BFI – London Film Festival

Just managed to book my tickets for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. My schedule in October is fairly busy with work and gigs I already had booked up, but here’s what I managed to get…

Listen Up Phillip

Quirky comedy starring Jason Schwartzman. Looks slightly similar to ‘Bored to Death’.

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IMDB Synopsis: Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. 

Betibu

Argentinean Thriller produced by the same people as The Secret In My Eyes

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IMDB Synopsis: A day like any other day, in a peaceful and well guarded private neighborhood, Pedro Chazarreta is found dead. News are quickly spread: Chazarreta is not only a powerful businessman, but also the only suspect of having murdered his wife by simulating a silly domestic accident few years ago. To cover the Chazarreta’s death affair, the popular newspaper “El Tribuno” calls to Nurit Iscar, aka “Betibu”, a noir novels writer who has been inactive for years, only working as “ghost writer”. Forced by her debts, Nurit accepts the deal and sets up at the Chazarreta’s neighborhood to make a series of non fiction notes about the case of the year. Who killed Chazarreta? Is his death related to his wife’s? Are the reasons of his death hidden in his past?

Honeytrap

Local drama set in Brixton starring Jessica Sula from Skins

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IMDB Synopsis: Set in Brixton, London, HONEYTRAP tells the story of fifteen year-old Layla who gets sucked into gang activity and sets up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed.

Whiplash

Winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury prize at this years Sundance festival.

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IMDB Synopsis: A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.

Difret

Exec Produced by Angelina Jolie and winner of World Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance this year, an Ethiopian woman faces the death penalty for killing the man who abused her until a brave lawyer decides to take on her case.

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IMDB Synopsis: Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

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