Thursday, 20 October 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 294: Sunday Oct 23

Michael (Schleinzer, 2011): Curzon Mayfair, Curzon St, 4.15pm
This film is also on at Vue in Leicester Square on Friday 21st at 12.30pm. Details here.

Michael is screening as part of the London Film Festival. Here is my general introduction to the festival. Over the length of the festival 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.

Time Out review: 

'Is that the sound of the Austrian Tourist Board finally pulling down the blinds and shutting up shop? Austrian director Markus Schleinzer brings the grim spirit of the country’s notorious child kidnappings to the screen with his debut film, ‘Michael’, and the atmosphere is just as repressive and foreboding as earlier stories of domestic horror and perversion by his compatriots Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl.  

Schleinzer’s approach is to mix a portrait of depravity with one of mundanity so that the more time we spend with Michael, the more it’s impossible to unpick one from the other. The mood is strictly anti-climactic, both in particular scenes and in the film as a whole, and Schleinzer concludes his tale in an especially deflating yet appropriate style.' Dave Calhoun

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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