Barbican Cinema: January 2018 highlights

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
January 2018 highlights
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Barbican Cinema Special Events

  • John Akomfrah Presents: The Night of Counting the Years (aka The Mummy)
  • Silent Film and Live Music: Variety
  • BBC SO Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein - Young People’s Concert: What is Impressionism?
  • Bernstein 100: On the Waterfront

Also screening at Barbican:

  • Architecture on Film: Rem Koolhaas
  • New East Cinema: A Heart of Love and ScreenTalk with Lukasz Ronduda

Performance Cinema:

  • National Theatre Encore: Follies
  • Afternoon Arts – Stage Russia: The Seagull
  • ROH: Rigoletto
  • MET Opera Live in HD: Tosca


Barbican Cinema Special Events:

John Akomfrah Presents: The Night of Counting the Years (aka The Mummy) (15*)
Thu 4 Jan 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Egypt 1969 Dir Chadi Abdel Salam 102 min Digital presentation

Presented here in a digital restoration by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, this Egyptian classic was recently voted the greatest ever movie from the Arab world. 1881, Thebes – burial place of the Pharaohs. The Horabat mountain tribe have lived for generations by stripping artefacts from a tomb known only to themselves, and selling them on the black market. When the current chief dies, his two sons learn for the first time about the trade, and are thrown into moral chaos: reveal the secret to the authorities, or preserve what the tribesmen consider to be their natural heritage?

The film casts this story in terms of the search for an authentic, lost Egyptian national identity, while leaving open questions about desecration, veneration, and what exactly our debt should be to the past. Unusual camera angles, striking colours and an unsettling score contribute to making this what Scorsese has called “an entrancing and oddly moving experience.”

Silent Film and Live Music: Variety (PG) with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne
Sun 21 Jan 4pm, Cinema 1
Germany 1925 Dir Ewald Andre Dupont 94 min

A key work of German silent cinema and an international smash on its release, E A Dupont’s movie is an audacious melodrama, partly filmed in the legendary Berlin Wintergarten Theatre. Starring two of the eras biggest stars, Emil Jannings and Lya De Putti, the film immerses us in a world of acrobats, clowns, jugglers, dancing girls and barkers of the period. The screening features a live musical accompaniment by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne and vibraphonist/percussionist Martin Pyne, who perform Horne's original score for this classic of both the silent and circus genre.

Part of the London International Mime Festival

Bernstein 100: Leonard Bernstein: Young People’s Concert: What is Impressionism?
Sat 27 Jan 11am, Cinema 3

US 1961 Dir Roger Englander 55min

A recording of one of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Carnegie Hall is one of the longest-running series of family concerts in the classical music world. One of a number of films capturing Bernstein as he introduces specific musical themes from the stage, before illustrating them with the orchestra. Here, the American composer discusses Impressionism in music, focusing on the methods and styles of Debussy.

Also part of BBC SO Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein 100: On the Waterfront (PG)
Sun 28 Jan 4pm, Cinema 2

US 1954 Dir Elias Kazan 103 min

Part of Bernstein 100, the Barbican’s celebration of the American composer’s 100th birthday, Leonard Bernstein provides an extraordinary soundtrack to Elia Kazan’s masterful story of a man taking on his corrupt dock union. Marlon Brando, who gives a seminal performance as Terry Malloy, is terrifically supported by Karl Malden as the local priest, Eva Marie Saint as the sister of the murdered man, and Rod Steiger as Terry’s conflicted brother. 

Also screening at the Barbican:

Architecture on Film: Rem Koolhaas
O.M.A. Rem Koolhaas
Sun 14 Jan 4pm, Cinema 2

Netherlands 1985 Dir Jef Cornelis 76 min

Wed 17 Jan 6.30pm, Cinema 1

US 2016 Dir Tomas Koolhaas 75 min

Architecture on Film series presents two portraits of architect Rem Koolhaas. Separated by 30 years, together the films provide an intimate insight into the breadth of the architect’s influential and celebrated career, guiding the viewers through his thinking and projects in his own words.

O.M.A. Rem Koolhaas is a feature length interview with Koolhaas from the beginning of his career, by Dutch pioneer of the interface between television and culture, Jef Cornelis.

Directed the architect’s son Tomas Koolhaas, REM is an homage to Koolhaas’ now legendary status.

New East Cinema: A Heart of Love (15*) and ScreenTalk with director Lukasz Ronduda
Wed 24 Jan 6.30pm, Cinema 2

Poland 2017 Dir Lukasz Ronduda 77 min

Inspired by the lives of Warsaw-based artists, Wojtek Bąkowski and Zuzanna Bartoszek, two emblematic figures of the contemporary art scene, this romance examines the relationship between narcissism and love. Wojtek and Zuzanna's love, art and lives have become inseparable. Wojtek already has built a reputation as a poet and musician, while Zuzanna is on the verge of her big break. When power begins to shift, these lovers soon find themselves in competition, which poses the question: which is more important, art or love? 

Lukasz Ronduda presents his bittersweet love story in a hyper-stylised form with an electronic score that drives relentlessly on while the protagonists and their motivations are dissected. 

Presented in collaboration with Calvert 22 Foundation, curated by The New Social

Performance Cinema :

National Theatre Encore: Follies (12A)
Mon 1 Jan 3pm, Cinema 2

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto (12A)
Tue 16 Jan 7.15pm, Cinema 2

Afternoon Arts
Stage Russia: The Seagull (#
Thu 18 Jan 2pm, Cinema 2

MET Opera Live in HD: Tosca (12A)
Sat 27 Jan 5.55pm, Cinema 1

New Releases:

Also screening in the cinemas this month will be some of the best new releases including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, All the Money in the World, Missouri, Darkest Hour, The Post, On Chesil Beach.