The London Film Festival Comes to Town

18 Oct

‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ at the London Film Festival

For two weeks every year London is gripped by film fever as the city hosts the London Film Festival. The festival always includes screenings of some of the best new world cinema, and this year is no different. Here at we love world cinema, and have picked out some highlights of the festival.  

Two particular highlights come from the main prize winners at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a surreal Thai film that depicts the last days of the title character’s life, as he meets the ghosts of his dead wife and son. The mysterious meanings and style of the film won it the Palme d’Or (the biggest prize at Cannes) and it is well worth checking out.

Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) was another success story at Cannes (winning the Grand Prix prize) and is certainly also a highlight of the London Film Festival. It focuses on the clash of cultures between a group of monks living in a monastery in Algeria surrounded by a mostly Muslim population. It manages to be both daring and compassionate and is beautifully understated in the way it is shot.

If you are studying in London we really recommend you get involved in the London Film Festival which is running from 13th-28th October 2010 at venues across London. For more information and full listings, visit the official website here.   


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