Monday 18 December 2017

Five festival picks

Heart of Dog
Heart of Dog

Grainne Humphreys' pick of five films you really shouldn't miss at the festival begins with Heart of the Dog.

"I loved it," she says, "it's about Laurie Anderson's grief for her late dog, but also for the loss of Lou Reed. It's just exactly the type of film that you would expect Lori Anderson to make."

Rebecca Miller's drama Maggie's Plan is also "highly recommended". It stars Greta Gerwig as a young woman whose determination to have a baby independently causes mayhem for those around her. "In Hitchcock/Truffaut," says Humphreys, "one of my favourite books has finally been made into a film. It's a documentary about the interviews François Truffaut did with Alfred Hitchcock in 1962. That absolutely lived up to my expectations, it's fantastic.

"Another highlight for me is a Luchino Visconti film called Sandra, which I hadn't seen for a very long time. Claudia Cardinale stars in it, it's this kind of mad 1960s incest drama but it's so well made.

Mustang is fantastic, it may even challenge Son of Saul in the awards. I'm calling it a Turkish version of Virgin Suicides, it's about a group of sisters who are locked away by their family, and how they try and escape. It's brilliantly done, beautifully shot."

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