Thursday, November 19, 2009
London Film Festival 2009: Summary
Films selected for Festivals are chosen because of the director in some instances, actors in some instances and subject matter in others - animation, fantasy, silents and Far Eastern historicals. This year was no different with the two animated features, the three silents, the Depardieu, Coen Brothers, Jeunet and Breillat etc. There were a number of disappointments with the two documentaries being particularly poor and some of the others no more than average but there were some definite delights. 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and 'Metropia', 'Bellamy'and 'Kamui' were well above average. The three best films were ' A Serious Man', 'Laila' and 'J'accuse' which are sufficiently different that it would be invidious to choose between them. I think that future programmes may require a more careful reading and some supplementary checking to limit the mistakes.