In The Fog (Loznitsa, 2012): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 3.15pm
This film also screens at Vue 5 in Leicester Square on Wed 17 at 6pm. Details here.
56th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (10-21 October 2012) DAY 9
day (from October 10 to October 21) I will be selecting the London
Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the
movies you are unlikely to see in
London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here
is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't
worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always
some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each
screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.
Time Out review:
'Having made documentaries for more than a decade, in 2010 the Belarussian director Sergei Loznitsa
attracted a lot of critical attention with his impressive first
feature, ‘My Joy’, an unremittingly bleak look at contemporary Russia.
With the likewise sombre but in other respects rather more conventional
‘In the Fog’, Loznitsa looks set to garner even more praise.
in Belarus in 1942, the film begins with a lengthy travelling shot (the
first of only 70 or so shots in the movie), which ends with the Nazis
hanging Belarussian resistance fighters. It then proceeds to chronicle
what happens after two partisans arrive at the house of a comrade widely
believed (since he alone was freed by the Nazis after a train was
sabotaged) to have betrayed the executed men. He protests his innocence,
but they are no more persuaded by his claims than his wife, and they
take him through the forest, hoping to avoid discovery by the German
forces patrolling the district.
Not unlike Nicholas Ray’s likewise
philosophical ‘Bitter Victory’, ‘In the Fog’ is a war movie that
foregrounds the emotions of individuals over the spectacle of battle,
and uses metaphor and a calm mood of ethical enquiry rather than
simplistic polemics arguing for or against military engagement. Loznitsa
knows that war exists and won’t go away; rather than indulging in
patriotic or pacifistic platitudes, he tries to show what it might do to
our souls. And, in this writer’s opinion, he succeeds.'
Here is the trailer.