Sunday, 28 September 2008

THE 52ND LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Wednesday 15th - Saturday 30th October sees The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival take place, with several venues primed to screen an exciting mix of the best in world cinema. As mentioned previously on this blog, opening night will see the premiere of Peter Morgan's FROST/NIXON, while the closing Gala screening is Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. As usual, film fans are faced with an embarrassment of riches, including: TYSON, Terence Davies' OF TIME AND THE CITY, Uli Edel's THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, Steven Soderbergh's CHE (PART 1 & PART 2), Steve McQueen's HUNGER, Oliver Stone's W., Delphine Kreuter's 57000 KM BETWEEN US (a retuning of French bourgeois comedy for the digital age), The Woodster's VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, Palme d'Or winner THE CLASS and BRONSON, which is a brutal portrayal of the UK's most violent 'lifer'. The latter is part of the New British Cinema Strand which includes films from Richard Jobson, Mike Figgis, Justin Kerrigan and Pat Holden's AWAYDAYS, based on Kevin Sampson's cult novel. There's also a screening of TELSTAR, which will be a must for Joe Meek buffs and a bunch of restorations including ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, THE TRESPASSER (Gloria Swanson's first talkie), THE LAST WAGON and COVER GIRL.

Sad to say, our presence at the festival would be financially prohibitive this year ( in other words, we're skint!) but we'll be there in spirit and hope everyone has an enjoyable time.

For full details, check out the festival site http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/films

4 comments:

  1. That does sound like an awesome festival with a lot of intriguing films. It's a shame you guys can't go. I know about the money situation myself. I'll be there in spirit myself.

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  2. I've been attending the LFF on a regular basis for around 15 years and took in my first viewing of some of my favourites there. I know money isn't everything but boy oh boy, are you screwed without it!

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  3. For what it's worth...VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA is my favorite film of the year so far and my favorite film from Woody in about 15 years. Be curious to hear your thoughts...

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  4. Now, you have me really straining at the leash to see this film. That's high praise and knowing your tastes in film, I'd say the Woodster's latest will be a huge treat.

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