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EXPERIMENTA SPECIAL PRESENTATION SAT 7 SUN 8 18:20 NFT1 15:30 RICH MIX LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM 24 SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS LFF CONNECTS SPECIAL PRESENTATION TUE 10 18:15 NFT1 MINDHUNTER MINDHUNTER EPISODES ONE AND TWO Dir David Fincher. Exec Prod David Fincher, Josh Donen, Charlize Theron, Ceán Chaffin. With Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross. United States 2017. Total running time 107min. UK Distribution Netflix Son of Sam is on the cover of TIME Magazine, Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ is on the airwaves and FBI Agent Holden Ford is troubled. Policing used to be a matter of establishing the three basics; motive, means, opportunity. But it’s the late- 1970s and politically unstable times can produce chaos. A new breed of killers have emerged whose motives are ambiguous. Holden’s (Jonathan Groff) hunger for innovation leads him to Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), a seasoned if skeptical agent of the Behavioral Science Unit. Together they tour regional police stations, like a pair of criminal psychology-totin’ Bible salesmen, preaching Freud to officers whose approaches are resolutely Old Testament. Their cross-country motel-safari soon gives them a glimpse into the depths of the violent and sexually depraved crime that cops are ill-equipped to deal with. A new method is called for, but it will bring them unsettlingly close to murderous minds. David Fincher returns to episodic drama, with this sharply scripted Zodiac-style procedural, based on the men who first coined the phrase ‘serial killer’. As the opening two episodes show us, this is invigorating, witty and meticulous storytelling, from the typography to the impeccable music cues. Crime drama at its most addictive. Kate Taylor LFF Connects: David Fincher p109 Dir Shirin Neshat. Prod Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari. Scr Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari. With Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh. Germany-Austria-Italy- Lebanon-Quatar 2017. 90min. Sales The Match Factory With intricate storytelling and exquisite imagery, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat returns with a filmwithin a-film about Oum Kulthum, ‘the voice of Egypt’, widely considered the Arab world’s greatest vocalist. Kulthum embodies intense meaning for director Neshat, as a Muslim woman artist whose talent enabled her to transcend the barriers of gender, religion, politics and nation. Embraced by royalty and revolutionaries alike, as well as loved by ordinary Egyptians, Kulthum’s career was bound up in the development of Egypt as a post-colonial country. In this drama, her multi-faceted legacy is explored by exiled Iranian woman director and cultural outsider Mitra, who is striving to make a biopic about the international icon. Her dilemmas mirror those of her subject as she learns about the sacrifices Oum has made to succeed in a male dominated world. In turn, Mitra is creating another uneasy female star in Ghada, the non-professional actor she has found to play the role and she begins to interpret her own life and art through her imaginative relationship with the legendary singer. Rare archive material is combined with sumptuous recreations of Oum’s key performances to build a multi-layered depiction of history, politics and the struggle for artistic expression. Helen de Witt See something different player.bfi.org.uk


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