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The 54th BFI London Film Festival adds Michael Winterbottom

06 October 2010

In addition to Sofia Coppola’s 'Somewhere' being announced to screen at this years LFF. The 54th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce the following three additions:

Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP will premiere on Wednesday 27 October at 6.00pm in NFT1. 

One of the significant pleasures of Michael Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story was the fractious, funny relationship between actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Their competitive friendship resurfaces in this feature length treatment of their new BBC series, again directed by Winterbottom, in which they play ‘loose versions’ of themselves. Coogan is commissioned by The Observer to take a road trip through the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, reviewing some of the regions’ most notable restaurants, and asks Brydon to
accompany him as a last minute stand in when his girlfriend bails from the tour. Against a backdrop of stunning scenery and equally impressive cuisine, the pair are soon bickering about anything and everything, and whilst Brydon pines for his wife and baby, Coogan copes with the absence of his girlfriend by notching up a series of one night stands. Mostly though they trade impressions and insults (gentle and otherwise), and their matchless improvisations (taking in Michael Caine, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins amongst others) are a comic delight. That said,
there is poignancy and vulnerability here too, and signs of real bravery at work.

LENNONYC directed by Michael Epstein will screen on Wednesday 27 October at 8.30pm in NFT2.

Given all that he’d achieved, it’s still shocking to think that John Lennon was just 40 when his life was cut short so appallingly. In what would have been his 70th year, there has been an extensive reissue campaign of his solo work, and much reassessment of it. Michael Epstein’s fascinating documentary contributes to that reassessment, telling the story of how Lennon crawled out from under the wreckage caused by The Beatles split and made his home with Yoko Ono in America, seeming to embrace every counterculture cause that was presented to
him, fighting against the threat of deportation and making music that was, at its best, urgent, thrilling and as vital as anything he did with the Fabs; at other turns it could be bitter, sentimental or indulgent. Using rare archive footage and including some extraordinary demo recordings, Epstein has interviewed many of those who lived and worked with Lennon in New York, including Ono and Elton John, to provide great insight into the man's relationship with the city, and into the circumstances that led to him to turn his back on the music industry for years,
before returning to the studio for the Double Fantasy sessions.

Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG is screening on Saturday 23 October at 6.30pm in Vue West End.

Marina is a disaffected 23 year-old who behaves as if she’s far younger than her years. She is obsessed with Alan Vega’s Suicide and the natural history films of Sir David Attenborough (the title refers to a mispronunciation of her hero’s name). Her best friend Bella shares Marina’s sense of playfulness, and indulges in games, mimicking animals with her, though she is far more sexually experienced. Indeed, this seems to be a reason for Marina’s immaturity; an inability to define her sexual identity, or to decide whether sex is something that interests her at all. She talks with brutal openness about her situation with her father, who is dying from a
debilitating illness. Then her head is turned by an engineer staying at a local hotel, and she begins an affair with him, despite appearing to have little in common beyond a shared passion for ‘Be Bop Kid’. Director Athina Rachel Tsangari worked with Giorgos Lanthimos on last year’s much admired Dogtooth, and ATTENBERG has a similar humour and sexual frankness, though also displays a much lighter touch, giving the impression that Greek cinema could be providing curious delights like this for years to come. Newcomer Ariane Labed gives an exceptional
performance which won her the best actress award at Venice this year.
The festival runs from October 13-28. The full programme information is available at

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