Friday, 5 September 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 281: Thu Oct 9

Hard To Be A God (German, 2013): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2pm


58th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (8-19 October 2014) DAY 2

Every day (from October 8 to October 19) 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.

This film also screens at Cine Lumiere at 5pm on October 12. Full details here.


BFI introduction:
‘It’s squelchy,’ the idiot child exclaims. ‘It’s always been squelchy,’ comes the deadpan response. Well yes, by this point into Hard to Be a God it seems impossible to imagine any other state exists, beyond the entirely captivating but putrid parade of mud, entrails and effluent passing our eyes. There’s a virtual stench that infuses Alexei German’s wildly ambitious black and white epic. Completed by his wife and son following German’s death in 2013, the film’s setting is Arkanar, a planet stuck in a Medieval jag. The Renaissance never seemed to arrive here and we follow a clutch of drunken scientists from Earth who are considered Gods. With various action filling every part of the frame, the eye must constantly travel. The resulting experience is akin to living inside a Bruegel painting. A must for those who like their cinema visionary, hellish, and utterly thrilling.
Kate Taylor

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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