A trip to the movies

Enjoy a trip to the movies in South Kensington - from Sunday classics, family films and film festivals at Institut français, to blockbusters accompanied with live orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, to post-war classics at Goethe-Institut, to enjoying the full cinematic experience in 3D at the Science Museum's IMAX screen. There are films for young and old here in South Kensington.

The Shape of Water

16th Feb - 1st March
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Institut français
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During the Cold War, in the hidden US high-security laboratory where she works as a cleaner, Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation until she discovers a secret experiment… A frontrunner for the 2018 Oscars, and leads BAFTA nominations with 12 nods.

Focus on Belgian Cinema

22nd - 25th Feb
Various times
Institut français
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Focus on Belgian Cinema lifts the lid on a multicultural, environmentally conscious, at times cynical society, to portray an altogether modern view on the world we live in. Organised by Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Flanders House, in collaboration with Ciné Lumière.

Cinema Made in Italy 2018

7th - 11th March
Various times
Institut français
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Ciné Lumière teams up again with Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute in London to present the 8th edition of Cinema Made in Italy. Expect a brand-new array of cinematic delights, melding all genres from hilarious romcoms to action thrillers.

The Sound of Music

3rd - 25th Feb
Various times
Institut français
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From 3 to 25 February, Ciné Lumière pays tribute to multi-awarded composer Alexandre Desplat, and to other great French score composers. Alexandre Desplat will grace Ciné Lumière with an exclusive on-stage discussion, before attending the BAFTA Awards Ceremony, on 18 February.

Ciné Kids

Various
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

The School of Life

10th, 11th, 24th Feb
Various
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This film, in French with English subtitles, follows the adventures of a young boy freed from an orphanage to live on a vast estate in Sologne, exploring the forest and its secrets. Certified U.

Zazie dans le Métro + intro

27th Feb
8.45pm
Institut français
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Zazie dans le Métro is a merry farce depicting a satirical view of the French society in the early 60’s. In French with English subtitles, this film will be introduced by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor in Film Studies at King’s College London.

Five Last Days

28th Feb
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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The five days between Sophie Scholl’s arrest and her execution on 22 February 1943 as experienced by her cell neighbour Else Gebe. A stripped-down, theatre-like approach which gives room to Scholl’s thoughts, her convictions and joys.

Movie Nights at the Museum

2nd & 3rd March
7.15pm, 10.15pm
Natural History Museum
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See your science fiction favourites - Star Wars and Star Trek - on the big screen with Movie Nights at the Museum. See some of the iconic galleries after hours and free from the crowds, before settling in for an evening of cinema.

César & Her

4th - 31st March
Various times
Institut français
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Celebrating International Women's Day and a century of women's suffrage in the UK, take a look at the women that were celebrated in France’s most prestigious Cinema Award ceremony, the César.

Let the Sunshine In

8th March
8.40pm
Institut français
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Juliette Binoche is both incandescent and emotionally raw in Claire Denis’s Let the Sunshine In as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of definitive love. This special screening is in celebration of International Women's Day.

Play your Gender

8th March
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Women and the Hall season, join them on International Women’s Day for a special documentary screening of Play Your Gender. In this film producer Kinnie Starr speaks to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio.

Kinoteka: Bestia

17th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. Screening to be accompanied by a piano recital featuring Artur Haftman.

Kinoteka: Moonlight Sonata

18th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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If you’re a fan of old-time love stories and classic piano, then this is the screening for you. The famous pianist Jan Paderewski plays himself as a house guest to a Swedish baroness. At the house her granddaughter is wooed by a smooth-talking charlatan. Screening followed by a piano recital.

I Got Life! + Q&A

21st March
6.30pm
Institut français
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Blandine Lenoir’s first feature is a cri du coeur to women over fifty with a heartfelt performance by French actress Agnès Jaoui (Le Goût des autres). This preview screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Blandine Lenoir.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

27th-28th April 2018
1pm, 6pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Harry Potter™ will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a sensational live orchestral screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Projected in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

Star Trek in Concert

2nd June
2.30pm, 7.30 pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Prepare for warp speed once again… set your phasers to stun… and get ready to boldly go where no one has gone before… Star Trek – In Concert, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

14th June
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Steven Spielberg’s 1977 UFO blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be screened at the Royal Albert Hall, with John Williams’ groundbreaking score performed live to picture by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and English Chamber Choir, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Star Trek Beyond in Concert

3rd June
2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of a Star Trek weekend, Star Trek Beyond – In Concert will be screened in the Royal Albert Hall, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Family

Moomins and the Comet - Live re-score

3rd June
5pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Following the album release of the acclaimed soundtrack to the UK TV version of the The Moomins, one of its original composers, Graeme Miller, has created a new full re-scoring of Tove Jansson’s second Moomins book, Comet in Moominland.

Planet Earth II Live

13th May 2018
2pm, 6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Planet Earth II Live in Concert brings us closer to the spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas on our planet than ever before. This musical and visual concert features breath-taking footage from the BBC series, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Jurassic Park - in Concert

29th Sept
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary! Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

The English Patient Live

18th Oct
6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1996 motion picture, The English Patient on a vast HD screen while Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score is performed live in-sync by a full orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Gladiator Live in Concert

23rd June
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ridley Scott’s legendary five-time Academy Award®-winning film will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s complete Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning score live, conducted by Justin Freer, with vocal soloist Lisa Gerrard.

Film

Special Preview: Western

28th March
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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This month's Geothe-Kino presents Western. When a German construction crew starts work in a remote part of Bulgaria, rivalries unfold with the local villagers. A true Western building up to the duel or perhaps aiming for something else?

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

A Beautiful Planet

Science Museum
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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Science Museum
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Meet the giant creatures – sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths, cave bears, dire wolves and mammoths – living in the frozen landscapes of our planet ten thousand years before modern civilization.