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49 LOVE THU 5 FRI 6 21:00 HACKNEY 18:30 HAYMARKET THE PRINCE OF ADVENTURERS CASANOVA Ivan Mosjoukine stars as the world’s most notorious rake in this French super-production, with colour sequences beautifully restored by the Cinémathèque Française. What joyousness, what merrymaking, what lovemaking! We imagine Casanova perpetually kissing the hand of his latest innamorata, while half out the window and with a murderous husband leaping up the stairs. There have been some gorgeous Casanovas in recent years, but Ivan Mosjoukine was born to play this mischievous Harlequin with the melancholy heart. He was one of a group of Russian emigrés who fled to Paris in the 1920s – as was Alexandre Volkoff who, fresh from assisting on Abel Gance’s Napoléon, directed this sumptuous blockbuster, replete with stencil colour sequences bringing Venice’s 17th century carnivals to life. A thousand silk dresses (by Boris Bilinsky, designer of the famous Metropolis poster) dance in a rainbow of colours, while fireworks are reflected in the waters of the Grand Canal. Bryony Dixon With live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne SAT 7 SUN 8 18:15 NFT2 13:00 RICH MIX TUE 10 THU 12 18:15 PCC 15:45 NFT3 SAT 14 14:45 NFT1 Dir-Scr Stephen Cone. Prod Grace Hahn, Madison Ginsberg, Stephen Cone. With Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White. USA 2017. 96min. Prod Co Sunroom Pictures Dir-Prod Carlo Guillermo Proto. Canada-Chile 2016. 100min. Sales Cinephil An intimate documentary portrait of the Hartings, a blind Canadian family who make their living singing in Montreal’s metro stations. Denis, Peggy and their daughter Lauviah are haunted by the tragic drowning of seven-year-old Hassan, the only sighted member of their family. Unable to accept his loss, they have become cult followers of Russian mystic Grigori Grabovoi. He claims that people can rise from the dead and believes Hassan’s resurrection is the only way of restoring the family’s happiness. Initially united by grief, the family members’ paths soon diverge. Given intimate access, the camera unflinchingly captures events as they unfold, from intense resurrection sessions with a Grabovoi disciple to violent domestic arguments and moments of profound despair. What emerges from Carlo Guillermo Proto’s award-winning and intense slice of cinéma vérité is a unique family portrait. Christine Bardsley The titular character of this minutely observed summertime slow-burner is 16-year-old Cyd, the only survivor of a childhood tragedy. Cyd is sent to stay with her estranged aunt Miranda, a renowned author and intellectual, in Chicago for the summer. The teenager’s energetic presence soon crowds Miranda’s hitherto introspective existence. Cyd is largely preoccupied with her young body – filling her days with sunbathing, running and an amorous dalliance with Katie, a local barrista. It’s a contrast to Miranda’s mellower existence, focusing on the mind and spirit, and initially the two are at odds with each other. Stephen Cone’s emotionally rich character study is not anchored in the banal tropes of the women’s relative sexual maturities, but rather in the human capacity to continually emerge and evolve. Miranda and Cyd’s relationship sparkles with a platonic chemistry that evokes both the singularity of newly found friendship, and the languor and hope of that special point in summer where everything feels possible. Jemma Desai RESURRECTING HASSAN PRINCESS CYD DOC Dir Alexandre Volkoff. Scr Alexandre Volkoff, Norbert Falk, Ivan Mosjoukine. With Ivan Mosjoukine, Diana Karenne, Suzanne Bianchetti. France 1926. 159min Casanova - Alexandre Volkoff – 1926 – Collections La Cinémathèque française’. HD digital scan of the original nitrate negative and 4K scan of vintage diacetate print (pochoir sequences) from our collections. TREASURES Dir Kate Hickey. Prod Cecilia Ritchie, Diana Ward. With James Lightning, Sara Messenger, Terrell Ferguson. Australia-USA 2017. 82min. Prod Co Aquarius Films Beneath palm trees and dusty pink orange sunsets, the rock stars of 1980s Venice Beach spin, glide and break-dance to R&B, hip hop and disco. Welcome to ‘Disco Alley’, a dynamic subculture that transformed the identity of California’s ‘slum by the sea’ and fuelled skate movies such as Xanadu, Skatetown, U.S.A. and Roller Boogie. Kate Hickey’s documentary feature debut tells the exhilarating story of Venice Beach’s roller-dancing scene, from its roots to its boots. While racially motivated police violence, gang warfare and unrest blazed through inner-city Los Angeles, Venice Beach was a hub of trailblazing creativity and a haven for young African-Americans. Archive footage and interviews with roller dancers from the heart of the scene recall the vibrancy and freedom of those dancing days; the awesome choreography, the community and the dreams – before the iron fist of the LAPD bore down and gentrification whitewashed the beach. Sophie Brown ROLLER DREAMS DOC


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