The 57th BFI London Film Festival continued on into the weekend and here’s our round-up of what took place around town from Friday to Sunday.
ENOUGH SAID, the film which was to be The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini’s last role, premiered at the Odeon West End on Saturday evening. Director Nicole Holofcener and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also turned up for the screening for the film, which opens across the country on Friday.
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s Ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.
We have some images and some video snippets from the event below. Look out for a review from THN later in the week.
Also premiering over the weekend was the acclaimed LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, from director Hirokazu Koreeda, which was the recipient of the jury prize at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival back in May. The film revolves around a businessman who learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, therefore he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Hirokazu Kore-Eda also turned up on the red carpet to promote the film as it screened before the LFF attendees.
Again, this film opens in the UK at the end of the week.
One of the highlights of Saturday was the first screening of acclaimed SUBMARINE director Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE. Robin Fox, Craig Robert, Yasmin Paige, Lydia Fox, Ayoade himself, Amina Dasmal, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Jesse Eisenberg and James Fox all turned up for the screening of the film, along with screen legend Michael Caine (pictured below) as night fell on the festival in Leicester Square on Saturday night. The comedy, which sees Eisenberg lead, is centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.
We’ve already mentioned HELLO CARTER on previous posts, and reviewed the film over here, but the film got its premiere on Saturday with a red carpet event at the Odeon West End attended by Henri Lloyd Hughes, Jodie Whittaker, director Anthony Wilcox, Annabelle Wallis and Charlie Cox (all pictured below).
Across town and debuting at the Rich Mix cinemas was the film HONEY (Miele), attended by Viola Presteri, Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Brancaleoni and none other that RAIN MAN and HOTS SHOTS actress Valeria Golino. Golino also directed the film which had a warm reception at Cannes earlier this year.
Late on Saturday saw the London debut of KON-TIKI, the film about Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. The fim’s producer Jeremy Thomas and its star Pal Sverre Hagen attended the event, which also took place at the Odeon, Leicester Square.
This weekend also saw one of trst screenings for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEORUM which we saw a little of back in the summer at the San Diego Comic Con. The screening for the film, which starts rolling out in December, was attended by Gilliams himself, though unfortunately no sign of the film’s star, CHRISTOPH WALTZ.
Finally, Sunday evening saw the debut of SEXY BEAST helmer Jonathan Glazer’s latest UNDER THE SKIN. The film, which revolves around aliens and hitchhiker’s in Scotland, toplines Scarlett Johnasson, who did not make the red carpet in Leicester Square unfortunately, but Glazer and producer James Wilson did. Check back for reviews of this film and all of the others featured at LFF in 2013 over the next few days.
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