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MAKALA 42 FRI 13 SAT 14 SUN 15 21:00 SOHO 13:00 PCC 15:30 ICA TUE 10 THU 12 20:45 SOHO 21:00 RICH MIX DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD NOTHINGWOOD Dir-Scr Sonia Kronlund. Prod Laurent Lavolé. France-Germany 2016. 85min. UK Distribution Vertigo Releasing DOC A joyous and rousing portrait of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most popular actor, director and producer, who has made a record 110 films over 30 years. Radio journalist Sonia Kronlund had been covering the atrocities of war in Afghanistan for 20 years when she heard about Shaheen. Determined to finally tell a positive story, she followed the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Nothingwood’ around the country as he worked on his latest project – a film about his escapades. This larger-than-life, Ed Wood-esque character, bred on Indian cinema and greeted by adoring fans wherever he goes, smuggles his war B-movies into town halls to the delight of transfixed audiences. Kronlund offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the man’s life and work, and the art of filmmaking in a war zone. Shaheen’s ebullient creativity, despite the bombings and the Taliban’s constant threats, is the ultimate act of resistance against oppression. Laure Bonville The deserved winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week top prize, Emmanuel Gras’ painterly observational documentary charts the arduous work cycle of a Congolese coal maker. The work is back-breaking, but twentysomething farmer Kabwita Kasongo’s spirit is indomitable. He dreams, like so many, of providing for his young family and building them a home. From the gloriously cinematic opening, as Kasongo stalks through the grasslands with a machete, before spending a whole day felling a gargantuan tree – which he burns to produce charcoal – through to more tender moments, such as the tough man wincing in agony as his wife extracts a sizeable splinter from his foot, Gras draws the viewer into Kasongo’s world. As befitting its subject, Makala is expansive and patient. It’s not just about the harsh realities of rural African life, but a rousing document of one human’s incredible strength of character, writ large through the grand beauty of this cinematic experience. Tricia Tuttle Dir-Scr Emmanuel Gras. Prod Nicolas Anthomé. France 2017. 96min. UK Distribution Dogwoof DOC BFI LONDON AWARDS FILM FESTIVAL THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS RECOGNISE INSPIRING FILMMAKING AND WE ARE PROUD TO SHOWCASE THE EXTRAORDINARY CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS OF BOTH BRITISH AND INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS WHOSE FILMS ENRICH THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME. BFI FELLOWSHIP: PAUL GREENGRASS The highest accolade the BFI board of Governors can bestow is the BFI Fellowship, which this year goes to British film director, producer, screenwriter and former journalist Paul Greengrass. Whether it be hard-hitting documentaries for World in Action, dramatisations of real-life events with his signature use of hand-held cameras (Bloody Sunday, Omagh, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence) or highly cinematic and heart-thumping thrillers (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne, Captain Phillips), his multi-awardwinning work for both the small and big screen makes him one of the most exciting and versatile filmmakers working in film today. Paul will receive this prestigious honour for his creative contribution to film and television on October 14th at the Festival’s Awards ceremony at Banqueting House in central London. OFFICIAL COMPETITION The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance SHORT FILM AWARD The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content Awards Post-Production Partner Support Film Forever bfi.org.uk/join


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