Tuesday, 18 October 2011

55th BFI London Film Festival launches!

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.

View the 360 promo

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.

View the Alberto Morais interview

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.

We also spoke with actresses Donatella Finocchiaro (Senza arte ne parte, Sulla strada di casa) and Martina Codecasa (I am love, sul mare) who star in Italian social/political drama Terrafirma.

View red carpet interviews from BFI LFF Day 3

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.

View more interviews with cast and crew at the 55th BFI London Film Festival

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