25 October 2014

BFI London Film Festival | ロンドン映画祭

The highlight of the year for film lovers, The London Film Festival was held from the 8th  Oct to the 19th Oct. 248 films were showing at 17 venues. I only had a chance to see 3 films. Not enough at all! The reason I couldn't see as many films as I would've like was not only that I was busy but also that the ticket price which goes up every year put me off a bit. £9 for weekday matinees...would be lovely if they made this around £6. Anyway, I will keep record of the films I saw before I forget.



Director: Yann Demange
Writer: Gregory Burke
Stars: Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer

The film is set in 1971, in the middle of the conflict in Northern Ireland. A young British solder Gary is accidentally abandoned by his unit in residential area in Belfast which is now a "battlefield". Being chased by IRA members, Gary is running around the town at night. Not every Catholic resident is a member of IRA, some offer him help. There are undercover agents on both sides...It is so difficult for him to tell who is his enemy and who is not. You see an ordinary pub with people enjoying their pints and then next moment a bomb is set off there. There is no clear borderline between daily life and battlefield. Really scarey. Bouncing footage by a handy camera gives it reality. The film didn't try to convey any political message about the conflict, but I couldn't help thinking about Scotland and admiring its trying to obtain independence by referendum (The situations are very different and there may be no point to compare though).




Still the Water | 2つ目の窓
Director: Naomi Kawase
Writer: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Jun Yoshinaga, Nijirou Murakami, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Makiko Watanabe
2014/Japan = France = Spain

Set in Amami Oshima, a beautiful southern island in Japan, the film Still the Water depicts life, death, and sexuality through 16-year-old girl and boy and adults around them. If you like a sort of films such as The Tree of Life or Beasts of the Southern Wild, this is the film for you. Very beautiful cinematography and fantastic music. The two main actors perform really well (so sweet). I agree with the director's view of life and death, that death is the continuity of life...BUT philosophical messages in the lines sound pretentious or almost patronising.
奄美大島を舞台に16歳の少年少女と周囲の大人たちをとおして生と死、そして性を描くこの映画、『ツリー・オブ・ライフ』とか『ハッシュパピー 〜バスタブ島の少女〜』といった映画が好きな人は好きだと思います。残念ながら、わたしにはピンとこなかった。。


 The Further End Awaits | さいはてにて ~やさしい香りと待ちながら~
 Director: Chiang Hsiu Chiung
Writer: Nako Kakinoki
Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Nozomi Sasaki

During this film, lovely coffee aroma came from the screen which made me crave a good cup of coffee. Misaki goes back to her hometown in Okunoto (an area on the north coast of Japan) and opens a coffee shop with a coffee roaster. Opposite to her coffee shop is a small old hotel where a single mum Eriko lives with her two children. Eriko turns her back on Misaki who suddenly appeared in her neighbourhood but one incident makes them get closer. Misaki is a woman who is strong but sometimes tries hard to hide her emotions. Hiromi Nagasaku was perfect for this role. It's irrelevant but there was a scene in which Misaki received a letter she'd been longing for. When she used scissors to open it, I found it very Japanesey.





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