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Programme changes

This page lists changes to the BFI Southbank programme, not represented in the published Guide.

Updated: 17 May

May/June Programme

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Dream Palace audience vote to re-open BFI Southbank, as promoted on BFI's Instagram:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
Mon 17 May 20:45 NFT1; Sun 30 May 12:20 NFT2
France 2019. Dir Céline Sciamma. With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami. 122min. Digital. EST. 15
In 18th-century France, artist Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Héloïse (Haenel) so it can be sent to a suitor. However, her subject neither wants to be married nor painted, so Marianne must stealthily capture Héloïse's likeness while pretending to be her walking companion. Sciamma's film, a big hit at 2019's BFI London Film Festival, is a beautifully observed romance that burns with passion and defiance.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Mon 3 May 11:30; to BFI Members on Tue 4 May 11:30 and to the public on Thu 6 May 11:30.

The Tango Lesson
Tue 18 May 20:45 NFT2; Wed 9 Jun 17:50 NFT2 p48
We will now be screening this film on Digital as the 35mm print has a damaged soundtrack.

Sound of Metal + Q&A with director Darius Marder
Wed 19 May 20:15 NFT1 p7
We are pleased to announce that director Darius Marder will attend a Q&A following this screening. This Q&A will include BSL interpretation and captioning using Speech to Text Reporting (STTR).

We are pleased to announce additional screenings of the following:
Nomandland p8
Fri 21 May 14:40 Studio; Sat 22 May 15:20 Studio (HOH); Sat 22 May 18:00 Studio; Sun 23 May 12:50 Studio; Mon 24 May 14:40 Studio; Tue 25 May 20:20 Studio; Thu 27 May 18:00 Studio
All screenings will have Audio Description available.
The screening on Sat 22 May 15:20 Studio will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

We are pleased to be able to present screenings of writer-director Henry Blake's debut feature:
County Lines
Fri 21 May 18:40 Studio (HOH); Sat 22 May 20:45 Studio; Wed 26 May 20:30 Studio; Thu 27 May 20:45 NFT3
UK 2019. Dir Henry Blake. With Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe, Harris Dickinson. 90min. Digital. 15.
County Lines is an original and stylish drama about a struggling mum (Madekwe) and her 14-year-old son Tyler (a compelling performance from newcomer Conrad Khan), who's groomed (by a chilling Harris Dickinson) and recruited into a lethal drug-selling network - a 'county line' that exploits vulnerable children and puts them to work nationwide. Inspired by his first-hand experience as a youth worker in the UK, Blake's authentic and sensitive thriller has a huge heart, delivers a respectful and optimistic message, and boasts powerful performances all round.
All screenings will have Audio Description available.
The screening on Fri 21 May 18:40 Studio will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

Car Wash + intro by Gurinder Chadha (on Fri 21 May)
Fri 21 May 20:55 NFT1; Mon 31 May 18:50 NFT3 p19 These screenings will be Digital as the 35mm print we had planned to screen is now too colour faded.

We are pleased to announce this addition to our programme:

The Human Voice + pre-recorded intro and Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton
Sat 22 May 15:00 NFT2; Tue 1 Jun 18:20 NFT1
Dir Pedro Almodóvar. Prods Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García. Writer Pedro Almodóvar. With Tilda Swinton. Spain 2020. Digital. 30min. (Total Run Time 76min.) Some EST. 15
Pedro Almodóvar's English-language debut presents a woman (Tilda Swinton) on the edge waiting for her lover to call. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau's short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton's unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.
Maria Delgado
Tickets £10 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Mon 3 May 11:30; to BFI Members on Tue 4 May 11:30 and to the public on Thu 6 May 11:30.

The Long Goodbye
Sun 23 May 18:30 NFT1 p30
This screening will now take place in NFT3 at 18:20.

Nomadland
Sun 23 May 18:30 NFT3 p8
This screening appears on the calendar in error.

We are pleased to announce additional screenings of the following:
Sound of Metal p7
Sun 23 May 18:00 Studio; Mon 24 May 18:15 Studio
Both screenings will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing and will have Audio Description available.

