MAY

Below is a selection of screenings in the London area throughout May. There is no specific criteria here but for a general focus on the alternative, the avant-garde, and the rare. Priority is given to one-off and repertory screenings rather than films with official distribution, though we sometimes note previews and Q&As for the more experimental work that does manage to get a theatrical release. For the latest gallery installations please see our Exhibitions page.

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Wednesday 1 May
19:00 Holiday in Seoul (Lee Yong-min, 1956), Cinema Museum, £10

Thursday 2 May
19:30 Guilty Hands (W.S. Van Dyke, 1931), The Cinema Museum, £6
20:40 Hard Paint (Felipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, 2018), BFI Southbank (NFT3), £13.75

Friday 3 May
14:00 Performing Theory: Master Class with Michelle Williams Gamaker, Birkbeck, £FREE
18:00 Life Above All (Oliver Schmitz, 2010), Birkbeck, £FREE
19:00 Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018), Tate Modern, £10

Saturday 4 May
14:15 Sicilia! (Straib-Huillet, 1999) on 35mm, ICA, £13 🎞️
18:30 Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (Aki Kaurismäki, 1994), Close-up Centre, £10
19:00 The Faces We Lost (Piotr Cieplak, 2017), Deptford Cinema, £6

Sunday 5 May
12:30 Workers, Peasants (Straub-Huillet, 20010) on 35mm, ICA, £13

Wednesday 8 May
19:00 Trieste: In-between states (Tereza Stehliková, 2016), Ben Uri Gallery, £10
19:30 Hungarian Rhapsody (Hanns Schwarz, 1928) on 35mm, The Cinema Museum, £5 🎞️
20:45 True Stories (David Byrne, 1986) on 35mm #MovieJam, Prince Charles Cinema, £10 🎞️

Thursday 9 May
18:20 Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930) + graphic novel launch, Barbican, £13.50
19:00 Five Men and a Caravaggio (Xiaolu Guo, 2018), Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50
19:00 Up is a Relative Concept, FOLD, £5
20:40 Song (Richard Eichberg, 1928) on 35mm, BFI Southbank (NFT3), £13.75 🎞️

Friday 10 May
18:00 Doozy (Richard Squires, 2018), Birkbeck, £SOLD OUT
20:15 Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jireš, 1970), Close-up Film Centre, £10

Saturday 11 May
18:00 A Ghost Eats Mud on the Mountain (Richard Forbes-Hamilton, 2019) + live score, Black Tower Projects, £FREE
18:10 Madeline's Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) + Q&A, Barbican, £13.50
19:00 The Seen and Unseen (Kamila Andini, 2017), Deptford Cinema, £6

Sunday 12 May
13:00 Xiaolu Guo: Event Horizons, Whitechapel Gallery, £12.50
14:30 Le Souffle Au Coeur (Louis Malle, 1971), The Cinema Museum, £8.50
14:30 Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013), Deptford Cinema, £6
17:00 Pola X (Leos Carax, 1999) on 35mm, Close-up Centre, £12 🎞️
20:00 Guy Sherwin and Peter Todd: Recent Work, Close-up Centre, £12

Monday 13 May
18:15 Variety (E.A. Dupont, 1925), BFI Southbank (NFT1), £13.75
20:00 Francis of Assisi (Liliana Cavani, 1966), Deptford Cinema, £6

Tuesday 14 May
18:30 Laura Mulvey in Conversation: Feminist Film Curating, Birkbeck, £FREE

Wednesday 15 May
18:30 Strange (Mox Mäkelä, 2018), Tate Modern, £10
18:45 Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman, 1961), ICA, £7
19:30 City That Never Sleeps (John H. Auer, 1953) on 35mm, The Cinema Museum, £6 🎞️
21:00 Perfect (Eddie Alcazar, 2018), Prince Charles Cinema, £13.50

Thursday 16 May
18:40 Belén (Adriana Vila Guevara, 2016), Genesis Cinema, £9
19:00 Border Struggles (of the Common Birds), Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50

Friday 17 May
21:00 Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale (FINT, 2018) + Q&A, Prince Charles Cinema, £13.50

Saturday 18 May
11:30 The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok De Wit, 2016), Regent Street Cinema, £12
13:00 Personal Problems (Bill Gunn, 1980), Birkbeck, £FREE
17:00 Morgan Quaintance: Hysteresis (exhibition opening), LUX, £FREE (booking essential)
18:30 Too Late to Die Young (Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018), Genesis Cinema, £10.50
18:30 Les Antiquités de Rome (Jean-Claude Rousseau, 1989) on 16mm, Close-up Centre, £10 🎞️

Sunday 19 May
15:00 The Student of Prague (Henrick Galeen, 1926), BFI Southbank (NFT2), £13.75
19:45 The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018), Deptford Cinema, £6

Monday 20 May
19:00 Default (Choi Kook-hee, 2018), Regent Street Cinema, £7
20:00 Galileo (Liliana Cavani, 1968), Deptford Cinema, £FREE

Tuesday 21 May
18:00 Matinee (Joe Dante, 1993) + discussion with Radiant Circus, Birkbeck, £FREE
18:30 Agnès Varda triple-bill, Barbican, £12
19:30 I’m No Angel (Wesley Ruggles, 1933), The Cinema Museum, £10.02
21:00 Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999), The Castle Cinema, £10

Wednesday 22 May
18:30 XY Chelsea (Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019), ICA, £15
19:00 Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, 1966), Regent Street Cinema, £12

Thursday 23 May
18:20 Afternoon of a Nymph (Philip Saville, 1962), BFI Southbank (NFT3), £13.75
18:30 Towards the Planetary Commons, Part I (preview), Arts Catalyst, £FREE (closes 22 June)
19:00 Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959) on 35mm, Barbican, £12 🎞️

Friday 24 May
18:30 Wu Tsang: Who Touched Me (opening), Cabinet, £FREE (closes 29 June)
20:15 The Liberated Film Club V, Close-up Centre, £10

Saturday 25 May
13:30 Xiaolu Guo: Once Upon a Time in China, Whitechapel Gallery, £12.50
15:00 ALT/KINO presents TERROR NULLIUS (Soda_Jerk, 2018), Close-up Centre, £12 🎞️
18:00 ALT/KINO presents TERROR NULLIUS (Soda_Jerk, 2018), Close-up Centre, £SOLD OUT
19:00 Satan’s Slaves (Joko Anwar, 2017), Deptford Cinema, £6

Sunday 26 May
14:45 Xiaolu Guo: The edge is Where the Centre is, Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50
15:30 Homo Sapiens (Nicholas Geyrhalter, 2016), Deptford Cinema, £6

Monday 27 May
20:00 The Year of the Cannibals (Liliana Cavani, 1970), Deptford Cinema, £6
20:15 Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976), Close-up Centre, £10

Tuesday 28 May
19:00 Stan Brakhage: An Adventure in Perception on 16mm, Barbican, £12 🎞️
19:30 Women in Revolt - Beyond the Visible, Regent Street Cinema, £12

Wednesday 29 May
20:20 Why Life is Worth Living: Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller, BFI Southbank (NFT3), £13.75

Thursday 30 May
21:00 Waxworks (Paul Leni, 1924) on 35mm, BFI Southbank (NFT2), £13.75 🎞️

Friday 31 May
15:00 Moving Image Salon launch event, Film and Video Umbrella, £FREE
TBC Tony Cokes: Sound Systems (weekender), Tate Modern