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LFF 2013

At Berkeley (2013)

Frederick Wiseman's documentary, At Berkeley, his 38th institution-based film, is by far the longest documentary at this year's London Film Festival. It is also, I think fair to say, probably going to be one of the best. For a documentary…

The Double (2013)

Following up his pretty rubbish Submarine, Richard Ayoade has returned with another literary adaptation, this time of Dostoevsky’s novella The Double. With Jesse Eisenberg playing the socially awkward and general doormat Simon James, plus…

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis, whilst proving almost impossible for me to pronounce, is one of the best scripted films of this year’s London Film Festival, and one of the best overall. Written and directed by the Coen brothers, it follows folk…

Abuse Of Weakness (2013)

It's befitting of Catherine Breillat's semi-autobiographical latest, Abuse Of Weakness, that its title should be both an encapsulation and meta-commentary on her oeuvre to date; her films equally depict an abuse of weakness - usually…

Starred Up (2013)

Confidently evoking and eschewing British prison drama cliché, David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a fascinating exploration of physical performance and aggression, his actors wielding their bodies like sculpted and emotive weapons - gladiators…

Night Moves (2013)

If Meek's Cutoff (2010) was Kelly Reichardt's deconstruction of that most American of genres, the Western, whose archetypal form romanticizes the frontier culture which birthed innovators and outlaws alike, then her latest, the eco-thriller…

Sixteen (2013)

Sixteen is an odd film, short at only eighty minutes, that manages to feel a lot longer but also be quite compelling. Jumah (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) is a fifteen year old from Congo who, after being adopted by Laura (Rachael Stirling),…

All Is Lost (2013)

If you’re afraid of sharks, drowning or the sea then All Is Lost might not be the film for you. Having said that, it’s definitely a film that should be seen, preferably on a massive screen with an amazing sound system. Robert Redford, the…

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

Among the most polarizing directors in contemporary world cinema, Bruno Dumont has finally found the material to complement his singularly obdurate aesthetic and editorial style, a manner of studied austerity which has previously felt…

Norte, The End Of History (2013)

The fifteenth feature from festival darling Lav Diaz, Norte, The End Of History is a film pregnant with anxiety for the future, its fraught dramatic diptych framing the lives of two men whose worlds intersect at an irrevocable crossroads.…