The Seventh Seal + intro by Mike Williams, Editor Sight & Sound
Fri 28 May 20:50 NFT1; Wed 30 June 14:30 NFT1 p20
The introduction to this film will now be pre-recorded and presented before both screenings.

Nomadland
Sun 30 May 15:30 NFT2 p8
Please note this additional screening (Audio Description available).

Tongues on Fire: UK Asian Film Festival Closing Night: The Beatles and India + Q&A with Ajoy Bose and Peter Compton
Sun 6 Jun 15:15 NFT1 p58
We are delighted to announce that the Q&A will no longer be via Skype but in person.

Fargo
Sat 12 Jun 13:10 NFT3 p15
This matinee will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the LIFF Opening Night Film, as follows:
LIFF Opening Night: WOMB (Women of My Billion) + on stage Q&A with Srishti Bakshi and film critic Anna Smith
Thu 17 Jun 17:20 NFT1
India 2020. Dir.Ajitesh Sharma. 102min. Digital. English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu with EST. 18
A young woman, Srishti Bakshi, embarks on a spectacular journey, walking nearly 4,000km across India. Along the way she meets and learns first-hand about the experiences of the country's richly diverse female population. WOMB is a poignant and heart-warming documentary exploring the social and political issues faced by women of today's India. It is a unique testament to seemingly insurmountable challenges in these unprecedented times and the everyday heroes who are striving forwards.
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

The Killers + pre-recorded intro by Imogen Sara Smith, author of ‘In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City’
Wed 23 Jun 17:50 NFT1 p44
To confirm, this screening has an intro as per page 44 (but missing from the online calendar PDF).

California Split
Thu 24 Jun 14:30 NFT1 p31
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

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SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST

We are delighted to announce the programme, as follows:

Sheffield Doc/Fest Opening Night: European Premiere: Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) + pre-recorded Q&A
Fri 4 Jun 20:15 NFT1
USA 2021. Dir Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson. 117min. Digital. In the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). After that summer, the footage was largely forgotten - until now. Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson presents a transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach and more.
Tickets: £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: UK Premiere: Lift Like a Girl + pre-recorded Q&A
Sat 5 Jun 20:15 NFT1
Egypt, Germany, Denmark 2021. Dir Mayye Zayed. 92min.
Digital. Arabic with EST.
On a corner-lot in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, female weightlifters train to become Olympic champions. Following in the footsteps of some of Egypt's most famous athletes, 14-year-old Zebiba trains under the tutelage of the visionary Captain Ramadan. Can Zebiba direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion that her coach feels certain she is capable of becoming?
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: International Premiere: My Name Is Pauli Murray + pre-recorded Q&A
Sun 6 Jun 18:30 NFT1
USA 2021. Dir. Betsy West, Julie Cohen. 91min. Digital.
Pauli Murray was a pioneering Black attorney, activist, priest, poet and memoirist who wrestled with gender identity and shaped landmark litigation - and consciousness - around race and gender equity, and fought heavily in the battle for social justice. Told mainly using Murray's own words, this filmic portrait, from the directors of RBG, reveals a tenacious spirit; Pauli Murray is a name you will not forget.
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: UK Premiere: The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual For Military Occupation + pre-recorded Q&A
Fri 11 Jun 20:20 NFT1
France 2021. Dir Avi Mograbi. 110min. Digital. English and Hebrew (with EST)
The Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories has lasted 54 years, and there is seemingly no end in sight. Working with testimonies given by soldiers in the Israeli army, Avi Mograbi provides insights on how a colonialist occupation functions, using Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a case study.
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Closing Night: World Premiere: The Story of Looking + pre-recorded Q&A
Sat 12 Jun 20:50 NFT1
UK 2021. Dir Mark Cousins. 90min. Digital.
Facing the threat of losing his sight, award-winning filmmaker Mark Cousins embarks on an intimate odyssey from his bed, to explore the central role of looking in his own life and in the past, present and future of human experience. Join us in conversation with Mark as we delve into how looking can paint a portrait of our culture.
Tickets: £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

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