What's on this week Fri 29 April - Thu 5 May

One of the most talked about films of the year, Sebastian Schipper's extraordinary heist thriller is - incredibly, audaciously - shot at night on the streets of Berlin in a single continuous take.

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In this Lunchtime Talk, designer and educator Becca Rose will share her approach to making a hybrid paper and digital book and talk about the story-making process, designing for learning, and her perspective on technology in education.

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Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Golden Globe, this blistering debut from Hungarian director László Nemes is an unforgettable Holocaust drama set inside Auschwitz, which follows a prisoner determined to give the body of a boy a proper burial.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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A darkly intricate Israeli drama that examines the unhealthily symbiotic relationship between two sisters - one of whom is mentally disabled.

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The latest outing from acclaimed indie directors Josh and Benny Safdie is a harrowing blend of fiction and raw documentary that chronicles a young heroin addict feeding her addictions and finding mad love on the sidewalks of New York.

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This debut from Swedish director Magnus von Horn is a taut and morally complex drama that follows John (Ulrik Munther), a gawky teenager who faces fear, hostility and danger when he returns to his rural community after serving time for a tragic crime.

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Part two of Miguel Gomes' majestic folk tale relates how desolation has invaded humanity - through stories involving a teleporting murderer, a wounded cow, and a ghost dog named Dixie.

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In a fleet and ferocious piece of genre craftsmanship, John Carpenter delivered a stark homage to Howard Hawks’ immortal western Rio Bravo in his white-hot night of hate action-thriller about a policeman coming under attack from a horde of brutal LA gang members whilst attempting to defend a defunct police station.

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An ageing activist and folk singer is dubiously charged with inciting a sewerage worker into committing suicide in director Chaitanya Tamhane’s hugely impressive debut that reflects - with both humanity and humour - the painful inequalities in modern India.

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Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed's programme. All are welcome.

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This beautiful work is the filmic accompaniment to the new album by Suede, and deals with how love, anguish and despair affect the human psyche. Plus Q&A with Brett Anderson.

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Join us in the Café/Bar from 20:00 for an informal discussion on Court, an acute reflection on the fabric of contemporary Indian society, with Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of Rife Magazine and other members of the audience.

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Fri 6 - Thu 12 May

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Golden Globe, this blistering debut from Hungarian director László Nemes is an unforgettable Holocaust drama set inside Auschwitz, which follows a prisoner determined to give the body of a boy a proper burial.

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In this Lunchtime Talk studio residents Barney Heywood, Lucy Telling and Tim Cole discuss Mayfly - a place where you can store the sounds, scribbles and scraps of life through beautifully crafted products and an easy to use mobile app.

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Terrence Malick's seventh feature in 38 years, a gliding camera accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Gorgeously shot and featuring an all-star cast led by Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, this is a very pretty satire on the emptiness of Hollywood.

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Award-winning British artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) returns with this multi-layered look into the construct of cinema itself, shot on 16mm against the staggering beauty of the Moroccan landscape.

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Put aside everything you know about the birds and the bees in Lucile Hadžihalilovic's (Innocence) mesmerising blend of aquatic body horror and surreal fantasy, that proposes an entirely new paradigm to explain where babies come and a truly unique perspective on the concept of evolution.

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The third and concluding volume of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes' Scheherazadean triptych brings this epic to a close with the sound of birdsong and the promise of the ineffable.

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In his follow up to Assault on Precinct 13, John Carpenter created not only one of the most influential and enduring horror movies of all time but also one of the genre's most iconic musical scores, capable of bringing chills both inside and outside the cinema in equal measure.

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Warm profile of the idiosyncratic musician, film composer, and sound sculptor Ron Geesin, best known for his profound orchestral collaboration with Pink Floyd on their first No. 1 album Atom Heart Mother.

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John Schlesinger’s (Midnight Cowboy) deeply personal take on love and sex in 1971 was highly controversial on its release. Soundtrack by Ron Geesin.

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Watershed will be closed all day on Mon 9 May for staff training.

