With the 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express set to begin this week on the 7th October, it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of films to choose from, both virtually and cinematically. With tickets now available online for the general public, the last few weeks I’ve been looking at the films selected for their specific strands. After looking at the Laugh, Journey, Dare and Create strands, now I’ll be looking at the films selected for the Cult strand.
DIRECTOR: Brandon Cronenberg
STARRING: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Kaniehtiio Horn and Raoul Bhaneja
Possessor is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her. The thriller marks the latest directorial feature by Brandon Cronenberg, with an impressive cast, and it also contains a content warning for containing scenes of violence. The film will be available to watch virtually on the BFI Player from 9:00pm till 9:30pm on the 16th October 2020.
DIRECTOR: Natalie Erika James
STARRING: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote, Chris Bunton, Jeremy Stanford and Steve Rodgers
When elderly mother Edna inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behaviour turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. All three generations of women are brought together through trauma and a powerful sense of strength and loyalty to face the ultimate fear together. The film marks the directorial feature debut of Natalie Erika James, who co-wrote the screenplay with Christian White. The film will be available to watch virtually on the BFI Player from 8:45pm on the 9th October until 8:45pm 12 October.
ROSE: A LOVE STORY
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Sheridan
STARRING: Sophie Rundle, Matt Stokoe and Olive Gray
Rose: A Love Story focuses on a young couple living alone in the woods, who must contend with a life-altering illness that manifests itself in a violent and terrifying way. Sam and Rose live a quiet life, hunkered down in their remote woodland farmhouse, spending their days far from the prying eyes of the outside world. Rose uses the peace and quiet to work on her novel, while Sam sets traps, hunts animals and goes to work fortifying the land they call home. In another life, their world would seem ideal, but Rose’s mystery illness has clouded any sense of normality that the couple may achieve. When a trip to collect supplies goes awry, Sam and Rose are thrown into a terrifying series of events that soon herald the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The film marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Sheridan, with the film available to watch virtually on the BFI Player from 8:30pm on the 13th October until 8:30pm 16th October.