Posts tagged as: London Film Festival

‘Alois Nebel’: Surrounded by Fog

‘Alois Nebel’: Surrounded by Fog

The feature debut of director Tomáš Lunák, Alois Nebel (2011) is an animated film based on a trilogy of graphic novels by Jaromír99 and Jaroslav Rudiš. The film’s black-and-white images sometimes look like a graphic novel come to life. At other times, they possess the stark enchantment of woodblock prints. Through the use of rotoscope […]

‘The Artist’: Long on Art, Short on Plot

‘The Artist’: Long on Art, Short on Plot

Have you ever wondered what it was like for spectators watching their first sound film? Michel Haznavicius’ latest feature brings home just how strange it would have been. For the most part, The Artist (2011) is a close imitation of silent film from the late 1920s: black and white, the only sound a piano or […]

Where Do We Go Now? Onwards and upwards

Where Do We Go Now? Onwards and upwards

After making her feature debut as an actress in Bosta (2005), a film about a travelling dance troupe and their eponymous bus, Nadine Labaki went on to direct her own films, in which she also stars, always as a seductive but independent-minded character. She began 4 years ago with Caramel (Sukkar banat), a romantic comedy […]

A Disappointing Start to the 55th London Film Festival

A Disappointing Start to the 55th London Film Festival

This year’s London Film Festival launched with a damp squib in the form of 360, Fernando Meirelles’ latest feature. How far Merielles seems now from City of God (2002). Set in Rio’s slums which force children to grow up fast, City of God was urgent, both socially and stylistically. Children taken from the street played […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: Preview

BFI London Film Festival 2011: Preview

    The 55th edition of the London Film Festival (LFF) starts tomorrow, October 12th, and runs until the 22nd. This year the festival will screen 204 features and 110 shorts from 55 different countries. A selection of films will compete for the festival’s 4 main prizes: the Best Film Award, The Grierson Award for […]

Berlinale vs. LFF: A Press Perspective

Berlinale vs. LFF: A Press Perspective

Having experienced my first two festivals as a member of the press, I feel compelled to compare them, noting the areas where one festival outperformed the other. Although London and Berlin are quite different festivals, I think that it’s possible for them to learn from each other. The first, most notable difference is that in […]

Too great expectations: ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’

Too great expectations: ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’

In last week’s blog I talked about the experience of seeing a film with low expectations, and the potential this has to skew one’s judgement, making a surprisingly good film seem even better than it really is. I had the opposite experience that same week when I went to see Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who […]

The 54th London Film Festival in Review

The 54th London Film Festival in Review

Now that the 54th London Film Festival has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back at all of the feature films that I reviewed. Here is the list, ordered from best to worst. 1) Dhobi Ghat 2) The Kids Are All Right 3) How I Ended the Summer 4) The Tillman Story 5) […]

West is West: The Missing Details

West is West: The Missing Details

Initially, Ayub Khan Din was hesitant to write a sequel to East is East (1999): the film was among the most successful independent British films ever made, and he knew that sequels rarely live up to the original. Finally, though, he realised that East is East left audiences with several questions that they wanted answers […]

London Film Festival 2010: half way through

London Film Festival 2010: half way through

It’s been an exciting week with lots of premieres and gala screenings in London. Here’s a selection of images from this past week. You can read up on many of the films screened here. So far, I have reviewed: Never Let Me Go, Love Like Poison, Dhobi Gat (Mumbai Diaries), The American, E-pigs, The Magic […]

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