THE BFI FILM FESTIVAL – ONES TO WATCHOctober 7, 2014
Let’s face it. Summer has packed its bags and waved ‘bai bai’ for another year. Look on the bright side – now you don’t have to shave your legs everyday AND you have a legit excuse to go somewhere dark and eat popcorn by the bucketload. As The BFI London Film Festival kicks off, we take a look at the films worth parting with your hard-earned cash to see…
If Girls and Frances Ha are your bag, this Brooklyn-set, lo-fi comedy about an Iranian-American struggling with life, love and identity should satisfy your cravings for mumblecore twenty-something angst. Watch out for Tumblr-worthy gems like, “Just because your breasts are small, it doesn’t mean they’re not legitimate”.
Next-gen Almodovar, 25-year-old director Xavier Dolan has already established himself as the bold new face of the ‘Oedipus complex’ niche. Familiar meditations on family continue as a party-loving mother recruits the help of a neighbourly teacher to rehabilitate her wayward son. With a Cannes Jury prize under its belt and rumours of an Oscar nom, we’re thinking Dolan’s sixth effort could be his best (and strangest) yet.
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC
Twenty years after dropping his seminal debut, the notoriously private rapper finally gives us a look into his life beyond the rap sheet. From influences to upbringing and everything in between, this long-awaited documentary is essential viewing for anyone who’s even shown a passing interest in hip-hop.
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
If you thought your teenage years were a festival of weird, check out Shailene Woodley’s latest vehicle. Stoker meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower in this haunting rites-of-passage drama where Eva Green is the quintessential Stepford Wife gone postal – and freaks everyone out in the process. All set to a Cocteau Twins soundtrack.
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE
If your Francophile obsession for trench coats, smoking Gauloises and listening exclusively to vinyl is out of control, you probably have Jean Luc Godard to blame. Five decades after the world fell in love with his silver screen heroines, Anna Karina and Jean Seaberg, the French auteur is back and he’s gone all 3D on our asses. Don’t worry, he’s just as lovably leftfield as ever.
The BFI London Film Festival takes place between 8-19th October. Take a look at the rest of the programme here.