Barbican Cinema: March 2018 highlights

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
March 2018 highlights

Barbican Cinema Special Events:

Oscar® Week
Fri 2 - Thu 8 Mar, Cinema 2 & 3
The Barbican presents a selection of Oscar®-worthy films for audiences to catch up on, as it screens all the Best Picture nominees in one week.

Silent Film and Live Music
Little Old New York (#) with live musical accompaniment by Morgan Cooke
Sun 18 Mar 3.30pm, Cinema 1

US 1923 Dir Sidney Olcott 110 min
Directed by Sidney Olcott this historical drama follows a young Irish girl (silent film star Marion Davis) as she arrives in early 19th century New York disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left for her late brother. The screening of this restored copy is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Morgan Cooke (harp, harmonica, and piano).
Presented in Partnership with the Irish Film Institute
Kinoteka Film Festival Closing Gala

The Call of the Sea (#) with live musical accompaniment by TBC
Thu 29 March 7.30pm, Cinema 1

Poland 1927 Dir Henryk Szaro 126 min

The Barbican presents the Closing Gala event of the 2018 Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, featuring a screening of the digitally restored 1927 film The Call of the Sea. Immensely popular in Poland in the 1920s, this epic love story with a turbulent plot combines maritime cinema and romance, featuring many stars of the silent film era as well as officers and gunmen of the Polish navy and air force.

Part of the 16th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival (7 - 29 March 2018)

Chronic Youth Film Festival
Sat 17 & Sun 18 Mar, Cinema 2

A weekend of films and events with a focus on bold, brutal and beautiful coming-of-age movies. The programme is curated by the Barbican Young Programmers, a group of 16–25 year olds who meet regularly to develop their knowledge of film and the film industry. Over the course of the programme, the group have met critics, producers, distributors, directors and programmers and collaborated closely with Barbican marketing, curatorial, press and event management staff. Chronic Youth is a culmination of all their work.

Conversations with Women in Film
I Got Life! (15*) + Screentalk with Blandine Lenoir
Fri 23 Mar 6.30, Cinema 2
France 2017 Dir Blandine Lenoir 89 min

The Barbican presents the latest work by French director Blandine Lenoir. Cesar award-winner Agnes Jaoui gives an intelligent and affecting performance as Aurore; fifty, flirty and not so-thriving, her world is turned upside down when a past flame returns, reigniting her lust for life and love. A witty and wonderful ode to embracing age whilst staying young, I Got Life! is a timely and uplifting film celebrating womanhood. The film is followed by a Screentalk with Lenoir.

Gholam (*) + Screentalk with Mitra Tabrizian
Mon 26 Mar 6.15pm

UK/Iran 2017 Dir. Mitra Tabrizian 94 min
Award-winning Iranian artist and filmmaker Mitra Tabrizian discusses her debut feature film. Set in London in 2011, Gholam is the story of an enigmatic Iranian taxi driver - a man with no past, no future and no opinions. But driving through the East London streets at night, he involves himself in the plight of a total stranger. Starring leading Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini, who received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor at Cannes 2016 for his starring role in Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman.
Gholam plays on release at the Barbican from Fri 23 March

Comrade Kim Goes Flying (U*) + intro by Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans
Wed 28 Mar 8.30pm, Cinema 2

UK Belgium North Korea 2012 Dir Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Kim Gwang Hun 78min
The Barbican presents the London premiere of North Korea’s first ‘girl power’ movie, as introduced by two if its co-directors/producers. The plot tells the story of a young coal miner’s pursuit of her dream to become an acrobat.
In association with House of Illustration’s Made in North Korea exhibition.

Also screening at Barbican:

Afternoon Arts
British Museum Presents: Hokusai (PG)
Thu 1 Mar 2pm, Cinema 2

89 min
Focusing on the work, life, and times of Katsushika Hokusai, one of Japan’s greatest artists, the film uses ultra HD, close-ups, and expert insights to illustrate his wide-ranging influence and extraordinary legacy.

Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt (U)
Thu 29 Mar 2pm, Cinema 2

Having been given exclusive access to the major Rembrandt show hosted by both London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving the artist’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. This film explores each of the exhibition’s key works through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians. 

Edge of Frame
Particles in Space
Sat 3 Mar 12noon, Cinema 2

Labyrinths: The Films of Peter Burr
Sat 3 Mar 1.50pm, Cinema 2

The Barbican presents two selections of experimental films as part of the Edge of Frame Weekend 2018, a celebration of animation movies taking place over three days at Barbican, BFI Southbank and Close-Up Cinema. Particles in Space features works spanning 55 years from 1963 to 2018, exploring ideas of space, line, shape, and form, by early pioneers as well as groundbreaking contemporary animators. The first UK retrospective of Brooklyn-based computer animation visionary Peter Burr, Labyrinths features short works such as: Alone with the Moon; Special Effect; Green I Red; The Mess; and Pattern Language.

Curated by Edwin Rostron and supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Thu 8 - Fri 16 Mar, Cinema 1 & 2

The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Barbican, featuring award winning films bringing human rights issues to life through exceptional storytelling, challenging us all to empathise and demand justice for all. The Festival will open with the UK premiere of Naila and the Uprising, the journey of a remarkable woman, Naila Ayesh whose story weaves through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.

Architecture on Film: The Wild Frontier (15*)
Tue 20 Mar 7pm, Cinema 1

France 2016 Dir Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval, 225 min
The Barbican presents the UK premiere of this absorbing portrait of the Calais ‘jungle’ and its community of displaced migrants. Through residing in the temporary city of up to 12,000 people and observing some of its residents’ realities, filmmakers Klotz and Perceval offer a film of pure cinema; in witness, solidarity, record and revelation of a pivotal territory – now demolished – within the on-going migrant crisis.

Curated by The Architecture Foundation

Sweet Smell of Success (PG) + intro by Adrian Wootton
Wed 21 March 8.30pm, Cinema 3

USA 1957 Dir Alexander Mackendrick 94 min
Film London CEO Adrian Wootton introduces this American film noir starring matinee idols Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. The plot follows powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) as he recruits unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco (Curtis) to break up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

New East Cinema: How Viktor “The Garlic” took Alexey 'The Stud' to the Nursing Home (15*) + ScreenTalk with Alexander Hunt
Wed 28 Mar 6.30pm, Cinema 1

Russia 2017 Dir Alexander Hunt, 90min
'The Garlic', an angry young man, embarks on a journey of temporary reconciliation with his ex-convict father ‘The Stud’, in search for a nursing home. The screening is the UK premiere of this award-winning debut feature evoking the aesthetics of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, while taking us on a satirical journey through dysfunctional parenthood. Throbbing beats of Russian rap, vibrant colours and deadpan humour create an ironic commentary on contemporary Russia.

Curated by The New Social, in Association with Calvert 22


Performance Cinema:

ROH Live: Carmen (12A)
Tue 6 Mar 6.45pm, Cinema 2

Relaxed Screening - National Theatre Encore: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (15)
Friday 9 Mar 2pm, Cinema 3

MET Opera Live in HD: Semiramide (12A)
Sat 10 Mar 5.55pm, Cinema 1

Afternoon Arts: Carmen of the Lake (12A)
Thu 15 Mar 2pm, Cinema 2

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar (12A)
Thu 22 Mar 7pm, Cinema 2

ROH Live: Bernstein’s Centenary (12A)
Tue 27 Mar 7.15pm, Cinema 2

MET Opera Live in HD: Così fan tutte (12A)
Sat 31 Mar 5.55pm, Cinema 1


New Releases:

Also screening in the cinemas this month will be some of the best new releases including A Fantastic Woman, Thoroughbreds, Mary Magdalene, The Square, Isle of Dogs, and Ready Player One.


Notes to Editors

For further information contact:
Sarah Harvey Publicity 020 7732 7790
Sarah Harvey:
Eleonora Claps:

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