What to see at the 66th BFI London Film Festival

What to see at the 66th BFI London Film Festival

What to see at the 66th BFI London Film Festival

    (Courtesy of Prime Video)

(Courtesy of Prime Video)

Today the complete program of 6th The BFI London Film Festival is announced. There will be plenty of other gems to discover when the festival opens, but we’ve browsed the list to find a starting 15 to get you tickets by the time your reservation opens (find details below). The only “biggy” who will not come to London in October are Blonde by Andrew Dominik, about Marilyn Monroe, Tar by Todd Field and Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino. Otherwise the capital’s cinema fans are fine. Hot tickets, watch yourself with lighthearted crowds. Who could ask for more?

Matilde

    (DAN SMITH / NETFLIX)

(DAN SMITH / NETFLIX)

Receiving its world premiere at LFF, Matthew Warchus’ live-action adaptation of his award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company musical sounds more delicious than a triple chocolate cake. Alisha Weir plays Roald Dahl’s little schoolgirl, and judging by the trailer, the Dublin newcomer is more than fit to stand up to Emma Thompson, (whose Miss Trunchbull makes Full Metal Jacket Sergeant Hartman look like a stunned kitten. ) while Lashana Lynch looks like an excellent Miss Honey. Warning: Close-ups of the hapless Bruce Bogtrotter (Charlie Hodson-Prior) can seriously damage your fondness for chocolate cakes.

White noise

    (WILSON WEBB / NETFLIX Â © 2022)

(WILSON WEBB / NETFLIX Â © 2022)

Expectations were already high for Noah Baumbach’s version of Don DeLillo’s “filmless” novel. Now that it has been screened at the Venice and New York Film Festivals, the buzz is sky high. Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig as Jack and Babette Gladny, intelligent neurotic and vaguely obsessed with death doolly sent by an “aerial toxic event” that ushers in a scary new normalcy. Although the book was written in 1985, the plot seems torn from recent titles. We are already laughing / sobbing.

She said

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

Without New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, Harvey Weinstein might still be a free man. This is the story of how the dynamic duo got their boyfriend and Carey Mulligan (as Twohey) and Zoe Kazan (as Kantor) are said to nail their parts. Speaking of which, the wonderful Sam Morton, a real-world victim of Weinstein’s misogyny, was cast to play Weinstein’s London assistant Zelda Perkins, and in the trailer. Expect the film to convey the message that the system that allowed Weinstein to thrive is still in horribly good shape.

The whale

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

Those who have seen Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Samuel D Hunter’s play say it’s deliberately claustrophobic, morbidly funny, and almost guaranteed to earn Brendan Fraser a Best Actor nomination at next year’s Oscars. The 600-pound Charlie (Fraser, plus prosthetics and a pinch of CGI) is a gay hermit who eats binges, seeking forgiveness from his estranged daughter, Ellie (Sadie Sink of Stranger Things). Former heartthrob Fraser is experiencing a “renaissance”. Until recently, he was seen by the Hollywood elite as a mess. From hero to zero to … winner? Stranger things have happened.

Until

    (Lynsey Weatherspoon / Orion Pict)

(Lynsey Weatherspoon / Orion Pict)

In 1955, Emmett Till, 14, was lynched while visiting relatives in Mississippi. Director Chinonye Chukwu was told that she could approach Till’s story from any direction and she decided to focus on Emmett’s mother, Mamie (Danielle Deadwyler). Deadwyler was as charming as the androgynous, semi-savage gunslinger Cuffee in The Harder They Fall. Like Alfre Woodard, (who gave such a fiercely subtle performance in Chukwu’s 2019 death row drama Clemency), Deadwyler has no time for comfort zones. An Oscar for her (along with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Whoopi Goldberg, playing Till’s grandmother Alma) could very well be on the agenda.

Son

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

Florian Zeller is the type of jam who is good at everything. The film debut of French playwright / theater director / screenwriter / director The Father, won an Oscar for Anthony Hopkins and was one of the cultural highlights of 2020. Which makes it all the more exciting that Zeller is now relocating The Son , the second play from his trilogy focusing on the family, on the screen. The new father, Peter (Hugh Jackman), is dismayed when his ex-wife, Kate (Laura Dern), shows up with their sadly angry teenage son Nicholas (Zen McGrath). Will the adults in Nicholas’ life be able to find a way to work as a team? On stage, Peter’s girlfriend part felt undersigned. Fingers crossed that the brilliant Vanessa Kirby already has enough to do. Hopkins, by the way, has a juicy cameo. Could he be the grandfather?

My cop

    (Parisa Taghizadeh / Prime Video)

(Parisa Taghizadeh / Prime Video)

Harry Styles’ film career is on fire. In addition to playing the lead role in the much-talked-about American thriller Don’t Worry Darling, he plays the lead cop in a 1950s British romantic drama that is compared to Call Me by Your Name. Styles’ character Tom marries a woman even though he is in love with a man (Tom is gay, or at least bisexual). Styles’ comments on “gay sex” have the tabloids agitated and led some commentators to accuse Styles of queer enticement. Needless to say, Styles co-stars Emma Corrin and David Dawson are getting a fraction of the attention, but in the trailer Dawson (imagine a cross between James Mason and an inept vampire) is suitably intense.

