21 November 2010

London Links: Five Film Festival Reviews 2010

As I mentioned a while back, I'd post up some reviews for the LFF. Here are links to five out of all the films I saw at the 54th BFI London Film Festival (between the 13th and the 28th October) and for which I wrote reviews on for The Film Experience.

I managed to see a great many films over the two-and-a-half weeks -with one outstanding work, several very good films, a few surprises and no real howlers. I didn't write about all of the films I saw (although there are a few more reviews I'll link to soon), but below are five on which I wanted scribble up a few words. (Star ratings, as an added indication for quick perusal, are out of five.)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives **½ (ApichatpongWeerasethakul/2010/Thailand) This film was released in the UK on November 19th. 

Winter Vacation / Han jia ***½
 (Li Hongqi/2010/China) UK release date TBC

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale *** 
(Almari Helander/2010/Finland) This film is released in the UK on Dec. 3rd.

A Screaming Man / Un homme qui crie **** 
(Mahamat-Saleh Haroun/2010/Chad) This film will be released in the UK on May 13th 2011

What I Love the Most / Lo que más quiero ** 
(Delfina Castagnino/2010/Argentina) UK release date TBC


  1. Ugh I love watching films nobody else will ever get to see too :(
    Interesting that you didn't enjoy Joe's latest. How do you like the rest of his work?

  2. Thanks Jose.

    These were just a few of the titles from the LFF that I caught and wrote about for Nathaniel. I'd love it if more people saw the better ones, esp. A Screaming Man.

    I'm split when it comes to 'Joe'. Loved Syndromes of a Century and Tropical Malady, and his Phantoms of Baua & A Letter to Uncle Boonmee shorts (but the Mobile Men short was rubbish). And Mysterious Object at Noon and Blissfully Yours - along with much of Uncle Boonmee - were both tedious, despite having one or two moments of good stuff. It's tricky to either over- or under-praise him. He's a curious one...