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thumbnail favicon bfi.org.uk —  16+ hour, 41+ min ago

3 to see at LFF: films from the Middle East and North Africa

bfi.org.uk > lists

...Isra Al Kassi recommends three hot tickets from the Middle East and North African selection at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.... ...Animalia is French-Moroccan writer-director Sofia Alaoui’s first feature.... ...The films of Elia Suleiman, Annemarie Jacir or Najwa Najjar.... ...Lebanese director and screenwriter Cyril Aris was the editor on Costa Brava, Lebanon....

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The Black Pirate: how we restored Douglas Fairbanks’ early colour swashbuckler

bfi.org.uk > features

...By James Layton, Bryony Dixon On World Silent Film Day, we talk to James Layton, manager of the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center at the Museum... ...The pirate film that influenced them all, the Douglas Fairbanks silent classic The Black Pirate was also one of Hollywood’s first Technicolor features... ...MoMA is excited to bring the film back to the big screen where it belongs. – James Layton, manager, Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, Museum... ...Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film, BFI National Archive The Black Pirate has been accessible to audiences for many years, but most copies in circulation...

thumbnail favicon bfi.org.uk —  10+ hour, 41+ min ago

10 great hitman films

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...As far back as 1942’s This Gun for Hire, in which Alan Ladd’s button man uncovers a conspiracy involving the sale of secrets to Imperial Japan, the... ...As new films from David Fincher and Richard Linklater centre the work of a paid assassin, we track the history of hitmen on screen.... ...More recently, George Clooney’s smooth continental operator Jack, in The American (2010), and Brad Pitt's Boston heavy Jackie Cogan, in Killing Them... ...And 2023 brings a spate of such characters, including Michael Fassbender’s nameless hired gun in David Fincher’s upcoming The Killer and Glen Powell...

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Dumb Money review: comedy by numbers

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...Rarely do the small fish trouble the sharks, but one such conflict occurred in 2020, when YouTuber Keith Gill (Paul Dano) told his small following... ...Craig Gillespie’s uninspired account of the 2021 GameStop phenomenon, in which the company’s artificially inflated share price caused major problems... ..., Dumb Money’s screenwriters Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo can find no similarly compelling thematic grounding.... ...Each time a character is introduced, an onscreen caption tells us their net worth, from Citadel CEO Ken Griffin (Nick Offerman), sitting on $29 billion...

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The Old Oak review: a stark portrait of a divided UK

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...A landlord of a failing pub in County Durham befriends a Syrian refugee and attempts to quell tensions between their two communities in this sobering... ...In I, Daniel Blake (2016), the austerity benefits system dehumanises the eponymous hero.... ...The Old Oak seems to promise a moment of transcendence as Yara and T.J. attend an afternoon choir rehearsal at Durham Cathedral, but Loach purposefully... ...Cinematographer Robbie Ryan denies us a healing beam of light through the stained glass; the angelic choir is kept at a distance....

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Where the Wind Blows review: a frantic crime epic

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...Tony Leung and Aaron Kwok star as crooked cops in Philip Yung’s entertaining, decades-spanning true-crime story where fascinating incidents in Hong... ...Call (2015) failed to win approval from China’s National Radio and Television Administration.... ...Of the four men, Yung focuses on Lui Lok (Aaron Kwok) and Nam Kong (Tony Leung), whose very different paths to power are depicted in parallel narrative... ...The lavish, detailed recreation of Hong Kong throughout various eras is impressive, and cinematographer Chin Ting-chang shoots it elegantly, often...

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9 ambitious high-end shorts greenlit by BFI and Film4, backing UK talent

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...The BFI and Film4 today reveal nine short films funded through Future Takes, thanks to investment from Film4 and BFI National Lottery funding.... ...The pilot fund provides a vital stepping stone for emerging filmmakers who have made smaller scale or lower budget work.... ...We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery funding distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image.... ...Decisions were guided by the BFI Filmmaking Fund priorities and both organisation’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion....

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Gareth Edwards on his futuristic AI war film The Creator: “You’re always looking for that thing that’s not been done in science fiction. The little gap on the Blu-ray shelf”...

bfi.org.uk > interviews

...Soldier Joshua Taylor (John David Washington) loses an arm, a leg and his family to the blast.... ...In Gareth Edwards’ The Creator, artificial intelligence detonates a nuclear explosion in 2055 Los Angeles.... ...A further five years later Taylor works in a scrapyard until Colonel Jean Howell (Allison Janney) turns up and offers him a gig way behind enemy... ...While I was there and I was writing this robot thing, a good friend of mine, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who did Kong: Skull Island (2017), he's like, “...

thumbnail favicon bfi.org.uk —  3+ day ago

Projects announced for LFF Works-in-Progress showcase

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...The fourth edition of the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express Works-in-Progress Showcase will present five new feature... ...Five new feature films and documentaries by UK-based filmmakers will be presented at our annual BFI London Film Festival showcase of works in progress... ...Dir-wr Jack King; prods Hollie Bryan, Lucy Meer; cast Tudor Cucu-Dumitrescu, Erdal Yildiz. In post-production.... ...BFI London Film Festival director Kristy Matheson said: “My thanks to the filmmakers for presenting their work with us....

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Don’t Look Now at 50: in search of the Venice locations today

bfi.org.uk > features

...Former cinematographer Nicolas Roeg firmly hit his stride as a filmmaker in the early 1970s.... ...A melancholy, out-of-season Venice was the perfect location for Nicolas Roeg’s classic occult thriller Don’t Look Now.... ...Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, Don't Look Now follows the grief-stricken John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie)... ...For example, we get a view of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in one shot early on....



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