57th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (9-20 October 2013) DAY 8
Every day (from October 9 to October 20) 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.
Kelly Reichardt follows Meek’s Cutoff, her elegiac re-visioning of the American Western, with another compelling and inventive take on genre form. In this taut political thriller, radical environmentalist Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and society drop-out Dena (Dakota Fanning) drive halfway across Oregon and meet with ex-marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) to execute their meticulously planned act of eco-terrorism. Following their clandestine operation, they separate and resume their regular lives, but the media frenzy that follows reveals the unintended consequences of their actions. Josh, who lives and works on a communal organic farm, becomes increasingly paranoid, worried that the intensity of Dena’s emotional response to the situation will expose them. Reichardt’s cinematic lyricism is always laced with astute observation about politics, gender and class. In this urgent and absorbing film she amplifies the political, making it central to the narrative thrust, but she remains just as interested in the interiority of her characters. The intended outcome of their enterprise is never illuminated or examined. The focus is on why each individual took action and how their original motivation effects their reaction when things go wrong. The film’s stealthy, provocative central question then becomes: what ignites protest and is it ever truly selfless?
Here (and above) is the trailer.
This film also screens on 15th Oct at OWE2 and 17th Oct at BFI Southbank. Details here.