Travel interest films at the 54th BFI London Film Festival
Tuesday 14, September 2010
The BFI 54th London Film Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s programme includes 28 films featuring a travel theme or a remarkable location.
This is part of a worldwide selection of 197 features and 112 shorts from 67 countries. The 54th BFI London Film Festival, in association with American Express, runs from October 13 – October 28.
The full programme for this year’s festival has just been announced and we believe there are a number of films showcasing interesting destinations which you may be interested in covering, including the closing gala 127 HOURS, uplifting drama AFRICA UNITED and commemorative film REVOLUCIÓN . Several premieres in this year’s LFF programme feature a destination as a key component of the film and many striking locations from around the world will grace the big screen, with the beauty of Italy’s Lecce, the sparse wilderness of the Oregon trail and the testing terrain of Patagonia seen in a brand new light.
I’ve enclosed below a selection of the films with a travel connection screening at this year’s London Film Festival, as well as the director’s name and plot information and hope you will be interested in showcasing the festival as a window on exciting new destinations.
127 HOURS; Dir. Danny Boyle - Gripping, adventurous film making and headline-grabbing drama from Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, about a climber trapped in the dramatic landscape of Utah’s Blue John canyon.
AFRICA UNITED; Dir. Debs Gardner-Paterson - An inspiring trek through the African continent as a group of children try to reach South Africa in time for the World Cup.
THE AMERICAN; Dir. Anton Corbjin - George Clooney perfectly cast as a lone hit-man in Anton Corbin’s stylish thriller, filmed and set in the beautiful Abruzzo region of Southern Italy and revealing the magnificent village of Castel del Monte.
THE CALL; Dir. Stefano Pasetto - A drama about the brief relationship between two women that changes both of their lives forever which features exquisite Buenos Aires locations and dazzling scenes in darkest Patagonia.
CIRCO; Dir. Aaron Schock - A beautiful and enigmatic documentary about a struggling circus travelling the landscapes of rural Mexico.
THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE; Dir. Herbert Ponting - The official record of Captain Scott’s legendary expedition to the South Pole restored by the BFI, with live musical performance from Simon Fisher Turner.
I WISH I KNEW (HAISANG CHUANGHI); Dir. Zhang Ke Jia - Jia Zhangke’s emotionally overwhelming essay explores the diverse history and character of Shanghai: from soldiers and gangsters to cineastes and bloggers.
JOURNEY’S END (LA BELLE VISTE); Dir. Jean Francois Caissy - Jean-François Caissy’s poignant, allegorical documentary portrait of the residents of an old people’s home on the coast of Quebec.
LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY; Dir. Ben Russell - A monumental achievement in experimental filmmaking that deconstructs the ethnographic documentary with mesmerising effect, as two brothers undertake a lengthy and historic journey in the South American country of Suriname, the only Dutch-speaking region in the world outside of Holland or the Netherlands and one of the most interesting multicultural societies on Earth.
THE LIGHT THIEF (SVET-AKE); Dir. Aktan Arym Kubat - A visually ravishing political allegory about the economic situation in the little-seen and vibrant nation of Kyrgyzstan that manages to be warm, witty and utterly charming.
THE LIPS (LOS LABIOS); Dir. Iván Fund and Santiago Loza - A strange, haunting road movie that juxtaposes the adventures of three medics against the stories of the community they have come to work with in rural Argentina.
LOOSE CANNONS; Dir. Ferzan Ozpetek - Inspiring, satirical comedy about two gay brothers, both trying to come out at the same time to their traditional pasta company owning family, set in Rome and the beautiful countryside of Lecce region.
MEEK’S CUTOFF; Dir. Kelly Reichardt - An absorbing and beautifully composed western, set on the Oregon trail in the 1840s and starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano.
MICROPHONE; Dir. Ahmad Abdalla - An adrenaline-fuelled, infectiously dirty homage to Egypt’s irrepressible and uncertain future and the vibrant music scene in Alexandria.
NEW AFRICAN CINEMA: THE TUNNEL / PUMZI / SAINT LOUIS BLUES; Dir Jenna Bass, Wanuri Kahiu, Dyana Gaye - A trio of contrasting shorts films made through the Africa First mentoring scheme: an important initiative that seeks to identify emerging talent from Africa – filmed in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Senegal.
PATAGONIA; Dir. Marc Evans - The cultural and linguistic connection between Patagonia and Wales and their incredible contrasting landscapes is explored through the stories of two women in the latest film from Marc Evans, starring Matthew Rhys and Duffy.
PEDDLER, THE (EL AMBULANTE); Dir. Lucas Marcheggiano, Eduardo de la Serna, Adriana Yurcovich - A self-taught filmmaker arrives in small-town Argentina to embark on a new project with a group of locals in this hugely enjoyable documentary
REVOLUCIÓN; Dir. Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen - Ten Mexican directors provide a wonderfully diverse group of shorts on the legacy of the Revolution that so shaped their country one hundred years on.
BURIGANGA; Dir. Michelle Coomber – An intimate portrayal of five lives that coalesce around the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
BLUE MANTLE; Dir. Rebecca Meyer – A song to the sea and a commemoration to those who have risked their lives off the treacherous Massachussetts shore.
DAVID GATTEN’S JOURNAL AND REMARKS; Dir. David Gatten – David Gatten, one of the most accomplished film artists to emerge in recent years, returns to London to discuss a visit to the Galapagos Islands and to screen the film he shot there.
JOURNEY TO CAPE VERDE (VIAGEM A CABO VERDE); Dir. Jose Miguel Ribeiro – A sixty-day-long walk in Cape Verde. (Animated)
TRAVELLING FIELDS; Dir. Inger Lise Hansen – Hansen turns her camera on north-west Russia, creating monumental and uncanny vistas from barren wastelands.
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