Sunday, 30 October 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Premiere Scene was both deeply shocked and incredibly impressed by Glaswegian director Lynne Ramsay's stunning movie We Need to Talk About Kevin. Adapted from American novelist Lionel Shriver's book of the same name, the film follows Eva played by Tilda Swinton (Young Adam, I am Love) attempt to regain control of her life after an unexplained tragedy. Intercut with this first story we follow the upbringing of Eva's son, Kevin, masterfully portrayed in his teenage years by relative newcomer Ezra Miller (Another Happy Day, The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morven Callar) directs with the confidence of a much more established, older director. We Need to Talk About Kevin isn't nessecarily a film that is "liked" as it is one that will make you think, talk and consider its premise for days afterward. An absolute must-see.
Certainly the most impressive film of the festival so far, Premiere Scene attended the premiere of British star Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus. Based on the Shakespeare play of the same name; Fiennes, who had played the role on stage a decade earlier, directed the film himself. Choosing to revise and revisit the material with a cutting-edge crew; including screenwriter John Logan (Any Given Sunday, Rango) and award-winning Hurt Locker DP Barry Ackroyd the film highlights many of Britain's current social-political problems.
Premiere Scene would also like to welcome presenter Nicola Johnstone who covered Tales of the Night by French director Michel Ocelot (Dragons et princesses, Azur & Asmar:The Princes' Quest). Ocelot gave us a gracious insight into his working methods before his animation was screened in 3D.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
On Day 4 things began to really heat up when we spoke to Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and Ben Foster (360, The Mechanic) about their blsitering cop/crime commentry Rampart featuring Woody Harrelson in the main role. Rampart digs into the events of the late 90's LAPD corruption scandal.
Director Christoph Hochhausler's (Unter dir die Stadt) film One Minute of Darkness, part of the Dreileben trilogy involving German filmmakers Christian Petzold (Beats Being Dead) and Dominik Graf (Don't Follow Me Around) Hochhausler's film features a fugitive on the run played by Stefan Kurt (Ein tick Anders, Der Verdingbub). The director was quick to inform us that each film can viewed as a separate entity or in order as part of the interlinking narrative.
Premiere scene is also lucky enough to speak to New York filmmaker Dee Rees about Pariah, her first feature based on a short she made to fund this film. Her film, shot by Bradford Young (Restless City), won the Sundance Cinematography award. Her film explores a young Brooklyn teenager coming out to her family and friends.
Finally Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night) presented her film The Loneliest Planet inspired by her own travelling experiences traveling in Georgia. The couple presented in the film are played by Gael Garcia Bernal (Regret Not Speaking, A Little Bit of Heaven)and Hani Furstenberg (Morning, Ahar Kach Nechaven La Yareah).
Shame features Micheal Fassbender (Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method) whom McQueen had worked with previously on his debut film Hunger. Shame features Brandon (Fassbinder), a young professional suffering from sex addiction. His sexual routines is disturbed by his younger sister, played by Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, Drive) who decides to stay with him.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Premiere Scene is delighted to be back on the red carpet for the 55th BFI London Film Festival. The festival opened with City of God director Fernando Mierelles' new film 360 featuring a massive cast of international superstars, fantastic global locations and a stunning stand-out performance form Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Thor) as a father who has lost touch with his daughter.
The follows five sets of characters across several continents, all the stories interlink in some way proving it really is a small world after all.
The film's ensemble cast include Jude Law (Contagion, Anna Karenina) and Rachael Weisz (The Fountain, The Deep Blue Sea) as a couple in a troubled marriage and American actor Ben Foster (The Mechanic, Rampart) in a considered performance a former sex-offender.
A host of international films represented include Sundance smash Like Crazy. Director Drake Doremus (Douchebag) was on hand to discuss the merits of shooting in London; while Sundance best actress winner, Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl, Albatross) spoke to us about working alongside the films male lead, Anthon Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night).
Premiere Scene's Claire and Anthony Bueno spoke to Spanish filmmaker Alberto Morais (Un lugar en el cine) about his second feature film Las Olas (The Waves). The film picked-up twice at the Moscow Film Festival. Carlos Alvarez-Novoa (Gran reserva, Flesh Memories) delivers the award-winning central performance as ageing-narcoleptic-widower, Miguel.
Brazilian Horror movie Hard Labour (Trabalhar Cansa) director Marco Dutra (Alice: O Primeiro Dia do Resto de Minha Vida) was on-hand to discuss working with his co-director Juliana Rojas (Desassossego). The film's star, Helena Albergaria (As Sombras), was delighted to return to London for the premiere, having studied here previously.
Last up is Icelandic drama Volcano (Eldfjall), directed by Runar Runnarson. Runnarson secured interest via his powerful short Two Birds and spoke of the challenge he found shooting a feature film in comparison with filming a short subject.