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LITTLE VERONIKA (INNOCENCE) DIE KLEINE VERONIKA (UNSCHULD) 48 LOVE AD THU 12* SUN 15 18:10 NFT1 18:00 NFT1 FRI 6 SAT 7 MON 9 20:50 SOHO 12:45 HACKNEY 18:15 RICH MIX A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH WED 11 THU 12 SUN 15 21:00 CENTRAL 15:30 NFT2 12:15 HAYMARKET MON 9 TUE 10 18:20 NFT3 12:15 NFT1 Dir-Scr Mikko Makela. Prod Mikko Makela, Jarno Pimperi, James Robert Watson. With Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender. Finland-UK 2017. 107min. Prod Co Wild Beast Productions Dir-Scr Hong Sangsoo. With Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Kwon Haehyo. South Korea 2017. 101min. Prod Co Jeonwonsa Film In the opening scenes of this bittersweet post-break-up film, we find Young-hee visiting a friend in Hamburg and nursing a broken heart. With all the enthusiasm of the romantic drifter abroad, Young-hee (The Handmaiden’s Kim Minhee) ponders relocating there, but life in the German city is also alienating, resulting in much lost-in-translation humour. Meanwhile, back in Gangneung and with the soju flowing, Young-hee questions the social attitudes that have punished her relationship with a married film director. Director Hong Sangsoo is at his most Rohmer-esque here, employing a lightness of touch and compassionate curiosity about Young-hee’s motivations, making the film’s central questions on love and its aftermath more resonant. Kim Minhee, who won the Best Actress Golden Bear in Berlin, exudes an impressive emotional rawness, demonstrated in a particularly poignant stolen moment, as Young-hee sings a song to herself, whilst smoking outside a bar, all alone. Kate Taylor Mikko Makela’s stunning debut explores the relationship between two men, set against an idyllic Finnish summer. Whilst visiting his estranged father, Leevi meets Tareq, a handsome Syrian immigrant employed to restore the family lake house. Leevi’s father departs for the city, leaving the two men alone in the beautiful remote countryside and enabling them to act on their impulses and the chemistry that clearly exists between them. Far removed from their everyday lives, the only immediate threat to the men’s relationship is the eventual return of Leevi’s father. But there’s also Tareq’s complex relationship with his family back in Syria. Makela sensitively explores the perspectives of both men, who long for some human connection, acceptance and a place to call home. Locating marginalised characters at the forefront of the story, Makela’s film is a very welcome and refreshingly frank portrait of contemporary Finnish society. Isabel Moir ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE BAMUI HAEBYUN-EOSEO HONJA A MOMENT IN THE REEDS TREASURES Dir-Prod-Scr Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. With David Niven, Kim Hunter. UK 1946. 104min. UK Distribution Park Circus Limited Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment A magical tale from the twin geniuses Powell and Pressburger, made up of equal parts true love and metaphysics. ‘This is the universe,’ our narrator declares over a darkly twinkling cosmos. ‘Big isn’t it?’ And with that perfect line, so begins one of the most unforgettable experiences in British film, with David Niven’s Second World War pilot Peter Carter falling to earth only to be found by June (Kim Hunter), a young American radio operator. In other hands, what follows could have been a simple wartime romance. Instead, it unfolds into an exquisitely comic celestial courtroom drama, with the guardians of the heavenly ‘next world’ staging a trial to decide if Peter should be summoned into the afterlife. Audaciously gliding between monochrome and Technicolor, this is a strange and lovely masterpiece, screened here in a painstaking restoration that offers the chance to see it at its most gorgeous. Danny Leigh Austria’s ‘most beautiful silent film’, according to Nikolaus Wostry, curator of the Austrian Film Archive, Robert Land’s Little Veronika is a real rediscovery. Based on a novel by Felix Salten, who specialised in tales of Vienna’s brothel culture (as well as, bizarrely, being the author of both Bambi and a classic work of pornography), the film follows young Veronika from her Tyrolean village to her aunt’s Viennese apartment for her confirmation. The aunt’s flighty nature and her profession as a prostitute leave her niece in the company of men who assume she is just another new girl on offer. Land’s film is an elegant piece of filmmaking – the train journeys that bookend Veronika’s trip to the city are masterly – but apart from the natural performance of the lovely Käthe von Nagy, what lingers are the stunning views of a disappeared Vienna. Bryony Dixon With live musical accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos on 9 Oct and by John Sweeney on 10 Oct Dir Robert Land. Prod George C Horsetzky. Scr Felix Salten. With Käthe von Nagy, Maly Delschaft, Karl Forest. Austria-Germany 1930. 70min. 35mm. Prod Co Pan-Film Restored in 2016 by Filmarchiv Austria at Synchro Film, Wien from a 35mm nitrate print. TREASURES * BRITISH @BFI #lff


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