The 2021 BFI London Film Festival line-up has been announced

There’s also special presentations of Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava, Terence Davies’ Benediction, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, Julia Ducournau’s Titane, Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District, Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground, Craig Roberts’ The Phantom of the Open, Sebastian Meise’s Great Freedom, Andrea Arnold’s Cow, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island, Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, Sean Baker’s Red Rocket and a BFI Flare screening of Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee. For full programme details visit bfi.org.uk/lff Published 7 Sep 2021 Share this Festival Director Tricia Tuttle…

Sam Spruell: ‘We had to leave set when the polar bears arrived’

You can’t make a phone call, there’s no Wi-Fi. He wouldn’t panic, he would just concentrate on the task. Just keep focused on the task, don’t let other emotions come in and it will come good, especially if you’ve got good people and a good script. What was that experience like? With its stark 19th century setting and Melvillean themes of male arrogance, greed and hubris – “masculinity failing,” as Spruell sees it – The North Water is an engrossing seafaring drama and a perfect vessel for Spruell’s formidable on-screen…

Respect

Both men seek to shape Franklin through their own ideals, demanding a level of respect and reverence while covering their own moral failings and doling out abuse in return. Make sure you check out the amazing Aretha concert film, Amazing Grace. A biopic years in the making with Hudson chosen by Aretha herself. She takes great pains to make sure that she doesn’t just match the vocal prowess of the real Aretha that many will expect and have expressly come to see, but she also tries to mirror Franklin’s cadence,…

20 years on, Lan Yu remains the pinnacle of Chinese queer cinema

While it doesn’t have the homoerotica of ‘Beijing Story’, Kwan’s film is still a deeply sensual viewing experience, with the male characters’ bodies bathed in soft light and intimately framed. Not only has the film been hailed as a milestone in Chinese queer cinema, it is also the pinnacle of Kwan’s aesthetic vision. 20 years on, Lan Yu remains the pinnacle of Chinese queer cinema Though never released in mainland china Stanley Kwan’s cult 2001 melodrama fully deserves its cult status. There is a persistent misconception that the title character’s…

Jake Gyllenhaal races against time in the first trailer for The Guilty

The first trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-directed, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring, fully Americanized rework of The Guilty has arrived online, and those fond of the original’s closed-door tension will find that there’s still plenty of that to go around. While the national context may have shifted, the foolproof plotting remains the same; Gyllenhaal plays a 911 responder who receives a harrowing call from a woman talking to a child, a ploy he soon recognizes as the tactic of a captive. Published 7 Sep 2021 Share this Though footage of forest fires places…

Old Henry – first-look review

While their existence within this far-flung rural idyll seems colourless, their life together is pleasant and uneventful enough. One kill is so satisfying that the audience in Venice actually hooted and cheered in delight as Nelson twirled his gun in a self-aware flourish. Unlike its protagonist, however, it’s a film which does not appear to hold hidden depths. Old Henry aptly describes itself as a ‘micro-western’, and stakes are indeed rather low. When things give way to action, it becomes something of a western video game, with characters sniping at…