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MOUNTAIN THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT Dir-Scr Tarik Saleh. Prod Kristina Åberg. With Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yaser Aly Maher. Sweden-Denmark- Germany 2017. 107min. UK Distribution New Wave Films This spectacular documentary, a mind-blowing symphony of images and sound, chronicles the powerful attraction mountains hold over us. Following her Grierson Award-winning documentary Sherpa (LFF2015), director Jennifer Peedom returns with a breathtaking new project. Not necessarily for the faint-hearted, the film carries you up the vertiginous heights of the world’s great mountains, exploring how they have fuelled our imagination with passion and fear for centuries. Peedom combines archive footage of early mountaineers with majestic shots of the peaks, the daredevil climbers who scale them and lovers of extreme sports. The result is a thoughtful and thoroughly cinematic account of humanity’s desire to scale these heights. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, who reads an evocative text by Robert Macfarlane and adorned with a grandiose score by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, this guaranteed adrenaline rush almost makes you feel like you’re there. Laure Bonville 74 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THRILL Dir Jean-Stéphane  Sauvaire. Prod Rita Dagher,  Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos, Nicholas Simon. Scr Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese. With Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Pornchanok Mabklang. France-UK 2017. 116min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution WED 4 THU 5 SAT 7 18:00 VUE7 14:15 EMBANKMENT 14:45 CINÉ LUMIÈRE TUE 10 WED 11 FRI 13 20:45 CENTRAL 12:30 HAYMARKET 21:00 RICH MIX WED 11 THU 12 18:30 VUE5 18:10 CINÉ LUMIÈRE MON 9 WED 11 18:30 IMAX 21:00 HACKNEY Dir-Scr Jennifer Peedom. Prod Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom. Australia 2017. 90min. UK Distribution Dogwoof Dir Michaël R Roskam. Prod Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Bart Van Langendonck. Scr Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré, Michaël R Roskam. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric de Staercke. France-Belgium 2017. 130min. Sales Wild Bunch Inspired by a real murder case, Tarik Saleh brings Nordic noir sensibilities to the Egyptian capital and a grubby world of personal, political and systemic corruption. Police detective Noredin, as casually amoral as any of his colleagues, is handed the case of a woman found murdered in a bedroom at Cairo’s Nile Hilton Hotel. Noredin initially views the job as just another opportunity to squeeze the usual suspects and hopefully pocket a few more bribes. But as he uncovers the ever more disturbing roots and reach of the crime, the ambivalent antihero finds his conscience piqued. An outstanding performance by Fares Fares (Department Q) as Noredin and an intelligent and nuanced script elevate this story above a conventional procedural drama. It paints an excoriating portrait of endemic corruption, made all the more potent by Metropia (LFF2009) director Saleh’s re-staging of the action to the days before the 2011 Tahir Square demonstrations. Sarah Lutton Love, crime and action combine in a taut and twisty thriller-cum-romance from the Belgian director of Bullhead and The Drop. The Racer is Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver and the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate. The Jailbird is Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a dashing playboy with, it seems, time and money to burn, but with secrets to keep. They fall in love, but when Bibi finds out what her man gets up to on one of his weekends away – and when one of those weekends goes disastrously wrong – their relationship is tested to the hilt. With a script by director Roskam together with Jacques Audiard collaborators Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, this is turbo-fuelled, edgy stuff. It features strong, unpredictable performances from two of the most mesmerising stars of contemporary European cinema – and a dazzlingly orchestrated central action scene. Jonathan Romney The true story of Billy Moore, a British drug-dealer sent to a violent Thai prison, where he learns kick-boxing as a means to survive. Last seen at the LFF with the harrowing Liberian child-soldier drama Johnny Mad Dog, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire returns with an equally powerful story of survival in extreme circumstances. Based on the memoir by Liverpool-born Billy Moore, A Prayer Before Dawn stars Joe Cole as an ex-pat methamphetamine dealer who is arrested in Bangkok and sentenced to three years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. The horrors of the conditions in this prison are not glossed over, but Sauvaire handles his subject with respect and sensitivity, whether he’s detailing the vicious honour codes of Thailand’s tattooed gangsters or depicting Moore’s tender friendship with a transgender murderer. Immersive and sensory without being sensationalist, Sauvaire’s film is a passport into a dark, dangerous and little-seen world. Damon Wise RACER AND THE JAILBIRD LE FIDELE A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN DOC


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