Page 84

LFF 17_ Brochure high res

OUR TIME WILL COME POP AYE 84 JOURNEY WED 11 THU 12 18:15 CENTRAL 18:15 HACKNEY THU 5 FRI 6 SAT 7 20:45 NFT2 15:30 ICA 21:15 VUE5 SUN 8 THU 12 20:30 NFT1 21:00 HACKNEY SUN 8 TUE 10 SAT 14 18:15 VUE5 12:45 NFT2 15:00 VUE5 Dir Eugene Jarecki. Prod Chris St John, David Kuhn, Eugene Jarecki. Scr Eugene Jarecki, Chris St John. USA-Germany 2017. 117min. Sales United Talent Agency This mesmerising and memorable documentary road trip, in a Rolls Royce once owned by Elvis, compares the King’s USA to life in Trump’s America. A picaresque exploration of modern day America, Promised Land depicts the life and mythology surrounding musical icon Elvis Presley, in order to shine a light on the post-Obama, early-Trump state of the Union. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, The House I Live In) uses Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce to travel across states that not only resonate with the singer’s life but reflect acutely the contrasting facets of contemporary American life. The result is both entertaining and thought-provoking, as actors including Ethan Hawke and Alec Baldwin, and musicians such as John Hiatt and Emmylou Harris join the ride (some even perform in the car). It’s a revealing portrait of lives lived on the highways and byways of the American Dream. Adrian Wootton PROMISED LAND DOC Singaporean director Kirsten Tan’s lightly surreal roadmovie finds a man experiencing a mid-life crisis and encountering an elephant he knew from childhood, which reminds him of brighter days. Thana, a saggy, middle-aged architect is demoralised at home and work. He’s increasingly out of step with the new breed of client-focused colleagues, while his professional crowning glory – a high rise building – is due to be demolished to make way for a new development. Whilst walking the streets of Bangkok, he spots an elephant from his family farm. The beast was once magnificent, but is now a cheap tourist attraction. Thana decides to liberate the animal and himself from the shackles of their lives, taking off on a road trip to his childhood home. Tan’s film, executive produced by Sutherland Award-winner Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo, LFF2013), is a wry, absurdist lament on the cruelty of time and ‘progress’, tackling ageing, nostalgia and unrealised ambition with a vivid sense of style and a warm-natured humour. Tricia Tuttle Dir-Scr Kirsten Tan. Prod Lai Weijie. With Bong, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul. Singapore- Thailand 2017. 102min. Sales Cercamon Dir Jamie Thraves. Prod Aidan Gillen, Stuart Douglas Harris, Jamie Thraves, Phil Bowman. Scr Jamie Thraves, Aidan Gillen. With Aidan Gillen, Antonia Campbell- Hughes, Camille O’Sullivan. UK-Ireland 2017. 74min. Prod Co Pick Up Films Aidan Gillen stars in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce. In Pickups, the well-known Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays a well-known Irish actor called Aidan. He’s not playing himself – or at least we hope not, given the murderous lengths to which the onscreen Aidan takes his method acting when playing a serial killer – but this spry, fleetfooted and very funny new film from director Jamie Thraves rings true throughout. Revolving around the fictional Aidan’s post-divorce life as he prepares for a new film role and tries to reconnect with his teenaged son, this is at once a free-wheeling comedy of ideas about the uneasy, constantly moving line between real life and make-believe that all actors must tread, and a poignant, delicate, unblinkingly observed study of a mid-life crisis. Edward Lawrenson PICKUPS Dir Ann Hui. Prod Roger Lee, Stephen Lam, Ann Hui. Scr Ho Kei Ping. With Xun Zhou, Eddie Peng, Wallace Huo. China-Hong Kong 2017. 131min. Sales Distribution Workshop (HK) Ltd In Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, a quiet schoolteacher who lives with her mother finds herself drawn into the resistance movement. As the Second World War rages, Lan (Xun Zhou) tries to resist the efforts of occupying Japanese forces in arresting the city’s intellectuals. She is befriended by Blackie Lau (Eddie Peng), the charismatic leader of the rebellion, who is merciless as he dispatches soldiers and their collaborators. Gradually, Lan is drawn into this world. As a spy drama, Our Time Will Come grips like a vice, highlighting the networks of ordinary people who fought the Japanese, while the action set-pieces are thrilling. But it is Lan’s moving relationship with her mother that gives Ann Hui’s film its deeply feminist core. Xun Zhou offers up an unforgettable performance as Lan, a strong but reluctant activist risking her life and undertaking extraordinary tasks. Kate Taylor BRITISH @BFI #lff


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