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66 DARE AD AD SAT 7 MON 9* SAT 14† 20:45 ICA 12:45 NFT2 14:30 VUE7 SAT 14 SUN 15 12:30 NFT3 18:10 NFT3 SUN 8 MON 9* 18:15 MAYFAIR 15:15 HAYMARKET SAT 7 SUN 8 18:15 CENTRAL 20:45 RICH MIX Dir-Scr Bryan Forbes. Prod Richard Attenborough, James Woolf, John Woolf, Jack Rix. With Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters. UK 1962. 126min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment. In collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage Programme Dir Ruth Mader. Prod Gabriele Kranzelbinder. Scr Ruth Mader, Martin Leidenfrost. With Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister. Austria 2017. 101min. Prod Co KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production Dir-Prod Václav Kadrnka. Scr Jirˇí Soukup, Vojteˇ ch Mašek, Václav Kadrnka. With Karel Roden, Aleš Bílík, Matouš John. Czech Republic- Slovakia-Italy 2017. 90min. Prod Co Sirius Films In his award-winning third film, Czech director Václav Kadrnka combines a spiritual quest with an unorthodox take on the medieval era. Enthralled by stories of the Children’s Crusade, a small boy dons a suit of armour, leaves his parents sleeping and sets off into the unknown. His father, the knight Borˇek, is soon in pursuit. As his search for his son continues, the film turns towards the man’s inner reality as the landscape he traverses increasingly mirrors his own psychological state. Poetic, low key and featuring minimal dialogue, Little Crusader is a refreshing antidote to the majority of contemporary cinema. Filmed in Southern Italy – Puglia, Calabria – and Sardinia, locations inextricably linked to the crusades, the film’s use of selective image, sound and rhythm recalls the work of Bresson and, occasionally, Tarkovsky. There’s also a striking score by Irena and Vojteˇ ch Havel. Peter Hames Ruth Mader’s fascinating, restrained dystopian drama envisages a society where everyone is happy and fulfilled – just as long as they follow the rules. In the near-future, a state of perfect capitalism is sustained by a social class of high achievers. They live cheerfully, their lives the exemplar of exacting efficiency. When one of them questions his situation, he comes to the attention of Life Guidance, an agency dedicated to the optimisation of humankind. So begins his painful realisation of the dark and perfidious system that supports his kind. But by rebelling against Life Guidance’s advice, he risks everything. At a time when our lives become more and more transparent and accessible, Mader (last at LFF2012 with What Is Love) challenges the notion of universal surveillance. If we’re told how to behave and think, we may lose our individuality. Her film examines our ever-growing desire for self-optimisation and, in doing so, Mader brilliantly blurs the line between reality and fiction. Juliane Grieb Bryan Forbes’ bittersweet portrayal of the seamy side of life in 1960s London attracted international acclaim for star Leslie Caron. Ever since Hitchcock’s The Lodger, the London boarding house has proved an evocative location through which to explore the underside of British society. Leslie Caron briefly stepped away from musicals to take the role of Jane, a young French woman pregnant with an illegitimate child, and was rewarded with both a Golden Globe® and a BAFTA® for her performance. Arriving at her dingy Notting Hill lodgings to have her child in secret, Jane finds love and friendship among the residents, an assortment of outsiders brought to life by Forbes’ sensitive ear for dialogue. Especially moving is Cicely Courtneidge as a faded music hall star growing old alone and Pat Phoenix’s portrayal of a tart with a heart. Josephine Botting LIFE GUIDANCE THE L-SHAPED ROOM LITTLE CRUSADER KŘIŽÁČEK TREASURES Dir Bornila Chatterjee. Prod Kurban Kassam, Tanaji Dasgupta. Scr Kurban Kassam, Tanaji Dasgupta. With Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj  Kabi. UK 2017. 100min. UK Distribution Cinestaan A tale of vengeance and corruption, Bornila Chatterjee’s The Hungry reworks Shakespeare’s bloody Titus Andronicus into a macabre modern tragedy set in Northern India. When Tathagat Ahuja’s (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding) dodgy business dealings are threatened with exposure by the youngest son of his former partner, he takes drastic action against the young man and then hides his evil deed. Imagine his horror, when the boy’s mother Tulsi (Tisca Chopra) becomes engaged to be married to his wayward, westernised son and he’s forced to play patriarch at the big family wedding. Vengeful act begets increasingly vengeful act as the drama progresses. Its micro budget notwithstanding, Chatterjee’s UK/Indian co-production is sumptuously shot and designed, whether relishing lustrous scenes from the expansive wedding feast, or recording a vicious act of murder. In the The Hungry, vengeance is a dish served very hot. Tricia Tuttle THE HUNGRY BRITISH BRITISH * † * HIS HIS @BFI #lff


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