Barbican Cinema: November 2017 highlights

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

Barbican Cinema Special Events

  • Cinema Matters Part 6 - Time, Memory, Dream
  • Silent Film and Live Music: The Sins of Love
  • Silent Film and Live Music: Mamma Don’t Allow + Together + Live musical accompaniment
  • Conversations with Women in Film: Wall (UK Premiere) + ScreenTalk with Moran Ifergan
  • Suspiria + ScreenTalk with Dario Argento
  • John Akomfrah Presents... Salvatore Giuliano
  • Framed Film Festival
  • Finland + ScreenTalk

Also screening at Barbican:

  • Doc ‘n’ Roll Film Festival
  • EFG London Jazz Festival
  • Architecture on Film: The Prison of Twelve Landscapes + Arena + ScreenTalk with Brett Story
  • Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival
  • Underwire Film Festival
  • New East Cinema: Hostages (15*) + ScreenTalk with Rezo Gigineishviliin

Performance Cinema:

  • Stage Russia: Anna Karenina
  • National Theatre Live: Follies
  • National Theatre Encore: Follies
  • Met Opera Live in HD: The Exterminating Angel
  • Exhibition on Screen: Matisse

Barbican Cinema Special Events:

Cinema Matters Part 6 - Time, Memory, Dream

From 2 Nov, Cinema 3

In the final part of a year-long series exploring cinema’s impact on the world, these screenings examine film as a medium that inscribes and unspools in time, and its specific innovations in relation to the representation of time, memory and dreams. Screenings include celebrated French filmmaker Chris Marker’s San Soleil; Chantal Akerman’s iconic Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; the influential debut feature from Alain Resnais, Hiroshima, Mon Amour; Andrei Tarkovsky’s stunning piece of filmmaking, Mirror; 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.

Silent Film and Live Music: The Sins of Love

Sun 5 Nov 4pm, Cinema 1

Czechoslovakia 1929 Dir Karel Lamač 70 min

The dramatic story of a rural actor whose life is destroyed by a theatre engagement in the big city, and by his obsessive love for his beautiful, much younger wife.

When Ivan and Sonia leave the countryside for the city, she becomes a star and takes a lover; so begins a spiral of events that lead to tragedy. Beautifully directed by leading European actor and filmmaker Karel Lamač (who shot newsreels during World War I and with the RAF during the Second World War), The Sins of Love has been restored by the National Film Archive in Prague, and receives its long overdue premiere in the UK.

In partnership with Czech Centre London and National Film Archive Prague

Silent Film and Live Music: Together + Live musical accompaniment

Sun 12 Nov 4pm, Cinema 3

UK 1956 Dir Lorenza Mazzetti 52 min

As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Barbican Cinema presents a special screening of the dialogue-free ‘Free Cinema’ classic Together (1956) with a new live jazz score commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo’ness. Saxophonists Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino will perform their new live score with percussion, and join the audience after the screening for an informal Q&A.

Introduction and post-screening Q&A enhanced by BSL interpretation and electronic note taking.

Falkirk Community Trust, supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Conversations with Women in Film: Wall (UK Premiere) + ScreenTalk with Moran Ifergan

Mon 13 Nov 6.30pm, Cinema 2

A woman’s personal drama of divorce and rediscovery is juxtaposed with the dramatic and routine happenings around the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Following her poignant journey entirely through phone calls and recorded messages from important women in her life, the intimate dialogue contrasts with captivating footage of the Western Wall and the foot of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. An encounter between sound and image, both private and public.

The screening of Wall at Barbican marks its UK premiere and is the debut documentary feature by Israeli director Moran Ifergan, who will attend a Screen Talk after the film.

Conversations with Women in Film is presented in partnership with WFTV (UK) and the London Film School.

Suspiria + Screen Talk with Dario Argento

Tue 14 Nov 8.30pm, Cinema 1

Italy 1977 Dir Dario Argento 97 min

CultFilms present a new restoration of Dario Argento’s groundbreaking 1977 masterpiece Suspiria in 4K, plus an introduction and screen talk with the director. Ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at the prestigious Tanz Academy in Freiburg, a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. Soon students begin to die in horrific circumstances – is Suzy next, and can she uncover the academy’s sinister secret before it’s too late? Abandoning the black gloves of the giallo in favour of a witchy brew of magic and murder, Argento carved a Baroque nightmare, saturated with expressive colour and punctuated by shocking violence. Considered the most famous Italian horror film of all time for its vivid, groundbreaking style, Suspiria now returns for its fortieth anniversary.

From Fri 17 Nov Barbican Cinema will present an exclusive London presentation of Suspiria (4K)

John Akomfrah Presents: Salvatore Giuliano

Wed 15 Nov 8.45pm, Cinema 2

Italy 1962 Dir Francesco Rosi 123 min

Complementing his exhibition Purple in the Curve, John Akomfrah has chosen a quartet of films that have inspired his work and world view, including this drama from acclaimed Italian filmmaker Francesco Rosi. Through this portrait of a Sicilian bandit, Rosi explores the complicit corruption of citizens, the Mafia and the government.

