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LFF Roundup

With London Film Festival coming to a close, we wanted to give a mention to some of the films we got the chance to see but weren’t able to fully review.

Some of these will be available via cinemas and VOD over the coming weeks and months, so do check them out if you’re interested.

Remember to check out the Virtual LFF Audience Awards,Sunday 18 October at 19:00 on BFI YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and as we reveal the winners.

Stray 

Following street dogs of Istanbul, this is an unusual view that keeps the capture firmly on all fours. Relaxing at times with beautiful music and stunning shots of the city scape at night, it feels natural and unobtrusive. 

Mogul Mowgli

Starring Riz Ahmed in a tender and exposed performance, he plays a rap star on the cusp of breaking big who becomes inexplicably ill. Ahmed co-wrote the screenplay and gives an emotionally stirring performance. Playing with reality and religious symbolism throughout the film, it’s both a study of character and a look at past trauma. 

The Painter and the Thief

When an artist’s paintings are stolen and lost, she becomes obsessed with reclaiming them. What follows is a fascinating look at an unlikely friendship between the painter and the thief. An interesting concept that shines a light on the complexities within one human and reminds us of the importance of being seen.

Time

The film follows Sibil Fox Richardson as she fights for the release of her husband, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence. Using a range of home video footage spanning over 20 years, it’s an interesting reflection on how life and time continues through loss and how time can change and inform us all.

After Love

A directorial debut follows Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death. When she discovers messages from another woman on his phone, she crosses the channel to Calais to see the life he led without her. Powerful performances and a beautiful use of imagery pared with silence, Aleem Khan is a director to look out for.

Clare Brunton

Ex film teacher and frequent couch potato. I try and see at least one new release a week, but I've somehow got to 30 without having seen The Godfather?