January sees three acclaimed directors in London

London will be stuffed with internationally renowned film directors this January, all from different nations and with very different styles. Banish those new year hangover with an evening spent in the company of one of these esteemed figures:


Pedro Almodovar in conversation for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, (10th January, Picturehouse cinemas)

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Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (All About my Mother, Talk to Her, Volver) will be in London, his visit coinciding with the launch of the stage musical adaptation of his film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.  Almodovar will be taking part in a conversation on 10th January with director Bartlett Sher (Resident Director of the Lincoln Centre, New York) and the star of the film, Rossy de Palma. The panel will be chaired by film critic Maria Delgado.
This event will be broadcast across the country live via satellite in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, alongside a screening of the film .
Tickets for the show and Q&A live on stage from 7.30 at the Playhouse Theatre are now on sale at womenonthevergemusical.com or on 0844 444 4444. The Q&A will follow the stage show.
Tickets for the Q&A and screening from 10.30pm are now on sale at picturehouses.co.uk. The Q&A will precede the film screening. The participating London cinemas are Hackney Picturehouse and The Ritzy, Brixton


Frederick Wiseman and National Gallery at the Barbican ( 10 January, Barbican)

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The American director Frederick Wiseman is one of the most acclaimed figures working in documentary today, with a career stretching back decades. His latest film, which played at London Film Festival 2014 and which gets a wider release this month, is a behind the scenes tour of a London, as opposed to an American, institution - our own National Gallery. Wiseman will be attending the Barbican on 10th January for a Q&A following the screening of his new film. Hosted by Gareth Evans.


Werner Herzog in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: "Guidance for the Perplexed.“ (16 January, Methodist Central Hall)

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The German new wave director Werner Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 60 feature and documentary films, including Grizzly Man, Woyzeck, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. This legendary figure will be in London for a discussion with Paul Holdengräber on his life and work. Expect tips such as "always carry bolt cutters", and stories about what it was like getting shot whilst talking to the BBC.


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