Posts Tagged LFF2017

Zama: Lucrecia Martel Screen Talk

Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ was named as one of our 10 essential films of 2017. To celebrate its UK release, we revisit the revealing masterclass the acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker gave during last year’s London Film Festival, where ‘Zama’ also had its UK premiere. Her long-awaited fourth feature, which took almost a decade to get made, is the first literary adaptation in Martel’s career, based on the 1956 Antonio Di Benedetto’s novel, which is set In the late 18th century and tells the story of Spanish official Don Diego De Zama, whom after years of dedicated service to the Spanish crown in a remote position somewhere in the South American, he believes he’s entitled to a promotion for a place in a better destination. His increasingly delusional longings serve as a reflection on the trappings of personal and social identity as well as taking an incisive, critical look at the ways of colonialism.

Interviewed by professor Maria Delgado and boasting both a healthily sarcastic sense of humour and an endless capability for amazing digression, among other things, Martel talked about her career, the themes and preoccupations’ on her body of work, some of her philosophical theories and what kept her so long from making another film after her masterpiece ‘The Headless Woman’. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2017 Interview With Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra (Good Manners)

Brazilian directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra have crafted one of the most surprising films of the year with ‘Good Manners’. After winning an award at Locarno for its unique combination of social realism with multiple genres, ‘Good Manners’ was also selected for the London Film Festival’s official competition. Rojas and Dutra came to present their film and we had the chance to talk with them about, among other things, their collaboration; their unique approach to genre; the social aspect of their work; their classic influences and a particularly distinctive use of colour. Check the interview in full here: Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2017 Interview with Xavier Legrand (Custody)

French actor turned director Xavier Legrand came to the London Film Festival to introduce his debut feature ‘Custody.’ Fresh from winning two prizes at Venice, ‘Custody’ is a harrowing tale of domestic violence that follows up the story of Legrand’s first, Oscar-nominated short film. It focuses on how legal loopholes can allow abusive parents to perpetuate the intimidation to their families. We met the Gallic filmmaker for a short interview and talked about what brought him to the issue; his acting career and the cinematic influences of this film. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2017 Interview with Carla Simón (Summer 1993)

The London Film Festival goes on and in between a tight film watching schedule, we had the chance to have a chat with Catalonian director Carla Simón. Her debut ‘Summer 1993’ is one of our recommended films from the festival, conquering audiences wherever is shown. This story of a little girl who is send to live in the countryside with the family of her aunt and uncle after her parents die of AIDS has been selected by the Spanish Film Academy for the Foreign Language Oscar. It has been one of this year’s LFF hot tickets, as well as a favourite for the First Feature Competition. We talked to her about the autobiographical aspects of her story; the challenges of working with children; the film’s remarkable cast and the experiences of her student days in London. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2017 15 Films We Can Recommend

As the tickets for this year edition of the BFI London Film Festival go on sale, we have prepared a couple of posts with our picks from the programme. In the first one, we focus on the films we have already seen. The ones that we loved at Cannes, whose selection is well represented at the LFF, and some others we caught during our summer holidays in Spain. All of them will likely count among the best films of 2017. Have a good festival! Read the rest of this entry »