I've been passionate about movies since, well, the first time I went to the cinema at 6 years old to watch «The Little Mermaid» and had a crush on Prince Eric, wanted to dye my hair in red and couldn't stop singing to «Under the sea». Naturally, I become interested in everything related to the cinema world, independant movies as well as blockbusters or animated movies, I'm going to the theater as much as I can and not surprinsigly I even study it.
In love with what we call the festival season mainly because it's always a good opportunity to know more about filmmaking and also to discover new release movies before everyone else, read all about it in magazines and spot your favorite movies stars at premieres. But also, I must admit, because I have an obsession for red carpet dresses (my pinterest profile is the proof of that) and who doesn't love making comments on who's wearing the best and the worst dresses ?
There's a lot of famous festival along the year, one of the most exciting is the Cannes film festival every year in the South of France, probably the most glamourous and important of all. More independants movies are screens at the american Sundance festival, usually rewarding new directors making their big debuts. But after the Venise and Toronto festival this year, it's time for one of the best regarding his impressive numbers of quality films screening, and it's happening here in London, the BFI film festival.
So, from the 8th until the 19th of October, London is hosting the 58th BFI film festival, one of the biggest film festival in the world showing over 300 of the best movies of this year festival season. During 12 days, most of London theaters are screenings fiction, live action, documentary features and animated shorts. The festival is also hosting master classes and other special events, directors, cast and crew will take part in career interviews and other press enquiries. The jurors this year are Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Emilia Fox, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Philip French, Lone Scherfig and Rodrigo Prieto.
This year Opening Night Gala film is «The Imitation game» by director Morten Tyldum, who the life of the enigmatic Alan Turing, an English mathematician and logician who helped crack the Enigma code during World war II. The movie is featuring some of British brightest actors and actresses such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Downton's Abbey Allen Leech, Matthew Goode and the always beautiful Keira Knightley. All tickets are already sold out but don't worry there's plenty of good movies screening this year that you can still book tickets for and enjoy a nice time at the theater. «The imitation game» will be released in theaters on the 14th of November
For the Closing Night Gala, the movie choosed this year is «Fury» by director David Ayer, this brilliant action drama tells the story of US soldiers and the demons they face down as they drive their tank through occupied Europe during WWII, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Because the tickets are already sold out too, if you, like me, really want to see that bunch of sexy guys sweating in uniform and you might even drop a tear, the film will be release in theaters on the 22th of October, can't wait.
Because I unfortunately don't have the time and specially the money to go and see all of the 300 movies of this year (tickets prices are between £9.00 and £32.00), I had to make a choice ..
Here is my short list of the must-seen movies of this year festival, at least the ones I'm most excited about !
- «The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby» directed by Ned Benson, starring Jessica Chastain and James Mcvoy, the story is about a young married couple living in New York, as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.I'm a lot excited about this one as I am a big fan of both main actors and always love a good romantic love story on screen.
- «The Keeping room» directed by Daniel Barber, telling the story of 3 southern women left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, fighting to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. The movie is starring Hailee Steinfield, Sam Worthington and my idol Brit Marling. Marling is a young brilliant actress, writer, director and producer, if you haven't seen it, I'll advise you to take a look at «Sound of My Voice», «Another Earth» and «The East».
- «Whiplash» by director Damien Chazelle and starring the young rising actor of the moment, Miles Teller and the impressive J.K. Simmons. The film follows a promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. Already acclaimed by the crittics, «Whiplash» won the audience award and the Grand Jury prize at the last Sundance festival, this is definitely a must-seen !
Girls, I know sometimes film festival can be boring, but don't forget that there's always good looking actors on the red carpet AND on the screens, bring your best friend, buy some popcorns and have a good time.
If you're looking for me next week, I'll be in the theater, being amazed by the best of movies from London film festival !
Hello ! My name is Coline, I'm passionate about cinema and aspiring to be a screenwriter. Always on for a culture related trip with my friends, I also enjoy baking the finest desserts and Lip-sync contests are my favorite game.