Page 83

LFF 17_ Brochure high res

83 JOURNEY WED 11 FRI 13 18:00 VUE7 13:00 ICA Dir Humberto Solás. Prod Raúl Canosa, Camilo Vives. Scr Humberto Solás, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Nelson Rodríguez. With Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Nuñez, Adela Legrá. Cuba 1968. 160min. ProCo ICAIC Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Restoration funded by Turner Classic Movies and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Special thanks to Bundesarchiv- Filmarchiv and the BFI National Archive. Probably the finest film to emerge from 1960s Cuba, Solás’ immensely powerful triptych depicts key stages in the country’s struggle for liberation. The film employs different visual styles for the eras the three Lucías live in. In the 1890s, a discontented Lucía neglects her husband and becomes involved in the nationalist war against Spain, taking up with a young revolutionary. In the 1930s, Lucía is a divorced mother helping to overthrow a corrupt Cuban dictator. Finally, in the 1960s, Lucía is a young field-worker who stands up to her oppressive and insanely jealous husband. This invigoratingly feminist trilogy was markedly ahead of its time. Driven by Solás’ narrative genius and stylistic virtuosity, Lucía fuses personal and political oppressions during a period of extraordinary revolutionary upheaval. Julie Pearce SUN 8 MON 9 15:30 CHELSEA 12:30 HAYMARKET MON 9 TUE 10 FRI 13 18:15 HAYMARKET 21:15 VUE5 15:45 ICA FRI 13 SUN 15 12:15 NFT3 11:45 NFT3 Dir John Carroll Lynch. Prod Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, John Lang, Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Ira Steven Behr, Richard Kahan. Scr Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja. With Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston. USA 2017. 88min. UK Distribution The Works MY GENERATION ONE THOUSAND ROPES Dir-Scr Tusi Tamasese. Prod Catherine Fitzgerald. With Frankie Adams, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale. New Zealand 2017. 98min. Sales Mongrel International Dir David Batty. Prod Simon Fuller, Michael Caine, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly. Scr Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais. UK 2017. 85min. Sales IM Global Fancy a walk through 1960s swinging London? Dashing Michael Caine accompanies you there in this stylish documentary. Presented and narrated by Michael Caine, My Generation playfully explores the impact of Britain’s working class cultural revolution in the 1960s. Attitudes were changing and everything seemed possible. A wealth of archive footage, contributors including Marianne Faithfull, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, David Bailey and Mary Quant, and a spot-on soundtrack from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who make for an exhilarating journey back in time. Caine is a delightful host and raconteur, sharing priceless anecdotes from the beginning of his career. And throughout this film, which was written by British TV legends Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, there are wonderful moments that capture the energy, style, fashion and sheer exuberance of that era. We guarantee you’ll come out whistling ‘Waterloo Sunset’. Laure Bonville Samoan New Zealander Tusi Tamasese follows his distinctive debut The Orator with this quietly powerful film about a middle-aged male midwife. Maea’s (Uelese Petaia) healing hands knead the best dough at the local bakery and also bring comfort to pregnant women. But his simple, meditative existence is disturbed by an unwelcome intruder from the spirit world, whose otherworldly presence hints that Maea has not yet atoned for a violent past. When his daughter Ilisa (Frankie Adams) shows up, pregnant and on the run from an abusive relationship, Maea is thrown into turmoil. His macho fellow workers would be only too happy to see him resort to violence to set things right, but he has aspirations to break the cycle and help his daughter start her life anew. Tamasese’s understated naturalism makes no distinction between reality and the spiritual dimension, and Maea must connect with both in order to find redemption. Clare Stewart LUCÍA TREASURES DOC One of America’s greatest character actors gets a superb valedictory leading role in a funny and touching portrait of a 90-year-old loner staring down mortality. The titles declare, ‘Harry Dean Stanton IS Lucky’. And with the opening scenes, as this aged ex-cowboy determinedly goes about his daily business in a small desert town – smoking, yoga, TV game shows, more smoking – it’s instantly clear how tailored the role is to Stanton’s creased, fiercely unsentimental charms. When an unexpected fall jolts Lucky from his comfort zone, actor-turned-debut-director John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac) stealthily widens his scope to present a gentle, wise and ultimately graceful reflection on loss and acceptance. There are wonderful supporting turns from David Lynch and Stanton’s Alien cohort Tom Skerritt, but it’s Harry Dean who really shines here, giving his greatest lead performance since 1984’s Paris, Texas. Lucky us. Leigh Singer LUCKY BRITISH


LFF 17_ Brochure high res
To see the actual publication please follow the link above