Monday, 10 October 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 287: Sunday Oct 16

Alps (Lanthimos, 2011): Vue West End, Leicester Square, 6.15pm
This film is also on at Vue West End on Tuesday 18th at 12.30pm. Details here.

The movie is screening as part of the London Film Festival. Here is my general introduction to the Festival. Over the next 13 days I will pick a film a day. I am as confident as I can be that this is the pick of the movies within the parameters I have set - the movies you are likely to get a ticket for and the ones you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to the Festival.

Sight & Sound review:

'Alps feels closer to Lanthimos’s first film Kinetta [than to his second, Dogtooth] in its focus on bizarre group rituals and dynamics – in this case among a small cadre of men and women called Alps (the leader is Mont Blanc), who run a service to impersonate the just-deceased in order to help grieving relatives come to terms with their loss and move on.

In its grasp of off-kilter psychology, the depth and coherence of its absurdist vision, the rigour and precision of its execution, and the brilliance of its governing premise, this was definitely the best film I saw in Venice. Lanthimos deservedly won the Best Screenplay prize, together with his co-writer Efthimis Filippou, and he could well have got the Golden Lion too.'
Kieron Corless

Here is the trailer.

Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if the film is sold out as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.

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