With the 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will open tickets to the general public on the morning of the 21st September, there’s a lot of films to choose from, both virtually and cinematically. In the lead-up to the beginning of the festival, I’ll be looking closer at the line-up, particularly the features being highlighted in their chosen themes.
The first selection batch I’ll be looking it is those selected in the Laugh strand, films that range from laugh-out-loud comedy, to romantic comedy, through to dry and understated humour. Let’s look into the films selected in this particular category…
DIRECTOR: Tayla Lavie
STARRING: Avigail Harari and Ran Danker
Honeymood is Tayla Lavie’s followup feature to her 2014 directorial feature debut Zero Motivation. The film focuses on a newlywed couple, after becoming giddily exhausted from the day’s events, enter their luxury honeymoon hotel suite and discover the gift of an ex-girlfriend’s ring. This leads to the bride and groom’s escalating feud sending them out in the city of Jerusalem to confront family, ex-partners, and random strangers, over whether they should’ve married in the first place, but end up unearthing questions about individual hopes and fears. This will mark Honeymood’s European premiere at BFI London Film Festival. Tickets for the film will be available here as the film is scheduled to be available on the BFI Player from 9pm 8th October until 9pm 11th October. So far there is no trailer/clip available.
DIRECTOR: Miranda July
STARRING: Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, Mark Ivanir, Patton Oswalt, Rachel Redleaf, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Diana-Maria Riva, Randy Ryan, Jeffrey Nicholas Brown, Adam Bartley and Michelle Gillette
Kajillionaire is the third directorial feature by Miranda July, who also wrote the screenplay for this crime-comedy film. The film focuses on small-time con-artists Robert and Theresa Dyne, who have spent twenty-six years training their only daughter, Old Dolio, to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. Spectacularly dysfunctional as parents, the couple have tried to spare Old Dolio the mediocrity of conventional life by treating her has an adult companion, but this has starved her of tenderness. During a desperate scam, the trio encounter Melanie, whom they charm into joining their scam, only to have their world turned upside down. The film will premiere at the London Film Festival on the BFI Player on the 7th October from 9pm, and then will be available to see cinematically nationwide that weekend from the 9th October.
NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN (Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie)
DIRECTORS: Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert
STARRING: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Lukasz Simlat, Andrzej Chyra and Krzysztof Czeczot
Never Gonna Snow Again is comedy-drama written and directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert. The film focuses on Zhenia, a Russian-speaking immigrant from the East who enters the lives of the rich residents of a bland, walled off Polish community as a masseur. Despite their wealth, the residents emit an inner sadness, a longing. The mysterious newcomer’s hands heal, his eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the Communist past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhood, as Zhenia is able to change their lives. Malgorzata Szumowska earned a nomination for Best Film last year at the London Film Festival with The Other Lamb, and collaborating once again with cinematographer Michal Englert, co-directing here, it’ll be interesting to see what the film is like in a few weeks. Never Gonna Snow Again will become available on the BFI Player from 8.30pm on the 11th October.