Category Film Festivals

BFI #LFF 2019: BURNING NIGHT (BREVE MIRAGEM DE SOL) Film Review

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Eryk Rocha’s latest feature BURNING NIGHT is a poignant and persuasive piece about loneliness, survival and the quest for reinvention

3 out of 5 stars

The vibrant, volatile and rapidly changing city of Rio de Janeiro is vividly captured in Eryk Rocha’s latest feature film BURNING NIGHT, a poignant and persuasive portrait about the nocturnal encounters of a down-on-his-luck cab driver.

In order to pay for the child support he needs to send to his ex-wife Livia, recently divorced Paulo (Fabricio Boliveira) s...

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BFI #LFF 2019: AXONE Film Review

Sayani Gupta as Upasna in AXONE

When given time to breathe, Nicholas Kharkongor’s AXONE packs an emotional punch, turning this light-hearted and bittersweet comedy into something much more poignant and resonant

3.5 out of 5 stars

Following the success of his debut film MANTRA, filmmaker Nicholas Kharkongor returns to the big screen with his latest film AXONE, a bittersweet comedy about love, friendship and overcoming prejudice.

Set on a hot summer’s day, AXONE follows Upasna and Chanbi, two friends who want to prepare a special North Easter...

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WILD ROSE Film Review

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WILD ROSE is a richly stirring human story about a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood

4 out of 5 stars

Actress Jessie Buckley delivers the star performance of the year in Tom Harper’s electrifying crowd pleaser WILD ROSE.

Fresh out of prison with a track record of bad behaviour, charisma and an electrifying set of vocal chords, WILD ROSE follows 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a single mum who dreams of becoming a country sing...

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BFI #LFF 2018: PACHAMAMA Film Review

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Charming, colourful and vividly imagined, PACHAMAMA is a children’s animated adventure story which touches on Peruvian history

From the studio behind ERNEST AND CELESTINE, Juan Antin brings his animated children’s tale PACHAMAMA to the big screen at the BFI London Film Festival.

Set in 16th-Century Peru, PACHAMAMA follows fun-loving 10-year-old Tepulpaï who lives in a remote village in the Andes Mountains...

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BFI #LFF 2018: YOURS IN SISTERHOOD Film Review

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Fusing the past with the present, YOURS IN SISTERHOOD is a collective portrait of feminism now and forty years ago

UK-born filmmaker Irene Lusztig presents a collective portrait of feminism and the lost art of letter writing in her new documentary YOURS IN SISTERHOOD.

Filmed between 2015 and 2017, YOURS IN SISTERHOOD invites strangers in communities across the US to give voice to letters sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine – America’s first mainstream feminist magazine – in the 1970s...

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INTERVIEW: Dar Gai Talks NAMDEV BHAU: IN SEARCH OF SILENCE

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Writer and director Dar Gai talks to Frankly My Dear UK about NAMDEV BHAU: IN SEARCH OF SILENCE and her inspiration behind the film

In her second outing behind the camera, Dar Gai delivers a film that is as visually striking as it is affecting with NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE.

Driving mad by the constant noise of Mumbai City, chauffeur Namdev Bhau is at the end of both his career and his wits...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THE CHAMBERMAID (LA CAMARISTA) Film Review

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Lila Avilés confronts the monotony of long workdays in her compelling and deeply resonant debut feature THE CHAMBERMAID

Mexican actor-turned-director Lila Avilés confronts the monotony of long workdays with a quiet examination of forgotten belongings and budding friendships in her acutely observed feature debut THE CHAMBERMAID.

Set almost entirely within the rooms, corridors and service spaces of one of Mexico City’s five-star hotels, THE CHAMBERMAID follows Eve, a hard-working and diligent ...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Film Review

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, a disturbing thriller which examines the fine line between nurture and obsession

The relationship between teacher and student seems to be a recurring theme at the BFI London Film Festival this year. Following Ursula Meier’s SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND which examines a teacher’s influence on her high school student, director Sara Colangelo takes it to another level in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, examining the fine l...

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BFI #LFF 2018: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS Film Review

Matt and Luke Goss in AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS

Despite the odd awkward moment, AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS is an intimate portrait of the Goss brothers

From Blondie and The Police to Erasure and New Kids on the Block, the number of 80s pop bands reuniting is certainly on the rise. So when British pop sensation Bros announced they were getting back together for a special comeback tour in 2017, it hardly seemed like big news.

During the late 1980s, Bros were one of the biggest bands in the world – for 15 minutes...

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INTERVIEW: Mahmoud Sabbagh Talks AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Mahmoud Sabbagh attends the World Premiere of AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Mahmoud Sabbagh at AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for BFI

Writer and director Mahmoud Sabbagh talks to Frankly My Dear UK about AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Following the success of his debut film BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH in 2016, Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh makes a welcome return to the big screen with his second feature, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE.

Blending dark comedy with irony and wit, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE tells the story of a 44-year-old housew...

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