The ICA Cinema in London is always a good place to catch up with films off the beaten track and they have two upcoming seasons of films.
The first contains some interesting releases from the past and present and the other has some about artists of the 20th century.
- Wendy and Lucy (1- 7 May): The simple tale of a young woman (Michelle Williams) adrift in the Pacific Northwest is an elegant allegory for modern American life, with not a shot or a word wasted.
- The Good, The Bad and the Weird (2 – 4 May): The action is handsome and inventive, the pace is full-throttle and director Kim Jee-woon proves that he’s one of cinema’s most exciting storytellers.
- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (23, 30 May 2009): Powell and Pressburger’s stately, intimate drama about Boer War and World War I veteran Clive Candy.
- A Matter of Life and Death (24, 30 May 2009): A visionary and witty fantasy from The Archers that finds a World War II pilot (David Niven) attempting to cheat death and almost falling prey to a cunning staircase.
- Black Narcissus (29, 31 May 2009): Powell and Pressburger’s highly charged drama sees Deborah Kerr among the nuns getting hot under their habits in the Himalayas.
- Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (22, 24, 26, 30 – 31 May 2009): A fascinating, expansive documentary that attempts to get at the heart of Bourgeois’ beautiful, bold and often mysterious work.
- Painters Painting (23, 25, 28, 31 May 2009): In 1973, Emile de Antonio interviews artists including Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Barnett Newman.
- Alice Neel (23, 27, 30 May 2009): A tender look at the life of Alice Neel, whose paintings were embraced in the 70s, some 50 years after she began to work.
There are also some special screenings such as:
- The Shout (10 May), The Aristocrats (24 May) and My Dinner with Andre (17 May), playing as part of the Talk Show Picture Show strand.
- Synecdoche, New York (Tuesday 5 May, 18:15)
- Sounds Like Teen Spirit (Wednesday 6 May, 18:30)
- African Shorts Programme (Sunday 10 May, 16:15)
- The Snake Pit (Sunday 17 May 10:00)
To find out more check out their website: www.ica.org.uk/film