Porto (Klinger, 2016) 35mm: BFI Southbank, NFT1, 9.15pm
60th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th-16th October 2016) DAY 8
day (from October 5th to October 16th) 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 is also being screened at the LFF on October 14th and 15th. Details here.
A location where every frame seems imbued with a lingering romantic
pessimism, Porto is the setting for the end, the start and the
reminiscence of a love affair between American drifter Jake and French
archaeologist Mati. By turns sexy and sad, the film shows the damage
that their momentary connection helps them transcend, as well as the
feelings they’re left with. Anton Yelchin, in one of his final roles,
brings a restless physicality to Jake, a man caged in his own way of
thinking. And Lucie Lucas’ bold performance is made iconic through some
Nouvelle Vague framing – especially in an extraordinary
eyes-across-the-room café scene. Executive produced by Jim Jarmusch and
featuring a brief vocal performance by Chantal Akerman, director Gabe
Klinger follows his 2013 documentary Double Play: James Benning and
Richard Linklater with this ravishing debut fiction feature combining
the textures of 35mm,16mm and Super8 film formats to question the
verisimilitude of love, and of film itself.
Here is an extract.