On our way to work, as we daydream in tubes, procrastinate on our phones or walk through frantic rush-hour streets, we are bombarded with imposing publicity for the current blockbuster movie. It gives the false impression that there is simply nothing else worth seeing in cinemas. Do not get me wrong, some of these movies like Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” are unmissable and tremendous pieces of filmmaking. However, the reality of the UK Indie film industry is that too much creativity is being left in the dark due to the lack of marketing power… until the annual BFI Film Festival reaches us!! The Festival centralises the best Indie works of the year and is a precious opportunity to put some of the most prominent independent filmmakers in the limelight.
As usual, this year’s event (4-15 October) is filled with original and fascinating works. As a Frenchman writing this blog, I am proud of Robin Campillo’s “120 Battements par Minute” (details
<a data-cke-saved-href="https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=120bpmbeatsperminute&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=" href="https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=120bpmbeatsperminute&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=" color:="" rgb(17,="" 85,="" 204);="" text-decoration-line:="" underline;="" vertical-align:="" baseline;="" white-space:="" pre-wrap;"="">Another exciting French movie is “Happy End” (info here ), which is Michael Haneke’s first movie since the Oscar-winning “Amour”. I have not seen this yet, but considering one of the best directors of our time has teamed up with some of the best ever French actors (Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant), I would say it is a must-see.
Are these films already whetting your appetite? Well there is much much more to look forward to.
Maria Tanjala’s (Big Couch co-founder) favourite actor, Joaquin Phoenix, is starring in “You were never really here”, so if you have not seen the performance that won Best Actor at Cannes, now is the time (details)! And as if that were not enough, the festival is not short of politics. Sean Baker has followed up the multi-award winning “Tangerine” with the“The Florida Project”, an honest depiction of poverty in the USA. Furthermore, “Grain” by Semih Kaplanoğlu is a stunning fiction about ecological disaster.
Finally, Big Couch is fond of a production team led by Guy de Beaujeu.They are premiering their film “Journey’s End” and we wish them the best of luck with that!
The conclusion is simple: get your tickets now and be inspired! Choose your favourite films and book them from Thursday 14/09 at 10 am here.
Prepare to be immersed in all sorts of journeys that will make you love Cinema even more.