11 items from 2015
There is much talk of dream worlds and celestial travel in “Light Years,” an intimate, opalescent debut feature from British writer-director Esther May Campbell, yet it’s supposedly everyday life that its anguished characters find hardest to grasp. Tracing the brief reunion of an unraveled family over the course of one sun-soaked summer day in the English countryside, Campbell’s enticingly sensuous, heat-hazed drama demonstrates the meticulous command of composition and romantically desolate atmosphere that won her a short-film BAFTA in 2009. As storytelling, however, it feels elusive and incomplete: Abstract philosophizing takes precedence in a tale of domestic dysfunction that might otherwise make for a modestly conventional indie heart-tugger. Following fest berths in Venice and Toronto, the sprocket-opera circuit reps this promising pic’s natural home; even U.K. arthouse auds are likely to find “Light Years” an imposing distance to cover.
Aficionados of British independent cinema should note that »
- Guy Lodge
★★☆☆☆ "What do you miss about mum?" Rose (Zamira Fuller) the youngest daughter of three asks her father, Dee (Muhammet Uzuner). "I used to swim in her wake," he says. Screening in the Critic's Week sidebar at the Venice Film Festival, British writer director Esther Campbell's first feature Light Years (2015) is a meditation on imminent loss, absence and coping. Occasionally, moving and always attractive to look at, the film marks a promising, if not groundbreaking debut. Living in a large house in the countryside surrounded by scaffolding, Dee is having difficulty keeping his attention on the kids. The mother (Beth Orton) is confined to a nursing home with Alzheimer's and Rose misses her dreadfully.
Rose and her father agree to go and visit her mother but when the latter forgets the promise, Rose decides to set off on her own, uncertain of the way but striding across the ploughed fields regardless. »
- CineVue UK
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The festival circuit is gearing up to start and London has added a handful of other prominent awards players for the year.
Among the new additions to the festival are Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the famed Apple head, which will be the festival’s closer. They have also announced that the premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will happen at the festival.
Opening & Closing Night
Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. »
- Zach Dennis
The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.
The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.
Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.
Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »
- Scott J. Davis
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme
The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.
We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival
- Paul Heath
The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.
The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts.
As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.
The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
- Robert Mitchell
The lineup for the 30th International Film Critics’ Week, the independent section running parallel to the 72nd Venice International Film Festival from September 2 through 12, features seven first-time directors' features and three special events. Competing are Min Bahadur Bham's Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen), Martin Butler and Bentley Dean's Tanna, Esther May Campbell's Light Years, João Salaviza's Montanha, Senem Tuzen's Ana yurdu (Motherland), Adriano Valerio's Banat (Il viaggio) and Green Zeng's The Return. And a Special Award will be presented to Peter Mullan. » - David Hudson »
The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup, comprising ten first works – eight of which world preems – featuring new pics from continental Europe, Turkey, the U.K., Singapore, Australia, China and, for the first time ever at the event, Nepal.
As previously announced, the independently run Venice sidebar will open with a tribute to Scottish multihyphenate Peter Mullan, whose 1998 directorial debut “Orphans” will screen with Mullan (pictured) in tow. It has been selected as the best bow ever from the section dedicated to new directors, celebrating its 30th edition this year.
The seven works competing in the section, which is headed by Italo film critic Francesco Di Pace, are:
“Motherland,” Turkish director Senem Tuzen’s feature debut portraying a modern Turkish woman torn apart by feelings of both love and hatred for her traditional mother (also in Locarno).
“Banat” (“Il Viaggio”) by Italy’s Adriano Valerio, who »
- Nick Vivarelli
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
11 items from 2015
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