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LFF CONNECTS: DAVID FINCHER LFF CONNECTS: DEMIS HASSABIS SCREEN TALK: TAKASHI MIIKE SUPRISE FILM 109 TUE 10 18:15 NFT3 LFF CONNECTS: JOHAN KNATTRUP JENSEN Based in Copenhagen, the progressive production studio Makropol strives to create transforming stories with tools from the new digital age. Their credo is: art can drive innovation and innovation can be art. Makropol employ virtualreality technology to test the boundaries of film narrative. Building on traditional visual storytelling, they introduce new opportunities for audiences to interact with plotlines and characters, and one another. Johan Knattrup Jensen graduated from the progressive alternative film school Super16 in 2012 and is considered to be among the pioneers of cinematic virtual reality. Here, he leads a masterclass on Makropol’s most significant virtual reality projects, highlighting the discoveries and detailing the challenges that have determined their approach to cinema. Following the talk there will be an opportunity to chat to Johan and experience his VR work in the Blue Room at BFI Southbank Director David Fincher, whose films Zodiac and Se7en explored the psychology of serial killers, presents another probing look into the psyche of some of America’s most infamous sociopaths with his upcoming Netflix series MINDHUNTER (p24). One of the most revered filmmakers of a generation, Fincher began his career making pop promos with some of the world’s most influential artists, from Madonna to Michael Jackson. He has also directed a series of iconic ad campaigns for major international brands. As a feature filmmaker he has few peers, with a back catalogue including Fight Club, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. MINDHUNTER marks Fincher’s return to the small screen after overseeing House of Cards for Netflix. We’re delighted to welcome Fincher to the BFI London Film Festival to discuss MINDHUNTER in the context of his career and the recent boom in long-form episodic drama. Riding the ‘Asian Extreme’ wave of the late 1990s, revered Japanese director Takashi Miike achieved global prominence with his astonishingly graphic films Audition and Ichi the Killer. Now, with a hundred films under his belt, the prolific filmmaker has defied all attempts to pigeonhole him as a niche director. He is both a film festival darling and a big-budget hit-maker. Best known for overthe top violence and gore, his films cover a much wider range of genres and styles, inclduing light-hearted children’s films (Zebraman and The Great Yokai War), period pieces (Sabu), subdued road movies (The Bird People in China) and farcical musical-comedy-horror (The Happiness of the Katakuris). Takashi Miike joins us to talk about the road leading to his 100th film, the blood-drenched supernatural samurai movie Blade of the Immortal (p17). Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of renowned artificial intelligence (AI) lab DeepMind, is recognised as one of the world’s smartest thinkers in his field. They are on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem. Greg Kohl’s documentary AlphaGo (p89) details how DeepMind’s AlphaGo algorithm beat a world champion at the notoriously difficult Chinese board game Go. We’re delighted to welcome Demis Hassabis, who will discuss his journey from junior chess champion and videogame creator to world-renowned AI pioneer. He will also talk about the Go challenge and speculate on how AI will shape the future. TUE 10 21:00 NFT1 MON 9* 18:15 SOHO WED 11 15:45 NFT3 What do Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa all have in common? SAT 14 20:45 OLS Apart from being great films, of course... They have all had the honour of being the LFF Surprise Film. What will be this year’s best kept secret? Book a ticket and be the first to find out. EVENTS *


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