While high profile films like Kristen Stewart with Spencer and Palme d’Or Titanium caught most of the spotlight at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, there are many more fantastic films from the festival that are worth looking out for.
With that in mind, here are five LFF releases from this year that you should be looking out for in the weeks and months to come in theaters and online …
Azor real. Andreas Fontana
Andreas Fontana’s standout feature debut tells the story of the arrival of Swiss banker Yvan amidst the tumult of precarious client relationships and the pervasive threat and paranoia of a growing military dictatorship in the 1980s in Buenos Aires. . Fontana creates an atmospheric Conradian dive into a labyrinthine world so palpable of threat that it emerges from each striking composition and bursts into the synth strikes of the impeccable score. The exceptional performance of Fabrizio Rongione reminds Trintignant in The conformist like a man spinning closer and closer to the center of a web of greed and paranoia. A drift into the dying light of a decaying and increasingly desperate aristocracy, which marks the dazzling arrival of an exciting new voice in cinema.
Released by Mubi in theaters October 29.
What do we see when we look at the sky? real. Alexander Koberidze
A man and a woman meet by chance three times in one day – on the third they fall in love. From this simple vanity, Georgian filmmaker Alexandre Koberidze creates a seductive ode to the magic of everyday life and a folk fairy tale about a mysterious curse that conspires to separate lovers. Not since that of Miguel Gomes Arabian nights was a movie so wildly inventive. Koberidze’s film is an alluring strangeness filled with resplendent imagery, a poem of the unusual and the unexpected and a tribute to both the transformative power of love and cinema. The most unique and inventive film you will see all year round.
Posted by Mubi (Date to be confirmed).
Drive my car real. Ryusuke hamaguchi
A gripping and moving portrayal of grief and guilt, centered on an aging stage actor embarking on his unique adaptation of Chekhov’s work Uncle Vanya following a drama. Hamaguchi adapts a short story from Murakami to devastating effect; the writing is impeccable, and the film unfolds delicately, anchored by a breathtaking central performance by Hidetoshi Nishijima. The cinematography is impeccable, with several jaw-dropping sequences set in protagonist Kafuku’s distinctive red Saab, which plays host to many of the film’s most moving moments. An incredibly powerful film that accompanies you long after the credits roll.
Released by Modern Films in theaters November 19.
Natural light real. Denes Nagy
A careful, calm and almost silent journey through the experiences of a Hungarian corporal in World War II. The film is drawn to the calmly expressive faces of suffering brutalized villagers with hard, piercing eyes of Semetka (an outstanding performance by newcomer Ferenc SzabÃ³). An incredibly tactile film full of texture from muddy swamps to burning fires in the cold morning air. Nagy keeps violence mostly off-screen and thus follows a long tradition of war films that sidestep the edges of the action and instead focus on the personal suffering of everyone involved. A deeply moving and overwhelming film.
Released by Curzon in theaters and online on November 12.
Little mom real. Celine Sciamma
CÃ©line Sciamma continues the astonishing Portrait of a Lady on Fire with an ode to tender and imaginative childhood that is imbued with all the mystery and magic of a child’s imagination. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, the film is a pleasure to watch, from the rich fall cinematography of Claire Mathon to the captivating performances of its young actors. An elegiac evocation of growing up and coming closer to our families and pasts through pain and the realization of loss. A beautiful film that we can not help falling in love with.
Released by Mubi in theaters on November 19th.