To see you through this bleak midwinter, here’s my selection of cinematic treasures for your viewing pleasure – each one the equivalent of sitting by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa – which can be found across London’s independent cinemas this January.
Rembrandt (BFI Southbank, Tuesday 22nd January @ 8:30 PM)
Alexander Korda’s biopic of the iconic Dutch painter is a terrific showcase for the talents of Charles Laughton, magnetic as always. This 35mm screening will allow you to enjoy the luminous cinematography of Georges Périnal as it was meant to be seen.
La Pointe Courte (Prince Charles Cinema, Sunday 27th January @ 3:20 PM)
The directorial debut of Agnès Varda, often heralded as the true catalyst of the French New Wave (beating Godard Truffaut to the punch), is not to be missed. Fans of Varda’s Faces Places, possibly the most vital and joyous documentary to reach us in 2018, will find much to enjoy here.
Seance On A Wet Afternoon (Regent Street Cinema, Wednesday 30th January @ 12:00 & 15:30)
A gleefully nasty British thriller starring Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough, also co-producer. A married couple kidnap a young girl in a doomed effort to stage a fake seance, prove their psychic ability and recover her – things, naturally, go awry.