Film Festival 2017

8 & 9 Dec, Cinemas 1, 2 & 3

This annual two-day festival brings together health advocates, filmmakers, industry
experts, journalists and the general public to experience a mix of features and short films (including premieres) VR installations, expert Q&A sessions and workshops for global health advocacy.

Presented in partnership with the Global Health Film initiative

BBCSO: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Anti Maestro (PG*)

Sun 10 Dec 11am, Cinema 3

France 2011 Dir Emmanuelle Franc 52 min

A candid portrait of Esa-Pekka Salonen at work conducting his own and other works with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Part of BBC SO Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Science on Screen: La Jetee + Blood of a Poet (#)

Tue 12 Dec 6.30pm, Cinema 3

Prof Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins explore the shifting nature of memory, questioning our assumptions about how time unfolds before a screening of two classic French short films.

Blood of a Poet

France 1930 Dir Jean Cocteau 53 min

Jean Cocteau's enigmatic first feature is a fascinatingly surrealist tour-de-force, exploring the 'inner self' of the poet within a series of imaginary events.

Through his experimentation with trick photography and the technical capabilities of film, Cocteau created unique, strange and sometimes disturbing images. This visual poetry combined with liberal doses of theatrical camp make a rich and fascinating film.

+ La Jeteé

France 1962 Dir Chris Marker 28 mins

A sci-fi classic made almost entirely of stills, La Jeteé brings to life the post-apocalyptic story of a man obsessed with an image from his past. It won first prize at the 1963 Trieste Film Festival, and was the inspiration behind Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys.

Performance Cinema:

ROH: The Nutcracker (#)

Tue 5 Dec 7.15pm, Cinema 2

Teatro All Scala: Andrea Chenier (#)

Thu 28 Dec 6pm, Cinema 2

New Releases:

Also screening in the cinemas this month will be some of the best new releases including Happy End, A Matter of Life & Death, , Stronger, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Molly’s Game.


Notes to Editors

For further information contact:
Sarah Harvey Publicity 020 7732 7790
Sarah Harvey:
Hayley Willis:

Ticket prices: Box Office: 0845 120 7527

New releases/Film festivals: - listing-tabs

Standard: £12.00 Barbican Members: £9.70 Concessions: £11.00 Under 18s: £6.50 Young Barbican: £5.50/£10.50/£15.50 Monday Madness: £6.50 (New Release films only) Student Tuesdays £5.50

Repertory seasons: £10.50 (standard), £9.50 (concessions), £8.60 (members)

3D films: Standard: £14.00 Barbican Members: £12.80 Concessions £13.00 Under 18s: £8.50 Young Barbican: £7.50 Monday Madness: £8.50 Student Tuesdays: £7.50

Silent Film and Live Music:

Standard: £12.50 Double Bills: £16.50

Framed Film Club: £2.50 child / £3.50 adult

No unaccompanied adults or children.

Parent and Baby Screenings: £6

* Local Classification

# Certificate to be confirmed