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Fans of Frank Zappa, rock music, the 1970s, and general absurdity: join us for a very special, one-night-only screening of the legendary Zappa concert film Roxy: The Movie plus a Skype Intro with filmmaker Alex Winter.

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This Mayfest event sees children describe a film that only they can see to blindfolded adults: it's a collaborative and imaginative act.

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Fri 13 - Thu 19 May

This Mayfest event sees children describe a film that only they can see to blindfolded adults: it's a collaborative and imaginative act.

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In this Lunchtime Talk Jack Norris and Julia Thorneycroft join us to discuss Immersion Dance - an Arts Council-funded R&D project that uses special 3D video cameras to develop virtual and augmented reality dance choreography.

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In this spiritual sequel to his much loved slacker hit Dazed and Confused, US indie master Richard Linklater (Boyhood) cuts loose with an achingly perceptive and riotously funny look back at 1980s college dorm life, as a group of rowdy young freshmen take their first (not so tentative) steps into the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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This Oscar®-nominated knockout first feature from director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a heady, emotional and deeply personal paean to female power that centres on five young orphaned sisters subjected to draconian steps to safeguard their marriage prospects.

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Don Cheadle makes a bold step into writer-director territory with this wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred biographical drama about the legendary composer, band-leader and jazz musician Miles Davis.

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Get inside and lock your doors. There’s something in the fog! Carpenter’s eerie pirate ghost story is an understated gem full of atmospheric appeal in which a quiet Californian town gets a rude awakening when a glowing fog reveals a shady past that comes back to haunt the local residents.

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Join us in the Café/Bar from 20:15 for an informal discussion on Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater's funny look back at 1980s college dorm life. We will be joined by critic, programmer and broadcaster Tara Judah, and a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter, so that both Deaf and hearing members of the audience can join in the conversation.

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The 18:15 screening of Mustang on Wed 18 May will include a panel discussion with representatives from Rife, Gal-Dem and Nocturnal magazines. After the event, from 20:30, join the panelists and other members of the audience for Conversations About Cinema, an informal discussion about the themes of the film in the Café/Bar, where you'll receive 10% off drinks with your cinema ticket.

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Fri 20 - Thu 26 May

In this spiritual sequel to his much loved slacker hit Dazed and Confused, US indie master Richard Linklater (Boyhood) cuts loose with an achingly perceptive and riotously funny look back at 1980s college dorm life, as a group of rowdy young freshmen take their first (not so tentative) steps into the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

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This Oscar®-nominated knockout first feature from director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a heady, emotional and deeply personal paean to female power that centres on five young orphaned sisters subjected to draconian steps to safeguard their marriage prospects.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson’s cinematic journey through love, death and language reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, and her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle.

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Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s (The Last of the Unjust) nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis.

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Written by Carpenter in the mid 70s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal, this dystopian action thriller sees ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) entrusted with the task of rescuing the President (Donald Pleasance) from a crime-ridden Manhattan Island. As far as cult cinema goes, this is an uncontested all-time great.

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How do we move from one ‘class’ to another – and, if we can do so, what effect does it have on us? Drawing on their own experiences, Lynsey Hanley and Gary Bell discuss social mobility and the psychological impacts of class.

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What would happen if mainstream feminism could throw its weight behind those suffering at the sharp end of austerity? Dawn Foster argues that instead of 'leaning in', we need to disrupt, the shout back, and lean out.

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Laura Cumming, art critic for the Observer, explores the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work.

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How should the Left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in Labour, Ken Livingstone gives an insider's account of the party and its future.

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This fascinating documentary takes a look at the moral campaign launched and championed by Harold Evans the then Editor of the Sunday Times to uncover the scandal and cover ups associated with the use of the drug Thalidomide in the late 50s and 60s.

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Laura Bates wants to tell them something different. She exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, false representations in the media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social media, and the other lies women are told.

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Never before have prostitution, strip clubs and pornography been as profitable, widely used or embedded in mainstream culture as they are today. How should society respond to the rise of the sex trade?

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