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There is now less than a month to go to the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which runs from 10 to 21 October 2012. Finally, very belatedly, today, I got my tickets in.
I will be seeing 14 films in total - 4 more than last year. I won't be reviewing all of them, but I promise to write-up those films that inspire and move me. I am seeing many more "political" films this year, and being a lot more adventurous, and a lot less "Hollywood", than in the past!
My experience of booking tickets this year was much better than in previous years; although I had left it quite late in the day I got tickets for all the films that I wanted to see, including Gala screenings. I was particularly pleased to be able to get a ticket for Great Expectations, the Closing Night Gala Film, and for The Reluctant Fundamentalist, another Gala screening (I have never before managed to get into either an Opening or a Closing Night Gala Film). So, overall, a VERY satisfied customer - thank you BFI!
This is what I will be seeing in the order in which I will be seeing them:
A distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, in this electrifying drama from Thomas Vinterberg.
BAFTA award-winning director Nick Murphy returns to the Festival with a gripping cop thriller exploring issues of morality and masculinity.
Roman Polanski takes on Thomas Hardy in his luminous adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, with an unforgettable 17-year-old Nastassja Kinski in the tragic title role.
Arguably the greatest Shakespearean performance on screen, as Olivier exudes pure satanic evil as the king who woos and murders his way to the English throne.
A Respectable Family:
Iranian cinema delivers another jolting piece of suspense and social commentary with this gripping tale of a college professor returning to confront his family after 22 years abroad.
A pertinent and hilarious political comedy set in Seattle.
Fill the Void:
A masterpiece of forbidden love set in the unlikeliest of surroundings in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community.
The Patience Stone:
Roman Polanski meets the Taliban in this unforgettable account of a beautiful Afghan woman who indulges her most secret desires in the most dangerous of places.
Fearless, inventive filmmaking featuring frequent moments that surprise and disarm.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist:
A young man’s identity pivots between a glittering stockbroker career in New York and his home culture thousands of miles away in Pakistan.
Three young women fight for their lives when their camping holiday is invaded by three maniacal ex-soldiers.
The charming façade of a young sociopath slowly unravels in this provocative and visually arresting drama.
Winter of Discontent:
Ibrahim El-Batout delivers a searing account of the root causes of the Egyptian revolution with this hard-hitting political thriller.
Great Expectations (Closing Night Gala Film, starring Ralph Fiennes):
Mike Newell’s new adaptation of the classic novel stars Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham.
The London Film Festival is here, where you can browse the full programme:
Public booking opens on Monday 24 September at 9.30am. Get ready!