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London Film Festival Wrap-up: The Last of the Unjust

London Film Festival Wrap-up: The Last of the Unjust

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Cor, I stink. And my nails are shockingly long. They enter the room before I do. My last shower was Friday, and I figure 48 hours is about the limit I ought to go without washing. Fuck it, 72 hours will have to do this time. It’s not like I’m spending my time in a sterilised bunker, I’m spending my time surrounded by people and dirt and all manner of…

London Film Festival: 12 Years a Slave

London Film Festival: 12 Years a Slave

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I saw Steve McQueen’s Hunger on opening weekend in 2008. The UK was one of the very first countries to see his debut feature, and the Belfast screening was packed, of course. It was the best film I saw that year. A little over two years ago, I was having a pretty bad day, and decided to treat myself. Rather than wait for its January release, I booked rail and…

London Film Festival: The Past & Stranger by the Lake

London Film Festival: The Past & Stranger by the Lake

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It’s my day off, kind of. I’m still seeing two films, and actually they’re both pretty high-profile Cannes entries: Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, for which Berenice Bejo won the official Best Actress award, and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, for which he himself won the Un Certain Regard Best Director award. But these screenings are, respectively, showing at 18:00 and 21:00, so I have the afternoon to do what…

London Film Festival: Night Moves & Blue is the Warmest Colour

London Film Festival: Night Moves & Blue is the Warmest Colour

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Last Monday, I felt a cold coming on. Well, I thought it was a cold. It was tonsillitis. Not very pleasant. Got some penicillin from the doctor; by this time, the tonsillitis was subsiding. I packed what remained of the first packet out of two for London, and by the time I had run it through, my throat felt pretty much back to normal. It’s what, Thursday today? And the…

London Film Festival: Eastern Boys & The Selfish Giant

London Film Festival: Eastern Boys & The Selfish Giant

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My stay here in London has so far been comprised of long stretches of business, punctuated by curious moments of inactivity. This morning was one of the latter. Three films today, all squeezed in to a mere few hours, with the first, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, kicking off at 15:15. So, after a generous lie-in, a shower (the hostel showers here are proof against the existence of god, imo) and…

London Film Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

London Film Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

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There was a moment, yesterday, as I sat in the back of the taxi, watching the fare rise, imagining the first fifteen minutes of the film I was missing, Borgman, sweating like a priest in a playground, when I thought, “I’ve had enough. I haven’t even lasted two days in London. It can’t be worth this much stress. I might as well go home.” I did not go home. And…

London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

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London knew I was coming. They knew I knew how to handle weather like this. And anyway, there’s something about London that suits this kind of weather – the fudge-brown Thames, the greige slate and stone, the reportedly pompous insularity of its inhabitants… actually, I have quite a fondness for Londoners. Less so for the tourists. Says me… I elected to sleep on my sofa last night, or morning, as…

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

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(thanks again to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen) Official Competition The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness Richard Ayoade’s The Double Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Like Father, Like Son Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Of Good Report Peter Landesman’s Parkland Ahmad Abdalla’s Rags & Tatters Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant David Mackenzie’s Starred Up Xavier Dolan’s Tom…

London Film Festival announces UK premiere of Stephen Frears’ Philomena

London Film Festival announces UK premiere of Stephen Frears’ Philomena

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(Press Release) London, 30th August, 2013: – The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that the Festival’s American Express Gala will take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with the UK Premiere of Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for her lost son. Academy Award ® winner Judi…

Rust and Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild top London Film Festival Awards

Rust and Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild top London Film Festival Awards

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Official Competition titles: After Lucia EVERYDAY End of Watch Fill the Void Ginger and Rosa It Was the Son In the House Lore Midnight’s Children Rust and Bone (winner) No Seven Psychopaths First Feature Competition Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner) Clip The Comedian Eat Sleep Die My Brother The Devil Neighbouring Sounds The Samurai That Night Shell Ship of Thesues Sleeper’s Wake Tomorrow Wadjda