Posts tagged ‘BFI London Film Festival’
Director Pablo Stoll Ward
Producer Fernando Epstein, Agustina Chiarino
Screenwriter Gonzalo Delgado Galiana, Pablo Stoll Ward
With Humberto de Vargas, Sara Bessio, Anaclara Ferreyra Palfy
With so few features from outside of the United States and Europe securing a theatrical release in this country, it is vital that festivals continue to showcase pictures from Latin America, Asia and Africa. No British event is as committed to world cinema as the BFI London Film Festival and the 54th selection is typically diverse and distinguished.
From Quebec to Patagonia, the contribution from the Americas is particularly strong this year, with Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats confirming the good impression that he made at the tender age of 21 with How I Killed My Mother (2009). Indeed, he also takes the lead in this Montreal variation on François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim (1961), as he competes with gal pal Monia Chokri for the affections of new-in-town Niels Schneider. Seething with catty lines and camply hip visuals that owe as much to Wong Kar-wai, François Ozon and Christophe Honoré as the nouvelle vague, this achingly stylish paean to unrequited lust peppers the action with vox pops to emphasise its dramatic points. However, it’s the fond rivalry between Dolan and Chokri (that eventually brings them to blows during a stay in the (more…)
Alberto de Almeida Cavalcanti. The name is imposing, though it was often shortened in credits to Cavalcanti, as if he were, in Charles Drazin’s phrase, ‘a great magician or circus performer’. He was, in fact, a magician of cinema, and practised his conjuring in an astonishingly itinerant career. Born in 1897 to an aristocratic family, he followed architectural studies in Geneva with life in Paris, vortex of modern art. By the mid 1920s he was directing French avant-garde films. Commercial talkies followed. Feeling boxed in, he (more…)