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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 […]

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 […]

LFF 2011: ‘Terraferma’

★★☆☆☆ Every European country seems convinced that it is an especial victim of illegal immigration. The UK sees itself as a soft touch, as do Germany and France. For Italy, the geographical proximity to Northern Africa […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Abu, Son of Adam’

★★☆☆☆ The yearly Muslim Hajj (the holy pilgrimage to Mecca) remains one of the most incredible feats of faith and endurance in human history, which makes it all the more baffling that Salim Ahamed’s directorial debut […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Asshole’ (‘Gandu’)

★★★☆☆ Described by its director Kaushik Mukherjee (Q) as a ‘rap musical’ and starring Anubrata Basu and Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Bengali film Asshole (Gandu, 2011) is perhaps the most controversial – and arguably the bravest – selection […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘360’

★★☆☆☆ Messy, disorganised and far from an ideal way to start a film festival – this statement could as easily be applied to the scenes of furious construction currently taking place in London’s Leicester square as […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: Preview

The BFI today announced the full programme for this year’s 55th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place between 12-27 October. The undoubted highlights of the 300-strong list of features and shorts were the world premieres […]