Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 180: Fri Jul 1

The Brother from Another Planet (Sayles, 1984): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.05pm

This 35mm screening (also on July 6th) is part of the 'In the Black Fantastic' season at BFI Southbank. You can find the full details here.

Time Out review:
A mute, black extra-terrestrial fetches up in Harlem to be greeted first with bewildered hostility, then with a certain casual friendliness. The slim, episodic, but thoroughly enjoyable story shoots off like a firework in numerous directions: droll comedy among a group of cheery, bleary barflies; unforced intimations of a streetwise messiah as Bro's peculiar powers put paid to a drugs ring; delicate insights into Harlem's social mores, wrapped up in unpretentious fashion without a trace of stereotyping. Central to the film's deft balancing act between shaggy dog humour and something just a little more serious is Joe Morton's expressive performance as the alien, though the rest of the cast also plays admirably.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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