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Day: 14 October 2011

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Shame’

★★★★☆  It may not be a world or even a European premiere, but the first showing of Hunger (2008) director Steve McQueen’s latest effort Shame (2011) – starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan – looks set to give this year’s […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Flying Fish’

★★☆☆☆ Following three parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s debut feature Flying Fish (Igillena maluwo) – starring Chaminda Sampath Jayaweera, Rathnayaka Marasinghe and Siththi Mariyam – is unfortunately too languorous to sustain […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Without’

★★★★☆ One of the twelve nominees for this year’s Sutherland Award at the BFI London Film Festival (and surely a strong contender), Mark Jackson’s minimalist debut Without certainly doesn’t lack emotion and intensity beneath its slow-burning exterior, and welcomes a […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Amador’

★★★☆☆ Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa writes and directs well-meaning drama Amador, focusing upon the lives of Bolivian immigrants in Madrid – an under-represented group in cinematic terms – specifically Marcela (Magaly Solier) and her flower-selling partner Nelson (Pietro […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Stopped on Track’

★★★★☆ Jonathan Levine’s ‘cancer comedy’ 50/50 (2011) may have grabbed a significant slice of BFI London Film Festival press attention this week, but it is Andreas Dresen’s deeply honest, darkly comic family drama Stopped on Track (Halt auf freier Strecke, […]