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.

May '68 and its Legacies

1st Apr - 23rd May
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the May 68 protest is the occasion for the Institut français to turn back on 50 years of creation and ideas stimulated by the uprising of a cultural and political revolution. A series for films, discussions, book launches and photo exhibition.

Custody

31st Mar, 13th April - 1st May
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Winner of the Silver Lion in Venice last year, Custody is a psychological drama by up and coming director Xavier Legrand. Held hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.

Festival of Performance

20th - 29th April
V&A
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This year's Performance Festival responds to the dual themes of Censorship and Circus – disparate subject areas that are explored through live performance, film screenings, talks, tours and workshops.

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.

Une Jeunesse Allmande

25th April
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Looking back at the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the film traces the development of the terrorist organisation Red Army Fraction (RAF) out of the student protests of the 1960s to the 1970s. One of the main targets of these protests was the powerful Springer publishing house.

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.

Same Old Songs plus Q&A

27th April
8.15pm
Institut français
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Alain Resnais’s amorous merry-go-round is full of wit and interspersed with French hit songs, sung in situ by top acting talents. In French with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with actors Sabine Azéma and Lambert Wilson.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day + Panel Discussion

27th April
7.30 - 10.35pm
Science Museum
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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein with a panel discussion of Promethean tales through the ages and a screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The Curse of Frankenstein + Q&A

28th April
6-8.30pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Museum are joined by Sir Christopher Frayling and Kathryn Harkup for a special film screening and Q&A session.

Le Petit-Maître Corrigé

1st May
8.30pm
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Stung by her intended betrothed Parisian snooty manners, a Provincial count’s daughter decides to teach the young man a lesson. French film with English subtitles.

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.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

8th May
8pm
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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a minutely detailed, searingly erotic three-hour study of first lesbian love. French with English subtitles.

Beyond Words Festival

14th - 21st May
Institut français
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Institut français will go Beyond Words with a festival packed with bilingual live literature events, writers’ talks, musical performances, shared reading experiences, book launches, screenings of recent literary adaptations, staged readings...

Offbeat Jazz & Cinema Festival

24th -26th May
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This weekend-long festival explores the connections between jazz, improv and film with a unique mix of screenings, live contemporary jazz and imaginary soundtracks and Q&A discussions with jazz experts and musicians.

Luna Cinema

7-9th Aug
8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Join The Luna Cinema in the formal gardens for a night of cinema under the stars and enjoy three nights of fantastic films with Kensington palace and its grounds providing a stunning backdrop. Films include Romeo & Juliet, The Greatest Showman and Victoria and Abdul

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.

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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.

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.

Best of Kendal Mountain Film Festival

15th May
7-10pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Screenings of some of the best action and adventure films from around the world, hand-picked each year by Porters’ Progress UK from the Kendal Mountain Film Tour.

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.

Tribute to Gaston Leroux

15th - 27th May
Institut français
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A series of talks and screenings dedicated to the author of The Phantom of the Opera.

Djam

9th May
8.45pm
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Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos, a former sailor and passionate fan of Rebetiko, on a mission to find a rare engine part for their boat. A special screening for Europe Day.

Best of Annecy International Animated Film Festival

10th & 16th June
11am & 2pm
Institut français
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Discover the 17 very best short animated films of the 2010-2015 editions, putting the prolific French animation industry in the spotlight. In French with English subtitles.

Milou en Mai

6th May
2pm
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Nominated for the 1991 BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language, Louis Malle’s Milou en Mai recounts the family reunion following on the death of the de Vieuzac matriarch at the height of the May 1968 demonstrations.

Moomins and the Comet

3rd June
5pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This is a rare chance for Moomins fans old and new to experience Anne Wood’s TV adaptations of Film Polski’s breathtakingly charming animations, all accompanied by a live score which mixes Casios with ocarinas and the voices of vintage synthesisers with instruments from around the world.