I'm lucky enough to have seen quite a few titles from the line-up previously and so I can already recommend ten films well worth seeing at the London Film Festival this October.
Here are the ten films I can already vouch for.
Inside Llewyn Davis
It's been a few months since I saw Inside Llewyn Davis and it's really stuck with me ever since. There is one moment in particular that returns to my mind again and again, a profound moment for the title character but one that is played with so much subtly and understatement by the Coen brothers. I'm pretty convinced that Inside Llewyn Davis is something of a subdued masterpiece and I can't wait to see it again.
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winning three hour coming of age story is an extraordinarily moving film and one of the best relationships dramas I've seen in some time. This was the talk of Cannes and will undoubtedly be a significant talking point at the London Film Festival in October.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Jim Jarmusch riffs on literary giants in this meandering, but never dull, art rock vampire flick. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are sweet, witty and highly amusing as the two vampires killing time and looking for blood.
Here are a couple of clips.
Bruce Dern's minimal but highly effective performance as an elderly man who believes he's won a million dollars is already getting talked up for awards consideration but Payne's smart writing also shines in this excellent, stripped back small town family story.
Like Father, Like Son
Hirokazu Koreeda's tale of two children switched at birth is sublime. Filled with tender and beautiful humanist observations. Koreeda at his best.
Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to A Separation is full of complex familial relationships and tense kitchen conversations. Berenice Bejo is particularly astounding and the way in which her character changes, often mid scene, is remarkable to watch.
Frustrating in a purposeful and meaningful way, Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain is a quiet cry for help, a subdued howl of rage and a fascinating cinematic riddle.
All Is Lost
Robert Redford is superb in this one-hander from Margin Call director J.C. Chandor. Lost at seam, Redford's character just tries to stay alive, which he does with meticulous attention to detail and real tenacity. The emotional resonance of the film's final scenes hit me like a tanker but the significance of a number of the smaller details also raise a number of fascinating questions about the modern world.
A bleak and gruelling experience Heli is not for the fainthearted. Those able to stomach the more difficult scenes of torture and violence, though, will be rewarded, as this film is a powerful piece of filmmaking.
A fine document of what could well be the greatest film never made. Using a variety of different documentary devices and a mixture of voices director Frank Pavich explores Alejandro Jodorwosky's attempts to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbet's Dune and the influence that this unfinished film is still having today.