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HEADLINE GALAS THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER 14 SUN 8 MON 9 TUE 10 18:00 OLS 11:15 OLS 20:45 HACKNEY THU 12 FRI 13 SUN 15 19:00 OLS 11:30 OLS 12:30 MAYFAIR HEADLINE GALA LAST FLAG FLYING Richard Linklater’s knowing tribute to Hal Ashby’s 1973 classic The Last Detail is both a droll, enjoyably shambolic road movie and a meditation on the futility of war. It’s 2003 and Larry ‘Doc’ Shepherd (Steve Carell) walks into a roadside dive looking for Sal (Bryan Cranston), whom he hasn’t seen since they served in the Vietnam War. A charming loudmouth with a flagrant disregard for authority, Sal is soon enlisted in Doc’s get-the-gang-back-together quest. When they track down Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), they discover he has traded one uniform for another and is now a happily married preacher. The sobering reason for this reunion is revealed when Doc asks for help burying his own son who has returned from Iraq in a casket. Alternately serious and comedic, Linklater’s screenplay was co-written with author Darryl Ponicsan, adapting his 2005 novel – itself a sequel to the book on which Ashby’s film was based. But both the filmmaking and the charismatic cast ensure this film stands very much on its own. Linklater’s ongoing fascination with duration, so materially imbedded in Boyhood, filters through between unspoken lines about the changing nature of warfare, the kind of men these veterans have become and their sense of responsibility to the past. Clare Stewart Dir Richard Linklater. Prod Ginger Sledge, John Sloss. Scr Richard Linklater, Darryl Ponicsan. With Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne. USA 2017. 125min. Sales FilmNation Entertainment HEADLINE GALA Interlacing elements of Greek tragedy, surrealism and absurdist horror, Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to The Lobster (LFF2015) is a deliciously twisted and slyly macabre morality tale. Steven (Colin Farrell) is a wealthy cardiothoracic surgeon who lives a harmonious existence with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two children Kim and Bob. Unbeknownst to his magazine-perfect family, Steven has formed an odd friendship with fatherless teenager Martin, to whom he brings gifts and offers financial support. When Steven decides to introduce Martin to his unsuspecting family, the sinister intentions of this strange young man become frighteningly clear. Shot with cool precision by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis, the film exudes a clinical calm that is in keeping with Steven and Anna’s professions, but very much at odds with their mounting domestic horrors. The stellar cast delivers unnerving, deliciously off-kilter performances with young Irish actor Barry Keoghan a revelation as the malevolent interloper. The pitchblack script by Lanthimos and regular collaborator Efthimis Filippou (who jointly won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival) shifts allegiances with a slipperiness that belies the film’s relentless, irreversible story logic. A wickedly perverse riff on the myth of Iphigenia, Steven too will discover that all actions have consequences. Clare Stewart Dir Yorgos Lanthimos. Prod Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos. Scr Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou. With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone. UK-Ireland 2017. 121min. UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye BRITISH Buy tickets bfi.org.uk/lff 020 7928 3232 (10:00 – 20:30 daily)


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