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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
The reason packing stresses me out is because I know there’ll be things that I’ll need to pack that I’ll also need on the morning I leave. So not everything’s going to make it into the suitcase the night before; I’m relying on keeping a clear head the next morning so I don’t forget anything. And four...
(thanks again to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen)
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...
Official Competition titles:
End of Watch
Fill the Void
Ginger and Rosa
It Was the Son
In the House
Rust and Bone (winner)
First Feature Competition
Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner)
Eat Sleep Die
My Brother The Devil
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both...