Framed Film Festival

Sat 18 Nov, Cinema 2

The Barbican’s annual showcase of the best new children’s films returns with stories from all over the world. With free film inspired activities and workshops in the cinema foyer, this weekend is a must for all young film fans.

Finland: Independence Day

Wed 29 Nov – Sun 3 Dec, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3

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. Audiences watch films 24 hours a day, as the summer sun never sets. Midnight Sun provides an atmosphere like no other festival, and the Barbican is delighted to bring the spirit of Sodankylä to London.

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

Also screening at Barbican:

Doc ‘n’ Roll Film Festival

4-9 Nov, Cinema 2

From the festival’s selection of the latest documentaries from the realms of R&B, Funk, Soul, Rock, Indie, Electronic and Metal, the Barbican hosts three premieres, including Suburban Steps To Rockland, a portrait of the legendary Ealing Club.

EFG London Jazz Festival

11- 19 Nov, Cinema 3

The festival’s film strand presents the pick of the crop of new jazz documentaries – including a profile of John Coltrane, and an account of Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster in Copenhagen – plus a rare screening of the Thelonious Monk-scored Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959), and ‘Free Cinema’ classic Together (1956) with a live new jazz score.

Architecture on Film: The Prison of Twelve Landscapes + Arena + ScreenTalk with Brett Story

Mon 20 Nov 6.30pm, Cinema 1

2016, USA, Brett Story, 84 mins

Brett Story’s lyrical documentary offers a meditative illumination of the far reaches of the US prison system. An ex-con chess master ruminates on the ‘theory of the game’, before the film explores the economic, social and psychological tentacles of the justice system’s infrastructure. From ‘recession proof’ jobs sustaining whole communities to the prison of payday loans, from cages of race and resources to a radio station penetrating walls, from anti-sex-offender pocket parks to the reaches of real estate, Story’s film presents physical and subliminal architectures of control and power.

Preceded by:


2009, Portugal, Joao Salaviza, 15 mins

In celebrated Portuguese director Salaviza’s fictional short, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, a man under house arrest lingers in a domestic prison. A sensual slice of sun soaked cinema, framed by the carceral architecture, both physical and psychological, of a suburban housing estate.

Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival

14 - 19 Nov, Cinema 2 & 3

East London’s queer happening returns with a programme of films representing LGBTIQ+ lives, desires and artistic visions to push boundaries and quicken the pulse. Programme includes the UK premiere of The Fabulous Allan Carr, a masterful biopic profiling the producer/manager famous for his hit musical film Grease and Broadway sensation La Cage Aux Folles; plus the UK premiere of My Beautiful West Berlin, a fascinating historical portrait of the west part of Germany’s capital that combines rare archival material with powerful testimonies from Berliners including trans icon and David Bowie lover Romy Haag, preeminent German gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim, Teddy-Award co-founder Wieland Speck and techno DJ Westbam.

Underwire Festival

23 - 26 Nov, Cinema 3

Returning to the Barbican this year, Underwire Festival is the UK's biggest film festival celebrating and spotlighting female talent working across the crafts, celebrating women both on and behind the screen. The Barbican hosts three themed shorts programmes, plus a twentieth anniversary screening of Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson.

New East Cinema: Hostages (15*)+ ScreenTalk with Rezo Gigineishvili Wed 29 Nov 6.15pm, Cinema 1

Russia/ Georgia/Poland 2017, Rezo Gigineishvili 103 min

The UK premiere of Rezo Gigineishvili's latest feature is a tense, atmospheric story based on real events that took place in 1983 when a group of young, aspiring Georgians hijacked a commercial aircraft in an attempt to escape the stifling reality of the USSR for the promises of the West.

Nika and Ana’s wedding preparations are well under way; it’s going to be a big day for both of their elite families. However all is not as it seems, as the celebrations are actually part of a cover up, as they plan their escape from the Soviet Union. The newlyweds and their friends plot to run away from their confined lives and start afresh in the free world.

New East Cinema, in collaboration with Russian Film Week.

Performance Cinema:

Stage Russia: Anna Karenina

Tue 16 Nov 2pm, Cinema 2

National Theatre Live: Follies

Thu 16 Nov 7pm, Cinema 2

Relaxed Screening - National Theatre Encore: Follies

Fri 17 Nov 2pmpm, Cinema 3

Met Opera Live in HD: The Exterminating Angel

Sat 18 Nov 5.55pm Cinema 1

Afternoon Arts Exhibition on Screen: Matisse

Thu 30 Nov 2pm, Cinema 2

New Releases:

Also screening in the cinemas this month will be some of the best new releases including Paddington 2, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Battle of the Sexes, Surbicon, The Florida Project and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.


Notes to Editors

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

Ticket prices: Box Office: 0845 120 7527

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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

About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

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