By Alisa Narbutas

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London Film Festival 2014 Recommendations

The 58th annual Film Festival hits the cinemas on the 8th of October and it’s happening all across the city. Although its mostly centred around Leicester Square where the most shiny and glamorous Hollywood Premiers are held, it also reaches out to many local movie houses.

With over 248 films showing this year, it is hard to know which ones to choose, so we put together our personal Top 5 of exciting films, across different genres (Debate, Drama, Love, Laugh, Sonic). With tickets already on sale, make sure to grab your festival-pass soon! Below is our list of London Film Festival 2014 Recommendations.

Camp X Ray (Debate)

Peter Sattler’s Camp X Ray may remind you of other controversial films and series like Zero Dark Thirty or Homeland but this film also shows the side of the soldiers, who are enforcing Americas violent War on Terror at the Guantanamo Bay facility. Kristen Stewart as recruit Amy Cole who has finally shook off her naive Twilight Image, is developing an uncomfortable relationship between prisoner and soldier.

The Imitation Game (Drama)

 Benedict Cumberbatch in the role as Alan Turing, a mathematical mastermind who leads a team of code-breakers during World War II to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma code. Director Morten Tyldum joins the London Film Festival once again (after 2011s Headhunters) with this nail biting drama, based on the biography “Alan Turning: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Love)

Ned Benson’s emotional explosion displays the romantic chemistry between Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as Eleanor and Conor. The married couple find themselves torn apart, following a traumatic event. Composed as part of a three-feature project, each character is telling the story from their own perspective.

Dear White People (Laugh)

 This smart satire is telling the story of American Students at Ivy League Winchester University, after a racket breaks out over a notorious African American themed party thrown by white students, which forces them to take a stand on their own identity and cultural beliefs. Justin Simien’s play with clichés and conflicted opinions, makes this film the“must watch”in this genre at this years’ festival.

NAS Time is Illmatic (Sonic/Documentary)

Time is Illmatic allows us to take a look at the life and work of worldwide known hip-hop artist NAS. This documentary takes us back to 1994, to the making of Nas debut album “Illmatic” and the influences of his creation. Twenty years after its release, it has become a symbol and benchmark of a young generation wanted to be heard.


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