Tag: LFF 2014

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Phoenix (2014)

Reorienting the themes of Hitchcock’s binary women-in-peril pictures, Vertigo (1958) and Marnie (1964), Christian Petzold’s Phoenix is a fraught, horror-tinged marital drama which builds Sirkian malaise into the construct of a perverted Pygmalion thriller. Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a death camp survivor searching for her husband in postwar Berlin, unaware […]

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The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (2014)

The classic Chinese novel Baifa Monü Zhuan may not be familiar to Western audiences, but its author Li Yusheng was considered one of the best known wuxia authors in the 20th Century.  Now, Hong Kong director Jacob Cheng, who previously worked on cult classic Mr. Vampire, is following in the […]

The Goddess (1934)
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The Goddess (1934)

When it comes to Chinese silent films, it is a rare combination with modern filmgoers as some tend to be discouraged by the lack of sound or the fear of being lost-in-translation.  However, an exception should be made for the directorial debut of Chinese director Wu Yonggang, which was one […]

P’tit Quinquin (2014)
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P’tit Quinquin (2014)

Following Camille Claudel 1915, his gruelling, etiolated study of the sculptor’s institutionalisation at Montdevergues asylum, French (provoc)auteur Bruno Dumont has now delivered the funniest film of the year in P’tit Quinquin, a knockabout treatise on bucolic idiocy and modern decay from the points-of-view of a bumbling, Clouseau-esque detective, and a […]

Dragon Gate Inn (1967)
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Dragon Gate Inn (1967)

When it comes to martial arts films, they tend to fall in one of two categories: either relentless action or beautiful, graceful choreography.  While most fans prefer the former, it is the latter that has attracted Western audiences to the cinema, thanks to films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon […]

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LFF: Interview with Orion Lee

Asian actor Orion Lee took a gamble when he left the world of finance to become an actor.  Now, a graduate for LAMDA, he counts a supporting role in Bond film Skyfall in his filmography, as well as roles in two films at this year’s London Film Festival: X + Y and closing […]

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Marc Quinn – Making Waves (2014)

Artists on film have always been fascinating subjects. Whether we watch them to gain insight into their works or personalities, or whether we watch the excess and absurd pointlessness of it all, what all films by or about artists have in common is that peek they give us into the […]

Ne Me Quitte Pas (2013)
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Ne Me Quitte Pas (2013)

In 2004 Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, two Belgian stand-up comedians, starred in and directed a film called Aaltra. It is a dark-as-you-like story about two fundamentally unlikeable neighbours engaged in a battle of [dim] wits who are both paralysed by a falling tractor. Undeterred by their new-found paralysis, they […]

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Mr. Turner (2014)

The latest film by Mike Leigh premiered in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Cinematography award and its leading man was named Best Actor, proving that Timothy Spall has come a long way from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Mr. Turner takes a look at the last 25 […]

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LFF 2014 Short Film Roundup No.3

Our third roundup of short films at this year’s BFI London Film Festival is a bit of a mixed bag. We have 5 films that veer in subject between sweet family animation and extreme experimental art, which is great, though they veer also in quality between highly polished and pretty […]