57th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (9-20 October 2013) DAY 3
Every day (from October 9 to October 20) 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.
The films of Filipino Lav Diaz – 12 features to date – are one of the glories of contemporary cinema, but rarely if ever screened in the UK thanks in part to their epic durations: anything up to 11 hours. Diaz´s latest masterpiece weighs in at a relatively user-friendly four hours but more than earns every second of its screen time, as ecstatic critical reactions in the wake of its Cannes screenings testify. Diaz once again develops his longstanding engagement with Dostoevsky through an allegorically tinged tale of a nihilistic law student Fabian (a magnificent Sid Lucero), whose murder of a moneylender and her daughter prompts not only his own downfall, but the incarceration of a gentle family man, who mistakenly takes the rap. Spellbinding deep-focus colour imagery and a seemingly effortless binding of intimate detail with epic sweep make this one of the absolute must-sees of the Festival.
Here (and above) is the trailer.
This film also screens at BFI Southbank Studio on Sun 13th at 6pm. Details here.