Three to see today: Saturday 7 October
Three unmissable films with tickets still available at today’s BFI London Film Festival.
From the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, a brilliantly realised portrait of France’s maestro director Jean-Luc Godard spiralling into philosophical and romantic crisis.
Michel Hazanavicius’ biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard, is an audacious feat of multi-layered storytelling. Adapted from the autobiographical novel Un an après by actor Anne Wiazemsky, Redoubtable portrays her marriage to Godard and its unravelling in the midst of his spectacular philosophical and artistic meltdown during the volatile moment of national protest in 1968. Hazanavicius demonstrates some serious directorial prowess by taking us on a journey that begins with a jaunty, lightly comedic tone, set at the outset of their marriage. There is an abundance of playful Godardian cinematic flourishes that hit the mark as both parody and loving tribute to the great innovator. But then the tone shifts to something darker and more emotive as Godard is caught up in the protest movement and follows a nihilistic path that sees him lose touch with his audience and reject his wife. With outstanding production design that brilliantly conjures up 1968 France and eager, convincing performances from Louis Garrel as the hawkish, pompous Godard and Stacy Martin as the mesmerising, talented Wiazemsky, there is much to enjoy in this political, philosophical and biographical roller coaster.
No Stone Unturned
No Stone Unturned is a suspenseful and profoundly effective true crime investigation from Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney.
In this gripping non-fiction murder mystery, Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the case of the unresolved Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland. In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub in the small village of Loughinisland while watching Ireland’s landmark victory over Italy in a World Cup soccer match. Despite a police investigation and subsequent re-openings of the case, no one has ever been charged for the gruesome killings. Director Alex Gibney (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God LFF 2012 Grierson winner) reopens the original files and the reports that followed, conducting an exhaustive and fascinating inquiry and uncovering a shocking case of collusion and cover-up. Including interviews with families of the victims, case investigators and committed journalists, No Stone Unturned is a suspenseful and profoundly effective true crime investigation and we’re thrilled to be hosting its International Premiere.
A haunting, deeply moving documentary set among terminally ill cancer patients.
A haunting, deeply moving documentary set among terminally ill cancer patients. The titular island of Steven Eastwood’s feature documentary is the Isle of Wight, where the filmmaker befriended a handful of individuals facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. Following them as they approach the end – through hospital appointments, time with family – this is a stark portrait, acutely attuned to the consoling rituals and stark realities of the dying process. Combining observational footage of his subjects with contemplative shots of the surrounding coastal landscapes through the changing seasons, this deeply felt meditation on the passage from life to death is imbued with an unsensational matter-of-factness and resonant lyricism. A necessarily harrowing film, revealing through scenes of unblinking duration the final stages of the disease’s progress on its sufferers, The Island is also a film of enormous delicacy, made in a spirit of tender respect for every one of the people involved.
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