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Comedy horror, Japanese dillusion and a Q&A with Jem Cohen in this week’s best film events

Posted at 8:00 am, June 2, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Top 5

Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five…

1. An Evening with Jem Cohen

London’s wonderful underground film, arts and music venue the Horse Hospital is fighting for its very existence at the moment, with the building due to be sold off. Among a number of upcoming fundraising events is this chance to see a selection of remarkable short films by the US experimental director Jem Cohen, and catch a Q&A with the director himself. Painting cinematic portraits of Manhattan and beyond, Cohen’s films combine music from the likes of Patti Smith and Jim White with gorgeous photography of the New York urban landscape. An unmissable event for a great cause. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD. 7.45pm. Wed Jun 4 – £6.50.

2. Hollywood Spring Weekender: ‘Dust Devil’ + ‘Voice of the Moon’

Named (by us, admittedly) as London’s coolest new film venue, Hollywood Spring is an achingly hip little warehouse space tucked away behind Hackney’s Mare Street, which is dedicated to delivering the best in offbeat and underground film screenings. This inaugural weekender features an impressive array of underexposed oddities including Chris Petit’s monochrome British road movie ‘Radio On’, remarkable Italian exploitation flick ‘Feminine Carnivores’ and, to break the mood, a kids’ screening of the much-loved cartoon ‘The Iron Giant’ complete with a robot-making workshop. Our first pick is this screening of two beautiful desert-set explorations by South African director Richard Stanley: wordless Afghan war short ‘Voice of the Moon’ and psychedelic serial-killer flick ‘Dust Devil’, screening here in its rare Final Cut version. Hollywood Spring, 6 Well St, E9 7PX. 3pm. Sat Jun 7 – £5.

3. Strangers on a Train + Les Diaboliques

An unbeatable double bill of black and white shockers. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, ‘Strangers on a Train’ takes as its central proposition the meeting and ensuing guilty association of two complete strangers. Hitchcock erects a web of guilt and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel. ‘Les Diaboliques’ is a devilishly suspenseful French thriller about two women who conspire to knock off a sadistic boarding-school headmaster – one of the women is his wife, the other his mistress – with all the dark humour and clever tension of Hitchcock. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. 6.30pm. Sun Jun 8 – £9.50, £8.50 concs.

4. Anachron: An Evening of Japanese Dillusion

We’re not entirely sure what ‘dillusion’ means exactly, but this is a cracking double bill of Japanese oddities. First up is Takashi Miike’s near-flawless ‘Audition’, which sees video producer Aoyama finding the bride of his dreams at a casting call for a non-existent movie. Asami is modest, polite, sexy, a trained dancer – and, apparently, available. As Aoyama nervously begins dating her, the film slips into nightmare. Is his paranoia and guilt causing him to imagine the worst, or is Asami really a woman out for revenge? It’s followed by ‘Tetsuo’ director Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s latest, ‘Kotoko’, which has yet to receive a UK release – so this might be the only chance to catch it on the big screen. Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Rd, W11 1LR. 7pm. Tue Jun 3 – FREE.

5. Evil Dead 2

Empire magazine writer and all-round knowledgeable guy Chris Hewitt introduces this late night screening of Sam Raimi’s outrageous splat-stick sequel. The first ‘Evil Dead’ had humour but it was still, at heart, a video nasty: that tree-rape scene tended to kill the chuckles. But in ‘Evil Dead 2’, the fact that Raimi and star Bruce Campbell had begun their career alternating between horror shorts and Three Stooges knock-offs paid massive dividends: this is without doubt the most successful blend of horror and comedy ever, and a classic in either field. Hail to the King, baby. Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Rd, N2 9PJ. 11.45pm. Fri Jun 6 – £9.50.

For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.

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