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11 October 2014

November Film Festivals Preview

By Cassio | Categorised in News
Feel like you want to escape the winter cold, but have no holiday left? Explore the world from London by visiting the wide array of international film festivals happening in the city this November.
The Jewish Film Festival running from Nov 6th to Nov 23rd highlights films from around the world exploring Jewish culture and life. Our film to watch at the festival is “Green Prince”. This tells the real-life story of Israel’s most prized undercover officers, who was also is the son of one of Hamas’s top leaders. He spied on his own people for over 10 years. This story looks at his difficult relationship with his handler and the impossible choices that he has to make.
In addition, those in search of a little comic relief might want to check out“Zero Motivation“, winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film festival, which recounts the comic everyday life of a unit of young female Israeli female soldiers.
The Korean Film Festival running from Nov 6th to 21st November also provides access to a range of exciting new films, including the not to be missed crime drama “A Girl at my Door” by pioneering director Kim Ki-duk.
Still from Girl at my Door (2014)

This film explores the unexposed ugly underbelly of a backwater community.  New police chief Lee Young-nam (Bae ‘Cloud Atlas’) arrives in town and finds a town where alcoholism is destroying the fabric of society and where the only workers left now the young have fled to Seoul are illegal migrants.
Her eyes is also drawn to a disheveled girl on the cusp of puberty called Do-hee  (Kim) who appears to be the local scapegoat, abused by her family and bullied by locals. When Young-nam tries to intervene to protect the girl, taking her in, there are disastrous consequences for all.
This film’s clever screenplay blurs the boundary between drama and mystery whilst adding in a flicker of horror to the mix. It cleverly confronts the effects of alcoholism, homophobia, human trafficking, sexism and child abuse in one fell sweep. As the story builds to its wrenching climax, you’ll also be wondering if everything was quite as you thought.
Finally, the French Film Festival running from 7th Nov to 7th Dec brings a wealth of Francophile movies to the city from around the world. Key films to watch out for include Abderrahmane Sissako’s hard-hitting film Timbuktu. This controversial film deals with the harsh realities of  life during the 10-month occupation of Mali’s capital by jihadists.  It deals with the occupation both from the point of view of both those oppressed to the oppressors themselves. In addition, documentary fans should also watch out for “School of Babel”, a fascinating look into the lives of new French immigrants living in Paris’s 10th arrondissement over a year, aged 11 to 15. The film touchingly covers their struggles with integration.
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