Thursday, 21 September 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 280: Tue Oct 10

120 BPM (Campillo, 2017): Embankment Garden Cinema, 5.15pm


61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 7

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'120 BPM' also screens on October 7th at Embankment Garden Cinema. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, this rousing, heart-breaking celebration of political activism is nothing short of a modern queer classic. Drawing directly on personal experience, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of AIDS activist group ACT UP-Paris in the 1990s begins in the thick of it – at a group meeting. As members discuss action and debate strategy, a small gang of fresh recruits are welcomed into the fold. Among the newbies is introspective, HIV-negative Nathan, who finds himself instantly drawn to outspoken group member Sean. As Nathan becomes more involved in the group’s activities – from closed-off meetings to direct action in medical labs, school playgrounds and political rallies – his romantic relationship with Sean develops. With much of the drama taking place in the meeting space, Campillo’s film thrives on the power of discourse. So rarely has the palpable exhilaration and frustration of activism been so richly rendered on screen, with the weekly gatherings that punctuate the film exuding passion and anger. But far more than a cerebral account of political action, this is a deeply emotional and bracingly sensual film, which ignites the heart and body just as much as it incites the mind.
Michael Blyth

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 279: Mon Oct 9

Jeune Femme (Serraille, 2017): Vue Leicester Square, 12.30pm



61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 6

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'Jeune Femme' also screens on October 8th at Curzon Mayfair and October 15th at Curzon Soho. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
When a key doesn’t get Paula into her ex-lover’s apartment, her attempts at head-butting the door open also prove unsuccessful. A bleeding head wound opens this kinetic, urgent portrait of a heartbroken young woman who is her own worst enemy. Hauling the ex’s cat across Paris in a cardboard box, Paula’s days as a photographer’s muse are over. But she does possess a scrappy charisma and this magnetism is her ticket to clawing her way back to stability. Jeune Femme takes its cues from Laetitia Dosch’s impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off-her performance as Paula, hurtling through scenes to a post-punk electro score. Debut director Léonor Serraille impresses with sheer vivacity – this is filmmaking from someone who is alive to both the possibilities of cinema and to human experience in 2017. And it’s a film that is funny, moving and hugely invigorating.
Kate Taylor

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 278: Sun Oct 8

Pickups (Thraves, 2017): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.30pm


61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 5

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'Pickups' also screens on October 12th at Hackney Picturehouse. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
Aidan Gillen stars in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce. In Pickups, the well-known Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays a well-known Irish actor called Aidan. He’s not playing himself – or at least we hope not, given the murderous lengths to which the onscreen Aidan takes his method acting when playing a serial killer – but this spry, fleet-footed and very funny new film from director Jamie Thraves rings true throughout. Revolving around the fictional Aidan’s post-divorce life as he prepares for a new film role and tries to reconnect with his teenaged son, this is at once a free-wheeling comedy of ideas about the uneasy, constantly moving line between real life and make-believe that all actors must tread, and a poignant, delicate, unblinkingly observed study of a mid-life crisis.
Edward Lawrenson

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 277: Sat Oct 7

Western (Griesbach, 2017): Cine Lumiere, 5.45pm


61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 4

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'Western' also screens on October 8th at Vue Leicester Square. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
Valeska Grisebach follows her 2006 award-winner Longing with a contemporary western in which tensions mount between German construction workers and Bulgarian villagers in a small rural town. Camped above the isolated town, the workers divert the local water supply, boorishly intimidate women and exacerbate tempers by flying a German flag above their camp (flaring age-old national resentments). Lanky loner Meinhardt stays aloof, preferring the company of the locals, finding a connection despite the lack of verbal communication. However, it’s when the white horse that Meinhardt borrows from townsman Adrian goes missing, that tempers finally fray. Grisebach’s exquisitely taut film explores the dynamics of all-male environments; masculinity is a language, albeit a rudimentary one, that can be culturally specific and ripe for misunderstanding. With expertly observed micro-dramas amidst the gorgeously photographed countryside, Western features melancholy and menace in equal measure, providing a memorable and unique addition to the genre.
Tricia Tuttle

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 276: Fri Oct 6

Suspiria (Argento, 1977): Picturehouse Central, 9pm



61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 3

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'Suspiria' also screens on October 14th at Curzon Soho. Details here. 

London Film Festival preview:
Witness Dario Argento’s eye-popping slice of technicolour terror as never before, with this stunning 4K restoration. Four decades ago, Italian genre master Dario Argento brazenly subverted expectations by abandoning the giallo tradition upon which he had built his reputation, launching headlong into a fantastical tale of the supernatural. The resulting film remains not just one of the director’s most celebrated works, but a defining classic of horror cinema. American ballerina Suzy Bannion arrives in Germany to study at the prestigious Tanz Dance Academy. But as a series of murders and a variety of other inexplicable events begin to pile up, Suzy realises her new school houses a terrifying secret. Dripping in dark imagination, Suspiria ranks as one of Argento’s most visionary works – its garish colour palette and bravura set pieces adding to a frenzied sense of dread. Now lovingly restored, this psychedelic nightmare is ready to terrify, perplex and astound all over again.

Michael Blyth

Here (and above) is the original trailer.

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 275: Thu Oct 5

The Maersk Opera (Superflex, 2017): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 1.15pm



61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15th October 2017) DAY 2

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'The Maersk Opera' also screens on October 4th at Vue Leicester Square. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
A work of staggering ambition in production and storytelling that matches the stature of its controversial subject – one of Europe’s most contentious building projects. The Mærsk Opera is a musical reworking of the machinations behind the construction of the giant edifice of Copenhagen’s new opera house. It was donated to the city of Copenhagen by the late Mærsk McKinney-Møller, the world’s largest shipping owner and Denmark’s richest man. But there were conditions. It had to be built in the harbour on the sightline between a famous church and the royal palace. The musical composition by Anders Monrad, with libretto by Nikolaj Heltoft, brings to life a cast of characters both real and imaginary. The film deploys an incredible array of techniques, from animation to documentary, to tell this tale of hubris and hypocrisy which witnesses government officials and a city’s population seduced by the grand ambitions of the global capitalist.  
Helen De Witt

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 274: Wed Oct 4

Filmworker (Zierra, 2017): Vue Leicester Square, Screen 5, 8.40pm



61st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (4th-15h October 2017) DAY 1

Every day (from October 4th to October 15th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

'Filmworker' also screens on October 5th at Empire Haymarket. Details here.

London Film Festival preview:
A fascinating account of working alongside Stanley Kubrick – by one of his closest collaborators. Leon Vitali first encountered Stanley Kubrick in the 1970s, when the young actor was cast in Barry Lyndon. It started a close and exacting collaboration that continued up until Kubrick’s death in 1999, and which this documentary chronicles with absorbing insight. Spellbound by Kubrick, Vitali gave up a promising on-screen career to work for the filmmaker – first on the casting of The Shining, but with his duties expanding over the years (everything from helping craft the performances of Full Metal Jacket to looking after Kubrick’s dogs). Reflecting on his relationship with him, Vitali is faithful to the memory of Kubrick, but also candid about the enormous pressures of working with such a singular individual. It is a revealing, admiring and occasionally poignant study of a life devoted to cinema.
Edward Lawrenson

Here (and above) is a news item on the film screened at its Cannes debut.