Seven Deadly Sins

Is there a better catalyst for good storytelling than sin? In this centerpiece of the Step into the Dark season, the Barbican Cinema explores ideas of excess, disturbance and derangement, and how these lead to the crossing of accepted boundaries and the notion of sin.

We invite visual artists, musicians, theatre directors and writers to select their favourite films based on a sin and take us on a journey through unsettling storylines, Dantesque imagery and strong, charismatic characters. These celebrated figures will join us in conversation after the film to discuss their sinful choices.

Envy with Sam Taylor-Johnson: The Talented Mr Ripley (15) (US 1999 Dir Anthony Minghella 139min) – Fri 2 Nov, 7:30pm

Talented fraudster Tom Ripley travels to Europe in search of Dickie Greenleaf, in order to convince the latter to return to the US at the request of his parents. Ripley’s motives for the trip are less clear-cut and he soon becomes enamoured with Dickie’s lifestyle and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Sloth with Nick Broomfield: Woman of the Dunes (15) (Jap 1964 Dir Hiroshi Teshigahra 123min) – Sun 4 Nov, 7pm

A young man is trapped by local villagers into living with a mysterious and fragile woman in a house located beneath the sand. She spends her days scooping out the sand that threatens to swallow her home, while her prisoner assists her and contemplates his fate.

Sloth with Richard Ayoade: The Graduate (15) (US 1967 Dir Mike Nichols 106 min) – Mon 5 Nov, 7pm

After graduating from college, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home and becomes involved with Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a close friend of his parents. Things become even more complicated when Benjamin begins to date Elaine (Katharine Ross), Robinson’s daughter. This 60s classic was awarded Best Director at the 1968 Academy Awards.

Pride with Zbigniew Preisner: A Short Film about Killing (Pol 1988 Dir Krzysztof Kieslowski 84 min) – Sun 11 Nov, 6:30pm

Master composer and regular collaborator with the film’s director, Zbigniew Preisner screens an expanded version of an episode of BAFTA winning cycle of short films based on the Ten Commandments, Dekalog. Disturbing, thought-provoking and filmed in harrowing detail, this film won numerous awards including the Jury Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Gluttony with Marcos Jorge: Estômago: A Gastronomic Story (18) (Braz/It 2007 Dir Marcos Jorge 113 min) – Mon 12 Nov, 7:30pm

Brazilian filmmaker Marcos Jorge presents his film about a world in which there are two kinds of people – those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato, the protagonist, finds an alternative way somewhere in the middle: he cooks. This award winning dark comedy is an adult tale of power, sex and culinary art.

Lust with Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod: Le Plaisir (PG) (Fr 1954 Dir Max Ophüls 97min) – Sat 17 Nov, 8:30pm

Adapted from short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant, this film is made from three separate stories, each depicting moments of passion and deceit. The first tells of an elderly man concealing his age; the second of a madam attending the communion of her niece; and the third of a woman acting out against her oppressive lover.  

Pride with Kazuo Ishiguro: The Silence of the Sea (U) (Fr 1949 Dir Jean-Pierre Melville 88min) – Mon 19 Nov, 7:30pm

An elderly French man and his niece are forced to share their home with a German Officer during the occupation in 1941. In an act of defiance, they refuse to speak to him. He continues to share his idealistic views of their countries relationship, until a trip to Paris changes his mind.

Wrath with Andrea Arnold: Carrie (18) (US 1976 Dir Brian De Palma 98 min) – Wed 21 Nov, 7pm

Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a socially outcast teenage girl with telekinetic powers. After being severely bullied, things take a horrific turn on Prom night. Based on the Stephen King novel, Brian De Palma’s commercial and critical hit is still notable for its seminal contribution to the horror genre.

Wrath with Stephen Frears: Fish Tank (15) (UK 2010 Dir. Andrea Arnold 123 min) – Fri 23 Nov, 7:30pm

Awarded Outstanding British Film at the 2010 BAFTAs, Andrea Arnold’s blistering follow up to Red Road tells the story of 15 year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis), who is Isolated and disenfranchised until her mother begins dating Connor (Michael Fassbender). The pair develop a close relationship which soon threatens their new family unit.

Lust with Jake and Dinos Chapman: The Offence (15) (UK/US 1972 Dir. Sidney Lumet 112 min) – Sun 25 Nov, 6:30pm

From the acclaimed director of 12 Angry Men, Serpico and Network comes this drama about a police detective (Sean Connery) pushed to breaking point by his latest investigation. A subtle study on police brutality and the disturbing crossing of the line between legitimate questioning and torture. Also starring Trevor Howard.

Greed with Mike Leigh: Baby Face (12A) (US 1933 Dir Alfred E. Green 71min) – Mon 26 Nov, 7:30pm

One of the most notorious pre-production code films, Baby Face follows small town girl Lilly as she heads to New York City with the intention of sleeping her way to the top. Barbara Stanwyck dazzles as Lilly in this fun and outrageous film.

Gluttony with Vivienne Westwood: La Grande Bouffe  (18) (It 1973 Dir. Marco Ferreri 130 min) – Thu 6 Dec, 7:30pm

Written and directed by subversive Italian satirist Marco Ferreri, La Grande Bouffe tells the story of a group of men who gather at a villa in the countryside with the express purpose of eating themselves to death.

Lust with Michael Nyman: Silent Light (15) (Mex 2007 Dir Carlos Reygadas 145min) Lust with Michael Nyman – Sun 9 Dec, 6:30pm

A beautifully shot and grippingly honest tale about a married man who falls in love with another woman and creates a complex love triangle set amidst his Mennonite community’s devout religious beliefs. 



  • Envy with Sam Taylor-Johnson: The Talented Mr Ripley – Fri 2 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Sloth with Richard Ayoade: The Graduate  – Mon 5 Nov, 7pm
  • Pride with Zbigniew Preisner: A Short Film about Killing  – Sun 11 Nov, 6:30pm
  • Gluttony with Marcos Jorge: Estômago: A Gastronomic Story – Mon 12 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Lust with Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod: Le Plaisir – Sat 17 Nov, 8:30pm
  • Pride with Kazuo Ishiguro: The Silence of the Sea – Mon 19 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Wrath with Andrea Arnold: Carrie – Wed 21 Nov, 7pm
  • Wrath with Stephen Frears: Fish Tank  – Fri 23 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Lust with Jake and Dinos Chapman: The Offence – Sun 25 Nov, 6:30pm
  • Greed with Mike Leigh: Baby Face – Mon 26 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Gluttony with Vivienne Westwood: La Grande Bouffe – Thu 6 Dec, 7:30pm
  • Lust with Michael Nyman: Silent Light – Sun 9 Dec, 6:30pm
  • Sloth with Nick Broomfield: Woman of the Dunes – Sun 27 Jan, 7pm

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About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Our creative learning programme further underpins everything we do. In 2012 we celebrate the Olympic year with many of our projects forming part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival – it is also our 30th Birthday year. Over 1.5 million people pass through our doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. Our architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinema 1 (with Cinemas 2 and 3 opening in Beech Street in Autumn 2012), Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.

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