The Banshees of Inisherin

    (20th century studies)

(20th century studies)

The In Bruges gang is back together. Martin McDonagh’s first film since Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri takes place on an island off the west coast of Ireland and chronicles the unveiling of a romantic relationship between pony lover Padraic (Colin Farrell) and the musician Colm (Brendan Gleeson). Colm growls saying that Padraic is too boring to be friends with him. “But he’s always been boring,” notes Colm’s sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon). There are also roles for the fickle Barry Keoghan and Pat Shortt (the latter, in case you haven’t seen the 2007 gem, Garage, is a comic genius with the darkest depths). On Twitter, it has been suggested that McDonagh is pandering to the American market, meaning fans of tall stories where the Celts say the damnedest things. It seems more likely that the trailer is pedaling slow on the film’s harsh truths. Let the lament begin.

Empire of Light

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

Sam Mendes directs Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth and Toby Jones. We know very little about the project, except that it takes place in a seaside resort in Kent, at the beginning of the 1980s; that it is a kind of love letter to the cinema (some shots are reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and The Purple Rose of Cairo) and that the characters of Colman and Ward seem very cute when they hold hands. Love is in the salty air and, illuminated by Roger Deakins, dusty old England looks glorious.

Glass onion: a mystery chases away

    (POPE)

(POPE)

Our prayers have been answered: Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig are not done with Detective Benoit Blanc. Apparently, in the Knives Out sequel, we’ll get close to the southern detective (Craig) and, who knows, maybe a few questions about his outrageous accent will also be answered. This time Blanc is invited by tech billionaire Miles Bron (Ed Norton) to a Greek island where a group of staff members of Bron and his enemies are gathering (cast to die for includes Kathryn Hahn, Ethan Hawke, Janelle Monae and Leslie Odom Jr). The new film has a lot to live up to and critics want stick the knife in if the result seems stereotyped. No pressure, Rian!

Alleluia

    (Rob Youngson)

(Rob Youngson)

Richard Eyre’s version of Alan Bennett’s 2018 play reunites the director of Iris and Notes on a Scandal with Judi Dench. The real star of the show, however, is Jennifer Saunders as Sister Gilpin, the ruthlessly efficient centerpiece of a geriatric ward at a Yorkshire hospital. To save the ward, the hospital heads decide to involve the media. But they didn’t deal with the government’s relentless “consultant”, Colin (Russell Tovey). Meanwhile, immigrant doctor Valentine (Coventry’s Bally Gill) is at risk of deportation. The current fuel crisis seems to make the scenes in this film extremely touching. Bennett thought things were bad in 2018. Watch them now.

Bardo (or False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths)

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

So it’s a 3 hour long comedy, in Spanish, by Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarittu. He doesn’t have big names, but he’s bound to have big ideas. 61-year-old Daniel Gimenez Cacho, the wink and extravagant star of Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, plays Los Angeles-based Mexican director Silverio, who is living the dream until he’s forced to go “home”. Inarittu himself hasn’t made a film in Mexico City since 2000; Bardo is very close to his heart. This is also the first time he has worked with cinematographer Darius Khondji, who may not be Emmanuel Lubezki, but done light Delicatessen, Se7en, Amour, Okja and Uncut Gems. So, you know, it will.

The eternal daughter

    (Sandro Kopp)

(Sandro Kopp)

Joanna Hogg’s latest (a ghost story) lasts under 90 minutes, but trust her to fill her to the gills with tenderness and trauma. A middle-aged artist (Tilda Swinton) accompanies her mother (Zinnia Davies-Cooke) to their former home, a once imposing building that is now a seedy hotel, where things fall apart at night (and possibly even by night). day). The American company A24 is distributing. They handled The Witch, Hereditary, Lady Bird, and Everything Everywhere All at Once (all independent classics that feature cruel mother-daughter relationships). Hogg’s baby is in good hands.

If the streets were on fire

If the streets were on fire (Pantry)

If the streets were on fire (Pantry)

This punchy, fast-paced documentary about young Londoners looks set to change the knife crime narrative. Director Alice Russell knows she’s winning with the concise Mac community elder, who started the movement known as BikeStormz (“Knives Down, Bikes Up”). She puts it this way: “In life you have to put children on a track. If you don’t put them on a track, they are walking on gravel. And you can’t complain when the gravel kicks you in the face. ”Among the kids, Miles is a standout.

Call me Lawand

    (film handouts)

(film handouts)

This documentary set in the Derby is Edward Lovelace’s follow-up to The Possibilities Are Endless, his impressionistic and deeply moving look at how Edwyn Collins’ life has been suddenly changed. Once again, Lovelace finds a new perspective on a difficult situation, using the experiences of a deaf Kurdish boy, Lawand Hamadamin, to confuse and amaze.

Reservations for the 66th BFI London Film Festival open on 7 September to members and the public on 13 September. The festival takes place from 5 to 16 October; bfi.org.uk

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