Weekend Combo

Italian youth on film, postwar art and R-Patz goes full Batman
4 March 2022
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Still, ‘Futura’ by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher, 2021

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 4th March 2022 – SUNDAY 6th March 2022

Film Festival

Italian cinema in London
London’s Italian film festival returns as an in-person event, taking place at French cinema Lumière in South Kensington. A celebration of the best in Italian filmmaking, Futura is a definite highlight painting a collective portrait of contemporary Italy as filmmakers Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher venture on a long journey across Italy to interview today’s youth about what they believe their future will look like. (Don’t worry, there are English subtitles.)

A screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 classic L’Eclisse starring Alain Delon will also run as part of the programme in honour of the late Monica Vitti, and Nanni Moretti’s latest endeavour Three Floors will get its British debut.

The Italian Film Festival runs until March 7th, view the full programme of events here

Film

Batman returns (not that one)
There hasn’t been a Batman instalment since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, so it’s safe to say we’ve been squealing with excitement since we locked eyes with those pictures of Robert Pattinson filming on set in 2020.

Directed by Matt Reeves and starring the aforementioned R-Pattz as Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Collin Farrell as Penguin, this neo-noir imagining of Batman sees the protagonist return to Gotham City to investigate hidden corruption and deal with the rampage of the Riddler (who is reimagined as a chilling downtrodden hacker/incel) while delving into the early days of Wayne’s vigilante career. Raise the bat signal!

The Batman is out in cinemas now. 

Exhibition

Post-war art
Timed to coincide with Barbican’s 40th anniversary this week, their latest exhibition is a large scale exploration of the revelatory effect the Second World War had on art in Britain – somewhat apt in a strange sense. Spanning from 1945 to 1965, the showcase explores the figurative and abstract outcome of experiencing such tragedy that marked a cultural shift in the art world over the two decades.

Around 200 works in the form of painting, photography, sculpture and installation have been collated from 48 artists. Bert Hardy’s depictions of children playing on bomb sites sit alongside Francis Bacon’s iconic Man in Blue I while work from the influential pop-art creator David Hockney brings a sense of lightness and colour to a somewhat dark subject matter.

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965 runs at the Barbican until June 26th, more info here.

‘First Contact’ by John McHale, 1958

Exhibition

We’re jammin’
Announced at the end of last year, the Bob Marley: One Love Experience has finally begun its ten-week run at the Saatchi Gallery. The immersive exhibition experience is designed to transport audiences to different aspects of Marley’s eminent career, commemorating his life through accolades and giant art installations. A multi-sensory experience takes place in the One Love Forest and audiences can lose themselves in a unique listening experience at the Soul Shakedown Studio.

Bob Marley: One Love Experience runs at the Saatchi Gallery until April 18th, more info here

Bob Marley: One Love Experience

Food + Drink

We need a drink
Opening this weekend in the basement of Shoreditch’s One Hundred hotel is the Seed Library, created by award-winning British bartender Mr Lyan. Focusing on perfectly crafted heritage cocktails with a twist, the menu consists of just nine classics that change weekly – we’ve heard through the grapevine their take on a Vodka Martini is a beauty. With 70s inspired interior in rich hues of burnt orange and vibrant red, the dimly lit decor is the perfect place to slip away from reality.

Seed Library is located at 100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU, more info here

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