Neighbouring Sounds (Filho, 2012): Vue 7, Leicester Square, 8.45pm
This startling new Brazilian film also screens at the Renoir Cinema on Oct 21 at 6.30pm. Details here.
56th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (10-21 October 2012) DAY 8
day (from October 10 to October 21) 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 the information you need to get those standby tickets.
Time Out review:
'It’s difficult to remember a first feature as bullishly confident
as this horror-tinged social melodrama from Brazilian director Kleber
Mendonça Filho. The opening credits alone make for a more riveting
sequence than many filmmakers manage in their entire career: over a
backdrop of clattering, building drums, we’re shown images of Brazil’s
divided past: rich and poor families struggling to survive and make
their mark on a new frontier. Cut to a swooping tracking shot of a
little girl on rollerskates, and we’re away.
The film is set in
the ocean-side middle-class suburb of Recife, where dwellings are split
between well-off families and their servants. Most of the local houses
and tower blocks are owned by Seu Francisco (WJ Solha) who, with his
son, Joao (Gustavo Jahn), acts as a largely benevolent overlord in the
neighbourhood. But when a series of burglaries set residents on edge,
Francisco agrees to employ the services of security expert Cladoaldo
(Irandhir Santos) and his gang of no-bullshit community patrolmen.
a bustling portrait of modern Brazil – with nods to past tragedies –
‘Neighbouring Sounds’ derives its power from Filho’s unusual directorial
choices. Utilising techniques learned from horror movies – rumbling
low-level noise, effective, unexpected shocks – he creates a sense of
mounting dread and lurking evil. It doesn’t always work – the film
promises a little more than it delivers, and at over two hours there are
moments where it drags. But as a statement of intent, ‘Neighbouring
Sounds’ is incredibly bold.'
Here is the brilliant trailer